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I love Apple AirTags, I really do. They give me so much peace of mind when I’m traveling. I love being able to check the location of my luggage after I’ve checked it in and seeing if my bag has been unloaded from the aircraft once we land. RELATED: Airline Executive’s Number One Tip For Avoiding Lost Luggage When You Fly

The Key Smart SmartCard is a thin tracker for wallets and other items.Apple’s AirTags became the must-have travel gadget when travel surged post-pandemic amid labor shortages. It was the perfect storm for airlines, many of which struggled to efficiently manage customer baggage, resulting in scenes like this one at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Things are back under control these days but I’ll never stop traveling with AirTags in my checked luggage. At under $30 each (sometimes closer to $20 when you get them on sale), it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

I recently decided to pop an AirTag into my wallet because as anyone who’s lost their wallet before knows, it’s a huge headache and hassle. My wallet is small and compact but when I put an AirTag in, it makes the pocket bulky. AirTags aren’t ideal for wallets.

Key Smart SmartCard.
But you know what is? This Key Smart SmartCard, a thin, flat wallet tracker about the size of a two credit cards. It’s less than 2mm thin (compared to the 8mm of an Apple AirTag) and can easily slide into a credit card pocket in your wallet. Because of its size and shape, you can also add it to your luggage tag or tuck it inside your passport holder. It also has a convenient lanyard hole.

The Key Smart SmartCard also works with the Apple Find My app so you’ll get notified when you leave your item behind. And unlike Apple AirTags, this tracker is rechargeable. That’s definitely one of the downsides of AirTags: you just don’t know when the battery is close to dying so your device might be rendered useless mid-trip and you won’t know it. Plus, you have to throw out those CR2032 batteries every time they die, creating more e-waste. The Key Smart SmartCard lasts up to five months on a single charge and can be recharged using any qi-enabled wireless charger.

Another great feature: With an IPX7 rating, the KeySmart SmartCard has one of the highest waterproof ratings possible, just in case you drop it in the pool or the ocean. It can survive up to 30 minutes in three feet of water.

Apple AirTags definitely serve their purpose and I’ll continue to pop mine in my luggage when I’m traveling. But these are a great option too, especially when you need a slimmer, more streamlined design. Buy the Key Smart SmartCard here on Amazon.


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5 Comments On "This Extremely Thin, Rechargeable Apple AirTag Alternative is a Much Better Choice For Your Wallet"
  1. Christian|

    How much do they cost?
    How long does a charge last?
    What’s required to charge them?

    I love your work. It does seem that this is intentionally lacking in information so that people will use your Amazon link. I don’t mind using someone’s Amazon link as long as everything is upfront about that link for me to do so.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Hi Christian!
      We definitely don’t intentionally omit information. I think you must have missed the answers to your questions in the paragraph that says: “The Key Smart SmartCard lasts up to five months on a single charge and can be recharged using any qi-enabled wireless charger.” We are moving away from posting prices because Amazon’s prices are constantly changing.

  2. Christian|

    Sorry, I missed that. Looks like I picked a bad day to quit drinking coffee.

    1. Johnny Jet|


  3. Frank|

    Maybe I am overlooking something, but the big drawback for those of us that are not fully committed to the Apple ecosystem is that you cannot turn these things off without disassembling them, despite having turned on the geofence for home. I routinely turn off bluetooth on my ipad, which puts them into a panic, trying to verify where they are and where I am. If you let 24 hrs go buy they start chirping all over the house. There ought to be an on-off mechanism besides pulling the battery.

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