Tile, Chipolo and StickNFind make turning the house over looking for something a thing of the past. But which finder is the keeper? We pick the best.
Are you tired of misplacing your dog, bike, car, parents or car keys? We are too, which is why we need a way of easily finding these things when we’re clumsy enough to lose them.
Thankfully, we may have the answer, with a number of handy products offering forgetful people a solution.
Read on as Shopomo takes a look at the top Bluetooth finders on the market, featuring Chipolo, Tile, StickNFind, Pebble Bee and XY.
The team at Chipolo claim that the average person spends 10 minutes a day looking for things they own but can’t find, which is why they’ve come up with a way of tracking down your items.
Your car keys, backpack and laptop will all pair well with the small device, which is available in nine different colours. Bluetooth 4.0 technology is built into the object, paired with a replaceable battery that is said to last up to six months.
One of the big differences between the Chipolo and other Bluetooth finders is that the free mobile application for the 1.3 inch gadget functions for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Users can also connect up to 9 Chipolo’s to the same smartphone.
COMPARED TO SIMILAR BLUETOOTH PRODUCTS, CHIPOLO HAS THE FARTHEST REACH.
Owners can use the mobile app on the go to monitor the location of their Chipolo and set it to make a sound when they’re close. If you’ve lost your phone but know where your Chipolo is, you can shake the gadget to set off an alarm on your phone.
It’s no secret that there’s alternatives to the Chipolo, but this tracker is said to have the farthest reach, which means 200 feet (60m) in ideal circumstances.
The Tile began its journey on Kickstarter and became one of the most funded projects in the site’s history, with pre-orders raising over $2.5m.
Available for iOS and Android, the Tile’s mobile app promises to make it easy to find your lost objects ‘anywhere, anytime’. You can share up to 8 different tiles with one smartphone and the double-sided adhesive means the object sticks to ‘most surfaces’ with ease.
TILE’S MAKERS CLAIM THAT THE RANGE IS PRACTICALLY LIMITLESS WHEN THE SHARED FINDING OPTION IS ENABLED.
Although the device has a 150ft (45m) range, the makers of the Tile claim that the range is practically ‘limitless’ when the shared finding option (which uses the locations of other Tile users) is enabled.
There’s some clever tech tucked under the hood. For example, you can share the details of a tile with co-workers or friends, so only people that you say can access your tile can do so.
The Tile is fully waterproof and doesn’t require batteries and is expected to last around a year.
This Bluetooth finder has a range of approximately 100ft (30m) and also comes equipped with a replaceable battery, which is said to last for over a year.
Thanks to the ‘Virtual leash’ tool, if a sticker moves away from your phone you’ll receive a notification through the StickNFind app. The range of the leash is customisable too, which is an added bonus.
StickNFind has a buzzer and a light attached, making it easier to find items in the dark. None of the other tracks on our list are equipped with a light source.
SticknFind has a buzzer and light attached, making it easier to find items in the dark
Although StickNFind’s app can be used to find the approximate distance of the Bluetooth tag from your device, the exact location of the item isn’t plotted, which means there’s still a little bit of guess work needed to help locate your lost item.
Unlike the other Bluetooth finders featured in our list, the Pebble Bee comes in three different forms: Honey, Hornet and Dragon.
The differences between the trackers are listed here, but the main variations concern the number / type of sensors built into the gadgets and app functionality.
The basic Honey Pebble Bee costs just £19.99 and is ‘completely’ water tight and water resistance, also featuring a loud speaker to help find your belongings and a bright, internal LED for low light.
Pebble Bee’s makers state that their Bluetooth finder has a range of up to 50m, which is further than the Tile, StickNFind and XY.
Although the tracker is compatible with iOS and Android devices, user reviews paint a mediocre picture, citing issues with reliability and accuracy. Of the finders we’ve featured, the Pebble Bee has the lowest user rating.
This tracker offers ‘secure, encrypted, cloud based tracking’.
The XY Bluetooth finder costs around $20 and is supported by mobile apps on iOS and Android devices.
Boasting a battery that’ll last you up to 6 months, XY features mobile notifications (for when a tag strays too far from your phone), a built-in beeper and location history stats.
Over on the Google Play store, the XY Find It app has been treated to some positive user reviews.
Find-it mode has a range of about 100 feet and will tell users how close they are to the selected beacon
According to the folk behind the XY, finding your stuff has ‘never been easier’. They say: “or anything you want to ensure is always by your side, you can activate Alert mode, and your phone will alert you if you move out of range of the tag. In Alert mode, you will never leave something important behind again”.
Find-it mode has a range of around 100ft, and will tell users how close they are to the selected beacon.
Comparing the Finders
Chipolo Tile SticknFind Pebble Bee XY Price €24 ($25) $25 $25 $25 $20 Release Date Out now Out now Out now Out now Out now OS Android, iOS, Windows Phone Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS Bluetooth Range 60m 45m 30m 50m 45m Device Life 6 months 12 months 12 months 12 months 6 months