We all love our pets and have probably had (many) nightmares about them running away and getting lost forever. Whether our dogs or cats have the kinds of personalities that love to go adventuring or we’re simply leaving them in someone else’s hands while we go on vacation, we don’t want to leave anything to chance. While most of us have experienced a scare or two, modern-day technology has come a long way in making sure we can sleep at night worry-free.
Apple’s AirTag technology is not just crucial to finding our “adventurous” valuables, but it’s one of the best there is for keeping track of our dogs, cats, or any other animals we’ve taken in. Since our pets are easily more irreplaceable than our laptops and wallets, we should be proactive in making sure they’re as safe as can be. After all, they trust us unconditionally. Split up into three categories — keychain holders to be used as dog tags, collar attachments, and complete collars — this is a guide to the best AirTag pet collars and accessories on the market right now.
What Is AirTag?
And How Does It Work?
First launched in April of last year, AirTag is a technology developed by Apple to track devices and things that can get easily lost or stolen (eg, keys, wallets, laptops, bicycles). However, when customers started realizing they could throw these on members of their own families (dogs and cats, mostly).
AirTag doesn’t use GPS technology, but a combination of Bluetooth and proprietary Find My service. If your pet goes outside of your own Bluetooth range, the signal from its AirTag will utilize the GPS signals from surrounding iPhones to pinpoint its location for you to see on your own device. And if someone with an iPhone picks up your pet, he or she can tap into its AirTag and use their own app to access the information you’ve uploaded there, such as your name, phone number, and address. Moreover, the AirTag chip itself is water-, dust-, and splash-resistant out of the factory.
AirTag Vs. GPS
What’s The Difference?
Whereas GPS often requires a paid cellular plan of some kind, AirTag is completely free (so long as you have an iPhone to use it). Likewise, the ability to triangulate your pet’s location through other users’ iPhones makes AirTag the optimal choice if you live in a city with not many dead spots. However, if you’re in a more remote area surrounded by hills and mountains and other areas where your dog or cat can stray off the grid, GPS might be worth the extra trouble, since the lack of iPhones and cell coverage will ensure that he or she remains lost.
Belkin Secure Holder
When it comes to electronics accessories that have fabulous quality for an unbelievably low price, Belkin is your best bet. With nearly 40 years of experience, the California-based company has proven its expertise in all areas of its field. Its AirTag Secure Holder key ring sports a twist-and-lock design that guarantees your chip won’t fall out inadvertently. Available in either black, white, blue, or pink, the hard case also surrounds the AirTag with a raised ridge to make sure it doesn’t get scuffed or scratched when your dog ventures out.
NOMAD Rugged Keychain
While NOMAD knocks it out of the park with its high-performance technology when it comes to devices such as charge cables or Base One magnetic charging stations. However, its dedication to its craft shows through in even its simplest of products. The Rugged Keychain is as robust as the name implies, utilizes a super-strong polycarbonate frame and TPU overmold, and has an IP66 rating for water and dust resistance for added durability, whether your pet is just roaming around in the yard or you two are off on a hike together. This is also a great option for your luggage bags.
Apple AirTag Leather Keyring
What would a guide to AirTag holders be without a product from Apple itself? Priced very affordably, this Leather Key Ring has a slightly less tactical aesthetic than its contemporaries, made from soft European leather that’s been tanned and stitched together to fit tightly around your AirTag chip. The button clasp is also made from high-strength stainless steel. For added stylistic versatility, the holder is also available in several color options, including orange, golden brown, black, forest green, dark lavender, and red.
Casetify Custom AirTag Holder
Few do customizations better and more abundantly than CASETiFY, a Hong Kong-based company that’s spent the last decade making a name for itself with its amazing graphics and original licensed designs. This trickles all the way down to keyrings as well, with its Custom AirTag Holder. With the ability to preview right on its website, the customization supports up to 11 characters in 27 different color options. You can also select from an array of emojis and choose from 6 different font options. Likewise, the slim, eco-friendly case itself is available in 7 different colorways.
