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MEGA SPEED-Update for the tizi Tankstelle

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Plug it in once, charge it up four times! With the tizi Tankstelle every outlet becomes a powerful charging station for multiple devices – for home, office, or in a hotel.

Our newest generation offers even more SPEED with Auto Max Power™ technology,  delivering the optimal charging power for every gadget.  Before the charging process begins, the current tizi Tankstelle communicates with the USB device in order to determine the perfect level of charging power needed to ensure a fast and gentle charge.

The intuitive tizi Tankstelle knows to fuel your iPad with 2.1A and takes care to fuel your Kindle Fire with 1.8A. You’ll never have to wait in line again for the right pump.

Solve your outlet traffic jam by charging up to four USB devices at the same time with only one charger. The tizi Tankstelle is now available for an introductory price of only 29.99 EUR. Order directly at Amazon and give it a try. With the tizi guarantee, you can give the tizi Tankstelle a try, and if you are unhappy for any reason, you can send it back within 4 weeks for a full refund.

Oh Capitan, my Capitan… Compatibility overview for OS X El Capitan

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OS X El Capitan is now available as a Public Beta. We’ve put together a short compatibility overview for you. Here’s a small summary of our experiences so far.

  • Mail Designer: To send or not to send, that is the question. Don’t worry with the latest El Capitan beta, Mail Designer 2 and Mail Designer Pro should work fine. More details here
  • Spot Maps: Keep a clear overview of your networks. Spot Maps works seamlessly with El Capitan.
  • CoverScout & SongGenie: Bring some color to your music library. In our early tests, both CoverScout and SongGenie worked without issue with El Capitan and the latest version of iTunes.
  • Greeting Cards: Happy belated Birthday! Greeting Cards should work with the very latest El Capitan beta, however, since the Apple Mail app still seems to be changing quite a bit, we recommend holding off until the final version of El Capitan ships.
  • iSale: Sell on eBay. iSale also supports El Capitan.
  • tizi for Mac, TV for Mac and MediaCentral: Get your popcorn ready! Both tizi apps and MediaCentral will shine El Capitan.
  • The Tube: Upgrade for more TV enjoyment. If you’re using The Tube, we recommend you upgrade to tizi for Mac for El Capitan — not only will you be fully compatible with Apple’s latest OS, you’ll also get to enjoy new features like visual timeshift, recording, editing, and share features.

Charge devices – Autobahn style: Turbolader vs. integrated USB car port

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In the US 85% drive to work every day, and every fifth person has at least a 45 minute commute. Plenty of time to give your iPhone or iPad that extra morning boost, don’t you think?

USB port in the car? Thanks, I already have one built it…

It’s true, pretty much every new car comes with an integrated USB port, but the question is, how well does it really perform?

Our test shows that charging your cell with this USB port is basically like driving in 1st gear on the Autobahn. The tizi team put it to the test. We compared our tizi Turbolader 3x Mega (More details on tizi USA / or visit tizi Europe) with a maximum output of 2.4A per port, to the leading integrated USB port in a new car.

The results are astonishing!! Check out the video and see for yourself!

Standard USB ports in the car only offer a mere 0.5A of power. Our road test makes it official.  You’d basically have to cruise the 6 hours from San Francisco to LA in order to fully charge most current smartphones with your car’s integrated USB port and iPads and Tabs often won’t charge at all.

Get 3 times the SPEED with the tizi Turbolader

Our test results show:

  • an integrated USB port: an  iPhone 6 Plus needs more than 6 hours to fully charge
  • tizi Turbolader: does the same job in around 2 hours

Driving for 30 minutes

The tizi Turbolader even meistered the quick-charge test with the iPhone 6. Forgot to charge your phone overnight? In just 30 minutes, you can charge your iPhone 6 up to 1/3 of the way while driving to work.

  • An iPhone plugged into the car’s integrated USB port only charged 11%,
  • whereas the iPhone connected to the tizi Turbolader charged a proper 34%.

The tizi Turbolader (Amazon US / Amazon EU) models can charge up to 4 USB devices simultaneously with full power. Depending on which model you choose, you’ll have up to 9.6A power reserve with more juice than any integrated car USB port can currently offer, even the shiniest, newest, premium class cars. Find all available models and prices here. (Visit tizi USA or tizi Europe)

 

tizi Turbolader 4x Mega – Grab the SUV of USB car chargers

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The tizi tuning team has maximized the charging power and connection possibilities for your cockpit: Get the ultimate energy boost with tizi Turbolader 4x MEGA and leave those other chargers in the dust.
Maximum speed: Your new charging highway

Get in gear with the tizi Turbolader 4x MEGA, offering 4 USB ports with maximum charging power for your USB devices all at the same time (up to 2.4A on each USB port).

