Bluetooth trackers allow for you to keep track of your important items simply and affordably. These trackers work by emitting a constant, low energy signal via Bluetooth. Once your smartphone connects to the device you are good to start tracking. This little piece of gear is perfect for the forgetful and/or security conscious person out there who wants to know where their possessions are at all times. The Bluetooth tracking market is a crowded space, so we’ve put together a list of our top three Bluetooth trackers.
Tile is the originator of Bluetooth tracking. Launched via a crowdsourcing campaign in 2013, the device was a smash hit. Over $2,500,000 in funding was raised from nearly 50,000 backers with the promise that it would help users locate any object attached to the small Bluetooth connected tag. The Tile Mate is the successor to the original Tile around 25% smaller and lighter than the original.
The Tile Mate also looks smarter, with the Tile logo now in a silver circle on the front, and two pieces of slightly different white plastic molded together for a two-tone effect. One of the main benefits of using Tile is that if you were to lose your device with a Tile connected, you will have a greater chance of finding it. This is because Tile has over 6 million users worldwide, so the chances more people will have Tile app. As soon as someone’s phone detects the missing Tile, you’ll get a notification telling you exactly where to go to continue the search for yourself.
The Chipolo 2.0 takes the form of a circle and has a few differing features to the Tile Mate. The Plus is water resistant and has a battery that will last a year, after which another Chipolo can be repurchased through their discounted renewal program. The Chipolo 2.0 also claims to be the loudest tracker on the market. Once alerted on the app, the device plays a melody at 100Db, around as loud as a garbage truck.
The Chipolo 2.0 is very easy to use. Just open the app, press a button, then follow the large sound to find whatever it’s attached to.
TrackR Pixel 2
The TrackR Pixel 2 has a similar circular design to the Chipolo Bluetooth tracker, however, there are a few key differences. The TrackR device has a clear strip around the edge with LED lights. These lights turn on when you engage the app in locating your item, which is very handy when looking around in the dark. This model of tracker also has a replaceable battery, meaning that the device doesn’t become unusable after the first battery runs out.
Orbit key Finder
The ORBIT Key Finder is the newest tracking device to enter the market. Crafted from anodised aluminium, the ORBIT features a replaceable battery, battery life indicator and a selfie remote. If you are out of range from your ORBIT, the last seen location will be shown on the map through the ORBIT app. You can also make your phone ring using ORBIT to locate it if you are in range.
Whilst these Bluetooth trackers all serve a similar purpose, there are some major differences to consider before purchase. The Tile Mate has the largest user database, so it wins if finding your device in public is your goal. If you want to continue to use the same tracker, choose the TrackR Pixel 2 or ORBIT. If the loudness factor, colour choice and design front are your concerns, the Chipolo 2.0 is for you.