Best Apple AirTag Accessories – CNET

Best Apple AirTag Accessories – CNET

AirTag accessories are a must for anyone using the nifty tracking devices that Apple released in April of last year. As a Tile competitor, Apple’s AirTag lets you track things like wallets, bags and keys using Apple’s Find My app. It’s a great device if you often lose things. A A single AirTag costs $29 (£29, AU$45), and you can get a four-pack for $99 (£99, AU$149). Unfortunately, AirTag discs don’t come with a holder of any kind, which means that depending on how you plan to use it, you’ll need an accessory for an accessory that is, essentially, too. (Apple products tend to spur their own cottage industries for add-ons, even if they’re accessories at first — AirPods They’re a good example.) But there are tons of AirTag accessories available in a variety of styles for any budget.

In some cases you’ll be able to embed an AirTag into a sans object holder — just pop it into a purse or backpack, for example — but some people like to keep an AirTag with their keys or attach to a backpack or laptop bag. You may also want to stick your AirTag to something and there are plenty of AirTag devices available.

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

Read more: Hands-On Evaluation of Apple AirTags

Key chains and straps

Belkin

The Belkin Secure Holder for AirTags comes in keychain or strap versions in four color options. There’s nothing spectacular about them, but at $13, they both cost less than the Apple-branded options shown below. You can also get two packs for $20.

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

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While nothing fancy, this faux leather key chain from Cyrill, a sub-brand of Korea-based Spigen, is currently available in stone and black color options.

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The leather key ring with Apple branding costs $35 and comes in three colors: black, saddle brown and red.

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If you’re looking for a value option, rolling the dice on a no-name brand on Amazon might be your best bet. This Eusty key chain cover is available in a pack of 4 for less than $15. Often, generic models like these are labeled as “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 several color options.

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

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Caseology’s AirTag Vault is another simple keychain option that’s affordable at $15 but could shave a few dollars off its price over time. (Caseology is also a sub-brand of Spigen.) It’s one of the few AirTag accessories available at launch, and it’s been popular as a result. It comes with a carabiner but you could attach a standard key chain if you wanted. It should be back in stock fairly soon.

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Spigen is also selling an attractively simple keychain AirTag holder, the Valentinus, for about $18. It is made of imitation leather. Sorry, 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 holder that sticks to an object (like the underside of a bike or scooter seat), Pelican’s Stick-on AirTag Mount is designed to do just that. One kit costs $20 and a pack of four sells for $40. It is available in four different colors.

Apple

The Apple Loop, which is made to attach 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 the $39 leather Loop. (That doesn’t make it much, but I’m just pointing it out.) It’s available in four different colors.

Nomad

I like the Nomad leather AirTag keychain design better than the Apple design, which leaves the AirTag partially exposed. This AirTag keychain hides it and looks more like a standard key chain. It is designed to “weather” over time, becoming darker (especially the brown version). It is available in brown or black for $30, which is expensive but it is nice.

Nomad makes a Leather Loop that is also a main chain and lists for $20. I prefer the more expensive model pictured here.

Spigin

Spigen, known for its value iPhone cases, has the AirTag Case Rugged Armor ($25). It’s not as cheap as we hoped it would be, but maybe it will come down in price in time. It has a rugged design with a nice carabiner and carbon-fiber elements.

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Casetify has a wide range of AirTag holders. They are made of hard plastic and are fairly basic but have some attractive art on the back. You can also customize them with your name or choose from many other emojis and graphics. They are expensive at $38 but sometimes they go on sale.

Nomad

If you’re looking to AirTag your pet, Nomad’s upcoming Rugged Pet ID Tag fits the bill (essentially Nomad’s AirTag Keychain). According to Nomad, it is built with a TPU-overmolded polycarbonate shell and has two enclosure options: an IP67 waterproof axis and a speaker hole axis. For an additional $20, you can purchase a custom stainless steel cover that you can engrave your pet’s name and a way to contact you. No pet collar included.

It’s worth remembering that Apple says AirTags aren’t designed to track pets. Your pet needs 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 much help.

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Do you want to keep track of your glasses? (Yes, I often lose my head.) The Nomad Glasses Strap for the AirTag is the way to do it. Ingenious, although not cheap at $35.

Other AirTag options

A moment

Moment, which makes and sells photo and video accessories for Apple products, will have an enclosure accessory, including lens attachments that allow you to mount your AirTag. “Made from a tough aramid fiber shell and backed with an extremely strong adhesive, you can stick AirTag to any flat surface,” says Moment.

Other must-have devices of the moment are: The Curved Surface Mount for AirTags ($25) which is made of flexible silicone (rubber) and can adhere to surfaces that are not completely flat; and the Stretch Fabric Mount for AirTags ($25) designed to adhere to fabrics, such as the inside of a bag, and other flat surfaces.

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If you don’t want to spend $15-$20 on a device, these Gorilla Mounting Tape Squares are a cheaper option at $6 and can be cut to size for AirTags. AirTags have an IPX67 water resistance rating, which means it can be fully submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and is dust proof. So it can withstand some punishment without cover. After all, it doesn’t have a screen.

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The AirTag uses a CR2032 coin cell battery, which should last about a year. You can find a 10-pack of those batteries on Amazon for less than $10. That’s 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 one. They can cause serious harm if ingested.


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