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Key-Bak “6 Series” Mid Size Badge Reels

Cut from the same cloth as what the New York Times calls the “Key Bak Classic”, the Key-Bak “6 series” mid size badge reels deserve our attention. These badge reels are smaller than the original Key-Bak line, but larger than the MINI-bak reels, making it easier for a new generation of people to carry ID’s, small tools, or up to five keys. With these mid size badge reels, KEY-BAK continues their tradition of combining high grade materials with first-rate craftsmanship to produce some of the toughest badge holders the industry has seen since they first opened their doors in 1948

All 4 of these Key-bak mid size badge reels are made from the same heavy duty badge reels made from a tough polycarbonate shell that’s practically impossible to break. You wont need to worry when you accidentally bump them against a corner or drop them down a flight of stairs. Key-Bak badge holders are some of the most reliable badge holders you will find in the industry. Whether you’re using them to carry up to 6 keys, multiple ID’s, flashlights or small tools, these are tough enough for any task, and can retract anything up to 6 ounces.

Weather you like to wear your badge reels on your belt, or on a carabiner for more flexible choices of attachment, were confident you’ll find one just right for your day to day needs. To make things easier to explain, I’m going to group these four in groups of two, dividing these four Key-Bak badge holders between people that mostly carry keys and those that usually carry IDs.

  • Key Ring – great for carrying keys and other small tools, but can also use for badge holder and ID’s.
  • Vinyl ID strap – ideal for carrying multiple ID’s and ID badges, but also fits keys and other small tools.

Key-Bak mid size badge holders with key ring

The Key-Bak mid size key ring badge reel with belt clip (6) comes with a nickel plated split key ring that is great for holding more than just keys. Anything you can slip around the key ring will become your new handy item that you can reel anywhere up to 36 inches. If you’re like me and carry a swiss army pocket knife, there’s room on there for you to slide it right through the key ring.

Key-Bak mid size carabiner badge reel with key ring (6C) has a steel carabiner instead of a belt clip. With a carabiner, you can you attach your badge reel to bags straps, belt loops, and anything you can wrap it around. This is usually a great choice for someone that doesnt want to keep their badge reel on them all the time, and would rather keep it on their book bag or tool kit, but still would like the option to wear it when they need it. Other than that, it’s just as convenient as the Key-Bak #6, only a matter of preference.

Key-Bak mid size badge holder with vinyl ID strap

The Key-Bak mid size ID badge reel with belt clip (6ID) are great for people that want to keep their ID’s by their side at all times. It comes with a clear vinyl strap that you can slide slot punched photo ID’s or badge holders through and if you need to swipe a card often, or display your photo ID, or just required to constantly carry a form of ID when you’re at the job, these heavy duty badge reels are sure to last as long as you’ll need.

Our Key-Bak mid size retractable ID carabiner (6CID) are for those of you that want to keep your ID’s on your belt loops, bag straps, or anywhere else except on your belt all the time. If you don’t need to keep your ID visibly displayed when your in your office, then you can easily put it on your lunch bag or briefcase handle when you’re not wearing it. If you’re a handyman, you can slide a tool on and take it with you under cars or up on ladders.

Once you get one of these in your hands, your imagination will find plenty of uses for it. Between these four key bak mid size badge reels, there’s one here that should be able to help you with your every day carry. Their sleek design, smooth pull, and heavy-duty frame, make them a fantastic option for people carrying multiple keys, IDs and tools everyday, either at work or home.

These heavy duty badge reels make a great comparison to mini hockey pucks. They seem as though they were born to take a beating. Any time we receive a new badge reel to stock in our store, one of the first things I look for to distinguish between a great badge reel and a good one is if it can be smoothly pulled in any direction. I like to make sure it’ll go with the flow of what I’m doing. And that’s why I’m happy to report all 4 of these “6 series” mid size badge reels are fitted with a 360 degree rotating swivel clip.

Their 36″ polyester cord are also one the most rugged in the industry. They offer up to 6 0z’s of retraction force, so they can hold all five of my keys and then smoothly withdraw back into itself without any problem. Key-Bak Retractable Reels are even used by people in law enforcement to those traveling through the outdoors because they can handle the toughest of tasks.

If you’d like to check out more of the Key-Bak products we have available in our store click here. They all come with a Lifetime Service Policy from the manufacturer and are proudly Made in the USA. If you have a question or comment about any of our products or anything in this article, just leave us a message below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Check out or video below of Patrick using the 6CID so you can get an idea of how these perform in real life.