For frequent travelers keeping track of luggage is a big pain point. When flights are cancelled, and you find yourself booked on to a different one landing at another location, figuring out if your luggage has also reached the same destination, can be a challenge.
Victorinox’s CheckSmart Luggage Tracker is a device that helps keep track of luggage. Priced at Rs 6,900, this device is powered by two AA batteries and weighs around 85 grams. Placed inside your luggage, it will give you SMS/email alerts as soon as your luggage reaches the airport thanks to a GSM SIM card that will work in all countries, except South Korea and Japan.
So how do you set this up?
Victorinox CheckSmart Luggage Tracker uses cell tower GSM location to give you alerts when you are close to the airport. In fact, during a recent trip, the tracker indicated Indira Gandhi International Airport as the destination even before I reached the airport.
Setting up the device reuquires users to create an account on checksmart.victorinox.com website, and then click on activate device. Press the two sides of the device, you’ll be able to slide out the ‘red section’ to insert the two batteries.
At the back, is a serial 6-digit code that you need to enter. Ignore the IMEI number and IMSI number, though the instructions are bit confusing in the guidebook, and it is not immediately clear which number you are supposed to enter.
Then press the red button in the centre for three to five seconds till a red light comes on, followed by a green light about 15 seconds later. This means the device is on, and connected to the network. Once the green light stops blinking, the device is good to go inside your luggage.
You can download the CheckSmart app on your smartphone and track it via Bluetooth as well.
So does it work?
The first time I tried, the luggage tracker didn’t send out any alert. I realised that I had switched it off by pressing the red button for too long. When I tried restarting it for my return flights, none of the lights blinked, red or green, and I assumed the battery had drained off, which I thought was pretty odd.
The second time around, the Victorinox CheckSmart worked perfectly and constantly sent alerts about all the airports where my luggage had checked in. The emails also come with a battery indicator, and so far the level remains good. So I’m not sure what happened the first time.
The advantage with the Luggage tracker was pretty clear: The constant alerts meant that I knew my baggage was arriving with my flights. This helps mostly because I travel with just one suitcase, and frankly I can’t afford to lose this one precious piece of baggage, especially during short trips.
Plus should you lose your luggage, you at least know which was the last airport the bag checked-in, and this helps if you have more than two connecting flights.
Should you buy?
Honestly, this is only for those who travel frequently. Do note that the service is only free for the first year after which you have to pay $19.95 per annum. There are cheaper ways of keeping track of your luggage, like NFC bluetooth trackers, but the Victorinox Check Smart Luggage Tracker seems to be the most accurate at the moment.
Buy it if you are constantly travelling, and have had bad experiences with airlines for your luggage. For others, this might be a costly flight to take.