Chipolo announced the CARD Spot at CES 2022 in January. It’s a tracker designed to fit in purses, but it can track many other items if you prefer. With its slim, credit card-shaped design, it’s the best device on the market for keeping track of your wallet. I have been using Chipolo CARD Spot for a while now. Here are some highlights on the device and some of my thoughts.
How to set up Chipolo CARD Spot
Spot Chipolo CARD is easy and quick to setup. When you’re ready, open the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad and choose the Items tab. Select “Add new item” and then “Other supported item”. You will need to click the button on the bottom left edge of the CARD Spot to run. Click Connect.
Plus, you can name it however you like, I just stuck with Chipolo CARD Spot.
When you’re done setting up in Find My, put the device in your wallet or anywhere else you like.
You can locate your Chipolo CARD Spot in the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac. Under Find My, you can locate your CARD Spot on the map, play a sound if it’s near you, or enable Lost Mode so you can be notified when it’s found. Make sure your devices are updated to the latest operating system.
The Chipolo CARD Spot is 0.09 inches thick. It measures 3.35 inches long and 2.11 inches wide. It has a speaker on the bottom right edge and a button on the bottom left. Here, you can see that the device is very similar to the size of a gift card.
The card is splash-proof with an IPX5 water resistance rating.
How is it different from AirTag?
Due to the shape of a credit card, CARD Spot is noticeably easier to fit in wallets. There is no additional AirTag volume.
One of the biggest differences is that CARD Spot does not have a search accuracy. Accurate detection is how Find My directs you to the exact location of the AirTag. Since CARD Spot doesn’t have a UI chip, it can’t do that.
However, it is still a great tracker. When the item is not with you, Find My will give you the last known location where you left the CARD Spot. In general, if I have a general idea of where something is missing, I can usually find it just fine.
NB: If you have used Chipolo products before, this product is not compatible with the Chipolo app. It’s exclusive to Apple’s Find My network.
My favorite feature of the Chipolo CARD Spot is that its ring is noticeably higher than the AirTag. AirTags rings at 60 dB on open while CARD Spot rings at 105 dB. I tested its sound while storing it in my wallet inside my wallet and the sound was around 70dB – still louder than the AirTag.
When you accidentally leave the item behind, you will receive a notification called an out of range alert. Turn on the ‘Notify when it is left behind’ feature. You will receive a notification when you leave the tracker behind. Plus, it can be set up so that it won’t alert you if you leave it at home, as you may not always bring it with you.
Can anyone track me down using a Chipolo CARD spot?
Chipolo puts safety in mind when designing trackers. When your iPhone detects an unknown Chipolo CARD spot with you, you will receive a notification. The device will beep so you can easily find it. It has a range of 200 feet and will operate when the CARD Spot is not connected to its owner’s device.
There is a renewal program
Unfortunately, CARD Spot does not have any alternative battery options. However, the battery lasts about two years compared to about one year with the AirTag. A great thing is that Chipolo sends you an email reminder in a couple of years when your battery is about to run out. If you’re ever curious, you can check your battery status in Find My.
When you’re ready to get a new card spot, send it back to Chipolo for recycling. The company will give you 50% off a new CARD Spot when you receive it.
I really like the Chipolo CARD website; EASY TO SET UP AND USE – The two main things that stand out for me are that it’s easier to put into a wallet than AirTag. My wallet is thin and can’t handle the thick coin-shaped design of the AirTag.
I also like that CARD Spot is much superior to AirTag. When buried away, I personally prefer having a little clearer noise to help me identify what’s missing. This is very useful, especially when trying to locate it in a noisy environment.
What I would recommend is that Chipolo drop the $35 price tag. It’s hard to justify the $6 difference between this and $29 on AirTag.
Since AirTag is smaller, it works better with most items such as keys, animal collars, etc. However, if you are looking for a wallet-specific tracker, Chipolo CARD Spot is hard to beat. It will fit in most wallets and do a good job of helping you find it when you lose it.
The Chipolo CARD Spot costs $35 for one or $60 for a two-piece package when purchased on its website. New product pre-orders will be shipped in April.
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