Tidey FAQ's

  • What is Tidey?

    Tidey is a network connected tide clock, it displays the live tide position and direction for your chosen beach – from a list of thousands.

  • Does Tidey require WiFi?

    Yes WiFi is required to display the Tide position and direction, and to keep the software up-to-date. A WiFi connection also allows you to change the beach as often as you like.

  • How many beaches does Tidey display?

    Tidey displays one beach of your choice. You can log-in to your Tidey at any time to choose one of 1000’s of available beaches around the world. From Hawaii to New Zealand to Brighton.

  • How do I set up my Tidey?

    Set up can be done in 5 minutes, go to https://tidey.co/setup for full instructions.

  • Is there a subscription for Tidey?

    Tidey is a new concept and new product, the device connects to a data feed so it can show a live tide for thousands of locations. As a service, it requires ongoing running costs – server and data feeds to maintain.

    A subscription is needed to cover; ongoing data maintenance, server up-time and will allow us to develop and release additional data feeds for Tidey to display.

  • Is Tidey good for the environment?

    We have designed Tidey with the environment front of mind, and are doing our best to keep our environmental impact as low as we can. The main construction of Tidey is from recycled bioplastic and recycled cardboard. The plastic is recycled PLA – a plant-based plastic which is biodegradable (not home-compostable). We also will take back Tidey’s for recycling if they have reached the end of their useful life.

    The USB cable we supply is made from wheat-grass bio plastic and is also biodegradable. We do not supply USB plugs to power Tidey as we believe that many people already have spares of these and can therefore source and re-use their own.

    The electricity that has gone into the production of Tidey (from laser-cutting to coffee making) is from renewables.

  • Does Tidey keep good time?

    Yes, Tidey is synchronised using an internet connection, it’s pretty much as on-time as any NASA computer (you could say).

  • How much electricity does Tidey use?

    Tidey uses low-energy LED lights, the estimated electricity cost is approximately 1.5 pence a day, at the default brightness setting.

    For comparison – a 10 Watt lightbulb costs 12.5 pence a day to run.

    (Calculated using the UK Price Cap, October 2022, electricity rate of 52.00 pence per kWh.)

  • How do I read the display?

    The Tidey display ‘fills up’ with light to indicate low to high tide. When tide is fully out all the lights are off, and when the tide is in all the lights are illuminated.

    You can estimate tide time by counting the squares – each little square represents about 6 minutes, and an entire row is 45 minutes. So, if all the lights are lit up apart from the last 5 then it’s about 30mins to high tide. (5 x 6 mins)

    In addition, there is an animation that travels up or down the screen, this shows if the tide is coming in/up or going out/down.

  • Contact us for support or feedback

    Alternatively you can email us directly at hello@tidey.co