@lichme Yes, batteries came dead in most of them. Then when I replaced them with new batteries, they lasted less than a month. One stopped working completely even with new batteries. I would have a hard time recommending these to anyone.
@cengland0, I was thnikin [a dangerous exercise], since the trackers are notorious for losing battery life so quickly, maybe, I shoulda taken the batteries outa [store the said batteries in a frige, of course] trackers, until ready for use. Does that make sense, Or are the batteries simply too hard too remove to make the task not worthwhile? If you would rather not answer this Q&A, then dimply consider the A2A rhetoricle. No problemo,…
@1DisabledWarVet definitely take the batteries out if you don’t plan on using them for a long time. They are hard to open though. Someone posted instructions using two pieces of duct tape and that worked for me
@1DisabledWarVet@jaybird “…uhh dont get fooled again!” Is how he summed it up at end wasnt it?? lol…like W. Ferrell doin George W.
Ive already wasted enough of my $ on these the last times . I think I’d need to get 100 if I wanted 5 working somewhat reliable ones
@jaybird@JvB, No, it went something like, “There’s an old saying in Tn, a saying in Tx & know it’s in Tn… Fool me once, shame on,…shame on you, Fool me, you can’t be fooled again!!” Something close to that, but the way he tried to be so dignified & so casual about it was Funny He knew he forgot the saying, so he tried to adlib the words. One can view the video on Google, or YouTube for a good laugh at a few of his gaffs! JSYK & just to relieve pain, stress & the pressure that meh puts on us to buy their item throwaways! LOL!!
@RatKing, I was fn thinking [again] about buying this pkg Xs 2, just for the Batteries!! 1st, I gotta see how much the batteries cost at Walmart!! If 2 sell for, say, $3.97, then I’m in & according to the Meh Battery Master, I have to put them in the Fridge, of course!
I think mine (from the IRK) said something about it lighting up? Will have to pull it out to be sure.
Still have my original order from over a year ago and tonight I will set some of them up since my tile died when it fell off my keyring and I ran over it in the hospital parking lot after work… Even already bought some batteries so should be all set.
My takeaway from all the discussion is; I’m not going to buy them. And, couldn’t the Chinese spies track you wherever you go in your car if the tracker is being used as a key fob?
Finally, what the hell is an irk? I’ve been buying crap from meh for years and have never received anything for free.
I bought these last time. Had to throw them away. Dang near impossible to replace the batteries. Worse design for battery compartment I’ve ever seen. If you do a web search for replacing the battery, you’ll see far too many posts about it to think it’s a fluke.
I had these before, they aren’t that loud, the battery has a short life span, I even bought new ones and they don’t last long.
They’re also not that durable, had two break pretty quickly just attached to keys in a bag.
I have these. I like them. The batteries in the original shipment from TrakR were dead - it wasn’t meh’s fault. They offer a free replacement but you cannot order more than one at a time so I bought a slew of 1616 and 2016 batteries so I don’t have to go through this again.
Worth every penny since they (TrakR) charge $1 for shipping on those replacement batteries.
Welp, since I’m paying $5/mo for “free shipping” this is my 1x buy to “square” that expense.
This’ll go into my ever expanding bugout bag fear gear collection…I live in Northern CA & damn if it ain’t fire, it’s forced power outages, plague, or some other drama that forces me to leave my hermit hole.
When the EVAC ORDER goes out (if the cell towers & POTS is still up), it’s the five min. grab the kittehs & GO time. Attaching & checking these things to pets & items while stuck in traffic will give me something to focus on other than imminent death.
these things are great, n yeah, the batteries die at an amazing rate but still great things to have if you’ve got loss issues. n the batts arent hard to remove n store so as to limit battery death, but batteries cost more than the devices. i have a couple of the old metal ones i use as much as these, bigger better batteries, but still die rather quickly.
as re those who wish to get off on a political bent over this; really?
At my level of age and life experience I should know better. If something looks to good to be true, it always is.
A complete waste of money except for the 5 pack of new 2016 button batteries included, but still you can buy 5 on ebay for under $2.50/5 batteries with free ship.
@sammydog01@seraphmonkey Thanks, I’ll give it a try. I used a knife to carve a notch in the back of one to put my thumbnail in for leverage. That didn’t work. The pipe wrench looks encouraging, or maybe a hammer.
@crismoody It was not known that TrackR would discontinued support 5 months later, as they were still selling the products themselves. Anyway, it was noted in a different thread that the SwiftFinder app can find these.
@crismoody@narfcake Please stop saying that SwiftFinder is the solution. It isn’t and employees of Meh admit as much. They are still maybe looking at a fix, but who knows.
However, I definitely don’t think it’s fair to accuse Meh of selling these while knowing that the end was near. If you have proof to the contrary, please share.
I think Meh is in a tricky spot. They were selling, mocking, and giving these things away. If you bought some of these, like I did, you paid very little and even got some extra batteries.
If I thought Meh was up to some low level shenanigans, I’d take my $10 loss or whatever I paid and never visit here again. But in the absence of proof, and with Meh’s track® record of honesty & integrity, I’m not too worked up about it.
These weren’t even sold as “dollar store” quality. If you could get them to work and found a use for them, great. Otherwise, that’s Meh for ya. Sometimes you buy and win, other times not so much. The unknown is half the fun of it all.
I’ve played around with finding a solution to get these to work, and I know others have as well. I’ll definitely report back if I have any luck, but for now I’m thinking of using them as poker chips. Does it make sense to use 50 of the same colored chips to play poker. No, it most certainly does not. But again, that’s Meh!