Track drone with Bluetooth tracker
Bluetooth tracking for drones is not a specific market, but the rise of small and affordable Bluetooth trackers have made it an option.
What are Bluetooth Trackers?
Essentially a Bluetooth tracker is a small beeper for keeping track of personal belongings. A modern day take on the old clapping key finder. They can generally communicate both ways, the tracker can sound the phone and the phone can sound the tracker.
The range of Bluetooth is only 100 meters or 328 feet, which is good for losing your keys in the house, but won’t cover a drone runaway. Luckily these trackers also have a crowd sourced network that can locate missing trackers if they are within range of other trackers. This makes it really useful to keep tabs of your drone if it manages to get away from you. You can set it to lost in the app and search near where you last saw it, using the Bluetooth beeper whilst waiting for reports on the app. The search is anonymous, so other users can’t run out looking for your lost drone.
Compatibility with drones
None of them are specifically designed to attach to drones, but they are light enough to just stick firmly to the top or base of the drone without any kind of balance issues. Signal blocking is always a potential issue with drones, but the Bluetooth signal from the tracker has never interfered with anything on the drones we have used them with. You just need to make sure you stick it on well with something like a 3M tab, because it if falls off mid-flight and you crash then you are going to be looking in the wrong place.
The size of the Tile Slim is 54mm x 54mm x 2.4mm and weighs only 9.3 grams. Which leads us on to our recommended choice of Bluetooth tracker.