Plugable USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader


  • “Awesome card reader. Works perfect. I bought this with an OTG cable to go with my Samsung Galaxy S4. I’m now able to read any SD, microSD, or MS/MSXC memory card from my Android phone.” – GK
  • “This simple device works as intended. I’ve used it to load pictures from SD cards from a variety of devices into other devices which have USB ports and don’t have ports which take SD cards. I like that I can plug the SD card into the Reader and then plug the Reader into say a computer. I’m not the handiest person and this makes the task foolproof.” – Jeff Switzer


The Plugable USB3-FLASH3 is a great solution for on-the-go tech enthusiasts that combines blazing fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds with a flexible USB cord to enable connections in tight places and a compact design for easy portability. If you’re looking for a way to speed up transfers from the most common storage media types used in digital cameras, MP3 players, and mobile phones, our USB 3.0 card reader is a great choice.

Technical Specifications

Uses the Realtek RTS5307 chipset featuring:

  • SD, SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, and MicroSDXC cards are supported in UHS-I mode up to 104 MB/sec
  • MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, and MSXC
  • Supports newer high-capacity cards:
    • SDXC (capacity up to 2TB)
    • MSXC (capacity up to 2TB)
  • Cross Platform Support: no driver install required on most modern operating systems, uses built in USB Mass Storage drivers
    • Windows: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Apple OS: 9/X
    • Linux: All variants (including Android 4.x and Chrome OS) running kernel version 2.x, 3.x with USB Mass Storage Support

Please note that not all Android 4.x systems have USB Mass Storage support: The Google Nexus 7 is one notable example that lacks this capability.


Q: Do I have to install drivers?
A: No. the USB3-FLASH3 is plug-and-play. Just connect the USB cable to your PC and insert a media card.

Q: How do I import pictures from my media cards?
A: This depends on what operating system you run. On most Windows PC’s you can use the “Import photos and videos” feature by simply plugging in the media card reader with a card in it. A similar import manager is available in OS X, as well as most major Linux distributions.

Q: How large of an SDXC card is supported?
A: We have verified that at least a 64GB SDXC card is supported. Theoretically up to 2TB is supported according to the SDXC standard.

Q: Why can't my older computer read an SDXC card?
A: Because of their large capacity, SDXC cards (SD cards 64GB and larger) use a special format system called exFAT, which is not supported in computers with Windows XP, Windows Vista before Service Pack 1, and Mac OS X before version 10.6.6.

To add exFAT support to an Windows XP computer, follow this link, then download and install the appropriate update file for your operating system.

To add exFAT support to a Vista computer, upgrade to at least Service Pack 1. Service packs for Vista can be downloaded here.

For OS X versions before 10.6, you will need to upgrade your Mac to at least version 10.6. If you have version 10.6, click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner, and select Software Update to apply all current updates to the OS. More information on updating and upgrading your Mac is available here.

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