Maximum capacity: Backseat gadgets welcome
The “intelligent charging assistant” – The Auto Max Power™ Technology determines the perfect charging power for each device: iPads charge with high power and your iPhone charges 2x faster than with its original charging cable!

02-Turbo-4x-Mega-incarSafety first!
The big, robust body of the tizi Turbolader 4x Mega is designed to stay cool and not overheat. The rugged, off-road design also ensures that the tizi 4x MEGA fits snuggly into the cigarette lighter port. You’re always sure to find a parking spot for your devices here.

Maximum style 
Convenient cockpit charm? The red/silver aluminum design is a real eye-catcher for any vehicle, from family van to sporty convertible, it just looks good.

With four ports, you’re ready for every scenario… 

  • Family trip – Lights, camera, and never ending action: Finally a charging device with enough space and power for smartphones, tablets and even more juice left over for the GPS, Kindle, camera, USB fan, mini fridge, handheld game device etc…
  • Power-up for those Business trips: On the road again and this time, fully charged: Keep the juice flowing for your smartphones, Netbooks, smart watches and mobile batteries.
  • Road trip with friends: Connect four! Off to a festival, comic convention, or to chill on the beach?  Now it’s possible to all arrive with a fully loaded smartphone.

Get the tizi Turbolader 4x MEGA now for only 39.99 Euros at Amazon.

 

Thin, light and dented – our 12″ Retina MacBook unboxing

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Our brand new 12″ MacBook just arrived and it’s thin, light and… dented? Right out of the box we noticed two large dents on the bottom case!

We make tizi accessories & gadgets for iPhone, iPad and Mac (including chargers and flip-cables), so we asked our tizi packaging and product engineering team to investigate with their years of experience in product-packaging design.

Our tizi engineers discovered that the European power supply must have been jostled during transport, causing the rear edge of the power adapter and the front end of the plug to push up into the underside of the MacBook.
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This won’t be an issue in the US, where the power adapter has prongs that fold up into the power brick – which is probably why the engineers in Cupertino didn’t catch it.

When you line up the power supply with the dents, you can see they line up perfectly. The little instruction booklet included with the MacBook also has marking on it, confirming the theory:

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We’ve contacted Apple about the issue and they’ll replace our Macbook — so if you’ve ordered a new 12″ MacBook in Europe, be sure to check the underside of your new machine for dents once you get it!


equinux make apps and the tizi line gadgets for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Check out the new tizi line of products — now available in the US from Amazon.com:

· tizi flip: The awesome, flippable lightning charging cable for your iPhone & iPad
· tizi Schlingel: The handy lightning charging cable that clips to your bag or keychain
· tizi Turbolader 3x Mega: The V12 turbo for your gadgets: charge 3 devices in your car

If you have Apple Watch, check out our free tizi Calc design calculator!

Calculated Design. The missing calculator for Apple Watch: tizi Calc

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Apple Watch + tizi Calc = Your Style: You can count on tizi to turn your brand new Apple Watch into a hip, yet practical trend-setter. Introducing the new tizi Calc, the incredibly cool calculator app for the Apple Watch. 20 stylish number-crunching designs that complement your Watch and strap perfectly.

You can really count on tizi Calc
Each of the awesome tizi Calc designs allow you to change the colors to match your armband or your current mood. Whether pulsating, magical, or totally posh, you’ll get inspired by the variety of styles which are sure to turn your Apple watch display into a mighty eye-catcher.

Oh yeah, and besides the typical plus, minus, multiplication, and division possibilities, we’ve thrown in a handy tipping calculator. Your tizi Calc automatically throws out some tipping percentages as suggestions.

Find your own pocket calculator look

  • Impress your nerdy friends with an 80’s LCD retro Tokio design or your science fiction buddies with a Starship style like Farpoint.
  • Amaze your stylish BFFs as you calculate your shopping purchases on a glamorous leopard skin design – Meow!
  • Crunch those numbers Wall St. style over a cup of joe, with the chromatic München display
  • Or dive into the bubbly world of numbers with the playful Barcelona design. It’s up to you!

 

tizi Calc is available immediately as a free app in the App Store. With an in-app purchase, you can unlock the multitude of great calculator design themes.

tizi Survival Guide for a stress-free trip – Here are the 5 tizi gadgets you’ll need…

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Tip 1: Don’t get lost…
Whether exploring  a new town or hiking in the mountains,  navigation apps such as, Google Maps, drain an awful lot of your smartphone battery. The tizi Flachmann and tizi Kraftprotz are there to keep your phone charged and ready so you can safely reach your destination. Just click the tizi Schlingel onto your backpack so you’ll always have a travel Lighting cable with you.

