Apple issued a warning on its support document, which states that AirTags replacement batteries with “bitter coatings” might not work well with the device. While Apple doesn’t completely discourage its use and sale, it warns that it might not provide the same power and function to the technology. The bitters are coated so that babies do not swallow them.
AirTags have been subject to numerous warnings from experts, and that includes that of babies or toddlers finding the device and taking it apart easily. This can lead these young children to swallow both the device or the battery without knowing it.
Apple cautions against using AirTags replacement batteries with bitter coatings
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According to a supporting document published by Apple, users are advised to use official replacement batteries, or regular batteries, when changing the power cells of their AirTags. Most AirTags now need to be replaced, however, there is no indication if they already need to be replaced or if they are depleted.
Nevertheless, Apple explains that CR2032 batteries from manufacturers and other suppliers might not match its AirTags perfectly.
“Bitter coated CR2032 batteries may not work with AirTag or other battery powered products, depending on the alignment of the coating to the battery contacts.”
The “contact” or where the battery touches the positive and negative ports of the device is specific according to different batteries and manufacturers. Apple’s specific placement may be hampered by these replacement batteries, especially those with the extra-bitter coating.
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Can Duracell and other batteries for AirTags still be used?
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Duracell batteries and other manufacturers are known to be a reliable brand when it comes to power cells, and they can still be used to replace batteries in an AirTag. People are advised to use the ones without the bitterness so that the battery contacts are not hampered when placed on the device.
However, if the use of a battery with a bitter is necessary especially if there are children in the house, it can be used, but it is a “purchase at your own risk” type situation if it does. would not work.
As Apple mentioned, there is no guarantee that an AirTag will work after being replaced with a new power cell, especially if what is being used has something that is preventing the contacts from touching each other.
AirTags have been subjected to many drawbacks, especially with the harassment safety issue it was initially faced with.
What are bitter coatings?
Bitter coatings are used by battery manufacturers to prevent an infant, toddler, or child from swallowing an object such as a battery because it is toxic to the body. The bitter or bitter coating itself is not toxic, so a child tasting it will have no adverse effects other than having a bad taste in their mouth.
A bad taste in the mouth will force an infant to spit out that object or food, which is the body’s natural reaction to unpleasant things. The ingenious way of making them “learn” from their mistake is good and efficient, but it is not as applicable to technology like AirTags, as Apple warned.
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