Let's Talk Locators!

Tile, Ping & Other Bluetooth Locators

Joshua Lippiner @ 2019-01-07 16:00:52 -0500

New Bluetooth locators keep popping up like weeds.  At the end of the day, they are all basically the same thing - you can't really go wrong.

If you are looking for a Bluetooth locator - meaning you are looking for something with a long battery life but a short range so you need to be within a few hundred feet at most of your phone to find it (see this post) - then you have probably seen more options than you know what to do with.

and of course, now Ping Home.  So what's the deal / difference with all these.  I'll tell you a secret - nothing really! 

All Bluetooth devices will work somewhere between 30 - 300 feet, dependent on the number of walls and obstacles (like under a couch, in a draw) between them and your phone.  Almost all of them will play some kind of noise to help you find it, though some "claim" louder than others, they are all roughly the same.  They're all pretty small and thin - anywhere from the size of a stack of quarters to a small USB memory stick - so you can attach or drop them anywhere.  Lastly, they all should have pretty decent battery life, anywhere from six to sixteen months, since they should use what's called Bluetooth Low Energy to save battery.

So what should you look for?  Well here's a quick chart:

Honestly, these devices are a very convenient and inexpensive way of finding misplaced items, like keys and purses, within range of your phone.  They all basically use the same tech and do the same thing.  Find one that looks ok and the price is right and just give it a go - you can't really go too wrong!