@chienfou@fuzzmanmatt My name used to be Fuzzalina, which was a nickname I gave my cat. Then I had to use it for a game that I already had an account for, so I used Fuzzalina1. This game would occasionally have you meet players in person, and someone called me Fuzzalini, pronounced like Mussolini, which I thought was hilarious. Thus, my name.
@savvysapphire Just remember, if they find just one, then they can ring your phone anytime they want. Of course, I assume you could remove the tracker from the app but can you identify which one? Also, all this mayhem will be limited by bluetooth range. Might be better off buying a few Annoy-a-trons.
Hey, $10 for 20 batteries! Possibly more if some of them are still good in the trakr. Stack them all together and you’ve got 60v DC at your disposal. Probably enough capacity to spot weld 2 gum wrappers together!
For the price. Not too bad. But they always seem to be about to die. They never know if the battery is really low or not. And sometimes it won’t work. But again you can’t complain too much for the price vs How many you will actually need Put 5 on your keys. One is bound to work. Lol.
@Num1Zero The app can tell you about batteries that are low.
I had at least one trackR that went through batteries far faster than its sisters. (Good new batteries, not the ones shipped with the TrackRs.) Don’t be afraid to throw away a bad trackR, that’s why they come with spares.
I also have gotten some TrackRs that were dead on arrival. They would not work, even when connected directly to a bench power supply. This showed that the problem wasn’t in the battery or battery connector.
I bought these before the batteries were dead so I went and purchased new batteries and it wouldn’t work unless I order them from the company the batteries were free from the company that’s cost of shipping cost more than the batteries! So this is a very good deal at all!
There’s another hidden asset in this pack no one is thinking about: Those keychain loops! Y’know for all the thumbdrives which used to come with the loops, now just have sad, lonely holes where you could add the loop if you had one, but alas! you do not. Unless you buy this set, then you’ll have 20!
Of course that raises the question of what happened to the keychain loops which once upon a time came with thumbdrives I’ve lost over the years. Oh, I seem to recall seeing the frayed remains of them once or twice. The drive and the rest of the loop devoured somewhere by a hungry tree branch or monstrous car door.
There you have it! Plenty of keychain loops to secure your thumbdrives. As a bonus, they come with tracking devices to attempt to locate your drive after one of the loops breaks. And even an extra set of batteries to make sure that tracking device lasts a few months. What more could you ask for?
@owenversteeg they work fine but the batteries don’t last long so unless you replace them proactively (like monthly, no-monthly, or something; I haven’t figured out how long they really last and it varies bc often a “new” battery is already almost dead) they won’t work when you need them. Plus, changing the batteries is a real trick; the damn things are almost importing twist open! Get out your duct tape! For $1/ea you hardly lose to try them out. If it wasn’t such a pain to change the batteries, I might be in.
I usually can find my keys, phone, and the various remotes in my house. My eyeglasses? Now that’s a different story. If I could figure out a stylish way to attach these to my glasses I’d be in for this.
I bought several of these previously for $1/each. I liked the idea that you can change the battery and that it lights up in addition to sounding off, but they did not last long and some did not work at all. Also I believe the company went under. So, if you try to order free battery replacements ($2 shipping) your request goes to a black hole and you’ll have to file a dispute with your credit card.
Using these is more frustrating than losing your keys. Batteries die quickly, they are tricky to replace, the app is finicky, they most likely won’t work when you need them most. Not worth the headache.
It probably costs the company more to dispose of the lithium batteries than they sold (or gave) them to Meh for. If thousands of people throw away their used Lithium batteries in the trash, it’s not Meh or TrackR’s problem. Anyway-- I bought a few last time. Changing batteries was actually quite frustrating. The app is pretty crappy and force closes, Amazon integration seems broken as well. Hey-- if you can ‘find’ one lost thing in your house ~5 times in the next year before the replacements die, maybe they’ll be worth something.
FWIW mine is still on my keyring and still working after I changed out the original battery. I know this because I dropped my keys in the yard getting out of the car the other night and when I stepped on it my phone went off! Of course… YMMV.
@chienfou If the ones I got in IRKs and actual purchases are any indication, they most likely expired 6 to 12 months BEFORE you buy them. As others have said, changing the battery is a real pain and you have to do it often.
Most of the ones I bought last time are still working fine. There were a few duds right out of the package, but the ones that worked are still working. My backpack was stolen, and the app was able to pinpoint where I’d left it (back seat of my car). Unfortunately, no hits from the croudsourced “alerts” function to tell me where the hell the scuzzball who stole it went with it. I bought some more.