Greatest Apple AirTag Equipment – CNET


AirTag equipment are must-haves for anybody using the nifty monitoring units launched by Apple in April of final yr. A Tile competitor, Apple’s AirTag means that you can observe down objects like wallets, luggage and keys utilizing Apple’s Discover My app. It is an important gadget for those who usually misplace issues. A single AirTag prices $29 (£29, AU$45), whereas you may get a four-pack for $99 (£99, AU$149). Sadly, AirTag discs don’t include any type of holder, which suggests, relying on how you propose to make use of it, you may want an adjunct for what can be, primarily, an adjunct. (Apple merchandise are likely to spur their very own cottage industries for add-ons, even when they’re equipment to start with — AirPods are a great instance.) However there are a ton of AirTag equipment out there in several types for any funds. 

In some instances you’ll embed an AirTag into an object sans holder — simply pop it in a handbag or backpack, as an illustration — however some folks prefer to maintain an AirTag with their keys or connect it to a backpack or laptop computer bag. You may additionally wish to stick your AirTag onto an object and loads of AirTag mounts can be found. 

Word that CNET editors have tried most however not all of those equipment. If we’ve not tried a product, we have examined different equipment from these firms so we really feel snug recommending them. We’ll be including extra AirTags equipment to the record as we check new merchandise.

Learn extra: Apple AirTags Arms-On Analysis

Key chains and straps

Belkin

Belkin’s Safe Holder for AirTags is available in key-ring or strap variations in 4 coloration choices. There’s nothing terribly fancy about them, however at $13, they each price lower than Apple-branded choices proven beneath. You can even get a two-pack for $20.

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Whereas it launched slightly later than some AirTags equipment, Otterbox’s keychain holder, which Otterbox calls a “Rugged Case,” is made from stable plastic and does certainly encase your AirTag (you unscrew the highest piece, place your AirTag within the case, then screw the highest piece again on to lock the AirTag within the holder). It is out there in black or white for $20 however is at the moment on sale for $15.

Amazon

Whereas this fake leather-based key chain from Cyrill, a sub-brand of Korea-based Spigen, is nothing fancy, it is at the moment out there in stone and black coloration choices.

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The Apple-branded leather-based key ring prices $35 and is available in three colours: black, saddle brown and crimson. 

Amazon

Should you’re in search of a price possibility, your finest wager could also be to roll the cube on a no-name model on Amazon. This Eusty key chain cowl is obtainable in a 4-pack for simply lower than $15. Typically, generic fashions like this are labeled as “leather-based” when in actual fact they’re fake leather-based (generally known as PU leather-based or vegan leather-based). These look quite a bit like different fundamental fake leather-based AirTag key chains and is available in just a few coloration choices.

There are dozens if not a whole bunch of generic AirTag holders out there. Most ought to be high quality however do not anticipate them to put on as effectively over time because the true leather-based fashions. 

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Caseology’s AirTag Vault is one other easy key chain possibility that is reasonably priced at $15 however may shave just a few {dollars} off its value over time. (Caseology can be a sub-brand of Spigen.) It is one of many few AirTag equipment that was out there at launch and has been fairly fashionable because of this. It comes with a carabiner however you might connect an ordinary key chain for those who wished. It ought to be again in inventory pretty quickly.

Amazon

Spigen can be promoting an attractively easy key-chain AirTag holder, the Valentinus, for round $18. It is made from fake leather-based. Alas, it is briefly out of inventory however ought to be again within the subsequent few weeks.

Amazon

Should you’re in search of a holder that sticks onto an object (just like the underside of a motorbike seat or scooter), Pelican’s Stick-on AirTag Mount is designed to just do that. A single mount prices $20 whereas a pack of 4 sells for $40. It is out there in 4 completely different colours. 

Apple

Apple’s Loop, made for attaching your AirTag to a bag, prices as a lot as an AirTag. But it surely’s Apple’s official loop possibility and this polyurethane possibility is cheaper than the leather-based $39 Leather-based Loop. (That does not make it a great deal, however I am simply pointing it out.) It is out there in 4 completely different colours.

Nomad

I just like the design of Nomad’s leather-based AirTag key chain higher than Apple’s, which leaves the AirTag partially uncovered. This AirTag key chain hides it and appears extra like an ordinary key chain. It is designed to “climate” over time, getting darker (significantly the brown model). It is out there in brown or black for $30, which is costly however it’s good.

Nomad additionally makes a Leather-based Loop that is additionally a key chain and lists for $20. I favor the costlier mannequin pictured right here. 

Spigen

Spigen, recognized for its worth iPhone instances, has its AirTag Case Rugged Armor ($25). It is not fairly as low cost as we hoped it might be, however possibly it should come down in value in time. It does have a rugged design with a pleasant carabiner and carbon-fiber components.

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Casetify has all kinds of AirTag holders. They’re made from exhausting plastic and are pretty fundamental however have some eye-catching artwork on the bottom. You can even customise them together with your identify or select from a number of emojis and different graphics. They’re costly at $38 however generally go on sale.

Nomad

Should you’re trying to AirTag your pet, Nomad’s upcoming Rugged Pet ID Tag matches the invoice (Nomad’s AirTag Keychain is basically similar). In response to Nomad, it is constructed with a TPU-overmolded polycarbonate shell and comes with two enclosure choices: an IP67 waterproof again and a speaker-hole again. For an additional $20, you should buy a customizable stainless-steel insert cowl you could get engraved together with your pet’s identify and a technique to contact you. No pet collar is included.

It is value making an allowance for that Apple says AirTags will not be designed to trace pets. Your pet would have to be inside vary of the Discover My community for the AirTag to work, so if it runs off into the woods it will not be a lot assist.

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Wish to maintain observe of your glasses? (Sure, I usually misplace mine.) Nomad’s Glasses Strap for the AirTag is the best way to do it. Ingenious, though not low cost at $35.

Different AirTag choices

Second

Second, which makes and sells picture and video equipment for Apple merchandise, together with lens attachments, could have an enclosure accent that means that you can mount your AirTag. “Constructed from a rugged aramid fiber shell and backed with an excellent robust adhesive, you possibly can stick an AirTag to any flat floor,” Second says. 

Second additionally has to different mounts: The Curved Floor Mount for AirTags ($25) that is made out of versatile silicone (rubber) and might adhere to surfaces that are not completely flat; and the Stretch Material Mount for AirTags ($25) that is designed to stay to materials, corresponding to the within of a bag, and different flat surfaces. 

Amazon

Should you do not wish to spend $15-$20 for a mount, these Gorilla Mounting Tape Squares are a less expensive possibility at $6 and may be lower to measurement for AirTags. AirTags have an IPX67 water-resistance ranking, which suggests it may be absolutely submerged in as much as 1 meter of water for half-hour and is dust-proof. So it could possibly stand up to some punishment with no cowl. In spite of everything, it would not have a display.

Amazon

The AirTag makes use of a CR2032 coin battery, which ought to final a couple of yr. You could find a 10-pack of these batteries on Amazon for lower than $10. That is the best way to go, particularly when you’ve got a number of AirTags, and different units that use CR2032 coin batteries.

All the time keep in mind to maintain coin batteries away from babies so they do not accidently swallow one. They will trigger main damage if ingested. 


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