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I have this, and it sucks balls.
Range? Probably decent.
Decibels? No idea, but passable for finding your keys in a quiet environment. It's not an alarm.
Waterproof? Probably not.
The worst thing about this is that the battery life lasts around a week or two--I'm not sure. I doubt anyone knows who didn't perform some sort of scientific test and checked daily if it was still reporting its position. The device doesn't report its battery level on the device itself, or in the Tile app. There's no low battery warning or indicator. It just goes from working to not working one day. The only way this thing is useful is if you're disciplined enough to plug it in to charge weekly.
I'm not trying to crap on KeySmart. I've bought basically every incarnation of their products up to and including this. From the regular KeySmart, to the extended one, to extra spacers and extensions to hold more keys, etc. But they really dropped the f'ing ball on this one. A regular tile uses a CR2032 and lasts a year. This thing uses a rechargeable battery and doesn't last 1/10th that, with absolutely no warning of when it needs to be recharged. How they're still peddling this shit boggles my mind. Stay away!
I’ve been wanting one but didn’t like the white one because I dangle my keys from a belt loop & feared it’d getting dirty to quickly (I’ve seen some terrible looking regular tiles). If I charged it weekly would you recommen buying? Do you still use yours even with the short comings you listed?
Well, if you can manage to charge it weekly, then I suppose it's ok.
I still use mine, but since the battery is dead most of the time, it's sort of an unnecessarily large version of a regular KeySmart. I should swap my keys back to a regular extended KeySmart and use a regular Tile, but I'm too lazy.
Thanks for the review - saved me from wasting money.
Are you using it often cause I have been able to keep a charge for a couple months maybe something in your pocket is turning on the flash light but I rarely have to charge it but it would be nice to have a battery level indicator in app or on the key
No, I don't use it often. The button is flush and really small, so it can't be activated easily on accident. I don't keep anything else in my pocket next to it either.
That's the trade-off for having a rechargeable battery - it has a much lower capacity than disposable batteries. I just plug mine in next to my phone and headphones before I go to bed. Just another small part of my daily routine.
1) It is easy to check. If the light doesn't come on its time to charge. Easy.
2) Don't worry about having it charged 100% of the time. I have a tile in my wallet, one in my back pack and one for a checked bag. I charge the keys and test each tile before a long trip. Takes 1 minute of my time and my key chain becomes a tracker for my Scottie vest or Columbia water tight II rain shell so I end up with my wallet, jacket, keys, and bags all lo jacked when traveling. I don't use Any thing but the wallet tracker the rest of the time and don't daily charge my keys to make the battery last longer.
My favorite part of it isn't even the tracker...its the little magnet system that lets me hotswap between my 3 car keys or just grab a keyfab and leave the house keys at home (electronic combo locks on front and rear doors at home and if those die I can get the garage open with cell phone so all I REALLY need is a car key).
A few other points. I loaded mine with a jump drive and always install a back up ppt of what ever class im teaching that week incase TSA breaks my laptop. I also keep a bottle opener on it as its the only TSA carry on item I can use to open those 20 card board boxes every where I go....although I some times check a travelpro rolling garment bag with my suits and just toss a cheap flea market variety knife inside there.