Top 5 Car Key Finders

By Angela Monroe - November 11, 2020

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‘Have you seen my keys?’ is not a question you want to ask often. Luckily, you’re covered with these car key finders.

Firstly, what are car key finders?

Car key finders are tasked with solving the following:

  • Helping you avoid losing your keys
  • Finding your keys if you do lose them

Naturally, technology has risen to the challenge. Most are small tags attached to a key chain. Some can sound an alarm triggered by a smartphone app, others can display a location on a map.

We investigate the top 5 car key finders:

Tile Pro

For: People who want a quick, no-fuss car key finder.

Quick Stats:
iOS – Yes
Android – Yes
Battery – 1 year
Range – 122 m
Water resistant

About:
The Tile Pro is a small… ‘tile’ shaped key tag that fits on keys, backpacks and anything else of value. It connects via Bluetooth and has a 122-meter range. It has a loud ring which makes finding whatever it’s attached to pretty easy. Probably not ideal for bored kids who like annoying parents though.

This car key finder can also double as a phone finder – use the device to make your phone ring when in range. You can share your device with other Tile users which allows more people to search for a lost item.

The Tile Pro comes with a 30-day guarantee and 1-year warranty. 

iTrack Motion Key Finder

For: People who fear theft – it has ‘motion alert’.

Quick Stats:
iOS – Yes
Android – Yes
Battery – 1 year
Range – 25 m
Water resistant

About:
This car key finder attaches to a key chain and is ideal if you lose your keys at home or work. It has some cool features too like a selfie button – tap the device twice to take a selfie. It can also display its location on a map on your phone.

If your car key finder is out of range, it can signal the location if it comes into contact with another user’s phone – handy if family and friends use the device and app.

A great feature is ‘motion alert’ which can act as an anti-theft option for your vehicle too. The car key finder can detect movement and alert the user. Attach it to valuables to help prevent theft.

XY4+

For: tech-savvy and tech-loving people.

Quick Stats:
iOS – Yes
Android – Yes
Battery – 5 years
Range – 100 m
Water resistant

About:
This car key finder is about the size of a 50-cent coin, maybe slightly bigger. The battery lasts a reported mind-boggling 5 years! 

The ‘keep near’ feature is a standout. This can be set up to send you a notification if you walk or move too far away from the key finder – in other words, it helps you avoid losing your keys as well as helping you find them.

You can also allow the device to be ‘seen’ by other users if you’re out of range. There are over a million XY users worldwide. The moment your lost device comes into contact with another user, you’ll get a notification.

Extra: Get paid
The XY network of users is becoming more ‘GPS’ like. You can actually get set up to ‘geo mine’ crypto currency while you travel! In other words, the network incentivises people to act as a location beacon which allows others to find their items beyond the Bluetooth range. 

Chipolo One

For: People who want a cheap, durable car key finder.

Quick Stats:
iOS – Yes
Android – Yes
Battery – 2 years
Range – 60 m (with a clear range of sight)
Water resistant

About:
With its low price, the Chipolo car key finder is a good choice. The device is circular, about the size of a casino chip. It has a loud alarm beep which can alert you when you walk too far away from whatever you attach it to and, of course, sound an alarm when you trigger one via the app.

If you share your car keys or whatever you attach the Chipolo One to, you can share accounts. This means that more than one person can search for the lost item and view its location when in range.

There are even eco-friendly versions which are made out of plastic fished out of the oceans.

Orbit

For: People who want an attractive, premium-looking car key finder on their keys.

Quick Stats:
iOS – Yes
Android – Yes
Battery – 6 months
Range – 30 m
Waterproof

About:
The round, premium-aluminium Orbit is arguably one of the best looking car key finders out there. It comes in several colours too.

The device allows for notifications in the event you are too far away from what it’s attached to and triggerable sounds from the app. It also doubles as a phone finder – lose your phone and the Orbit can make your phone ring even when on silent, you’ll need to be in range though.

If you lose the Orbit, it will show a ‘last location’ on a map on the app but there’s no way to connect to random users like some other options. It can work as a selfie remote too.

The pain point is the battery which only lasts 6 months.

Car key finders conclusion:

If you’ve ever misplaced your car keys or other valuables and turned your home upside down looking for it, a car key finder is the solution. Due to the cool technology and massive 5-year battery, our pick would be the XY4+. Which car key finder would suit you and your family?

Angela Monroe
Angela Monroe is the Community Manager at The Positive Group, specialising in giving people the information that they need when they need it, and putting you on the path to a fair financial future. She has 8 years of experience in helping Australians find the right finance solutions, and regularly contributes articles to empower Australians with the knowledge they need to become financially healthy.

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