TYLT VÜ SOLO Hardware Review

TYLT VÜ SOLO Hardware Review

Sep 27, 2016

It’s no secret that we are fans of TYLT’s designs. There’s something infinitely cool about the minimalist designs that allow them to be as functional as they are fashionable. TYLT generally manages to make mobile accessories that one can almost build decor around.

No small feat. Trust us.

With wireless charging becoming more of a standard feature, finding useful chargers is becoming more of a need. The TYLT VÜ SOLO isn’t entirely new on the scene, but looks to remain a serious player in the field.

The review package TYLT sent us does highlight the expected TYLT aesthetic: rich retail packaging that showcases the goodness within; inside, one gets the charging pad, unique flat micro-USB cable and relevant documentation. The most important piece is obviously the silicone pad, and outside the bright burnt orange coloring, the slight brick is almost understated, being pretty small in profile and very light. It has a simple led light, and a micro-usb port. The flat cable has an “alignment edge” to hello with precise placements.

Officially, it comes in at 3.44 x 3.35 x 0.59 inches and 2.6oz.


The whole system is simple and intuitive with regards to setup. One needs a USB adapter (not provided) to connect the pad to an electrical source via the provided cable. Then, it’s ready to go.

The true action is initiated when one gets a Qi-enabled device and places it on the charger; we tried it with a Samsung device with built in wireless charging capabilities and also with an HTC device coupled with third-party Qi charging coil. The LED light announces the charging action.

In practice, the charging pad was fairly liberal with the newer device we tested on it; we didn’t have to work hard to position of the device. Of course, this may be more of a testament to the device, because it was a bit more temperamental with the coil accessory. As with all QI charges we have seen, there is trade-off with regards to time and heat generation, but in our testing, charging was consistent.

The TYLT VÜ SOLO is a nice, simple product that’s small and light enough to be portable when needed. it’s the perfect accessory for folks who are particular about charging ports and/or saving plug-in time at night. At $19.99 (for a specific color) on Amazon, it is quite affordable too.

TYLT Smart Charger Hardware Review

TYLT Smart Charger Hardware Review

Dec 8, 2015

TYLT is all but synonymous with mobile power, and it doesn’t hurt that thy make stuff that dares to be attractive. Such is what we hope to find in the new TYLT 6K Smart Charger.

The review package that TYLT sent us reflects the item in its retail presentation. The container itself has TYLT’s signature flair, and has the charger, plugin adapters and documentation; the charger comes in blue (there is a grey option too). The prongs are designed to fold in when not in use, preserving the unit’s overall profile, and also incorporates a flat wrap-around micro-USB cable (a Lightning cable version is also available for iOS users).

On the front, there is a simple, push-button battery level LED that allows one to keep tabs on how much juice is available.

The charger is a surprisingly handy with regards to size; it looks like a small brick with rounded corners, and is on the verge of being pocketable. Officially, it comes in at 3 x 3.35 x 1.06 inches, and weighs 5.35 ounces, packing a 6,000 mAh LI-on polymer battery.


The unit’s main calling card is its usability. First and foremost, it is a travel charger; its size lends itself to functional portability, somewhat eliminating the need for an extra cable due to the built-in micro-USB end, while also providing an extra pass-through USB slot for an additional one. The foldout prongs are a great idea, making any and every compatible outlet a viable, on-the-spot power source.

Toss in the battery storage, and one is able to procure extended functionality on the go for multiple mobile devices, so that even when the outlet isn’t available, one has a true portable charger.

The smart charging technology allows devices to be charged till full, and then for the battery to be topped off, which is a great idea. The 2.4A output means it won’t shirk even the roughest mobile charging responsibilities, and real world usage supports this premise. The unit fully charges in under eight hours.

An accessory’s true worth lays in its ability to become close to indispensable. In more ways than one, this one gets there. At $69.99, it is an investment, but it’s extended functionality adds to its value.

Y-CHARGE QUIK Dual USB Car Charger Hardware Review

Y-CHARGE QUIK Dual USB Car Charger Hardware Review

Oct 12, 2015

At this point, charging accessories are almost as important as the units they power. This isn’t hyperbole, either as the latter are practically useless without the former.

It makes sense, then, that one should look for good, durable charging solution. And, being the mobile creatures that we are, it is imperative that we find different solutions suiting different environments. One environment that cannot be ignored is one’s vehicle; depending on one’s needs and commute times, the right type of power accessory is definitely needed.

With bigger devices and bigger batteries, it was only a matter of time before in-car tools began to match regular tools. With TYLT’s Y-CHARGE QUIK Car Charger, we get the possibility of a high capacity car charger matched with the style TYLT is known for in one handy package.

