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Page turner - AirTurn Duo BT-500 and a viola

Quiet, reliable, and compact: the AirTurn Duo BT-500 is my favorite page turner. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

The best Bluetooth pedals (page turners) in 2024

Last updated on April 9, 2024

One of the many advantages offered by using digital sheet music (on a tablet or e-reader) is the ability to turn pages without having to use your hands. To do this, the essential accessory is a page turner (or Bluetooth pedal).

Page turner pedals connect via Bluetooth and are compatible with all tablets and cell phones on the market, whether they run Android or iPadOS/iOS (Apple).

The differences between the various page turner brands lie mainly in build quality, battery type, size, and weight. Other important factors are the noise and the often flashing pedal lights, which can be disturbing on stage, especially in classical music concerts.

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Author Johannes Eva (viola)I am a classical musician (violist) with 20 years of professional experience in orchestra and chamber music. For many years, I have been advising colleagues, students, and fellow musicians in the choice of their tablet.

Along with the many positives of using tablets, I’ve also seen the negatives: tablets crashing just before going on stage, batteries that don’t hold up during long rehearsal days, and missing page turner pedals in concert.

I spent my school years in France, and this article must be riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes, for which I apologize. Feel free to send me any corrections!

There is no test protocol! I use a wide variety of pedals for my daily practice, connecting them to iPads, Android and Windows tablets.

Comparison of Bluetooth pedals (wireless foot switches) for tablet / iPad (or for mobile phone / iPhone and teleprompter)

My ever growing pedal collection. Photo : tablets-for-musicians.com

I buy the pedals with my own money and use them for as long as I like. More rarely, I borrow the pedals I don’t have from friends. The reviews on this page are as unbiased as possible and describe the real-life experience of a professional musician.

1. AirTurn Duo BT-500: the best page turner with a built-in battery

The AirTurn Duo BT-500 is the successor to the BT-200. It’s my favorite Bluetooth pedal, as the “sensation” when turning pages is very pleasant, and the switch is perfectly silent. The design is quite compact and, in my opinion, highly appealing.

The built-in battery lasts an extremely long time, over 200 hours according to AirTurn, and I’ve never managed to drain it. The pedal recharges via a standard mobile phone charger (USB Type-C).

The Bluetooth ID, “DUO500 V3.X.X XXXX”, is unique to each pedal. The last series of four digits is printed on the back of the device. This makes each pedal easy to identify during Bluetooth pairing, even if there are several AirTurns in the same room.

The AirTurn Duo is very robust and reliable. After a year and a half of use, mine is as good as new. In addition, the AirTurn Duo fits neatly inside music stands trays.

Page turner - The AirTurn Duo on an accessory tray for music stands

A very practical little detail: the AirTurn Duo fits nicely inside a typical accessory tray for music stands. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

Unfortunately, the AirTurn Duo isn’t perfect; it has the following few shortcomings:

  • The on/off switch (electronic push-button type) doesn’t let you see at a glance whether the pedal is switched on or not.
  • The LEDs are too bright. When the pedal is connected, a blue LED flashes every three seconds. On my pedal, I covered this LED with a quarter inch (6 mm) diameter round black sticker (see on Amazon*). This works very well, but it makes it more difficult to ensure that the pedal is actually connected!
  • The configuration can be quite tricky, and the “AirTurn Manager” app is very poorly rated on both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. This shouldn’t bother you too much, as the app is not necessary for normal use (such as turning pages). I must admit that I hardly ever use it.
Pedal for turning pages on tablets (iPad) or mobile phone - AirTurn Duo 500 - Android or Apple App

The “AirTurn Manager” app lets you view the battery level, activate the repeat function, update the pedal and reset it, among other things. Screenshot: tablets-for-musicians.com

AirTurn Duo BT-500: Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid, durable construction
  • Absolutely silent
  • Unique Bluetooth ID
  • Two years warranty

Cons

  • Flashing blue LED is too bright
  • Impractical on/off button
  • High price

2. PageFlip Butterfly: the best Bluetooth pedal with removable batteries

The PageFlip Butterfly is of remarkable build quality, on a par with the AirTurn Duo. Its distinguishing feature is the use of two 1.5 volt AA batteries (which can be rechargeable), instead of a built-in battery. This means you can change the batteries quickly and continue playing music without having to wait for the pedal to recharge.

