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Today there is again a small test report on a charger that I have been using in the previous version for a long time: The filling station or the new filling station Pro from tizi (to be found here on Amazon). With four ports, the petrol station series has been providing charging options via USB-C and USB-A ports for some time.
The Fuel station (without Pro) is still a good charger with 1x USB-C and 3x USB-A charging options. Thanks to the 75 watts of power that the filling station offers, charging the 15-inch MacBook Pro during operation was no problem and you could also charge your iPhone or iPad.
In spite of everything, the need for USB-C ports on the power supply grew and grew. Most of the time, a USB-C port is occupied by the MacBook Pro, while I still like one Fast charging cable (USB-C to Lightning) charge my iPad Pro via USB-PD. This requirement is now covered by Fuel station Pro with two USB-C ports, which of course also USB-C Power Delivery dominate.
Alongside this port change, performance has also been improved. While the normal "tank station" offers a total of 75 watts of power, the "Tankstation Pro" delivers up to 90 watts of total power.
One final change is the form factor. The Pro fuel station now has a flat, square design that looks very classy. You can bring about a further small improvement yourself by using the supplied power cord against a angled Euro plug cable exchanges. This makes the cable routing even more appealing from my point of view.
To summarize the technical details again, I have everything here in bullet points for you:
In these two areas, tizi products are actually always very far ahead. The fuel station Pro is very robust and has a high quality finish. I really like the new slim design. In addition to the great look, it also has the advantage of not being bulky in laptop bags. The tizi power supply is ideal for traveling with small luggage.
What I also like: The ports are all clearly labeled and you can tell directly from the one or two lightning symbols which of the two USB-C ports offers 60 watts and which offers 30 watts. With other chargers like the Aukey dual port power supply I had to help myself with a self-made marking, which is of course not good for the look.
The devices from Equinux / tizi are generally a little more expensive than the devices of the Chinese competition. This is partly due to the fact that some Chinese companies are less precise about the payment of VAT (see "Law to Avoid VAT Fraud on Online Marketplaces"), but also because the technical implementation relies less heavily on security. High-quality components and good quality assurance cost money, which is well invested in the long term.
The Equinux / tizi team advertises with this wording:
Highest processing and safety standards according to EU norms. Silent safe charging, built-in overheating and overvoltage protection, component optimization for high-performance charging processes.
The Equinux / tizi development team is also based in Germany, which is why the higher labor costs also play a role in the development.
It is up to you whether you connect your 1300 euro iPhone to a cheap China charger or to a more expensive tizi charger. I only wanted to mention these points briefly because I often hear that product XY is too "expensive" and I tend to think that the circumstances and quality should be examined carefully before assessing the price.
And at the price of the Pro fuel station: The original Apple USB-C power supply with 96 watts is also priced at 85 euros, but does not have 4 ports. All other multiport USB-C chargers on Amazon have a power below 90 watts and only have two or three ports in total. As a result, in my opinion, the Tankstation Pro is unrivaled if you need a lot of power with many ports and, above all, two USB-C ports.
As with all multi-port power supplies with USB-C, the fuel station does not deliver the same performance on all ports. Here we have two USB-C ports that can deliver 60 watts and 30 watts, as well as two USB-A ports, each with 15 watts of power.
In purely mathematical terms, this results in 120 watts, which the fuel station does not deliver in practice. Instead, the total output of 90 watts is distributed across the ports. I checked how exactly this happens in practice.
In order to ensure a corresponding acceptance, I plugged the following devices into the fuel station Pro with appropriate USB multimeters to measure the performance:
I was able to measure the following values:
If you add up the individual values above, you get a total of 97,5 watts - more than the device can actually deliver? No, I assume that small changes occurred at one or the other measuring point during my recordings by the measuring devices. Due to my time-delayed measurement, an increased arithmetical total value has now occurred. However, you can be sure that the device easily delivers the stated output of 90 watts.
The values of 10 watts and 7,5 watts on the USB-A ports are so low because my iPad and iPhone simply didn't get any more power. With a USB load resistor, I was later able to measure over 15 watts per port. This could only be done for a short time, however, as my load resistor started to smell charred.
For me, the result of the whole measuring process means that the tizi Tankstation Pro distributes the power sensibly over the four ports and uses its total power.
What I noticed during my test is the low heat generated by the power supply. Even after 20 minutes of continuous load with all my consumers, I was only able to measure 41 ° C on the surface. The case also only felt lukewarm.
Especially for people who use the power supply in a cable box this is an important point to prevent heat build-up in the box.
The tizi fuel station Pro completely convinced me. I got the test device from Equinux / tizi free of charge, but if that hadn't been the case, I would have bought it myself now.
The high power output makes the tizi Tankstation Pro the perfect travel companion if you have a MacBook Pro as well as other devices that require a lot of electricity.
But the device is also very helpful at home, as you can use the 4 ports on your desk to charge your entire armada of iPads, iPhones and power banks while working, while one of the USB-C ports continuously supplies the MacBook with power.
The device is now on my desk and supplies my 15-inch MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro with energy via USB-PD. I use the two USB-A ports for iPhone, AirPods, Powerbanks, Kindle, headphones, Bluetooth speakers or headlamps as required.
The fuel station Pro can via this link on Amazon acquire. Alternatively, you can also find the Pro fuel station by clicking on this product box.
Even the normal "Gas station"is still worth mentioning, because with 75 watts and 3x USB-A and 1x USB-C it is a good partner for all people who only need one USB-C port. It is priced at around 70 euros.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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