Best Apple AirTag Accessories – CNET

AirTag equipment are must-haves for anybody using the nifty monitoring gadgets launched by Apple in April of final 12 months. A Tile competitor, Apple’s AirTag means that you can monitor down objects like wallets, luggage and keys utilizing Apple’s Discover My app. It is an important gadget when you typically misplace issues. A single AirTag prices $29 (£29, AU$45), whereas you will 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 plan to make use of it, you will 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 superb instance.) However there are a ton of AirTag equipment out there in numerous types for any finances. 

In some circumstances you’ll embed an AirTag into an object sans holder — simply pop it in a handbag or backpack, as an example — however some individuals prefer to hold 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. 

Observe 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 comfy recommending them. We’ll be including extra AirTags equipment to the listing as we take a look at new merchandise.

Learn extra: Apple AirTags Fingers-On Analysis

Key chains and straps

Belkin

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

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Whereas it launched a bit of later than some AirTags equipment, Otterbox’s keychain holder, which Otterbox calls a “Rugged Case,” is manufactured from strong 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 presently 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 presently out there in stone and black shade 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

In case you’re searching for a worth choice, your finest guess could also be to roll the cube on a no-name model on Amazon. This Eusty key chain cowl is offered in a 4-pack for simply lower than $15. Usually, 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 lots like different primary fake leather-based AirTag key chains and is available in just a few shade choices.

There are dozens if not a whole lot of generic AirTag holders out there. Most needs to be wonderful however do not anticipate them to put on as properly over time because the true leather-based fashions. 

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Caseology’s AirTag Vault is one other easy key chain choice that is inexpensive at $15 however may shave just a few {dollars} off its worth 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 widespread consequently. It comes with a carabiner however you can connect an ordinary key chain when you wished. It needs to be again in inventory pretty quickly.

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

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In case you’re searching for 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 totally different colours. 

Apple

Apple’s Loop, made for attaching your AirTag to a bag, prices as a lot as an AirTag. However it’s Apple’s official loop choice and this polyurethane choice is cheaper than the leather-based $39 Leather-based Loop. (That does not make it a superb deal, however I am simply pointing it out.) It is out there in 4 totally 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 (notably the brown model). It is out there in brown or black for $30, which is expensive however it’s good.

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

Spigen

Spigen, identified for its worth iPhone circumstances, has its AirTag Case Rugged Armor ($25). It is not fairly as low cost as we hoped it will be, however perhaps it is going to come down in worth in time. It does have a rugged design with a pleasant carabiner and carbon-fiber parts.

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Casetify has all kinds of AirTag holders. They’re manufactured from onerous plastic and are pretty primary however have some eye-catching artwork on the bottom. You may also customise them along with your identify or select from a number of emojis and different graphics. They’re costly at $38 however generally go on sale.

Nomad

In case you’re seeking to AirTag your pet, Nomad’s upcoming Rugged Pet ID Tag suits the invoice (Nomad’s AirTag Keychain is actually an identical). 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 that you may get engraved along with your pet’s identify and a technique to contact you. No pet collar is included.

It is value taking into consideration that Apple says AirTags usually are not 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 hold monitor of your glasses? (Sure, I typically 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. “Produced from a rugged aramid fiber shell and backed with a brilliant sturdy adhesive, you’ll be able to 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 may adhere to surfaces that are not completely flat; and the Stretch Cloth Mount for AirTags ($25) that is designed to stay to materials, similar to the within of a bag, and different flat surfaces. 

Amazon

In case you do not wish to spend $15-$20 for a mount, these Gorilla Mounting Tape Squares are a less expensive choice at $6 and might be minimize to measurement for AirTags. AirTags have an IPX67 water-resistance score, which suggests it may be totally submerged in as much as 1 meter of water for half-hour and is dust-proof. So it will possibly stand up to some punishment and not using a cowl. In spite of everything, it does not have a display screen.

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The AirTag makes use of a CR2032 coin battery, which ought to final a few 12 months. Yow will discover a 10-pack of these batteries on Amazon for lower than $10. That is the best way to go, particularly if in case you have a number of AirTags, and different gadgets that use CR2032 coin batteries.

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


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