Apple’sare designed to maintain monitor of misplaced stuff like your keys, so that they’ll most likely be subjected to some tough therapy in on a regular basis use. To learn the way nicely the AirTags maintain as much as the weather, I put these $29 trackers by the wringer (so to talk) in a laundry, freeze and drop take a look at.
The AirTag does not declare to be waterproof, however it’s water and mud resistant in keeping with 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.
Check 1: Placing AirTags by the wash
I at all times appear to go away stuff in my pockets once I throw on a load of laundry, so I made a decision to see what would occur if the AirTag went by the wash.
Apple’s IP67 ranking means you possibly can dunk an AirTag in three ft (one meter) of water for as much as half-hour. A daily wash cycle on my machine takes 54 minutes, so the AirTag would doubtlessly be subjected to extra water publicity for an extended time frame than the official ranking.
I began a daily chilly wash cycle with detergent and threw some garments in, plus the AirTag within the pocket of my pants. In the course of the take a look at 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.
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. Because of the spin cycle, it was dry to the contact however the white plastic again was a bit of scuffed.
I checked it was nonetheless making a sound once 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.
Check 2: Will AirTags survive freezing temperatures?
As soon as the AirTag had gone by the washer, I used a recent AirTag to simulate what would occur should you topic the tracker to actually chilly temperatures.
Seeing as I dwell in San Francisco, which is not recognized for its sub-zero temperatures, one of the simplest ways 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.
In the course of the freezing course of, I checked on the AirTag within the Discover My app a pair occasions. 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.
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 method into the battery compartment and observed a small droplet had fashioned 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), it’s possible you’ll wish to open the casing and wipe it down.
Check 3: AirTags drop take a look at
In his testing, CNET’sdeveloped 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-based fob, I dropped the keys 10 occasions from a number of heights onto tough pavers.
After the drops, the Apple brand on the chrome steel facet confirmed some scratches. However other than the beauty injury, the tracker labored as anticipated. So should you’re actually involved about preserving the AirTag in pristine situation, you may take into account an much more protecting case.
How robust are the Apple AirTags?
In these unscientific real-world checks, the AirTags are extremely robust and in a position to stand up to going by 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 aren’t everlasting situations and that the resistance might lower because of regular put on.