Are you the kind of person who can’t help losing their wallet every time you leave the house? Then you’re reading the right review. Bluetooth trackers allow you to track lost items through your mobile phone using, what else? Bluetooth connectivity. In this review, I’m checking out the Ekster Tracker Card, a Bluetooth tracker created by two Fulbright recipients using the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Ekster means Magbie in Dutch, a smart bird that hides shiny things, in case you were wondering.
I’ll be discussing the Ekster Tracker Card in terms of its design, features, and app before making a recommendation for you. Can it live up to its animal inspiration? You’ll have to read to find out!
Ekster Tracker Card Design
At first glance, the Ekster Tracker Card looks more like a tiny credit card than it does a Bluetooth tracker. I’m loving the black on black design and at less than four inches across, this is definitely something I can easily keep in my wallet without it weighing me down too much. However, without a keyring hole, this wouldn’t be ideal for tracking keys.
Now, every Bluetooth tracker I’ve reviewed has come with a built-in siren, and I want that to be as loud as possible so I can hear it no matter where I lose it. The siren on the Ekster Tracker Card is 73.5 decibels, which is about as loud as a toilet flushing or vacuum cleaner. This is a bit below the average of other Bluetooth trackers, which tend to have a siren around 100 decibels, so I’m a bit disappointed at its volume (or lack thereof).
In the same vein, the Ekster Tracker Card isn’t waterproof but water-resistant, and, while the company doesn’t provide an exact temperature range, they do advise you to avoid high-temperature environments, as the outer casing could melt. Now, I don’t know about you, but I know that I can lose anything at anytime, even during the winter, so this may not be a great choice if you live in a warm climate.
On a more positive note, I love that the Ekster Tracker Card is battery-powered, but guess this. You can actually charge your tracker using the sun! Three hours of solar charge lasts for two months with the Ekster Tracker Card, which is incredibly cool. Using Bluetooth connectivity, I’ll be able to see exactly where my Ekster Tracker Card is, so long as its within 200 feet. And if you’re wondering what happens if I’m more than 200 feet away from the Ekster Tracker Card, then hold your horses, because I’ll discuss that in a minute.
Ekster Tracker Card Features
To find your Ekster Tracker Card, you can either use the TrackR app or ask your trusted voice assistant to find it. That’s right, if you have Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit, you can find lost items using your voice alone. But what if the Ekster Tracker Card is over 200 feet away from you? Is it gone forever?
The short answer is no. Through the Worldwide Lost and Found Platform, otherwise known as Crowd GPS, you’ll be able to mark your item as lost in the TrackR app. Then, you just have to wait until someone with the TrackR app walks into your Ekster Tracker Card’s 200-foot range, and when that happens, you’ll be alerted immediately. You’ll also be able to ring the Ekster Tracker Card and see its last known location, which could be helpful.
Now, something to keep in mind is that TrackR isn’t the most widely-used Bluetooth tracker app in the U.S. No, that accolade belongs to Tile, which holds about 80% of the U.S market share. So while you do have a chance of finding your lost item through Crowd GPS it’s less likely than if you had a Tile tracker.
The Chipolo App
The Chipolo app is where you’ll find your missing items, ring your phone even if it’s on silent, view your item’s last known location, help others find their lost items through Crowd GPS, receive notifications, set up smart platform integrations and get low battery alerts.
Fortunately, the app is highly rated, with a four-star rating from the Google Play store and a 4.4 from the Apple store. So whether you have an iPhone or Android, you’ll have no issue controlling your Ekster tracker with the Chipolo app.
The Chipolo App is straightforward and easy to use generally and I found it an overall intuitive and enjoyable experience.
Recap of Ekster Tracker Card
Bluetooth trackers tend to be somewhere between $30 and $35, so when I found out the Ekster Tracker Card was $49, I was a bit taken aback. Still, it could work for some people— it just depends on what you’re looking for in a Bluetooth tracker.
I’d buy the Ekster Tracker Card if you’d like…
- Integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit: No matter which smart home ecosystem you’re a part of, you’ll have no issue integrating the Ekster Tracker Card.
- 200-foot range: This is a pretty large range for a Bluetooth tracker.
- Solar rechargeable battery: The Ekster Tracker Card is the only Bluetooth Tracker I’ve seen with this feature, and it’s both environmentally friendly and incredibly convenient.
- Highly-rated app: The Chipolo app has positive ratings from iPhone and Android users alike.
But stay away if you were looking for…
- Low price: At $49, the Ekster Tracker Card is priced about $20 too high, in my opinion.
- Water-proof design: While the Ekster Tracker Card is water-resistant, it won’t work if it gets rained on too much or dropped in a puddle.
- Works in high temperatures: If you live in a warm climate, the Ekster Tracker Card’s outer casing may melt, causing the tracker to malfunction.
- Siren louder than 73.5 decibels: Again, the Ekster Tracker Card misses the mark as most Bluetooth trackers have sirens around 100 decibels.
To explore other options, check out the best Bluetooth trackers of 2019.