Chipolo CARD Bluetooth Tracker Review

Losing your wallet can throw your life into disarray. Think about it: it holds your money, your ID, your driver’s license, those pictures of your children where they look particularly angelic. But losing your wallet is an inevitable part of life, right?

Not anymore. After an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, Chipolo was born, a company that makes Bluetooth trackers. The idea for Chipolo started when six friends kept losing their keys. Today, they offer a few trackers for different objects, including the Chipolo CARD. As its name implies, the CARD is meant to track wallets. In this review, I’ll go over the Chipolo CARD’s design, features, and finally, the Chipolo app. Let’s get started!

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At only 2.15 mm thick, the Chipolo CARD is the perfect addition to your wallet. It's water-resistant, has a 200-foot range, and also doubles as a shutter button. 

Design of the Chipolo CARD

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Chipolo CARD

The Chipolo CARD is stark white, super sleek and completely minimalist. It comes with a 95-decibel siren, about as loud as a food processor if you’ve ever blended a perfect tomato bisque. Although the Chipolo CARD can work in temperatures from five to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, it is only water-resistant, not water-proof. Not that you were planning on it, but don’t go dunking the Chipolo CARD in water anytime soon.

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Thickness of Chipolo CARD

The Chipolo CARD is the company’s thinnest tracker, at only 2.15 mm thick. It’s perfect to fit into wallets, as it’s about the same size as most credit cards, 37 mm by 68 mm. It only weights 1.28 ounces, so it shouldn’t weigh down your wallet. Keep in mind that the CARD doesn’t have a keyring hole, so it’s definitely intended for an object with pockets or compartments.

Most important, the Chipolo CARD has a pretty high range of 200 feet. The CARD’s only real design flaw its that it has a non-replaceable battery. That means that after a year, your Chipolo CARD will be gone forever.

Features of the Chipolo CARD

The Chipolo CARD’s main purpose is simple: to help you find your wallet, or any item you placed it in. But things aren’t quite that simple.

Community Search

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Chipolo’s Community Search Feature

If your CARD is lost and you’re more than 200 feet away from it, it will no longer show up in your Chipolo app, aside from its last known location. To combat this issue, Chipolo has Community Search. All the user has to do is mark their item as lost, and automatically, all Chipolo apps will scan for it. Once someone enters your tracker’s range, you’ll be notified of its location.

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Marking Chipolo CARD as Lost

Keep in mind that while Chipolo is certainly a prominent name in the Bluetooth tracker industry, it’s not one of the top two most popular companies. Community Search is only as good as Chipolo’s network of app users, so your search truly depends on the size of the Chipolo community. To give you an idea of revenue, a good indicator of customer pool, Chipolo has an estimated annual revenue of seven million on Owler, while Tile, the most recognizable brand in the Bluetooth tracker industry, has an estimated yearly revenue of twelve million. Therefore, it’s reasonable to claim that Chipolo’s network is smaller than that of a company like Tile. 

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At only 2.15 mm thick, the Chipolo CARD is the perfect addition to your wallet. It's water-resistant, has a 200-foot range, and also doubles as a shutter button. 

Smart Platform Integrations

If you’re already part of the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant ecosystems, then you’re in luck. The Chipolo CARD integrates with both of these popular smart homes, so you’ll be able to use vocal commands to find your missing wallet.

Shutter Button

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The Chipolo CARD’s Shutter Button

For all your selfie needs, the Chipolo CARD also doubles as a shutter button. That means you can place your phone wherever you want and simply press on the CARD to take a picture. Your Instagram game just got that much better.

Installing the Chipolo CARD

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Chipolo CARD with Gabe

Setting up the Chipolo CARD only takes a couple minutes. Simply download the Chipolo app, create an account if you haven’t already, and add the new device in your account. After placing the CARD near your phone, the two will sync. From there, you can name your card, and the process is done!

The Chipolo App

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The Chipolo App

Your Chipolo app is where you’ll see your CARD’s current or last known location, ring devices (even if they’re on silent), and access Community Search. Both iPhone and Android users generally liked the Chipolo app, giving it ratings of 4.4 and four, respectively. I noticed that many Android users said that the Chipolo app drains their battery if it’s connected to Bluetooth and location, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Recap of the Chipolo CARD

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Chipolo CARD with Wallet

At $35, the Chipolo CARD is one of the more expensive Bluetooth trackers, and it certainly has its pros and cons. Let’s start with the good:

  • 200 foot range: this is one of the higher ranges I’ve seen for Bluetooth trackers.
  • Smart home integrations: whether you’re in the Google or Amazon ecosystem, you’ll be able to use vocal commands to find your CARD.
  • Good app ratings: both iPhone and Android users rated the Chipolo app at four stars or above.
  • Super simple installation: It shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes to set up your Chipolo CARD.

However, the CARD isn’t perfect, and has some major flaws like:

  • Non-replaceable battery: after a year, you’ll have to buy a completely new Chipolo CARD.
  • Not water-proof: while the CARD is water-resistant, it can’t be fully immersed in water.
  • Expensive: at $35, the Chipolo CARD is one of the least affordable Bluetooth trackers I’ve seen, especially given the non-replaceable battery.

While I like the Chipolo CARD, ultimately, I don’t think it’s worth the high price tag, particularly because it’ll only last a year.

Do you have a Chipolo CARD or are wondering whether or not it’s for you? Leave us a question or a comment below!

To explore other options, check out the best Bluetooth trackers of 2019. 

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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