Case-Mate Protective Air Tag Case
You probably see several Case-Mate phone cases every day and don’t even realize it. One of the biggest brands when it comes to phone protection accessories has also come out with an AirTag holder specifically for pet collars. This silicone enclosure is scratch-resistant and highly durable, even fending off water for those pool-loving pups. It’s also incredibly lightweight so your pet won’t even know it’s there. While several color options are available, perhaps our favorite is the one that glows in the dark for better visual noticeability if your dog wanders out at nighttime.
Rifle Paper Co. AirTag Case
Who says AirTag holders can’t be stylish? Rifle Paper Co., known for its beautiful floral prints used on its wallpaper, stationery, and bedding, has been tapped by Case-Mate for exclusive phone cases and accessories. Among those is the Florida-based company’s AirTag Case, which comes in two attractive designs — Wild Flowers and Garden Party Blue — and fits collars up to 1” in width. Inserting your AirTag chip is a breeze as you just snap it into place in the back where it stays securely as your dog or cat roams around. Spectacularly, the floral print also glows in the dark for nighttime visibility.
Spigen’s ComforTag is all about versatility. With the ability to adapt in width for collars from 1” to 1.5”, the collar attachment easily straps into place with one of two colored rubberbands — orange or black — and comes with two adhesive films for the option to cover the exposed chip on the outside. The case itself is built with TPU plastic that’s glossy and reflective for added visibility. Lightweight with a slim profile, the ComforTag sports a stylish aesthetic and can be used on other devices such as the strap for your camera.
Studio Proper Dog Tag
Studio Proper was born from its founders’ inspiration from Apple’s innovation. As such, the Melbourne-based company’s products are all made with the ultimate understanding of its progenitor, as well as a design-focused aesthetic that keeps the customers coming back. The Apple-authorized reseller didn’t waste any time implementing its ethos into a new AirTag holder, aptly called the DogTag. Sporting a streamlined design, the DogTag is built with a unibody elastomer material able to withstand the harshest of elements. Moreover, the collar attachment has an internal safety enclosure to prevent your pet from “accidentally” swallowing the chip.
FEEYAR Reflective AirTag Dog Collar
If you’re into economic choices, FEEYAR’s Reflective AirTag Dog Collar is about as inexpensive as you can get without sacrificing any quality. In fact, it’s one of the best picks regardless of the price tag. Built with a compartment for your AirTag chip, the strap is made from 1000D nylon with neoprene lining for extra padded comfort for your pet’s neck, equipped with a zinc alloy O-ring, an ABS buckle, and reflective stitching all the way around. Likewise, the AirTag holder itself is built from heavy-duty microfiber leather that ensures your chip won’t pop out. The collar is also splash-resistant, wear-resistant, and anti-collision.
SaharaCase Silicone Dog Collar
Started by three entrepreneurs from the country of Georgia who immigrated to the United States before the tech boom in the ’90s, SaharaCase is founded on not just a dedication to protecting cellular goods, but a curiosity as to why they break. That passion has led to a set of principles by which the brand is guided. Its AirTag Dog Collar is made from a triple silicone material that resists stretching and discoloration over time. Scratch- and dirt-resistant, the accessory sports an easy-to-adjust, lightweight design with a touch of style for your pet. It comes in either black or white colorways.
FollowPaw AirTag Dog Collar
FollowPaw is a company that specializes in pet products for tech-savvy owners, using locally-sourced renewable materials such as cork leather, which is made from cork oak bark (no pun intended). Made in Portugal, the company’s AirTag Dog Collar has helped set the bar high for both sustainability and function. Keeping the tracking chip encased in an anti-slip hidden compartment, the durable cork leather collar is water-resistant and bite-proof for the more rambunctious animals and the magnetic buckle lets you lock this on your pet with ease without worry that it will fall off.
Keepaws Leather AirTag Collar
The original AirTag collar, Keepaws’ flagship accessory is the classiest on the market. Made from authentic, high-quality cow leather, this dog collar has a built-in compartment for your AirTag chip, which snaps into place with double copper buttons. Though multilayered and heavy-duty, the hindside of the collar is padded with an artificial elastic fiber for extra comfort on your dog’s neck. Made to be the last you’ll ever need, this collar is waterproof for whatever adventure your pet decides to embark on and comes with a free customizable ID tag that you can engrave with your pal’s name.
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