To recharge the batteries (or change them), you have to remove them from the compartment. This is more fussy than using a cell phone charger like on the AirTurn. Here too, the advertised autonomy is over 200 hours, or 200,000 page turns.

Bluetooth page turners for tablets and e-readers - PageFlip Butterfly and music scores (facsimile, manuscript)

The shape of the PageFlip Butterfly bears some resemblance to that of Jean de Montchenu’s “chansonnier cordiforme”. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

Ecological aspects

The use of removable batteries makes the PageFlip Butterfly a more environmentally-friendly product than the AirTurn. AA rechargeable batteries are always available, whereas it’s difficult (if not impossible) to replace a built-in battery.

What’s more, when the time comes to dispose of the pedal, the batteries can be removed and recycled separately.

Page turning foot pedals for musicians - AirTurn Duo vs PageFlip Butterfly

The PageFlip Butterfly is taller and thicker, but not as wide as the AirTurn Duo. It does not fit into narrow music stand accessory trays. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

The PageFlip Butterfly is completely silent and I have never had any connection issues. Here are some of its distinctive features:

  • It’s slightly heavier and bigger than the competition, but it’s the pedal that’s least likely to slip on the floor.
  • Its two-position on/off slide switch is ideal. You can see immediately whether the pedal is off or on.
  • A small red LED flashes when the pedal is connected. This is discreet, however, and can be covered with a small black sticker.
  • There is a small “reset” button, very useful for pairing the pedal with a new tablet or resolving any connection problems.
  • The Bluetooth identifier, “Dual Pedal”, is not unique. This is not prohibitive, but it can be a nuisance in large bands, orchestras or choirs, if there are several pedals of this type.

PageFlip Butterfly: Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Removable batteries (eco-friendly product)
  • Absolutely silent operation
  • Easy to use, “reset” button
  • Does not slip on the floor

Cons

  • Quite large and chunky
  • Non-unique Bluetooth ID
  • High price
  • Only one year of warranty

3. Donner wireless page turner: good value for money

Despite its German-sounding name (Donner means “thunder” in German), Donner is a company headquartered in Guangzhou (Canton), the largest city in southern China. Donner operates warehouses in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany.

Donner Bluetooth foot swith (Pedal) for turning pages or scrolling

The mid-range Donner pedal is one of the best-selling page turners. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

While the build quality of the Donner pedal is slightly inferior to the previous two, it works perfectly well. Here are its distinguishing features:

  • The two-position on/off and “Repeat” buttons make it easy to tell whether the page turner is off or on. They are however small and flimsy.
  • The repeat function allows you to continue turning pages as long as you press the pedal. This can be handy for quickly navigating through a score, but can also lead to unintentional page-turning.
  • The Bluetooth identifier, “Bluetooth Music Pedal”, is not unique to each pedal. As Donner page turners are very common, this might be an issue in certain (rare) situations.
  • The Donner does not fit into a standard music stand accessory tray.
  • It doesn’t make much noise when turning pages, but it’s not as silent as the AirTurn or the PageFlip.
  • The advertised battery life is just 50 hours, and will, as always, decrease over the years. As the battery is built-in and non-replaceable, this greatly reduces the value of this pedal.

Pros

  • Attractive pricing
  • Good availability
  • Reset button
  • Repeat function with dedicated button

Cons

  • Battery life shorter than the competition
  • Flashing green light
  • Not perfectly silent
  • Non-unique Bluetooth ID
  • One-year warranty only

4. iRig BlueTurn: a beautiful page turner with a few imperfections

The iRig BlueTurn Bluetooth pedal is manufactured by IK Multimedia, a company based in Modena, Italy. Originally specializing in music software, the company has diversified greatly over the years and produces a wide variety of products including amplifiers, studio monitors, keyboards, and synthesizers.

