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Oct 26, 2022

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Essential Travel Gadget - Apple AirTags tracker

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GPS trackers have been around for a while. Until recently, Tile was likely the most well know as they were really trying to penetrate the market. There were others as well, such as Trackr, which was the first tracker I owned. While these were great concepts, the execution was not as good. Trackr never really took off. Though for it to work correctly and be able to report on items' locations, the opposite needed to be true. And that is where the Apple Air Tags come in


How do Bluetooth trackers work

Also known as item finders, Bluetooth trackers are small devices that use Bluetooth to connect to your phone. This lets you locate them when they're within Bluetooth range.

Trackers use Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as BLE or Bluetooth 4.0) to wirelessly connect to your mobile device and regularly transmit small amounts of data to that device through the connection.

If you lose the item and want to find it again, you can use the tracker to locate it using your phone.

Once connected, you can track the location of the object it is attached to using the map on the tracker’s mobile app or via a web browser. You can also use your phone to make your tracker ring if you can’t locate it with the map.



Apple Air Tags

Apple didn’t invent the tracker, but they significantly improved on it.  

The iPhone US market share is at 50% of the total US market for the first time ever, according to a new market intelligence report. 



Apple also dominates global premium smartphone sales, accounting for 78% of the $1,000+ segment worldwide. With so many devices around, your item will likely be within the radius and pinging its location. 

We have been using AirTags for a bit now and have had great success. We are able to track our items such as backpacks and bikes. This was especially helpful when these were left behind. In the Find My app, we located the item within a few feet of its location as the AirTag shows you an approximate radius of the location. Though it is getting more and more accurate. 

We have also placed one in the car. We can now know where we parked and in which direction so we do not need to try to remember the spot (though probably still a good idea to orient yourself) or wander around the parking lot or unfamiliar territory. 

The battery on the AirTag lasts about a year. We just had to replace it in one of our trackers. Doing it was very easy. You just press and twist, pop out old, and put it new. The instructions on how to replace the AirTag battery can be found here https://support.apple.com/airtag-battery. They use a CR2032 lithium 3V coin battery which is approved for travel. 

This makes Apple Air Tags a great tracking gadget for your tech and much more. 

Travel use 

  • Track luggage (tape it to a side, or place it in an inside pocket)
  • Track kids on tours or excursions (put it in their backpacks)
  • If older kids, track around the resort (there are Airtag bracelets available)
  • Track items on the beach 

Car use

  • Put the tracker in the car to keep track of it
  • Use it when parking to easily find the car
  • Put AirTag within the key ring holder on your car keys


Universal use


Have you used an item tracker? Which one?
What are some other uses for Bluetooth trackers?

Update:
With all the benefits that the AirTags have in tracking your belonging and more, there are also cautions on how they are being misused:





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