Update: After months of silence from the company, Bluesmart is no more. As such, these products are no longer available. You can read more about it here. We will have a post about this coming soon!
Ever had your luggage lost on vacation? It’s the worst! Not only do you lose your stuff temporarily, but you can lose an entire day just waiting around for them to deliver your bag. I’ve lost my bags several times over the years and once permanently. One time in Amsterdam my bag didn’t show up for 4 days! A GPS luggage tracker won’t teleport your bag to you, but it can give you insight into the location of your bag. You (hopefully) won’t have use the tracking device all that often but flying is full of surprises. After completing our review, we’re sure you will be using some of the other features of this smart suitcase – the built-in scale, Bluetooth auto-lock, and device charger can make traveling much more convenient and hassle-free.
A Smart Suitcase With Style and Functionality
Bluesmart started funding their smart goods on Indiegogo a few years back. Since then, they have garnered lots of attention and have released a few other smart travel goods. They currently have a smart passport pouch for pre-order and also a cool laptop bag. The Series 2 Smart Suitcase is headed for wide-release soon and is finding some small ways to improve on the Bluesmart One.
The Bluesmart One smart suitcase is a stylish suitcase with high-tech functional capability. It is a GPS tracker, battery charger, digital scale, and the auto-lock makes it secure. All of these can be managed in the Bluesmart app. In our review, we found that the Bluesmart One elegantly balances style and functionality. Rarely does a device marry these two things efficiently – perhaps that’s why it was recently featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and why the BBC called it “the iPhone of luggage.”
As a GPS Luggage Tracker…
The suitcase excels at being a GPS luggage tracker. Bluesmart One’s 10,000 mAh battery powers the smart suitcase’s tracking ability for about 30 days on a full charge. Like many other smart devices we have reviewed, the suitcase’s 3G SIM card is powered by AT&T. It has roaming ability, too, so international trips are trackable! The accompanying smartphone app pinpoints the bag’s location and can sync with your flight’s itinerary. It notifies you when you land and also tells you which baggage carousel to go to!
As a Suitcase…
As we said before, very little compromise occurs between the functionality and style of the suitcase. It is TSA, DOT, and FAA approved. At 22″ high and with 34 liters of space, it still fits in an overhead bin while also holding a lot of stuff! At 9.4lbs/4.1kg, it is a bit heavy but it’s a roller so it’s not a deal-breaker. We found that the weight was not overwhelming. We checked it once and carried it on once. It has 360° wheels, it’s water-resistant, and it’s made of a heavy-duty 3-layer Makrolon polycarbonate.
Bells and Whistles
Over Bluetooth, the app can lock and unlock the suitcase. The handle has a built-in scale and the app will alert you if it’s overweight. The app is compatible with both Android and iOS. There are 2 USB ports on the battery and which means it can charge your devices on-the-go. This reviewer was happy to not have to sit on the airport floor to charge his phone! Of course, charging anything from the suitcase will take away from the same 10,000 mAh built-in battery that powers the suitcase’s tracking ability. However, it won’t drain all of it on a one-way trip. This means it can charge the average iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 about 3.5 times. During our review, we found that the on-board battery still held strong for a couple weeks after charging an iPhone 7 about 50% during two layovers.
Overall, we had a great experience using it and think it’s a unique product in a long line of exciting new smart devices. You can buy it here with Amazon Prime. The 29″ Series 2 version ships January 28, 2018, and you can pre-order it here with Amazon Prime. EDIT: This product is not currently available on Amazon. We will update this review once it is available and the Series 2 officially released.