AirTags durability test: Is it even possible to destroy one of Apple’s trackers?

Apple’s AirTags are designed to maintain monitor of misplaced stuff like your keys, in order that they’ll most likely be subjected to some tough therapy in on a regular basis use. To learn how effectively the AirTags maintain as much as the weather, I put these $29 trackers via the wringer (so to talk) in a laundry, freeze and drop check.

The AirTag does not declare to be waterproof, however it’s water and dirt resistant in response to Apple. It additionally has a user-replaceable battery which made me much more curious to check the water resistance. Seems, these trackers are extremely sturdy.

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Take a look at 1: Placing AirTags via the wash

I all the time appear to depart stuff in my pockets after I throw on a load of laundry, so I made a decision to see what would occur if the AirTag went via the wash. 

Apple’s IP67 ranking means you possibly can dunk an AirTag in three ft (one meter) of water for as much as 30 minutes. An everyday wash cycle on my machine takes 54 minutes, so the AirTag would probably be subjected to extra water publicity for an extended time frame than the official ranking.

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I began a daily chilly wash cycle with detergent and threw some garments in, plus the AirTag within the pocket of my pants. Through the check I opened the Discover My app to see if the AirTag was nonetheless related. I may hear the sound faintly enjoying from the tracker, even over the loud washer. Whereas the sign was weak, I may nonetheless use the precision discovering to find the AirTag however I needed to stand fairly near the machine to get it to register.


Spot the AirTag.

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After the cycle was full, I took out my garments and located the AirTag had dislodged from the pocket and ended up sitting on the facet of the washer drum. Due to the spin cycle, it was dry to the contact however the white plastic again was slightly scuffed. 

I checked it was nonetheless making a sound after I pinged it within the Discover My app and that precision discovering was working. The speaker sounded simply as loud because it did earlier than I washed the AirTag and precision discovering labored as anticipated.

Take a look at 2: Will AirTags survive freezing temperatures?

As soon as the AirTag had gone via the washer, I used a recent AirTag to simulate what would occur for those who topic the tracker to actually chilly temperatures.

Seeing as I stay in San Francisco, which is not recognized for its sub-zero temperatures, the easiest way for me to simulate a chilly local weather was to place one thing within the freezer set to a cold -2.2 levels Fahrenheit, or -19 levels Celsius. I put the AirTag in an ice tray and left it in a single day (18 hours) within the freezer to solidify right into a block.

Through the freezing course of, I checked on the AirTag within the Discover My app a pair instances. Within the first few hours I may ping the tracker and listen to the sound, however as soon as the ice had began to solidify I could not hear the sound like earlier than.


The AirTag in ice.

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As soon as the ice dice with the AirTag was strong, I pulled it out of the tray and used sizzling water to expedite the defrost course of. Drying off the AirTag and testing out the sound and close by discovering labored as anticipated. I then opened up the AirTag to see if any water had made its approach into the battery compartment and observed a small droplet had shaped simply by the water seal. So in case your AirTag does come into contact with any water (otherwise you drop your keys within the snow), chances are you’ll wish to open the casing and wipe it down.

Take a look at three: AirTags drop check

In his testing, CNET’s Patrick Holland observed the AirTag’s stainless-steel cowl developed some scratches after a number of days on his keys within the Apple leather-based holder.

Attaching a brand new AirTag to my keys housed in a Spigen leather fob, I dropped the keys 10 instances from a number of heights onto tough pavers. 


The AirTag comes flying off the keys on the final drop.

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After the drops, the Apple emblem on the stainless-steel facet confirmed some scratches. However aside from the beauty harm, the tracker labored as anticipated. So for those who’re actually involved about maintaining the AirTag in pristine situation, you would possibly contemplate an much more protecting case.

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How robust are the Apple AirTags?

In these unscientific real-world exams, the AirTags are extremely robust and in a position to face up to going via the wash, the freezer or a number of drops and nonetheless work as anticipated. 

Apple’s official documentation says that splash, mud and water resistance usually are not everlasting circumstances and that the resistance might lower on account of regular put on.