The review unit TYLT sent us reflects the unit in its retail state; one gets the piece itself and documentation. In hand, the charger looks relatively slick for what it does. The “Y” shaping intuitively underscores its dual USB function: the “tail” serves as the plug, while the two “branches” are outlets into which USB charging cable can be plugged into. The exterior is blue, and the accents shiny chrome. It isn’t too big, and even manages to fit in one’s hand fairly easily. Besides the blue we tested, one can pick, black, red and lime green.


It is rated as Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 ready, so it boasts the ability to juice up devices up to 75% quicker, and it packs 4.8A that can be routed to two devices simultaneously. In practice, it mostly lives up to this promise, topping up devices tangibly faster than regular gear. Because of the “natural” spread, one can put two cables going in somewhat opposite directions. It works as advertised, and did well with power-hungry tablets.

The pricing is another draw, coming in at $16.99 on Amazon.

When it’s all said and done, one gets a nice quick-charging tool, stylish and seemingly well-formed for a decent price. Most importantly, it works.

TYLT FLYP-DUO Reversible USB Cable Hardware Review

TYLT FLYP-DUO Reversible USB Cable Hardware Review

Sep 10, 2015

We are a mobile society.

Or, to be fair, we are getting there. In any case, some thing seem to be becoming more commonplace, such as households with multiple mobile devices, and households with devices from multiple platforms.

Hey, I should know… this one has units from all major platforms, and then some.

Still, now, with the joy of multiple devices comes the challenge of keeping them charged. Since Apple uses proprietary cables, it does add an extra cable to be carried when an iDevice. Since I like to be prepared, it pays to have a lightning cable, and even if not for me, I do get a weird sense of accomplishment when I can provide a cable to a needy friend or colleague.

Ah, enter the TYLT FLYP-DUO Reversible USB Cable.

It sports a flat cable, but one that is noticeably less wide than the XXXXXXX; it retains the durable feel, with a covering fairly giving rubber and hard plastic. As expected, it comes in a host of colors, and the stately black option TYLT sent us reflects the unit well.


On the one end, there’s is the obvious USB end, and on the other, one gets a micro-USB end, and, interestingly enough, an attached micro-USB-to-lightning cable adapter, which kind of hints at the proposed functionality.

It looks to solve a couple of the first-world problems mentioned above, plus one more. First, it creates an intuitive hybrid accessory that can be used to charge and sync both Android (or other micro-USB sourced devices) and newer iOS devices. This is great on the go and even permanently.

As an added plus, the USB end has a nifty trick up its sleeve: it can be used in “upside down” position; to be more accurate, there is no wrong way to plug it in width-wise. This is great for folks like me who like to bumble around plugging things in the dark.

In practice, the piece works as expected. It can be transported easily, in bag or even in pocket, and it becomes close to indispensable very quickly.

TYLT RIBBN Car Charger Hardware Review

TYLT RIBBN Car Charger Hardware Review

Jul 15, 2015

As our use of mobile devices increases, so does the need to keep them powered. Portable chargers do the the trick, but one key concept is the ability to charge in vehicles.

TYLT has established a name in the power accessory segment, and with good reason. The units it puts out tend to straddle the fence between form and function quite admirably; it’s nice to have a piece that looks good, and, well, works. We recently had an opportunity to review its RIBBN 4.8A Car Charger.

We didn’t hesitate.

It utilizes TYLT’s flat cable design, which, with the rubberized finish, makes this piece quite flexible and stowable. It is pretty long as well (3 feet of primary cable), so it can be deployed quite far from the plug-in part itself. It incorporates an extra USB port, in essence creating a dual prong option that can source devices with different type of charging ports. The plugin portion is fairly long, which allows for it to be removed and reinserted quite easily. It mostly feels well constructed, with care placed in the melds, and it thrives being stored in cars in different weather conditions over time. We got the black piece to review, and it comes in other colors (which can be seen in the gallery at the very end of the article).


One of the best aspects of this unit is the integrated functionality. First, the 2 amp charger just make sense. More devices need it, and those devices are quite mobile, so having an adapter that draw this is invaluable. Secondly, the extra USB outlet allows for one to use a USB cable of any length and just about any type (MiFi, micro-USB, mini-USB, etc), such that an extra mobile device can be attended to quite easily. In one instance, I was able to charge a device used in the back of the vehicle from the front. It spits out up to 2.4A per cable, which is plenty enough to keep most thirsty electronics satisfied; the flat cable is also useful, giving the main cable the ability to be used around corners without crinkling or tangles.

Altogether, it’s a sleek, atypical piece that fills a need properly, and manages to do just a bit more. It’s what we’ve come to expect from TYLT, and underscores why the company remains a serious player in the mobile accessories segment.

The TYLT RIBBN is available for 39.99 via TYLT’s website.