Tip 2: No speed limit for charging
Oh no! The kids forgot to charge their devices before the trip. No problem! With the tizi Turbolader 3x Mega, there’s enough power for everyone to re-charge their batteries while on the road.huette2-558x499Tip 3: Check in with a 4 star charger
These days, you’re likely to find an outlet in most hotels. But what if there’s really only ONE? Your solution is the tizi Tankstelle. Just plug it in and charge up to four gadgets at once! Need more room? Upgrade to 5 stars for only 10€ more with tizi Tankstation Mega.

 

Tip 4: It’s like an energy bar for your gadgetspowersnack

Is that a lighter or a charger? Even MacGyver would be jealous of this cool little charger. A perfect addition to any battery survival kit. The tizi PowerSnack uses 2 AA batteries to supply enough power for your devices so that they may also enjoy dessert.71q23doSI2L._SL1400_Tip 5: A lunchbox for your gadgets

Stop digging around the bottom of your bag to find SD cards and cables. tidy-up your gadget mess and maintain an overview. Use the snazzy tizi Köfferchen, a nifty little suitcase for your gadgets and accessories. And hey, you can even attach it to your belt!

 

 

 

MEGA P.O.W.E.R. — Tips to make your battery last longer!

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Who doesn’t love their smartphone, right? This love-affair is a world-wide phenomenon. More than one billion people around the globe are swiping and typing as you read this. The performance values of modern devices are shooting up to new heights: Whether Apple’s A8 chips or the newest  Snapdragons – Apple, Samsung, Nvidia and Qualcomm are constantly pushing the limits of performance for their mobile processors so that we can enjoy HD gaming, super high speed internet, and slow motion videos while out and about.

 

Find ways to keep your batteries fit

But the problem with this constant boost of performance is that batteries are being pushed to their limits. Despite the fact that the leading smartphones have actually doubled their battery capacity in the last couple of years (the iPhone 6 Plus now uses a 2.915 mAh battery), most smartphones batteries don’t even last a day.  This is truly cumbersome for businesses or anyone else who counts on their devices functioning throughout the day. The good news is, that with the right amount of care, it’s possible to extend the life of your batteries.

We’ll get you up-to-date with the leading myths revolving around batteries, since things have greatly changed over the years. Most batteries used in mobile devices today are either lithium-ion (Li-Ion) or Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po).

 

iphone_enThe best time to charge

Here is the most gentle way to re-charge: don’t let your battery get under 30% before plugging it in. You don’t have to wait till the battery is almost empty, it’s safe to start re-charging from 70% on.

 

The life of battery is longer than you think 

Here’s the truth about your battery’s life: As a rule, batteries can manage around 1,000 full charges (cycles).  If you charge your battery while it’s at 50% then you only use a half cycle. If you charge your smartphone battery daily, it should last up to 3 years before it loses capacity.
In fact, frequent charging might actually extend your battery’s life. And the idea that one needs to “train” their battery is also a thing of the past. Li-ion batteries are intelligent and don’t memorize the last charging status like their predecessors, the NiMH batteries. While out and about, you can use the tizi Fachmann or tizi Kraftprotz  to rejuvenate your smartphone or tablet.

 

More SPEED — Charge your batteries faster

Of course there’s no risk involved with charging your iPhone with the Apple charging device. However, there are ways to charge your devices faster and more gently. The new iPhone 6 comes with a 5 watt charging cable which “only” delivers up to 1A power despite the fact that the new iPhone 6, just like the ipad, can be charged with higher power, up to 2.1 A. With their high power ports, specialized charging devices, such as the tizi Tankstelle, tizi Tankstation, and tizi Turbolader, can charge your iPhone double as fast as the included Apple charging cable.

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Charge every device gently and with the right level of power 

Is this really possible? Yes it is! Our tizi Tankstation, as well as the tizi 3x Turbolader MEGA, is equipped with Auto Max Power technology. This dynamically recognizes the appropriate charging power for each USB device. Whether an iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Kindle, or Nexus, every family of devices receives exactly the right amount of amperage. As soon as you plug it in, the tizi Tankstelle “assesses” what is needed. The “charging monitor” then recognizes your device and what level of power it requires.
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Note: The management of this procedure weighs heavily on the individual manufacturer of the device. The “charging monitor” then takes care that the battery remains in a “safe zone” so that it doesn’t get too warm, over charge, or under charge. In general, it can be said that Apple uses high quality power controllers and power management ICs. The life expectancy of a battery (also known as cycle stability), as stated in the points above, can also be influenced by the user.

