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Order Guide

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What's the minimum order quantity?

If you wish to order USB Flash Drives branded with your Logo, the minimum order quantity is 25 units for our most popular models. Please contact us for a full price list, you will see that even for small quantity orders, our prices are very competitive!

Many other companies have a minimum order quantity of 50 or as high as 250. At Flashbay, by keeping our order processing as efficient as possible, we are very happy to accommodate smaller orders for USB Flash Drives.

For other products, our minimum order quantities vary slightly depending on the requirement, so please get in touch.
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Resellers

We support the following types of business as Flashbay resellers:
  • Marketing, Advertising, Media and Creative Agencies wishing to offer our products as a value-added service to their existing clients.
  • Procurement companies wishing to source our products on behalf of their established customers.
The following types of businesses are not eligible to be Flashbay resellers:
  • Companies which sell USB memory products on a website (regardless of the size and scope of the rest of the product range).
  • Companies which own or control a website dedicated to USB memory products
  • Companies which might otherwise reasonably be considered as a competitor to Flashbay
Flashbay ensures that our approved resellers receive the support they need to exceed their customer expectations.
  • Ever had to turn down business because your current supplier quoted a 2+ week lead time for an order you need in 5 days?
  • Or is your supplier actually a middleman taking your money up front to buy products not in stock?
They are both sad tales that we hear all the time. At Flashbay we believe in the cornerstones of good business practice.
  • We hold large stocks and have made the necessary investments to deliver your order on time and to specification.
  • Supported by our highly competitive reseller prices and excellent service we can help you to deliver a top notch service to your customer.
  • Our products are of the highest quality and our lead time for bulk orders of logo Branded USB Flash Drives beats the competition hands down.
  • No hassle order management: Easily manage your Branded USB Flash Drives orders online.
  • Our Customer Centre allows you to see the status of your order instantly and track it all the way to your, or your customer's, door.

Flashbay Warranty

How long is the warranty period?

The warranty period is 10 years for Flash Drives and 2 years for Power Banks beginning from the date of purchase as indicated on the invoice or receipt. The 10 year Flash Drive warranty is valid for orders made after August 10th, 2009. The warranty period for orders placed before that date is one year.  

What does the warranty cover?

The warranty does not cover the repair or exchange of products resulting from misuse, accident, modification, unsuitable physical or operating environment, incorrect maintenance by yourself, or failure caused by a product for which Flashbay is not responsible. Damage caused by fair wear and tear is also excluded. Failure or undesirable operation is excluded where products are used with specialist or custom hardware or software or used in an application other than general storage of non-critical data.

Does Flashbay grant warranty on all their products?

All products appearing on the Flashbay website (http://www.flashbay.com/) are warranted to be free from defect in material and workmanship.

In what cases does the warranty become void?

Proof of purchase or shipment date is required to validate the warranty period. Warranty becomes void if equipment is modified, incorrectly used, damaged by accident or neglect, or if any parts are improperly installed or replaced by the user.

Do you offer samples?

Yes we offer free samples. These are non-functioning units that are designed to show you the look and feel of each model. We find this is a huge help for our customers trying to decide which model to choose.

How do I pay and what are your payment terms?

After your order has been placed, you will receive instructions on how to pay via email. It's quick and simple - we accept all payment methods from credit card to bank transfer. For some repeat customers, public sector and larger companies, we can offer credit terms. Note that before we can ship the order, we need to have received payment from you unless you have agreed credit terms with us.

What is Your Returns Policy?

We collect free of charge and promptly from anywhere you are located. If we get it wrong, we will put it right very quickly - satisfaction guaranteed.

I need more help. Who can I contact?

We’re here to help. Simply contact us via our phone number or via our Contact Us page. Alternatively, if you have an Account Manager you can contact them directly.

Customisation

What is the best file format for my logo file? How Do We Add Your Logo?

USB Flash Drives

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Are all USB Flash Drives created equal?

How do I use a USB Flash Drive?

Just plug your USB Flash Drive into the USB port of your computer or other USB-equipped device. If the flash drive has a light (LED), it will flash to indicate it's operational.

Your computer may recognise a new drive has been detected, and prompt you to open the drive (or run files already on the drive). Choose the option to 'open' or 'explore' the new drive.

