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We will include articles here with technical information relating to NFC and other aspects of proximity communication.

  1. Which NFC Reader / Writer do I need?

    Which NFC Reader / Writer do I need?


    ZipNFC only sell the ACS reader writers due to them being the best quality and most reliable reader / writers on the market.  There are also many resources available on the web to help you build applications for these in all languages.  We have 3 types available from stock and below we explain the differences and how they can be used.


    We have two that can be used for reading and writing NFC tags (ACR1252U and ACR1255U-J1) and one that can be used for reading the UID of the chip (ACR1281U-C2).



    ACR1281U NFC UID Reader


    The ACR1281U-C2 is interesting as a common use of NFC tags / stickers is to purely use the UID that comes with every NFC chip.

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  2. UK business to the EU 2021

    UK business to the EU 2021

    We do not see many issues going forward especially now we have a deal in place, but we have no doubt there will be some initial things to learn as we go forward during the early period. We are not expecting any tarriffs for the products we supply to apply to shipmments, but we will be required to produce customs paperwork for all shipments - either a simple CN22 sticker on normal post to a full commcial invoice for DHL shipments.  We ship worldwide so this is not new for us, but just means we need to be apply the same process to all shipments outside of the UK.

    Please note that we have received information from DHL that although duty and tariffs will not apply to European shipments local VAT will be charged and this will need to be paid by company / perspn receiving the shipments.  Obviously if you are TAX registered you. will be able to claim this back in your accounting procedures.

    Please note at the current time Royal Mail suggesting there are delays to post to Europe a

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  3. Sample Packs

    We do not sell ready made sample packs as we have set the shop up so you can order down to a single item across our range.  This way you can decide which items you feel will suit for project.  If you are uncertain you can always contact us and we can provide some advice and suggestions for you.

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  4. Compare standard anti-metal NFC stickers to REVERSE anti-metal version

    ZipNFC White PVC 25mm REVERSE anti-metal Round tags using the latest NXP® NTAG213 chip and have a protective anti-metal layer so can be used near metal surfaces.

    Typical anti-metal stickers have a sticky ferrite layer that is expected to be placed or stuck on metal surfaces and the other side will be tapped on by the mobile or reading device. REVERSE anti-metal NFC stickers would normally be placed inside cases where the antenna is place against a plastic surface and the anti-metal protection is provided against metal or electrical circuits in side. Other uses might be where you have a poster in a metal case and you would place the sticky side on the back of the poster where the tag will get tapped, but the back is against the metal casing and is protected.

    They are basially the same, but the layers are structured differently. Pease see the pictures of the layers for comparison.

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  5. iPhone - using NFC as a triger for automated shortcuts

    iPhone - using NFC as a triger for automated shortcuts

    With the release of IOS 13 there are many new features available.  One feature is using the standard shortcuts app to create your own automated commands on the phone.  The Shortcuts app has always been available to use and very powerful, but now you can trigger them using an NFC tag.

    This is available on any IPhone model that support background NFC reading, so that is all the models in the Xs, XR and 11 range of phones and they should be runnig IOS 13+.

    Please note all our products in the NTAG range are fully compatbile with this functionality.

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