A Key Finder or locator is a small device with an embedded electronic chip and can be used to find stolen or misplaced keys.
There are many of these little technological marvels available on the market – get one and save yourself from the stress of looking for lost keys. There are a few things that you should do before you start using your device.
What To Do Before You Start Using A Key Finder
The first thing you do after you buy your tracker is to download the companion app on your smartphone.
Set up your account and then sync the device to your smartphone. Once this is done, you can start using it to locate your keys via Bluetooth.
There are a lot of key finder devices available for purchase in the market these days – so how do you find the right one for yourself? Here is a list of factors to consider before you invest in one.
How To Find The Right Device
There are lists on practically any item on the internet these days. You can start by looking up lists of bestsellers. Look for information on overall quality, loudness, and value. Look at the technology used in the construction, ease of use and price.
2. Alert mechanism
Most key finder devices use ringtones to issue audible alerts to locate your keys. Some devices have built-in flashlights to help locate keys when it is dark. The flashlight feature is handy for unlocking a car or even the front door.
3. Digital leash
Each of these devices uses Bluetooth or Radio Frequency technology to find the missing item. Bluetooth technology is preferred over RF because it has more functionality.
On occasion, you can use the key fob to find your misplaced or lost phone. If a device gets out of range from the phone, an alert is sent to your mobile. This is handy if your keys fall out or you forget to take them on your way out.
Most devices have a range of 60 to 100 feet. Some have a longer range too and the alarm is audible at great distances. Device manufacturers now include a Geofence feature which can be used, by setting up a subscription. Do you really want to use the Geofence feature? This is a personal decision.
Key finder devices come in various sizes – some are slim and small enough to fit into your wallet.
6. Battery life
Most key finder devices are designed to work on low energy so that the batteries in the device last at least 12 months. In some, the battery life is 36 months.
There is a choice of getting rechargeable batteries (these have short battery life and must be charged every 3 weeks or so. Read up before buying) or replaceable batteries. Check the specs and buy accordingly.
7. Water resistance
This is a good feature to have – what if you get wet in the rain or drop your key finder by mistake in the bathroom or in a puddle on the street?
This is the most important factor in the buying decision. There are affordable and expensive devices on the market. What to spend on a device is an individual decision. Do check on how well the product has been tested and what the reviews say.