TYLT Accessories On Sale For 50% Off For Limited Time

TYLT Accessories On Sale For 50% Off For Limited Time

Nov 26, 2014

TYLT, the renown smartdevice accessory maker with a penchant for visually appealing pieces, is getting in on the holiday spirit.

From Black Friday Through Cyber Monday, all products on www.tylt.com will be on sale for 50% off. This means that some of the sleekly unique gadgets and accessories that TYLT is known for can be had for a fraction of the sticker price during the sale period.

Additionally, TYLT is offering free first class shipping within the continental United States (by using promo code CYBER2014 at checkout).

We have reviewed a few of TYLT’s products, and really liked them. We had the opportunity to check out their portable power banks, Qi charging unit and more. The items generally straddle the thin line between form and functionality quite equitably.

As noted, the sale runs from November 28th through December 1st 2014, so get it while it is pipn’ hot.


TYLT Announces Two New Accessories

TYLT Announces Two New Accessories

Oct 28, 2014

TYLT is back. With more.

The smartdevice accessory maker that looks to continually merge high style with real world functionality, has just announced two new accessories.

First, we get to see the VU Wireless Charging Car Mount.

Simply place your smartphone on the VU Wireless Charging Car Mount to initiate charging – no need to plug in your phone. The three overlaid charging coils ensure your phone will connect and charge regardless of its size or orientation, and its spring loaded arms securely grip phones with up to 5.7″ displays. Mount the device to your dashboard or windshield with the extra strong Micro-Gel suction cup, and position your phone in horizontal or landscape view with the 180-degree rotating mount.

This unit works with Qi-enabled devices, can be used with the biggest smartphones on the market, and has an adjustable base.

It will be priced at $79.99

Also making its debut is the VU SOLO.

The perfect traveling companion or desktop accessory, the VU SOLO makes wireless charging easier than ever with its patent-pending alignment ledge, a physical marker that shows you exactly where to place your device in order to align it with the single Qi coil and initiate charging. Any micro-USB cable will power this charging pad, which provides a 1 Amp charge and 5 watts of power to your device once connected. The SOLO features an anti-slip silicone surface, 5 foot charging cable, built-in ventilation, and a micro-gel suction base.

The SOLO will carry a $39.99 price tag.

Both pieces will be available by the end of the year.

[Source: TYLT Press Release]

TYLT Cases Go On Sale For Limited Time

TYLT Cases Go On Sale For Limited Time

Oct 22, 2014

TYLT is a company we have come to love; its designs generally straddle the thin line between creative and functional very comfortably.

Now, TYLT is offering up its cases for $10 for a limited time. Generally, these cases retail from $35 through $50.

The sale does not include power cases; it includes free shipping within the continental USA; it’s the prefect time to get a case for one’s Galaxy S5, Note 3, S4, iOS devices and more.

We’ve had the opportunity to review TYLT products in the past, and mostly liked the usability and design aesthetic.

The sale will continue through October 30th, so get it while you can.

TYLT Energi S5 Sliding Power Case

TYLT Energi S5 Sliding Power Case

Sep 5, 2014

Okay… we love TYLT. Duh.

But would we like its Energi S5 Sliding Power Case compelling? Let’s see.

The review unit TYLT sent us is a two-piece combo affair; it’s made up of a hard plastic protective case, and the battery sleeve too (the box also contains a USB cable). The sleeve is mostly black, hard plastic, with cutouts for the S5 rear camera and speaker grille. There’s also an “on” button on the back under the company logo. There’s also a charging port at the bottom, and a male input micro-USB port on the inside of the sleeve.

The protective case is a bit more intricate in design, with grey accents on the edges (it also comes in blue). The edges are designed to raise off he screen, which is useful for when the device is ace down. All the necessary cut-outs are available: charge/sync, infra-red, audio aux cable, camera, and speaker grille. The wake button and volume rocker on the sides are protected by designated overlay that allows them to work naturally.


The former allows the device to fit perfectly into the latter. After getting the device enveloped in the case — and it is a tight fit — it’s time to side the cased phone into the charging sleeve. In theory, it looks easy, and involves opening the charging flap on the S5 and moving the case along the inside of the sleeve till the aforementioned charging piece fits snugly into the S5’s charging port. In practice, however, the designed snugged fit is a double-edged sword, and it takes some careful finagling to get the two pieces matched up.

Together, there is noticeable heft and girth added; it’s not transformed into a rick, but if one’s hobb is to gaze at the one’s device (hey, don’t judge), one might be somewhat discomfited. The device is well protected though, and in that regard, one might forgive the partial loss of slightness.