The iRig BlueTurn is the best-selling page-turning pedal on Amazon. It is one of IK Multimedia’s simplest products and has been on the market since 2016.

Despite its name with the lowercase “i” prefix, which echoes Apple’s product names, the iRig BlueTurn is not specifically designed for use with iPads or iPhones. Any relatively new device supporting Bluetooth LE (4.1) will be compatible with the iRig – including Android tablets, of course. In 2024, this pedal should pose no compatibility issues.

Bluetooth page turner, turn pages on iPad and Tablets using your feet - iRig Blue Turn (IK Multimedia)

The iRig BlueTurn is a beautiful page turner with a minimalist design. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

The iRig BlueTurn has excellent reviews on various online shopping platforms. In addition to its low weight, it has the following strengths:

  • Besides the AirTurn Duo, it is the only pedal that fits “inside” an accessory tray for music stands. This can be very practical for moving the pedal together with the music stand, not leaving it on the floor, etc.
  • The iRig BlueTurn is the simplest and easiest pedal to use. There are only two buttons on the upper side, no frills.
  • It supports Bluetooth LE (Low Energy). Despite the small, replaceable AAA batteries and the backlight, it has an excellent battery life.
Apple iPad with sheet music, stylus and page turner (iRig BlueTurn pedal)

12.9-inch iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, sheet music and page turner. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

Despite its very successful design, the iRig BlueTurn suffers from the following more or less significant flaws:

  • The on/off switch is located on the bottom of the pedal, which is not very practical.
  • The Bluetooth identifier, “iRig BlueTurn”, is not unique to each pedal. For large orchestras or choirs, it can be difficult to know which pedal is paired with which tablet.
  • The soft plastic buttons are pleasant to use, but they do produce a (very) slight squeaking noise when pressed. AirTurn and PageFlip pedals are quieter.
  • The iRig BlueTurn is light and quite high (2.5 cm). If you press too hard on the edge with your foot, it tends to tip over or even roll over.
  • The blue backlighting of the buttons cannot be switched off! For most music styles, this will not be a problem on stage. For classical music, however, it’s a real turn-off.
  • From my point of view, the biggest issue with the BlueTurn is its height. The buttons also contribute to the height and are not close enough to the edge. For musicians who play seated, you have to lift your foot too much to press the pedal. In my experience as an orchestra musician and chamber music player, it is the most uncomfortable page turner in this comparison.

Given the outstanding quality and sophistication of IK Multimedia’s products (e.g., the Tonex pedal), a new, better thought out version of the iRig BlueTurn would be most welcome.

Pros

  • Attractive design and solid construction
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Backlit buttons
  • Good battery life thanks to Bluetooth LE
  • Two years warranty

Cons

  • The page turner is too high, the buttons too small.
  • The backlight cannot be deactivated.
  • Non-unique Bluetooth ID
  • On/off switch not easily accessible
  • Expensive

5. Lekato page turner: cheap-looking but very usable

The Lekato WT-1 pedal is, after the Donner pedal, one of the best-selling on Amazon. These two pedals are roughly the same size and probably share the same electronics: their functionality and the number of buttons and switches are identical.

The Lekato pedal is significantly less expensive than the Donner and due to its plastic construction, it gives the impression of lower quality.

Lekato WT-1 wireless turner – Page Turner (foot switch) for iPad / tablet, iPhone /mobile phone and teleprompter

I’m not a percussionist, but timpani look classy in photos. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

Pros

  • Attractive price
  • Lightweight
  • Two-position switches
  • Repeat function with dedicated switch
  • Does not slide on the floor

Cons

  • Not completely silent
  • Hard and noisy switches
  • Non-unique Bluetooth ID
  • Very average battery life
  • Gives an impression of poor quality

6. Lekato / Facmogu / Kmise mini-pedal: small and cheap

The “Cube turner Pro” mini-pedal is very different from the previous ones. It is sold on Amazon under the Lekato brand as well as other brand names (Facmogu, Kmise, M-Vawe). It’s clearly an entry-level pedal, in terms of construction, price, and lightness.

