Best Apple AirTag Accessories – CNET

AirTag accessories are a must-have for anyone using the nifty tracking devices Apple released in April of last year. A competitor to Tile, Apple’s AirTag lets you track objects like wallets, purses and keys using Apple’s Find My app. It’s a great device if you tend to lose things. ONE Single AirTag costs $29 (£29, AU$45), while you can get a four-pack for $99 (£99, AU$149). Unfortunately, AirTag discs don’t come with any kind of mount, which means that depending on how you intend to use it, you’ll need an accessory for what is also, essentially, an accessory. (Apple products tend to spur their own cottage industries for add-ons, even if they are accessories to begin with – AirPods are a good example.) But there are a ton of AirTag accessories available in different styles for any budget.

In some cases, you’ll be able to embed an AirTag on an unsupported object – just slip it into a bag or backpack, for example – but some people like to keep an AirTag with their keys or attach it to a backpack or laptop bag. . You can also paste your AirTag on an object and many AirTag holders are available.

Note that CNET editors have tried most, but not all, of these enhancements. If we haven’t tried a product, we’ve tried other accessories from these companies, so we feel free to recommend them. We will add more AirTags accessories to the list as we test new products.

See More information: Hands-on evaluation of Apple AirTags

Keyrings and Straps

Belkin

Belkin’s Secure AirTag Holder comes in key fob or strap versions in four color options. There’s nothing too fancy about them, but at $13, they both cost less than the Apple-branded options shown below. You can also get a pack of two for $20.

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Although it was released a little later than some AirTags accessories, the Otterbox keychain, which Otterbox calls the “Sturdy Case”, is made of solid plastic and actually wraps around your AirTag (you unscrew the top, put your AirTag into the case, then screw the top back on to lock the AirTag into the holder). It’s available in black or white for $20, but is currently on sale for $15.

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While this faux leather keyring from Cyrill, a sub-brand of Korea-based Spigen, isn’t anything fancy, it’s currently available in both stone and black options.

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The Apple-branded leather keyring costs $35 and comes in three colors: black, saddle brown, and red.

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If you’re looking for a value option, your best bet might be to roll the dice at an unnamed brand on Amazon. This Eusty keychain cover is available in a pack of 4 for just under $15. Often generic models like this are labeled “leather” when they are actually faux leather (sometimes called PU leather or vegan leather) . These look a lot like other basic faux leather AirTag key chains and come in a few color options.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of generic AirTag holders available. Most should be fine, but don’t expect them to wear out as well over time as real leather models.

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Caseology’s AirTag Vault is another straightforward key fob option that costs $15 but can shave off a few bucks over time. (Caseology is also a sub-brand of Spigen.) It’s one of the few AirTag accessories that was available at launch and has been quite popular as a result. It comes with a carabiner, but you can attach a standard key fob if you like. Should be back in stock soon.

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Spigen is also selling an attractively simple AirTag keychain, the Valentinus, for about $18. It’s made of faux leather. Unfortunately, it’s temporarily out of stock but should be back in the next few weeks.

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If you’re looking for a bracket that will stick to an object (like the underside of a bicycle or scooter seat), Pelican’s AirTag Attachment Bracket is designed to do just that. A single mount costs $20, while a pack of four retails for $40. It’s available in four different colors.

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Apple’s Loop, made to clip your AirTag to a bag, costs as much as an AirTag. But it’s Apple’s official loop option and this polyurethane option is cheaper than $39 leather. (That’s not a great deal, but I’m just pointing out.) It’s available in four different colors.

Nomadic

I like the design of Nomad’s leather AirTag keychain better than Apple’s, which leaves the AirTag partially exposed. This AirTag keychain hides it and looks more like a standard keychain. It is designed to “temper” over time, getting darker (particularly the brown version). It’s available in brown or black for $30, which is pricey but good.

Nomad also makes a Leather Loop which is also a key fob and costs $20. I prefer the more expensive model pictured here.

Spigen

Spigen, known for its value iPhone cases, has its AirTag Case Rugged Armor ($25). It’s not as cheap as we’d hoped, but maybe it will go down in price over time. It has a robust design with a beautiful carabiner and carbon fiber elements.

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Casetify has a wide range of AirTag holders. They’re made of hard plastic and are pretty basic, but have eye-catching artwork on the back. You can also customize them with your name or choose from various emojis and other graphics. They are expensive at $38 but are sometimes on sale.

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If you’re looking for an AirTag for your pet, Nomad’s upcoming Rugged Pet ID Tag fits the bill (Nomad’s AirTag Keychain is essentially identical). According to Nomad, it is built with an over-molded TPU polycarbonate housing and comes with two cabinet options: an IP67 waterproof back and a speaker hole back. For an extra $20, you can purchase a customizable stainless steel insert cover that you can engrave with your pet’s name and a way to contact you. No pet collars are included.

It is worth remembering that Apple says that AirTags are not designed to track pets. Your pet would need to be within range of the Find My network for the AirTag to work, so if it runs off into the woods it won’t be of much help.

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Want to keep track of your glasses? (Yes, I often misplace mine.) Nomad’s Glasses Strap for AirTag is the way to do that. Ingenious, though not cheap at $35.

Other AirTag options

Time

Moment, which manufactures and sells photo and video accessories for Apple products, including lens accessories, will have a cabinet accessory that allows you to mount your AirTag. “Made from a tough aramid fiber wrapper and super strong adhesive, you can stick an AirTag to any flat surface,” says Moment.

The Moment has other holders too: the curved surface holder for AirTags ($25) made of flexible silicone (rubber) and can adhere to surfaces that aren’t entirely flat; and the Stretch Fabric Mount for AirTags ($25), designed to adhere to fabrics like the inside of a bag and other flat surfaces.

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If you don’t want to spend $15-$20 for a mount, these squares of Gorilla mounting tape are a cheaper option at $6 and can be cut to size for AirTags. AirTags have an IPX67 water resistance rating, which means they can be fully submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and are dustproof. So it can bear some punishment without a cape. After all, he doesn’t have a screen.

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The AirTag uses a CR2032 coin battery, which should last about a year. You can find a 10-pack of these batteries on Amazon for under $10. This is the way to go, especially if you have multiple AirTags and other devices that use CR2032 coin batteries.

Always remember to keep coin batteries away from small children so they don’t accidentally swallow them. They can cause serious injury if ingested.


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