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Key Finders: What Are They?

Back in the day I remember my aunt showing me her new key finder. We attached it to her keys and hid it while we weren’t looking. Then we had to until we heard beeping. That stupid thing was always beeping though and eventually went missing from her keys. No one could find it. My aunt must not have been very good with her keys because she also owned one that didn’t require you to whistle (or clap) and instead used a remote control. Fairly certain she wasn’t very good at not losing remotes though, and it too found its way into the bin. With distractions of life, I can now understand the appeal my aunt had for these gizmos and it seems now they are a little smarter. Some will let you use your smart phone to find the tags you’ve attached to whatever you lost.  Some can track where you last were and as I am constantly retracing my steps which sounded like a massive time-saver for me. I went researched best sellers on Amazon.com, the Tile (Gen2) which is one that can tell you were your tile last was has sold over 7900 units and holds a 4 star rating.

Features

  1. It comes with an app,
  2. It locates by sound, app or last known location and a special ‘lost’ feature lets you create your own search party with other Tile users,
  3. If I can’t find my phone and I can find a Tile, I can use the Tile to find my phone.

The Good

  1. I attached it to my cat’s collar, she never goes far but is going deaf and I found her one night way more easily with the Tile than waiting up for her to come in for the night,
  2. Connectivity is fairly solid,
  3. Easy to attach or put into something with a pocket,
  4. I gave one to my aunt and she could either use my app or her own!

The Bad

  1. 1 year battery then you buy a new one,
  2. I have to run Bluetooth all the time and leave the app running for location services to work.
  3. 100 feet is not that far, unless you are keen to have strangers looking for your Tile it just happens it’s your wallet, then if it’s stolen, it’s gone.

So while it’s not the best thing since sliced bread, I do think it’s a pretty good improvement from having to whistle.