Onewheels are not cheap costing typically anywhere from $1000-2,200. Damaging your Onewheel can be awful but what’s worse is having a Onewheel stolen from you leaving you out of fun and money with no parts to sell. Tracking a potential theft of your Onewheel should be one of the first initial thoughts you have when you acquire your first board.
A simple and affordable way to prevent Onewheel theft is to tag your Onewheel with an Airtag or a Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. Both tracking devices are very discreet and can fit usually within the wire housing, under the footpad or within a Flight Fin. Tracking down the stolen board now becomes possible.
Onewheel Serial Number Identification
Along the underside of the stock Onewheel rail is the serial number identification number for the board. Typically it is in the form of 2133###### where the last 5 digits are also found within the Onewheel App under the board model (commonly displayed as OW######). If the Onewheel has already been stolen then you will only be able to obtain that serial number through the app.
Notifying Future Motion of the theft via email may alert them if the board is registered however currently they do not support alerting you of the theft. Sadly, there is no official onewheel serial number lookup or registry that Future Motion uses for this purpose. If you are purchasing a used Onewheel, there are some public facebook groups online that are building a database of stolen Onewheels however it its not complete. It may worth checking if you are purchasing one used however.
Installing an Airtag or SmartTag on a Onewheel
There are several Airtag holders that secure the Airtag (or SmartTag variation) within the Onewheel however I find that Duct tape works perfectly fine. This photo is of the Airtag after 1000 miles or so of wear. I keep mine within the space in the control box wire area. I wanted it to be easily accessible in case I have to replace the batteries.
You can also wedge in under the footpad near the connectors on the Onewheel GT and Onewheel Pint and Pint X. There are several holders for these tags but again, really strong duct tape has kept mine in place for many miles.
Tracking a Onewheel with an Airtag
No one wants to hear this advice if the Onewheel has already been stolen. Hopefully, you take a proactive measure and install a tag within the controller cover, flight fin or within the battery box. Having the tracking tiles installed can aide in recovery especially useful within the initial stages of the board being stolen.
These devices do have their disadvantages however. Apple has created a feature on Airtags to prevent stalking. If the thief has an iPhone, it will notify the rider that your board (or something) is tracking them if they do ride it or drive with it for a prolonged timeframe. What is a prolonged timeframe? Currently Apple does not divulge this information.
Airtags do not require a monthly service which is why they are the most affordable option. Other tiny trackers usually require a sim card and either a preloaded or monthly service plan.
Using ‘Find My’ to Find Your Stolen Onewheel
Within the iOS ‘Find My’ app, there is a tab at the bottom labeled ‘Items’. Your configured Airtag will populate here. On an Apple map, all Airtags will show where they are and the last time they were seen by an iOS device. You can use the ‘Directions’ feature and go to the location.
Once you are close, the ‘Directions’ button will change to ‘Find’. This utilizes the Bluetooth within the iPhone to help locate where it is.
Battery Life of an Airtag or SmartTag
An Airtag along with SmartTags typically last about one year. That being said, I have had mine exceed one year. Within the ‘Find My’ app, it will only show you battery levels if the Airtag is low. It is annoying that the battery levels are only shown if they are low. The good news is that Airtags use common CR2032 batteries which can be simply replaced by pushing and twisting counter-clockwise the stainless steel backing.
Onewheel owners really should be Airtagging or SmartTagging your Onewheel. This way you can track where it is at all times (even if you loan it to someone). As of now there is no board setting that allows you to disable a stolen Onewheel like smartphones have. Don’t let your board be stolen by a private group or individual. Track the board ahead of time. Its cheap insurance.