Clonable Key Basics

The clonable transponder is designed to have a new value duplicated onto the chip using an existing compatible transponder.


There are two basic types of transponders. “Fixed” value transponders are designed for on-board programming or device programming when connected to the diagnostic port of the vehicle. The terminology “fixed” incorporates both Fixed and Encrypted Transponders. They cannot be cloned. The...


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A clonable key cannot capture the unique programming features of a specialized transponder equipped key/fob that personalizes the vehicle. For example, some vehicle keys will adjust the seat, mirrors and the radio stations. Since there are no buttons on a clonable key, it cannot unlock the doors or trunk.

A clonable key blank is more expensive than a “fixed” value transponder equipped key blank.

The final consideration is that many of the clonable key blank/cloner manufacturers’ products are not totally compatible with other manufacturers’ equipment.

Our chart includes an alphabetical list of clonable key blank numbers from Bianchi, Ilco, Jet and JMA USA. Thanks to these manufacturers for their help. This list is a work in progress; I apologize for any error or omissions to this chart.

Jet Hardware is in the process of introducing a new cloning machine and line of clonable key blanks using iCLONE Transponder Technology. The new cloning machine will clone both existing Jet clonable key blanks and new clonable key blanks. A future article will discuss iCLONE Transponder Technology.

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