If you are running Microsoft Windows as an operating system, you can also see the new drive by clicking 'My Computer' on the 'Start' menu which lists all your computer's drives, including the flash drive. Double click the flash drive to open it.

Drag the files you want to copy to the flash drive into the folder that appears on your screen. Your files are now transferred to your USB Flash Drive (normally instantly but can it take a little longer if the files are big).

You can unplug your flash drive at any time, as long as files are not being read from or written to the flash drive. Ensure the LED is not flashing if your device has one.

To transfer the items on your USB Flash Drive onto another computer, explore the files on the flash drive as above, and the drag them to a location on the new computer.
How much data can a USB Flash Drive hold?

Can I store and transfer music files with my USB Flash Drive?

The short answer is YES. In general, USB Flash Drives use mass storage class drivers, therefore any system that supports mass storage class drivers should be able to access the content from the USB flash drive – including music files!

Will my USB Flash Drive work with any computer?

USB Flash Drives use the USB protocol to operate with PCs, Macs and other devices with a USB port. Typically USB Flash Drives use mass storage class drivers that are incorporated in Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows XP or later as well as Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X or later as well as Linux 2.4.6 or later. Some manufacturers offer drivers for Windows 98 SE or Windows NT. Apple offers a mass storage class driver update for Mac OS 8.6. For more information, please consult with the manufacturer of the USB Flash Drive.

Advantages of using a Flash Drive over an External Hard Drive, DVD-R or Floppy Disk.

At the size of a pack of chewing gum, USB Flash Drives are far smaller than external hard drives, and with no fragile moving parts that can break if dropped, they're more easily transported. USB Flash Drives also do not require the time-consuming configuration required to connect an external hard drive to your computer.

USB ports are much more common than CD and DVD burners, so USB Flash Drives will work with more computers than CD-Rs or DVD-Rs. Also, the process of uploading files from your computer to a USB Flash Drive is much faster and simpler than burning a CD or DVD. Additionally, USB Flash Drives act like portable hard drives to which you can add and delete files as many times as you like. With CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, you can only add data once, and you can't remove data once it's burned onto the disc.

And it’s needless to remind that a standard floppy disc, holding only 1.44 MB of data, doesn’t stand much of a chance in front the very large storage space (up to 32GB) that a USB Flash Drive can offer nowadays.

What happened to 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB flash drive capacities?

These memory capacities have now been superseded by capacities such as 2GB, which cost the same yet offer better value for money.

If you are looking for a low cost flash drive, and only need a tiny amount of memory, 2GB usually represents the cheapest capacity on the market.

NAND flash memory below 2GB is no longer produced by major memory chip manufacturers like Samsung, Hynix, Intel, Toshiba and Micron in large quantities. Occasionally we are able to source sufficient amounts of 1GB memory and make these available to our customers, but the long term trend is towards larger capacities. 

Some flash drive producers still offer 128MB, 256MB and 512MB memory capacities. They will be using unbranded, inferior quality NAND flash which we strongly recommend you avoid as not all flash drives are created equal

What is a USB Flash Drive?

A USB Flash Drive is a compact USB flash memory drive that acts like a portable hard drive, letting you store and transport your most precious computer data. They hold incredibly large amounts of information and are small enough (about the size of a pack of chewing gum) to slip easily into your pocket, conveniently around your neck like a necklace, or on your key chain.
NAND Flash and price change

Technical

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How can I protect my computer from viruses when using a USB Flash Drive?

In general, the best way to protect your computer against virus attacks is through various security methods. These may include an Internet fire wall, a virus scanner and other tools screening incoming files for viruses. In the case of USB Flash Drives, you might want to consider running a virus scan on the contents of the drive before accessing any files.

What are SLC, MLC and TLC?

NAND flash memory can be sub-divided into 3 broad categories SLC, MLC and TLC.

SLC is an abbreviation of 'Single-Level Cell':

SLC memory stores one bit in each cell, leading to faster transfer speeds, lower power consumption and higher cell endurance. The only disadvantage of Single-Level Cell is the manufacturing cost per MB, meaning that the SLC flash technology is used in high-performance memory cards where speed and reliability are important.

