SD (Secure Digital) Card Reader, retail $TBA (
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 05-30-10

This isn't a laser, flashlight, or other product specifically designed to produce light, but since it uses an LED for a rather important function, I figured "what the H-E-Double-Bendy-Straws" - I'd probably get eternal darnation if I failed to add it to this website because of that LED in it anyway.

This is a small SD (Secure Digital) memory card reader that plugs directly into the USB port of your computer.

It allows you to use SD memory cards as extra storage if you need it. Some products you can buy "off the shelf" such as digital cameras, store their data (photographs, videos, etc) on SD cards, and this is one way you can easily "read" them.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

This "SD drive" is actually quite easy to use.

Simply insert any SD (Compact Flash) memory card into the slot on the wider part of this product, orienting the SD card so that the metal contacts face down and the "cut" corner is on the right-hand side and goes in first (as opposed to having it so that the "cut" corner stays visible when the SD card is inserted).

Plug the reader (now referred to as a "SD drive") into any free USB port on your desktop or laptop computer. The computer (at least Windows XP machines anyway) should almost immediately "sense" its presence and automatically install the correct driver.

At this point, the "SD drive" should now be working.

It uses the USB 2.0 protocol to communicate to & from your computer, so you'll need to be running Windows 98 or higher (Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, all versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7). It works on some Windows 98 computers, but not others. In my case, it works on my Toshiba Satellite Pro 460CDT Laptop Computer, but not the Gateway 2000 desktop that the ProMetric 8 Beam Cross-Sectional Analyser is installed in.

To access the content, click on the START button at the lower left of your display (assuming that you have the taskbar & system tray at the bottom like most Windows users), click on the text labelled "My Computer", and click on "Removable Disk {letter followed by a colon}".
From that point, you may treat it like any electromechanical disk drive and run programs, copy to it, delete from it, etc.

This product obtains all of the power it requires right from the USB port, so I do not have to tell you which part to remove, huck into an open-pit gadolinium mine so that a piece of heavy machinery runs over & flattens it, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

Like most USB devices, the SD (Secure Digital) Card Reader is hot swappable; simply meaning that you do not have to turn your computer off before plugging it in or unplugging it.

Unable to measure current usage due to how the product was constructed.

The SD (Secure Digital) Card Reader is designed to be a computer peripheral, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, and abused; so I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a front porch, let my mother's big dog's ghost or my sister's kitty cats spring a leak (uranate) on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium or large ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

In fact, that photograph, video, and spectrographic analysis below may very well be pretty much it.

Well, there is one little thing I should mention...the SD (Secure Digital) Card Reader is considerably slower during both read and write operations than other USB storage devices I have used. I'm not certain though if it's the card reader itself or the card that is inserted into it.

Photograph of the SD card reader being used and the yellow-green LED on it illuminated.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the yellow-green LED in this product.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Video clip on YourTube showing how the unit reacts when you're copying files to it.

Blinking or fluctuating light from the LED indicates file activity in progress;
steady-on indicates the unit is ready to be removed if desired.

This clip is approximately 5.774534568762 megabytes (5,968,110 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than twenty eight minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

Product was furnished with a Polaroid digital camera that I purchased on the Heartland America website sometime in mid-2006.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: SD card reader
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PIDDLE-RESISTANT: ***VERY*** light splatter-resistance at maximum
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA


    Product was not intended to be a light-emitter, so the conventional "star" rating will not be used.

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