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There are many wallet trackers that you can use with your iPhone. However, the babybi card It stands out from its competitors, such as the Apple AirTag and Chipolo CARD Spot, for its unique combination of a rechargeable battery, a slim, credit card-sized design, and access to Apple’s massive Find My tracker network.
There are two main considerations that you should look for when deciding on which portfolio tracker to use. The first and most important is access to Apple’s Find My service. That’s because the location of items using Find My can be found by millions of Internet-connected iPhones, iPads, and Macs around the world. Another important factor is design; The wallet tracker should fit easily in your wallet without creating too much bulge.
The main obvious competitors to Pebblebee are Apple AirTag and Slim tiles ($34.99), along with the lesser-known Chipolo CARD Spot. The Tile Slim does not use the Find My network, which is a major drawback of this set. While the Apple AirTag’s bulky design isn’t quite right on wallets. The Pebblebee Card and Chipolo CARD Spot ($35.00) are the only trackers that combine these two features.
After purchasing and using Pebblebee and Chipolo for several weeks, I’ve found that they have nearly identical functionality when used on the Find My network. However, there is one big difference – the Chipolo CARD Spot must be completely replaced when the battery dies (about two years), while the Pebblebee Card has a rechargeable battery that can be recharged at any time using the magnetic charging cable attached to it (although it is Special design, so don’t lose it).
It’s this unique combination of a rechargeable battery, a slim wallet-friendly design, and the use of Find My Network that make Pebblebee Card my choice as the best wallet tracker for iPhone owners.
The Pebblebee Card is designed to be small and lightweight enough that you don’t feel it’s there after you put it in the credit card slot of your wallet. Measuring 2.12 x 3.35 x 0.11 inches, two credit cards stacked together are a hair thicker than the Spot Chipolo CARD, which is 0.09 inches thick.
You’ll find a bee icon on the front of the Pebblebee card, which doubles as a button to pair and check the remaining battery. When you press and hold the button, a row of five LEDs shows how much battery is left. On the back, you’ll see two small holes for the headphones and two slightly larger holes for the magnetic charger.
The plastic card has an IPX6 rating, which makes it splash-resistant but not able to withstand submersion. It feels similar to the Chipolo CARD patches – not particularly durable. If you keep your wallet in your back pocket and sit on it all the time, I don’t think it will hold up well over time (the Chipolo card stain I tested accidentally went through and appeared cracked). However, I keep my Pebblebee card in my wallet, which I carry in my bag, and the card is in good shape.
There are two ways to set up a Pebblebee Card – using the Apple Find My app or Pebblebee app (Free for iOS and Android) — but Apple Find My is a clear winner if you want to find your wallet away from home. Compared to the Find My network, the Pebblebee network does not exist, so it makes no sense to use the Pebblebee app from a tracking perspective. In fact, I never located the card when it was away from my iPhone because there weren’t enough Pebblebee app users to provide location data – and I live in New York City.
The Pebblebee app has valuable features that Find My doesn’t offer. You can share your card’s location with anyone who downloads the Pebblebee app. Voice tag lets you use Alexa or the Google Assistant to find your card. You can create a virtual fence, so that you are notified any time your card enters or leaves a specific area. And you can turn on the ability of the card to ring your phone. However, if you use the Pebblebee app to set up, you must use the Pebblebee network to find your card when you’re not near your phone and you won’t be able to use the Find My app for tracking.
I also found the features of this Pebblebee app to be quite impressive. I got hit or lost whether the card would ring my iPhone or I would get an alert if my wallet came out of the default fence I set up. And after I factory reset the Pebblebee card, I couldn’t get the card to work again with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Setting up the card using the Find My app is easy. You can open the app, click on the plus sign, and choose “Add another item”. It took a few seconds to find the card. You can then name the device and choose an emoji to represent your card on the Find My app map. This is it.
If you decide to use the Pebblebee app (which you probably shouldn’t), the setup is the same as using Find My. You need to set up a Pebblebee account, but only your email address you verify with a passcode – no password is required. You open the app, tap the plus sign, and the app will instantly find the card. Once you have paired your card and labeled your card, the tracker is ready to use.
Using a Pebblebee Card with Find My
If you set up a Pebblebee Card using the Find My app, you’ll enjoy most of the same features as AirTag (but not the exact search feature) and all the same functionality as the Chipolo CARD Spot. You’ll find your card on the item map in the Find My app. Clicking on your card icon will open a list of actions.
You can tap Play Sound to trigger the card to make a noise, which is pretty loud even when you’re in your wallet under the bag. And it is louder than Chipolo CARD Spot and AirTag. Unfortunately, the card (such as the Chipolo CARD Spot) does not have a broadband radio, so it does not support accurate search, which provides direction and distance information.
“Lagging behind” alerts that occur when your card is out of range of your iPhone work perfectly. Just keep in mind that it will take a few minutes for the notification to go through. For example, when I was staying at my aunt’s house in Maine, the alarm would go off when I drove half a mile from her house — every time. If you leave your wallet behind to exercise or walk the dog, you can set up exceptions for abandoned notifications.
The Pebblebee Card has the same anti-tracking technology as Apple AirTag when set up using the Find My app. If someone puts a card in your bag, it will tell you via the Find My app if it has been traveling with you for a while. And if you are an Android user, you can download Apple Tracker Detector app (Free on Google Play) to search for trackers, although the app won’t check for you automatically.
For iPhone owners, the best wallet tracking tool is Pebblebee Card. It’s thin enough to fit comfortably in your wallet and uses Apple’s massive Find My network, the best tracking network to locate your wallet when you leave it somewhere. And it has a rechargeable battery with a battery indicator, so you don’t have to buy a new one every two years. While it doesn’t have a broadband radio, like the AirTag, to find nearby, the speaker is loud enough in most cases to overcome the deficit, and the slim design is worth the trade-off.
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