 

Be aware of high quality charging cables 

flipRule #1 The best charging cable is the one you have with you. A little tip: our tizi Schlingel Lighting cable easily attaches to your keychain so you never leave home without it!
Rule #2Try to find charging cables which are Apple certified (MFI – Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod), such as the tizi Flip or the tizi Schlingel, to be sure that the Apple specifications are upheld. Apple has very strict guidelines for certifying accessories and monitors  their compliance meticulously.
For example, Apple  has set a maximum resistance in order to deliver enough power to devices and sets limits for the crosstalk and signal quality for USB data cables. Generic or cheap merchandise from Asia is much less likely to hold true to these safety standards. Using these products could result in an early demise of the lifecycle of your battery.

Save up to 50% – The equinux Black Friday SALE 2014 is online

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The turkey is thawing, the invites are out, it’s time to get shopping without a doubt! Avoid the crowds and the Christmas chaos. Keep it simple and get your shopping done online. There’s something for everyone at the equinux Black Friday SALE.

Through Sunday, November 30 – 2014, you can save up to 50% off cool apps and gadgets for friends, family, and yourself. Let the next click take you where the savings are. Our Black Friday SALE is an avalanche of savings not to be missed!

 

Tis the season to be jolly and more productive

Get your hands on our professional apps such as Mail Designer Pro 2 or Spot Maps for half off!! Looking to send magical season’s greetings this year? Pick up Season’s Greetings 6 Motion Cards for only 3.99 Euros.


Surprises for tech-savvy friends & family

And don’t forget about our incredible tizi gadgets which make the perfect stocking stuffers for your tech-savvy friends and family. Be the hit of the Christmas party this year and show up with the coolest, portable Bluetooth speaker, the tizi beat bag, on sale for 50% off! Keep the power flowing with the tizi Tankstelle for only 24.99 Euros. Or give the gift of TV with the tizi for Mac TV-Stick (DTT) at 40% off!

It’s so worth it. Come have a look and take advantage of some awesome free apps for iPhone, Pad & Android – there’re even more surprises, but you’ll have to come and see for yourself! Save now at the equinux Black Friday Sale!

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus charging secrets revealed

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The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both come with Apple’s regular 5 watt power adapter that charges them with 1A USB power. But our tizi Power engineers have discovered that both new iPhones also support high-speed charging.

Connect either new iPhone to a newer Mac and the system profiler app reveals the following specs:

iPhone 6:
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 500
Extra Operating Current (mA): 1600

iPhone 6 Plus:
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 500
Extra Operating Current (mA): 1600

This means that both new iPhones support Apple’s high-power spec that lets them charge with up to 2,1A — just like the iPad.

 

High-speed charging for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

 

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If you connect your new iPhone to a tizi Tankstelle power adapter, tizi Kraftprotz mobile battery or tizi Turbolader car charger, they will be charged at the higher speed:

tizi Tankstelle: 2x High Power (2,1A); 2x Full Power (1A)
tizi Turbolader: 2x High Power (2,1 A); 1x Full Power (1A)
tizi Kraftprotz: 1x High Power (2,1 A); 1x Full Power (1A)

All listed tizi devices support Apple’s official High-Power charging spec (see Apple’s Article on High-Power charging). A lot of 3rd party chargers claim to support higher power rates, but won’t charge your new iPhone at higher speeds, as they don’t correctly support Apple’s standard.

And since this is Apple’s official high-power charging protocol, the devices determine how much power they draw, so your iPhone 6 will only pull in as much power as it can handle, ensuring a safe and battery-friendly fast charge.

 

So how fast will the new iPhones charge?

 

The iPhone 6 battery has 1810mAh, the iPhone 6 Plus has 2915mAh.

In our tests, an iPhone 6 can be completely charged in about 1h 15min, the iPhone 6 Plus needs between 1,5h and 2h. That’s almost twice as fast as Apple’s included power supply, which needs 2 – 2,5h for the iPhone 6 and 3 to 3,5h for the iPhone 6 Plus.

 

Charge your iPhone 6 faster

 

If you need the fastest charger for all your gadgets, tizi Tankstelle offers fast charging for up to four devices (2 high speed, 2 full speed). In the car? No problem, tizi Turbolader can charge up to 3 devices in your car and also supports high-speed charging. And for fast-charging on the go, tizi Kraftprotz has got your back, with enough charging power to fully charge your iPhone 6 3,5 times, or your iPhone 6 Plus 2,5 times.