Badge reels are a key piece of equipment for teams in a wide range of industries.
While many types of work require displays, badge reels offer something that no other form of ID can offer. Badge reel users can access the card on the end of reel quickly, use it for some purpose, then let it retract tight to the wearer’s uniform, often at the belt level.
This is useful because:
- It’s convenient to swipe into secure regions of facilities (even something as simple as a cafeteria) using a card
- There is no need to waste time accessing and storing the card
- It’s secure because they know the card isn’t lost
- It’s quick to access in the middle of emergency situations
Here’s a complete buying guide to help you choose the best option for your business’s badge reels.
Types of Badge Reels
Carabiner Badge Reels: A Standard Choice For Teams Of All Kinds
Carabiner badge reels are one of the most useful tools you will find when you are looking for a way to store ID cards, badges, badge holders, access keys, and similar items. It’s easy and simple to clip one of these carabiner reels onto a belt, book bag, backpack, toolbox, or utility belt. These carabiner clips keep your badges within easy reach at all times. For teams who need to work in environments that require them to wear gloves, this is a great option, because it keeps clumsy fingers from dropping slick cards.
Translucent Reels: Fun, Stylish Badge Reels
Translucent badge reels come in a wide variety of colors that are helpful for a wide range of meetings. If you like to color code your different floor or departments, these reels give you an easy way to take care of this. Each of these reels comes on a swiveling clip that lets you pull the badge in any direction. This is an easy option for people who wear jumpsuits, or uniforms with lapels. All you need to do is punch a hole in the card, or use the hole in a card wallet to connect your material to the reel. The smooth machinery offers a consistent, strong pull that is snag-free, and reliable.
Standard Badge Reels With Flair And Fashion
This is a super simple no-frills option for professional teams that need badge reels. This is a complete, simple, ideal design for a badge reel. Clip it onto a bag, belt loop, lapel, shirt, or anything else that would make a helpful convenient standard retractable badge reel.
While the machinery on the reel is simple and reliable, the design of these reels varies. For example, try this crystal rhinestone design which might be perfect for fun places like amusement parks and restaurants. For teams with a medical aspect, or anybody who raises awareness for heart-related issues, this Heart Shaped EKG themed badge reel is a fun, stylish option.
To add a little flash and class to your facility’s look, try this gold retractable reel. It’s super attention-grabbing, and big fun to use a little gold in your ordinary materials. Its high-quality reflective surface lasts a long time. It makes a great choice for partying and caterers, and brands that like a little flashy fun.
Key-bak retractable reels: Perfect Badge Reels For Tough Conditions
Sometimes your badge reels are for casual use, but if you need something tougher and more reliable, try Key-bak retractable badge reels. Key-bak is a brand with 60 years in manufacturing experience. They are one of the most popular choices for industrial teams that need durable, strong materials that will be able to handle rough environments. Key-bak reels are built with polycarbonate cases and strong Kevlar cords. Sometimes, law enforcement teams use these reels to carry items that are much heavier than access cards. To get an idea of how strong the retraction is, you should know that this reel can handle 22 keys no problem. That makes the Key-bak a favorite among janitors and maintenance crews, not just law enforcement and military units.
Key-bak Badge Reels With Lanyards: Good For Trainers, Gym Coaches, And More
This Key-bak badge reel is on a retractable lanyard that is perfect for trainers, coaches, referees, and any professional that needs a hanging badge display plus reel combo that is ready for action. Use this for keys, cards, whistles, flashlights, USB drives, and any equipment that you need at the ready at a moment’s notice on the job.
Many people prefer to have a badge reel that is secure against their belt loop. If your team member carries materials that need to be accessible at all times than belt clip badge reels become a good option. If you carry other heavy gear on your belt, this is a good, long-lasting durable reel option.
A quick note on something that makes Key-bak badge reels special…
All of Key-bak’s many reels are designed and assembled in the USA using quality materials. They are confident enough in their products to offer a lifetime service warranty to users.
Heavy Duty Badge Reels For Skiing And Other Sports
Sportsters and skiers all need heavy duty badge reels for access cards, mountain passes, competition lanyards, tickets and simple tools and gear. These need to be tough enough to prevent any damage from harsh outdoor weather, and rough and tumble use. These T-Reign Medium badge reels have a strong retracting mechanism that is strong enough for any badge or access ID card. These badge reels can handle flashlights, Swiss army knives, and small electronics weighing up to 6 ozs. It’s got stainless steel spring hardware that makes it weather resistant, and anti-corrosive.
Get Help Finding The Right Badge Reel For Your Conditions
Sometimes, you may not know what the perfect badge reel for your environment would be. Specialist ID has supplied numerous teams and facilities with badge reels that are convenient, durable, and ideal for their workflow. Contact us to learn about your options for quantities, customization, use cases, and more.