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Vacuum Tube Flash Drives Combine Old School, New School Tech

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Written by Paul Strauss | February 18, 2013

I’ve already got more flash drives than I know what to do with, but every once in a while I’ll see some that I need to add to my seemingly endless collection anyway. With these cool flash drives made out of old vacuum tubes, you’ll be able to send your data back in time.


They’re made by Latvian steampunk artist Slava Tech, and use old Pentode tubes as containers for USB flash memory. The coolest part is how they glow from the red, green or blue LED inside. It would be really cool if he made one with an orange LED for a more authentic look, though the red one is pretty close.


Each one is based on a high quality SanDisk flash drive, set into an old Russian vacuum tube from the 1980s, and accented with copper details.


Prices for the¬†vacuum tube flash drives¬†range from $69 to $79(USD), and they’re currently available in either 8GB or 16GB storage options.