What's an iButton?

The iButton above and the swipe card below spent the last 10 years on the same keychain. The ink has rubbed off the iButton’s keyfob, but it’s still perfectly usable; the card is unusable (and with its hole broken, no longer can be kept on the keychain).

The iButton® is a 16-millimeter computer chip enclosed in a stainless steel container. Each chip has its own unique ID number which is unaffected by magnetic fields, metal detectors, water and most common chemicals.

The iButton is rugged enough to withstand harsh outdoor environments. You can drop it, step on it, scratch it or wear it swimming. The iButton is wear-tested for 10-year durability and can be reassigned quickly and securely. It is by far the best solution for both manufacturing and office environments.

When an iButton is touched to a CrossOver lock or TimePilot timeclock, the device matches the ID number of the iButton to a list of lock users or timeclock employees. Using iButtons keeps your organization more secure, because they stop people from sharing keycodes at the locks and stop employees from clocking in each other at the timeclock.

In TimePilot's iButton lock systems and its time and attendance systems, the iButton is part of a keyfob that attaches to an employee's keychain. The keyfob and button combination is about the size of a house key. The standard keyfob color is black; 11 other colors are available. For a price list, please click here.

Who else is using the iButton?

Lots of companies are using the iButton for security, convenience or efficiency. Some examples:

  • Employees at the U.S. Mint in Denver aren't allowed to carry money into the facility, so they use iButtons to operate the vending machines. Across Canada, many vending machines can be operated by iButtons or with cash.
  • TimePilot offers a line of indoor and outdoor employee timeclocks that are operated by the same iButtons as their door locks. Many of these clocks come with software that can save hours of payroll processing time and eliminate math errors for companies that still use mechanical punch clocks and time cards. For details, please visit www.TimePilot.com.
  • Auto dealers keep track of their hundreds of car keys with a system that uses iButtons to instantly pinpoint the lot location of cars for test drives.
  • Farmers use a specially designed iButton to monitor their soil's moisture levels, helping them decide when to water their crops.
  • Ryder truck rental mounts an iButton on the side of each of its trucks. The button records the truck number, its rental location, the customer's name and odometer reading at the start of the rental; when the truck is returned the information is downloaded into the company's database for billing.
  • The mass transit system in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the biggest users of the iButton. Some 2 million riders use iButtons to travel on the system's subways, buses, trains and ferries.
  • Researchers studying human sleep patterns have found that their test subjects have a hard time sleeping while attached to a nest of wires, so they came up with a different method: One version of the iButton tracks and records temperature, so the researchers tape Maxim's temperature logger iButtons to the subjects. The iButtons contain a clock, temperature detector and memory, and can record data every five minutes during the night. In the morning, scientists simply take the iButtons and download the data they have collected. If you're interested in purchasing data-logging iButtons, contact us.

iButtons come in your choice of 11 colors and in packs of 5, 10, 30, 50, 100 and 200. Click the button below to buy a pack now!

Price: iButtons start at $7.90 each, with discounts for every quantity above five. For example, for 30 iButtons, you'll pay $5.30 each.

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Need a new yellow Program iButton?

This product is different from the iButtons shown above. It comes in a yellow plastic keyfob and contains memory. Learn more about the Program iButton here.

Price: $30.

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Interested in some of the other uses for iButtons? TimePilot also sells a wide variety of iButtons as well as top-quality iButton probes, readers and other devices that work with iButtons. Click here to visit www.iButtonSource.com.

iButton® is a registered trademark of Maxim Integrated Products of Sunnyvale, California.

Important information

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TimePilot Corporation guarantee*: If you are dissatisfied for any reason during the first 30 days after you purchase a CrossOver iButton Lock from TimePilot Corporation, we will refund the purchase price if you return the lock and its accessories to us, freight prepaid and insured for the value of the system. If you choose this option, we hope that you will take a few minutes to help us understand why you're dissatisfied.Please be sure to call us for an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number before returning the system. We can be reached at 630.879.6400 and Support@TimePilot.com.

TimePilot Corporation warranty*: TimePilot iButtons have a lifetime guarantee. If one ever stops working, return it to us for a free replacement. For one year after you purchase a CrossOver iButton Lock, we will repair or replace (at our discretion) any malfunctioning hardware. The purchaser pays only the shipping to return the malfunctioning part to us.

*Note: The money-back guarantee and warranty are void if the system is returned in a damaged state for any reason, including damage that occurs because of a failure to follow installation instructions.