The perfect bluetooth trackers for 2020


Are you someone who searches for lost items a lot? Do your car keys always seem to disappear? If you’re struggling to keep track of important things, a bluetooth tracker can change your life – and keep you from losing your nerve.

Some of our top picks are Chipolo and Tile. Find out which bluetooth tracker is best for Android or iPhone users and read more about what to expect from these smart little tracking devices.


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Perhaps the most popular Bluetooth tracker brand right now is Tile. The current range of tile trackers covers the vast majority of situations. There’s the waterproof tile sticker, which is about a quarter-size, and can stick to most metal or plastic items. It’s IPX7 certified, has a range of around 150 feet and a battery life of three years. The Tile Slim is a credit card size tracker that fits easily in your wallet or purse. It has a range of 200 feet and a battery that should last three years. The Tile Pro is a square with a hole in the top corner that easily fits on a key ring and has the longest reach at 400 feet. It’s also the loudest of the tile trackers and has a replaceable battery that should last a year.

Our pick is the Tile Mate, which has a similar design to the Pro but is cheaper. The downside is that the range drops to 200 feet but is still noisy, comes with a removable battery that should last a year, and comes at a price that’s easier to swallow. Right now, you can buy the Tile Mate in a variety of limited-edition designs – like the comic-inspired superhero design or the colorful Malibu sunset designs – that come in a starter pack of a mate and slim tracker for $ 53 are included.

All Tile trackers work with a companion app on your iPhone or Android phone. You can have the tracker play a sound to help you find the item you’re looking for, and you can also see the last known location on a map. You can also use the Tile Mate to find your phone by pressing the button twice. With Tile, all nearby trackers can locate your marked object. Hence the important fact that it has a very large user base. Tile also supports Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can instruct your smart speaker to ask Tile where you left your buttons and trigger the ringtone. If you want smart notifications when you leave something behind, an annual battery change, and 30 days of location history, you’ll need to upgrade to the Tile Premium subscription service, which costs $ 30 per year or $ 3 per month – with a free 30-day trial.


Chipolo ONE 2020Simon Hill / Digital Trends

The Chipolo ONE is very similar to the Tile Mate except that it is circular and comes in six different colors. It also has a loud alarm that goes up to 120 decibels, it’s waterproof with an IPX5 rating, and it requires standard CR2032 coin-operated batteries that you can replace – although a full battery should last around two years. Great for keys, the Chipolo ONE can also alert you out of range on your Android phone or iPhone to prevent you from leaving your keys or whatever is attached to them. Unlike Tile, these alerts are out of range at no additional cost and no subscription is required. Press the button on the Chipolo twice and your phone will ring. The range is 200 feet and Chipolo also works with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa.

You can see highlighted items on a map on your phone or in your web browser. You can also mark lost items and get help from other Chipolo users even though they have a smaller user base than Tile, so this feature may not work. You can also purchase a Chipolo CARD that fits in your wallet but doesn’t have a removable battery and isn’t quite as loud. Otherwise it works the same as with the Chipolo ONE. Another nice feature Chipolo offers is the ability to take a remote selfie with your phone using Chipolo ONE or CARD.


Orbit Keys

You can find a full line of Orbit tracking products that work similarly to the first two items on our list. Our choice is the Orbit Keys, an aluminum disc that can be easily attached to a key ring. It’s available in many colors, IPX6 certified for water resistance, and can set off an alarm at 90 decibels. It can also ring your phone, take a selfie and of course you can use the Android or iOS app to see the last known location. It also works with Alexa and can trigger an alert if you leave a tagged item behind. Although it has a removable battery, the average battery life is a little less than the competition at around six months.

Orbit also has a special glasses tracker that fits on the arm of your glasses, a stick-on CD, and a wallet card which we think are some pretty cool ideas from Orbit. They also offer crowd-finding, although the base isn’t as big as Chipolo or Tile.

The classic look of the Orbit Key between the large color palette and the brushed aluminum finish offsets the size and the slightly limited battery life.

Eksy tracker with remote control

Photo shows Eksy bluetooth tracker with a remote control

If you spend most of your time at home and still manage to misplace personal items, you may not need more extensive maintenance features such as precise coordinate mapping of places visited over a long distance.

This collection of trackers with a tracking remote control could be the answer. For a pretty reasonable price, you get four trackers that can be attached to keys, pet collars, bags, or even remotes with tape. For each tracker there is a central remote control with a separate, color-coded button.

Press the button to notify the appropriate tracker that a small LED beeps and lights up for your attention. The trackers reach approximately 70 decibels and are suitable for a range of 50 to 100 feet.

While not the smallest or most stylish on the market, these trackers are still practical enough to plug into a wide variety of devices and they won’t cost you a lot of money.

There is also no need to install or use a smartphone app. These trackers use a different radio frequency than Bluetooth. You need replaceable CR2032 batteries and the remote control requires two AAA batteries. Trackers and remotes have a battery life of one to two years, except for extreme daily use.

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