MLC is an abbreviation of 'Multi-level Cell':

MLC memory stores two bits in each cell. By storing more bits per cell, a Multi-Level Cell memory card will achieve slower transfer speeds, higher power consumption and lower cell endurance than a Single-Level Cell memory card. The advantage of Multi-Level Cell memory is the lower manufacturing cost. MLC flash technology is used mostly in standard consumer memory devices.

TLC is an abbreviation of 'Triple-level Cell':

TLC memory stores three bits in each cell. By storing even more bits per cell, a Triple-level Cell memory card will achieve slower transfer speeds, higher error rates and lower cell endurance than both Multi-level Cell and Single-level Cell memory cards. The advantages of Triple-level Cell memory are that the memory chip will be physically smaller than SLC and MLC chips for a given memory capacity, it requires less power to operate than MLC memory and is cheaper to produce. TLC flash technology is used mostly in low-end memory devices where speed and reliability are not important.
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What is USB 2.0?

Simple Answer: USB 2.0 gives a faster data transfer speed than the old USB 1.1. There are no problems of compatibility between USB 1.1 ports and USB 2.0 Flash Drives (and vice-versa).

More Detail: Finalized in 2001, Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 is a complete overhaul of the Universal Serial Bus input/output bus protocol which allows much higher speeds of reading and writing data than the older USB 1.1 standard.
What is USB 3.0 or SuperSpeed USB?

Power Banks

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What is a Power Bank?

A Power Bank is a portable charging device that can be used to charge your phone or tablet. The Power Bank itself can be recharged and used again and again.

Why are Power Banks such popular promotional gifts?

Because they’re a genuinely useful promotional item. Mobile Phones and Tablets are such a big part of everyday life and we often need to recharge these devices when we’re out. As such, the small, portable and stylish Power Bank is a hugely popular Promotional Item.

How much do Power Banks cost?

Our prices vary depending on what model and capacity option you choose. Our prices also vary depending on how many units you’d like to order. The best way to get a quote is to fill out our Quick Quote form. We can send you a full price list to browse too.

How do Power Banks work?

Power Banks are incredibly easy to use. Simply charge your Power Bank first, the LED lights will display the charge status. Once fully charged you can plug your phone or tablet into the Power Bank. The Power Bank will then start charging your device. It's as simple as that.

What’s the lifespan of a Power Bank?

If properly taken care of and stored in a cool, dry place. There’s no reason your Power Bank won’t last for several years. Remember, we also offer a 2 Year Warranty. If you use your Power Bank on a very regular basis, there will eventually come a time where the battery performance degrades gradually. This is the same with all batteries whether they are in Power Banks, phones or laptops.

Are the Power Banks compatible with popular devices?

Yes, our Power Banks are compatible with all the major device manufactures such as Apple, Samsung, Android, Kindle and many more.

How can I check the remaining charge left on the Power Bank?

With the exception of our Reflex model, you can see the remaining charge status via the LED light within the Power Bank. Each LED colour will indicate how much charge is left. All of this information is in the user manual too.

How many times can I charge my device before the Power Bank needs recharging?

Simply hover over each capacity icon below to see charge times for popular devices.

How long does it take the Power Bank to charge?

Each Power Bank will take roughly 4 hours to charge from a low battery situation. The LED light on the Power Bank will indicate how much battery is available.

Do I need to switch off the Power Bank when I’m not using it?

No. The Power Bank will automatically go into ‘Standby’ mode when not in use.

Technical

How are the Power Banks packed for transport?

Each Power Bank and any of its accessories will be enclosed in an individual white cardboard box. If you’ve ordered an optional Presentation Box they will be enclosed in this. The individual units will then be packed in larger boxes to protect them during transport. We currently follow IATA standard PI965 IB.

What safety features do your Power Banks have?

Our Power Banks are extremely safe. We carry out rigorous safety checks on all of our products. You can view all of our Safety certificates on our Certificates page. All model Safety Certificates are also located on the individual Product Pages. Some of our safety features include:
  • High-quality batteries from leading brands
  • Strong body to protect from bumps and knocks
  • Output over-current and over-voltage protection
  • Input over-current and over-voltage protection
  • High-temperature shut down
  • Short-circuit protection
  • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection