Aftermarket Upgrade Planning: T.A.Q.S.I – Installing Sound System into #Twizy #ev Brainstormfest #taqsi

Unlike other folk’s Premium #electricVehicle #Twizy models, mine did not come with any Bluetooth Parrot integration, nor speakers.

All twizy (for the sake for simplicity and design) have the roof-moulder speaker mounds. They are relatively easily exposed with some Torx screws (x2). But lets get hasty, I need to ensure this poor-and-excited-twizy-owner’s-attempt wont bring tears but deliver a good sound upgrade which is well appreciated, especially by moi – the Driver.

I also do hope this Sound upgrade could be a Twizy, Affordable, Quick, Simple, Sound, Install (T.A.Q.S.I) #TAQSI

My Requirements and Considerations for aftermarket upgrade are as follows:

  • Need for simplicity in music playback/hands-free audio. bluetooth is the way to go
  • Also don’t mean to be picky, but i am after a quality playback. to research good speaker’s(options). Stereo Playback is a must
  • No major #twizy body panel alteration or any soldering, this needs to be relatively easy plug-and-play
  • Power Source will be that “cigarette lighter” affixed in the left glovebox.
  • Does not require much technical knowledge allowing this to become “Quick-Twizy-Audio-Upgrade” standard

Having scouted the ebay and indeed many forums, I found that while everyone had a different approach to this “challenge”, not all was documented enough for me to follow. Some required soldering – which was at odds with my requirement above.

I have also come across numerous “car-kits” which simply wont do in a twizy, whether they are too cumbersome, complicated, or just draw too much power.

What we are after is a Bluetooth’s receiver with Quality Playback(Stereo speakers), which can be charged via the USB, – a plug fixed into that cigarette lighter, which i mentioned earlier.

What i have settled in – and considered – is ordering something alike Bolse BTS-12  since for £33 odd pounds sterling the unit had a great review: Bluetooth, 6W speakers for Left and Right, delivering some impressive quality playback. It is a nice package, but i feel it may be just as good once i dismantle it for #Twizy’s retrofitting. I know this would go against “non complicated setup”, and alternative consideration was floating around whether i am able to fit the whole unit somewhere “up there” by the roof’s speaker mounds or not. Things would be much simpler that way.

That remains to be considered seriously. So we keep this as Plan B.

 

For Plan A, I intend to go high and low and get the best return-on-investment, saving time, money and making this installation most simplest possible, without undermining the quality of the setup.

 

Having hopped a few stores for hands-on research, i have come across the following speakers;

  • Music Angel Friendz Universal Rechargeable Portable Mini Speaker Pink 6w Output
Music Angel Friendz Universal Rechargeable Portable Mini Speaker Pink 6w Output
Music Angel Friendz Universal Rechargeable Portable Mini Speaker Pink 6w Output

The Best Bit:

You can daisy Chain those – for louder, Stereo playback with a simple

3.5mm audio jack. Sorted. Another “Best Bit”, well, they are £7.50 Delivered. Each. peanuts.

Also They are USB chargeable, with small on-board battery offering additional nn-hours playback (double digits – more than i need – enabling me to charge phone if i need to do so While i listen to music)

So, now i thought i had speakers, as nice as they were, i still needed an Bluetooth reciever, – and with good old fashioned ebay to the rescue, – i found some;

  • USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter for Speaker iPhone Mp3
USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter for Speaker iPhone Mp3
USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter for Speaker iPhone Mp3

Simple installation: USB plug-and-play + 3.5mm jack

Quick and Simple to install. Good reviews and with a cost of < £5 delivered. no brainer.

 

Finally, for the last bit, i need power. Twin USB source to power my contraption. Sorted:

  • Universal Dual USB 2-Port In-Car Socket Twin Charger 12v iPhone (£1.49 free delivery)

    Universal Dual USB 2-Port In-Car Socket Twin Charger 12v iPhone
    Universal Dual USB 2-Port In-Car Socket Twin Charger 12v iPhone

The Good bit:  it can draw enough power to charge an ipad. this means the daisy chained speaker set could very likely share the single usb power (which i’d split later too)

 

Oh Yes, i may just may require some extras:

USB splitter/Hub to share power from for Individual Speakers (Bus Powered)

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub; Bus-powered
AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub; Bus-powered

Its Ipad*(more amps)-powered connection which is then split via such a hub to provide individual power to each of the speaker.

 

 

3.5mm 2 Male to Female Y Splitter Audio Cable For iPhone,iPad,Speaker,Computer

3.5mm 2 Male to Female Y Splitter Audio Cable For iPhone,iPad,Speaker,Computer
3.5mm 2 Male to Female Y Splitter Audio Cable For iPhone,iPad,Speaker,Computer

This will enable My single bluetooth adaptor “playback” to each of the speakers individually. Costs about £1-£5 (depending where you order from. Cheaper from Hong Kong)

 

 

3.5mm Jack Male to Male Stereo Audio AUX Cable Cord For iPhone iPod phone #C BG

3.5mm Jack Male to Male Stereo Audio AUX Cable Cord For iPhone iPod phone #C BG
3.5mm Jack Male to Male Stereo Audio AUX Cable Cord For iPhone iPod phone #C BG

This 3.5mm jack extension will connect to bluetooth adaptor, for extra length, which I intend to run behind plastic interior into the Speaker Moulds. This will then be connected to the 3.5mm splitter, which THEN be connected to each individual Speakers.
Costs about a £1, if ordered from Hong Kong. You can vary the prices and indeed qualities with your local supplier as well.

 

Wow. I ordered the lot. Now we gotta sit tight, wait, and see if my plans yield to any fruition.

Ok Wish me luck, leave comments and questions below or tweet @evmeerkat for of the same!

Plan A estimated cost is about £25:

  • Speakers £15 (2x£7.50) +
  • £5 Bluetooth Receiver +
  • Car USB 12V A2 socket £1.50 (ANY STANDARD SOCKET WOULD DO) +
  • USB Hub £5.00 odd +
  • Y-Splitter 3.5mm 2 Male to 1 female jack (found from Hong Kong) £2 +(NOT NEEDED)
  • 3.5MM Jack Male to Male extension £1

If this works. Its better than a Bargain.

Thank me with a Pint Later (Twizy Ride to Hampstead anyone?), or;

If you need a good cause to donate – Donate some some to EVDA-UK – EV Drivers Association could really do with some support.
PS. #TAQSI is the new hashtag for this event – spread the love

UPDATE:

  • Y-splitter is not required at all actually.