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Modder repurposes an Apple AirTag to better fit a wallet

A modder has converted an Apple AirTag so it fits a wallet. (Image: 9to5Mac)
A modder has converted an Apple AirTag so it fits a wallet. (Image: 9to5Mac)
Apple’s new AirTag has been a hit with Apple fans keen to use it to keep track of their belongings. However, it is a little too thick to be comfortably fitted into the average wallet. Naturally, that hasn’t stopped someone from deconstructing an AirTag and repurposing it to fit into a card that slides into a wallet much more easily.

Apple has a habit of making hit products and its new AirTag trackers look to be another hit for the company. The long-awaited gadget can be attached to key rings, dropped in bags and other places, and relies on Apple’s vast network of iPhone users for tracking instead of GPS.  However, in its current form, it isn’t a great fit for people’s wallets but it hasn’t taken long for someone to tackle the issue.

A modder by the name of Andrew Ngai has reverse engineered an Apple AirTag and repurposed it into a card form so that it can easily slide into a wallet. However, while the tools required are relatively easy to come by, the process isn’t especially simple or straightforward. However, it is achievable for those who have some patience and are happy to follow the instructions Ngai has laid out in the video embedded below.

As we know, the removable CR2032 battery might be a little too easy to remove, so that was no problem to take out, but the rest of the components are glued to the casing. This required Ngai to heat the AirTag to 150ºF (or 65℃) to remove the logic board. Ngai then relocates the CR2032 battery to one side in his card and by adding some wired connections, significantly reducing the thickness of the overall packaging. He then placed all of this into a 3D printed card that can slots straight into a wallet.




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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-05- 7 (Update: 2021-05- 7)