While some of my camera bags have some small pockets in which to store memory cards these often are not large enough for my needs. When going on a more extensive photography-related trip or assignment I find I need more protective storage. I recently began using a Ruggard Memory Card Case which holds either 12 SD cards, or 12 micro-SD cards in their adapters.
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The Ruggard Memory Card Case is made of polycarbonate resin and has a solid build. It features a snap-on locking system which keeps the card holder closed tightly and securely.
Inside you will find 12 individual pockets fashioned from a moulded rubber lining. Like many photographers I store filled cards logo-side down in my case.
There is a flexible rubber seal that runs around the entire perimeter of the case. The moulded ribbing fits snugly into the grove on the top lid of the case and forms quite a good seal which is ‘weather resistant’ rather than ‘waterproof’. As you can see in the photograph above the seal does attract some dust and debris. This doesn’t seem to have any impact on its ability to protect case contents.
For the sake of this gear review I did take all of my memory cards out of the Ruggard Memory Card Case, filled up a bathroom sink with water, and dutifully dropped the memory card holder into the water and let it sit for a few seconds before retrieving it.
After drying off the exterior I opened it up and found it nice and dry. I have no doubt that the Ruggard Memory Card Case would do its job protecting my memory cards from the elements. Submerging the card holder for any extended period of time would not be recommended of course. After all, it is ‘weather resistant’ not ‘weather proof’.
If you store up to 6 cards in the Ruggard Memory Card Case I would recommend storing them in two rows, with three inserted on the top lid and three on the bottom portion of the case. This makes them easier to retrieve.
When all 12 slots are filled it can make the SD or micro-SD cards fit very snugly and harder to get out of the holder. I keep a small paper clip in my case which when used gently helps to pop the cards out quite easily, even when the card holder is full. If you’re worried about static electricity you could always wrap a paper clip in a bit of masking tape.
Overall I’m very happy with the Ruggard Memory Card Holder as it allows me to store up to 12 SD or micro-SD cards in it, and provides good protection for them.
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