These “TrackR” tiles have most likely been sitting around, in various warehouse(s), for several years… so the batteries are most likely dead, at this point. This, plus the general low-quality of the tiles in their prime, makes me feel like these should be a push-product here in January 2020 ( e.g. Pay Me to Take these from you, Meh!!)
I bought TrackRs a few times before. Since then I bought 20 “BlueDot” batteries on eBay for $4.50. So each CR2016 set me back less than a quarter.
I only started using those batteries a month ago, but those TrackRs are still working as well as they ever did. The only features I use are to detect if a tool is in range, make it make noise, and occasionally, I use one to find my phone.
The function to make something complain if the TrackR gets too far from the phone got way too many false alarms. I gave up on that.
I bought the five pack a while back. I’ve only set up 2 of them and they both worked out of the box. I used one for real for the first time a few weeks ago to find my keys under papers on my desk. No complaints here.
I bought a package a couple of offers ago, never opened them, and they’re lost somewhere in the house. (A not uncommon situation here.) I wonder if I can buy another set, whisper sweet things in their ears, and let them listen to the lost set. You never know, miracles could happen.
Ok, how many of these have been on here in the past year? I’m starting to disbelieve the story that you guys are running this independently from Amazon. Meh, are you trying to push the up-and-coming (and in some ways, already-here) Orwellian surveillance state?
@mikeureko if you simply go to https://www.thetrackr.com/ and scroll to the bottom you’ll see that they are pretty tightly knit with Meh and the other checkout.org sites. Not exactly sure what the relationship is but there’s something to it.
Bought and use these. To do so successfully you must:
Buy CR2016 batteries and PLEASE recycle the mostly dead ones in these responsibly, it is illegal where I live to put them in the trash
Search for ways to use duct tape to make opening these little buggers a breeze so you aren’t unnecessarily frustrated
Resign to the reality that ~10% of the devices you received will fail in the first 2 months, but know that this just means your cost per device is closer to $3 overall, sort of like accepting that there will be unpopped kernels in your microwave popcorn bag if you want the rest of what popped to be unscorched
Check the batteries (using the app) in your Pixels from time to time, mine tend to last about 6 months. Buy your own batteries from China instead of using the worthless replacement service
Turn off the false-alert-laden Device Separation feature, and just use the Find function, as this is all they are really good for anyway.
Stop whining that these are so meh. You paid less than $3 per device in the long run you cheap bastard, did you really expect anything more than pure mediocrity?
@RedOak Good point! My original Pixel ownership occurred well before Meh started offering them (sometime early 2019), and I have had to replace batteries in those 3 units once since I turned them on. So I was guessing at the 6 month number.
Having said that, I also bought some from Meh in October that are all turned on and activated and are still operating, albeit with new batteries installed from the get-go, so that’s more like 3 months not 5 - time warp in my brain I guess. It was one of the original units that the beeper stopped working on (but was otherwise active and could signal my phone). I have had zero failures out of the box on the October Meh ones.
I also bought more from the November Meh offering, and have not turned them on (I gave several away to friends who have either not used them or have not had problems or have not told me about troubles), so I cannot claim a failure rate on those.
I now have enough of these and am getting what I consider good use of them given the current pricing.
Bought a pack a while back, had to replace all the batteries before actually using them. But even then, after a month of using it, I was barely satisfied.
Then when a friend showed me his Tile and we compared the features in the real world my TrackR was like a beta product. Lower range, didn’t always work, low ring volume, problematic battery, and so on. Tile had none of these problems. I stopped using my TrackR shortly after.
bought a set of these for both my home and work keys. liked the idea, worked for a little bit. but i had no faith in the crowd search community. plus it kept asking me the same questions every time i opened the app.
these Trakrs are gateway drugs to Tiles. just buy the 4-pack for $34.99 and see what it’s like to have ones that actually work!
As I stated above, I also used the ones I bought as stocking stuffers since I hadn’t linked them yet. I bought batteries and included them with each pair I gave away.
Part of the reason I haven’t used any yet is that my BIL gave me a set of TILES for Christmas… which he paid WAY more for than these. But, that set came with a credit card sized unit that fits in a wallet, so that’s a plus.
I plan to link at least one of this set’s Trackers to the phone and leave the button on the baker’s rack where I normally charge my phone (by the front door), which will allow me to ping the phone when I can’t find it. I especially like the “rings even if the phone volume is turned off” feature, though my TicWatch has the same ability. (I don’t normally wear a watch when I am off, and certainly don’t wear that one if I am doing any work outside were it might get scratched etc. For that reason I will most likely leave one in the shop as well.)
I have plans for at least one other to be on the keys at work so I can maybe find them when others leave them in ‘non-standard’ locations.
I think I may also put one in each car, just for “shits-n-grins” to see if the crowd mapping can find it when we are out and about. If that works half way well I may squirrel one away on a public transit for the same reason. Seems like it could be an entertaining use of the few bucks it would cost for the several months til the battery dies.
Oh… and one in each suitcase… because that could be handy as well. (Plus having it start beeping on the carousel in the airport might be fun…) TL:DR Just get them… they are cheap.
BTW, any input on how using these impacts on the phone’s battery life? Not sure if it should matter, or if it will drain quicker as it tries to ping the ones that are not in range, such as if you leave one on your remote control, or if I leave one in my suitcase while I am not near it.
@chienfou The power drain should be negligible, given that these are BT LE. You’re probably plugging in your phone to charge at least once a day, so just having a TrackR connected likely is the difference of maaaaybe a minute or two between charges.
@Atomizer cool. I wasn’t sure if it searching for a BT item that was not available (away from home for instance) would take more juice that if it was local and connected. That’s why I’m a nurse and my son is the electrical engineer…
@chienfou Yeah, using the phone to try to locate the out-of-range BT device won’t draw a meaningful amount of power. At most, if you did the opposite and used the TrackR to locate your phone which caused it to ring/vibrate/light up, that would draw a little more power, but again I’d be surprised if it cost you more than something like a minute of normal operating time of the phone.
Well. That’s that. Can’t say I didn’t know what I was doing. All in all these should do just fine. Glitches and all I think they’ll do what I need. Pros and cons these are the right product for the right price. Will use only around the house. That should take care of a few of the cons. And help me waste less time looking for the remote controls after my girl gets drunk and “looses” them. I can handle the dryer eating a sock occasionally but not a $50 remote. We shall see. Thanks to all for the tips!
They work but…
You may need to replace the battery (2 were dead). This can be really hard to do since they aren’t easy to open.
The company does not support the product. Tried contacting 2x by email. No reply.
There aren’t enough people using them to make the cloud worthwhile.