This page turner is the loudest in this comparison: don’t even think about using it during recording sessions or (classical music) concerts. It is intended for very tight budgets, occasional use, beginners, and can also serve as a light and compact spare pedal.

Please note: this mini-pedal is almost three times smaller than the first pedals in this comparison, and also three times lighter.

Mini Bluetooth page turner (Lekato, Asmuse, Cube Turner Pro) for iPad, Android tablets or Windows, with TRS for keyboard pedals

The Lekato mini-pedal is very small indeed. Photo: tablets-for-musicians.com

Pros

  • Very appealing price
  • Very small and light
  • TRS output
  • Works surprisingly well!

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Poor battery life
  • Slides around too easily
  • Non-unique Bluetooth identifier
  • Looks like a toy

7. Moukey, Starfavor and Doohoeek page turners

The Moukey, Starfavor, Doohoeek or Wegrower page turners are replicas of the Donner and Lekato pedals. They share most of the functions and technical specifications, and some of them use almost the same advertising and marketing.

If you opt for one of these pedals, be careful to choose one that supports charging via USB Type C cable – which is not the case with the Moukey pedal. Devices with a USB Type C port can be recharged with any tablet or mobile phone charger. Note that older iPhones and iPads still use a Lightning connector, which will not work.

Conclusion

The two Bluetooth pedals I can recommend without reservation are the AirTurn Duo (BT-500) with a built-in battery, and the PageFlip Butterfly with removable batteries. Both products are made by American companies specialized in their particular field: page turning technology.

The iRig BlueTurn, a very popular page turner thanks to its attractive design, stands apart from the crowd. Due to its height, the small buttons and the permanent backlighting, it is suitable for musicians who perform primarily standing, in all styles except classical music.

Donner, Lekato, Moukey and Btuty pedals are more affordable solutions, and work perfectly well. They are sold by Chinese companies who sell a large number of different music-related products.

The logo and body of these pedals are different, but they share the same electronics, features and almost identical marketing pictures. They will probably have a shorter lifespan than the AirTurn and PageFlip page turners, particularly because of their small battery, but they are a viable solution if your budget is limited.

Bluetooth pedals / page turners FAQ

What is the best page turner for Apple iPads and iPhones?

All Bluetooth pedals should work flawlessly with Apple iPads or iPhones. I personally tested all page turners listed on this page with the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, and never experienced any problems.

Can I use Bluetooth pedals for scrolling text on teleprompters?

Absolutely! All major teleprompter apps are compatible with Bluetooth pedals. In my (limited) experience with teleprompters, I prefer using quadruple pedals, to be able to scroll and start again from the top rapidly.

Unfortunately, quadruple pedals are quite expensive, and there are no cheap alternatives. I can recommend the following models, both being as silent as it gets:

4 thoughts on “The best Bluetooth pedals (page turners) in 2024”

    1. Yes, typically, it scrolls down until you reach the bottom of the page, then flips the page. But you can configure your sheet music software to scroll only (instead of flipping pages). It really depends on the software, not really on the page turner.
      Cheers!

  1. Hello,
    I want to buy a BOOX Tab X 13.3-inch for my gigs (many of which are outdoors concerts). I would like to know if it supports Bluetooth so that I can use one of the two pedals you recommend for turning pages.
    Thank you very much for your reply.
    Best regards
    Jicé

    1. Hi Jicé,
      absolutely, the Boox Tab X supports Bluetooth and I used it with both the AirTurn and the PageFlip and the page flipping worked perfectly! Have a nice day and great concerts 🙂 .
      Johannes

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