We all know that keeping up with our ID badge and passcards can be a pain in the…well, lanyard. The simple solution has long been to use a badge retractor/holder, but finding the right badge retractor for your needs can be tough. It may not seem like this is a complicated process, but there are many things to consider. Items such as the length of the extension, type of clip, type of badge connector and more should be taken into account. Snap ring-style clips are great for hooking to a belt loop, purse strap, backpack loop, gym bag strap clip loop, or more. The easy to use clip style also makes attaching and un-attaching the retractor quick and simple. Let's take a moment to look specifically at some of the things that you should keep in mind when you are looking for a carabiner-style badge holder and refractor.
Length of Extension
The length of the extension is a very important part of selecting a retractor. Most of the cheaper retractor units on the market are less than 12 inches, and that does almost no good for anything. Choose a retractor that has an extension of at least 24”. We carry some that extend as much as 36” When talking about extension its also a good time to talk about the quality of the cord and the reel itself. Wire spring reels are awful and will wear out very fast so always choose a reel that has a solid spring which all of our units do. Also, make sure that you choose a real that has a solid nylon or polyester cord since plastic cords can break and cotton ones can jam. All of our units have high-quality solid nylon cords or polyester cords.
The most common type of badge or pass card in use today is the popular slot cut style. There are however still those who are using the older mounter vinyl snap strap style. Make sure that you are choosing a retractable badge holder that has the type of connector that you need. You should also take into account if you are going to need to hold access keys on the same retractor or not. Even if the style of badge that you are using is not a match for the style of connector that is on your favorite item from our catalog, you can always get a ring style adaptor very cheaply from us that can be used between.
Carabiner-style Badge Reels at Specialist ID
Now that you see the benefits of a carabiner-style badge holder with the retractor and what to keep in mind when selecting one, it's time to let us help you process your order for your perfect retractor. Our expert team at Specialist ID is waiting to help you with your order or to answer any questions or provide product selection advice before your order, so contact us today. No matter what, we are here to assist you with all of your badge, badge holder, water resistant and dust proof cases, and document wallet needs.