As the consummate portable charger, the power case mostly delivers. he review unit arrived with a full charge, and when the on button is engaged, the device is actively charged in a safe matter, even when being used. I was able to use all other functions of the device, and the standby power is admirable, as is the ability to charge the S5 fully from the initial charge.


My biggest gripe is the smoothness of assembly (and taking the units back apart). in my perfect world, the Energi Case would be a portable, on call accessory. In other words, the sleeve would reside in my gear box until it was needed, and then, taken off when the phone is reasonably topped off. In my testing, taking the cased device off the phone isn’t easy; maybe my nervousness with regards to busted charging ports is to blame, but because of the design, I didn’t have an easy go of pulling the case off the device. This means, with regards to what i wanted to do, the case feels semi-permanent.

All in all, it’s a great product mostly restricted by its specific target. I’d like to see the concept on more devices, but for the S5 owner who wants power on the go, there are not a lot of better options.

TYLT Energi Battery Series Hardware Review

TYLT Energi Battery Series Hardware Review

Aug 12, 2014

TYLT is synonymous with accessorized style. From chargers to cases to cables and beyond, one can be assured that products from TYLT will be atypically attractive without sacrificing functionality. The Kickstarter-funding of some of its products adds to its allure.

We had an opportunity to look at it’s wireless charger a while back, and were mostly impressed with the design aesthetic and overall usability. We recently received an opportunity to look at its entire Energi External Battery Pack Series, and jumped in head first. With the increasing trend of sealed batteries in phones with brighter screens PLUS folks carrying several devices, the need for reliable third party battery packs is becoming more of a need than a want.

The review pieces all came individually cased in retail packaging; we got to check out the 2K, 3K, 5K and the momma of them all, the 10K. Each of the numerical designations correspond to the capacity of that unit.


Of course, we couldn’t resist the urge to put the 10K through the paces. The 10K is pretty solid in hand, fairy thick but not too long at 4.7 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches, and weighing in at 11 ounces. This unit comes with a single microUSB cable that can be used to charge the unit, and also to transfer power to a device. The unit itself is mostly black with a subtle, grey logo band that runs round the middle of the unit. The bottom of the unit has four ports, each clearly labeled, with three being for charging (1A, 1A and a tablet-specific 2.1A) and the input port. On the lower end of the left side, there is an on/off button, and a series of LEDs that indicate the amount of charge available with green lights. The unit promises to charge a few devices simultaneously, or a regular device up to four times.


The unit arrived with a partial charge. It is fairly intuitive to set up and even with a single light showing, it started juicing up the M8. I did expect reasonable charging rate, but it is surprisingly fast, getting the M8 from 40% to full in less than a half hour (using the 2.1A port).

Next, I filled it up and tried it with three devices (an LG G3, a Nook HD+ and the aforementioned M8). The Energi 10K handled itself admirably, getting them all up to par from half way down with charge left. It also has excellent standby functionality, allowing one to keep it unused with the charge retained over time.


What really makes the Energi series compelling is the range; I do wish the 10K had embedded cable like some of its siblings, but the raw power is comforting. In related testing, the other units are just as effective within their advertised parameters.

The 10K isn’t exactly cheap, at about $99.99 (per Amazon), and it is a bit hefty, but there are different pieces that can suit different needs and price points.

TYLT Vu Wireless Charger Hardware Review

TYLT Vu Wireless Charger Hardware Review

Jun 11, 2014

Wireless charging is becoming less of a novelty, and with the TYLT Vu Wireless Charger, it is easy to see why aesthetics can become a big part of the picture.

Off the bat, it definitely wins style points, with its deliberate angling and tapered look. The surface area is lime greenish with a subtle logo on the face, and black on the underside. The uneven, inverted V is very becoming, and the hard plastic feels solid in hand. The charger officially comes in at 7.5 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches, and weighs less than 5.7 ounces; it also boasts output of 5W off input of 12V/750mA.

The package contains a charger and documentation as well, and also comes in red, blue and black.

Setting the charger up is intuitively easy, and involves connecting the included wall charger via the port at the bottom of the device. The unit feels fairly firm, with no undue chance of tipping over. The broadest end of the unit bends into a brief lip, and this main part forms the main charging surface. In practice, the surface area is very liberal, which allows for relaxed placements. When paired with a few Qi-enabled devices, the charger immediately recognized them and started working immediately, as shown by the charging indicator on the devices. Charging is noticeably slower than wall charging, but this is something that is true of every Qi-enabled charger I have used.


I would have liked an indicator on the charger itself, or even a vocal signature; if a device does not have an indicator, it can be hard to confirm charging if the screen is off. Also, the sleek design is easy on the eyes, but might make usage in places like a car a bit harder to pull off.

In any case, hats off to TYLT for making a modern charger that is cool enough to be as stylish as it is functional.