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AutoMatters & More: Mobile Devices from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

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Products by RapidX, ToughTested & Nite Ize
Jan Wagner

Every year the lines become more and more blurred between automotive and other consumer electronics devices. This was fully in evidence at CES 2018. Here is a tiny cross section of what was on display.


ToughTested offers a broad range of high tech, high quality electronics products and accessories engineered for tough, demanding professional use under extreme conditions. Features include longer and heavier cords, higher amperage, longer battery life, more durable materials, extreme temperature tolerant components, higher-grade plastics and hardware. They are backed by a five-year warranty.

Their product categories include solar, power banks, chargers and cable power products; tough gear bags and phone cases; heavy duty earbuds, headsets, speakers and cables; and clothing.

Tough cables
ToughTested cables Jan Wagner

ToughTested’s high tech, high quality cables are rugged. You can see this just by looking at and handling them.

Protect your iPhone, iPad and iPod while charging with their 4-foot PRO+ Safe Charge & Sync cable (TT-SC6-IP5). Its built-in circuit breaker cuts off power in less than a tenth of a second when damaging current is detected. The switch resets when the current returns to a normal, safe range. An LED indicator glows green when it is safe to charge and red when a problem is detected. Its “Easy Fit” Lightning connector fits deep into most phone cases.

Inspected to military standard, this chemical, heat and abrasion resistant cable is 50 percent stronger than most cables, with reinforced stress points tested to sustain 25 pounds and 10,000 bends.

Tough Tested
ToughTested Jump Starter V8 Jan Wagner

ToughTested’s 8-foot Charge & Sync PRO Cable with Lightning connector (TT-PC8-IP5) is constructed of P.E.T. polymer, which makes it their thinnest, strongest cable ever. It is rated at 2.4 amps.

Start your engine multiple times with the 500A ToughTested Jump Starter V8 (TT-JSV8). It comes in its own tough, zippered case and includes short jumper cables with intelligent battery clamps; a micro USB cable; a cigarette lighter plug adaptor; and an internal 7500 mAh Lithium-Ion power bank battery.

For easy, long term storage in your vehicle, the compact Jump Starter V8 measures approximately six inches x three inches x one inch, and provides up to 12 months of standby time, ready to jump start your car, truck, motorcycle, boat or jet ski when you need it. Its 12-volt output is suitable to jump start vehicles with up to 8-cylinder engines (maximum displacement of 5.0-liters/5000cc, and up to 6-cylinder diesel vehicles (maximum displacement of 3.0 liters/ 3000cc). It is water resistant and shockproof, and you can also charge your mobile device via its 5V/2A output. The built-in flashlight even includes an SOS flashing mode!

See more ToughTested products at

Rapid 5
RapidX X5 rapid car charger Jan Wagner


RapidX provides smart key finders, USB charging tools and premium, ergonomic office chairs and gaming desk chairs.

Their iOS and Android compatible X5 rapid car charger has five intelligent USB ports to detect your devices and, if your device supports this, to deliver the fastest possible charge at up to 2.4 amps per port or 10.8 amps overall. On one end of its 5-foot cable is a cigarette lighter plug with two USB ports. On the other end of the cable is a three-USB-port extension that can be easily attached via a removable back-of-seat clip for handy and convenient access by your rear seat passengers.

For more information visit RapidX at

Nite Ize
Nite Ize Steelie Ecosystem products Jan Wagner

Nite Ize

Nite Ize products include mobile device holders and holsters, power cords, ties, tie downs, carabiners, all sorts of LED lights, bike accessories, fitness slap wraps, vests, markers and zipper pulls, LED pet collars and leashes, LED flying discs and much more.

The Nite Ize Steelie Ecosystem is a family of products that make it easy to mount and then point the screens of your in-vehicle mobile devices towards you. Their magnetic, two-part steelie ball and socket system offers tremendous, easy adjustability.

The Steelie Freemount Windshield Kit attaches to most smartphones. It includes a suction cup with a locking quick release lever; a long aluminum arm that adjusts to match the angle of your windshield; and a strong, phone-safe neodymium magnet.

The Steelie Tabletop Stand, for use with phones and tablets, is available in component and complete kit versions. Magnetic tablet and phone sockets, replacement adhesive pads and Multistick adapters are available separately.

For more information and to see many more Nite Ize products, visit

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