Chipolo PLUS Bluetooth Tracker Review

When I lose my keys, I usually just complain about it to anyone who will listen. When six friends lost their keys in 2013, they created a Kickstarter, what was soon to be the Bluetooth tracking company Chipolo. Today, Chipolo sells their products in over 200 countries— not bad for a crowd-funded campaign! I purchased the Chipolo PLUS in green, my favorite color. I’ll go over the Chipolo PLUS’s design, features, plus the Chipolo app for good measure. Let’s get started!

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The Chipolo PLUS has an impressive range of 5 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, plus integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. 

Chipolo PLUS Design

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Chipolo PLUS

When I look at my Chipolo PLUS, it’s a bit hard not to smile. I bought my PLUS in green, but it also comes in red, blue, white, yellow, and black. The tracker itself is super-tiny, at only 37 mm by 5.9 mm and .16 ounces. Despite its tininess, the Chipolo PLUS has a range of 200 feet, which is pretty high for a Bluetooth tracker. It’s also relatively loud, with an 100-decibel siren built in. If you’re wondering, that’s about as loud as a motorcycle driving by or a handheld drill, both pretty hard to miss.

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Chipolo PLUS on Keys

As you can see, the Chipolo PLUS’s keyring allows you to easily attach it to your keys. And don’t worry if it gets lost outside— this thing has a temperature range from five to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s water-resistant. Note that Chipolo doesn’t release their products’ IP ratings, so it’s hard to know exactly what water-resistant means, so I definitely wouldn’t immerse this thing in water.

Unfortunately, the Chipolo PLUS has a non-replaceable battery. That means that after the battery dies in about a year, you’ll have to buy a whole new tracker. At $25, this isn’t exactly throw-away money, at least if you’re me.

Chipolo PLUS Features

The main purpose of the Chipolo PLUS is to help you find your stuff, but clearly 200 feet has its limitations (and they are 200 feet, to be exact). But don’t fret! Chipolo has a solution.

Community Search

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Chipolo’s Community Search Feature

Everyone with a Chipolo app can find anyone’s Chipolo, so long as its in their range. While they won’t be aware that they’re helping to find other people’s trackers, that’s exactly what’s happening. Say you lose your tracker, and it’s definitely out of your range. If it comes into another Chipolo-head’s range, you’ll be notified immediately of its location. Just remember to mark your tracker as “lost” in the Chipolo app.

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Marking the Chipolo PLUS as Lost

While Chipolo is a prominent name in the Bluetooth tracker industry, it’s not as huge as Tile or TrackR. While the Tile app has over 18,000 downloads on the Google Play store, the Chipolo app has about 4,500. As less people have Chipolo trackers compared to Tile trackers, there are less Chipolo apps able to use the Community Search feature. The less networks available, the lower the chances are that your Chipolo tracker will get found. That’s just something to keep in mind as you decide on which Bluetooth tracker is right for you.

Smart Platform Integrations

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Amazon Alexa

I love that the Chipolo PLUS integrates with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You’ll be able to ask Alexa or Google Assistant to find your keys, which is definitely a step up from tearing your room apart and screaming about it.

Extras

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Chipolo PLUS Selfie on App

Are you a selfie queen, or maybe even an aspiring selfie queen? Whether you’re Kim Kardashian or just have an unverified account on Instagram, Chipolo is going to bring your selfie game to the next level. Your Chipolo PLUS doubles as a shutter button, so you can kiss your selfie stick goodbye. It may have little to nothing to do with finding your stuff, but at least you’ll look fantastic.

Installing the Chipolo PLUS

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Gabe Holding the Chipolo PLUS

Setting up my Chipolo PLUS literally took less than a minute. Once I had my Chipolo app downloaded, I clicked on the plus sign and chose, what else? The Chipolo PLUS. From there, I clicked the button in the middle of the tracker. It played a tune, then I put it beside my phone and the two synced. I named it Luggage and was done!

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The Chipolo PLUS has an impressive range of 5 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, plus integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. 

The Chipolo App

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The Chipolo App

The Chipolo app is where you’ll be able to actually track your lost items. It also allows you to ring devices, even if they’re on silent. You can use the Chipolo app to see your item’s last known location, as well as access community search. Some of the app’s latest features include the ability to ask Siri to ring your tracker and to set a holiday ringtone. Very festive!

The app is pretty well-received, with ratings of 4.4 and 4 from the Apple and Google Play stores, respectively. Some people said that the app works best when you close and reopen it, although it’s supposed to work whether it’s opened or closed.

“Works great and I use it often. A tip for best performance: although it’s supposed to work whether the app is open or closed, I find it often doesn’t work well this way, so when I close all my apps, I’m sure to reopen this, and when I restart my phone, I bring this to the foreground before moving on to other apps,”

wrote Ryan Smith in a five star review. Especially if you have a lot of devices connected through Bluetooth, this is a very wise tip.

Recap of the Chipolo PLUS

So, should you buy the Chipolo PLUS or not? Overall, I definitely recommend the Chipolo PLUS. It’s super lightweight, has a pretty large range, plus some awesome smart platform integrations. Let’s go over its positives again:

  • 200 foot range: this is on the upper end of most Bluetooth trackers.
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: you’ll be able to vocally command your smart home to find your lost stuff.
  • Great app ratings: both Android and iPhone users generally liked the Chipolo app.

Of course, we can’t forget the PLUS’s downsides, like:

  • Not water-proof: I wouldn’t recommend using this tracker on a dog, or anything else prone to wetness.
  • Non-replaceable battery: the Chipolo PLUS will last you a year maximum.
  • Smaller community than some competitors: although Chipolo is a prominent name, it’s not one of the leaders in the Bluetooth tracker industry.

The Chipolo PLUS is $25, a very average price for a Bluetooth tracker. Have any more questions or comments? Write back to us below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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