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How Can You Make Your ID Cards Last Longer?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's a fact of life when it comes to objects or material possessions: sooner or later, things are going to get worn out.

From cars to computers, sneakers to speakers, all things break down after a while, especially with regular use.

Identification cards are no exception to this rule.

Think about how much wear-and-tear the average employee ID badge or student ID card is going to endure on a regular basis: ID cards are taken in and out of pockets, tapped against card readers, swiped through machines and more.

All of this activity leads to a pretty logical conclusion: you're going to have to replace your identification cards at some point.

Much like your other possessions, however, the goal is to make your ID card last as long as possible. Cars last longer with regular oil changes, computers last longer with regular virus scans and file clean-up. 

Fortunately, there are a few different ways you can help your ID cards and badges last longer — and they don't require having a good mechanic on standby.

You don't have to resign yourself to frequent replacement cards

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Topics: ID cards, JetPak, badge holders, laminated ID cards, lamination, PVC ID cards

What Are Shielded Badge Holders and How Do They Work?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you've been browsing our site looking for a new ID card holder, chances are you've encountered the term "shielded badge holder" at some point. And unless you're as familiar with ID products as we are, you probably had a very basic (but valid) question:

"What the heck is a shielded badge holder?"

A shielded badge holder sounds like it could be one of several things:

  • Did it get that name by being the favorite ID badge holder of medieval knights?
  • Is it just another name for a non-flexible badge holder?
  • Maybe it's a soft badge holder coated in an outer shell, like a turtle...

In reality, shielded badge holders are none of the above. Instead, shielded badge holders serve as a pretty basic solution to a very modern problem.

What is a shielded badge holder?

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Topics: card accessories, modern security, data security, shielded badge holders, government ID cards, security tips, badge holders

A Quick and Easy Way to Make Your Badge Buddies Last Longer

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Badge Buddies role-recognition cards have become as common a sight in hospitals and medical centers as stethoscopes, scrubs and white coats.

These ubiquitous ID accessories are popular for a number of reasons. They're affordable, they meet some state ID requirements and they're easy to customize.

When doctors, nurses, technicians and other hospital employees go about their busy days, Badge Buddies go along for the ride.

However, Badge Buddies were often left exposed due to their larger size, as they don't fit in standard-sized ID badge holders.

This left Badge Buddies (and the ID cards attached to them) exposed to all aspects of hospital life, including the potentially dirty hands of patients, dust, water and sanitizer, which can be harmful to printed imagery.

Being exposed to abuse like this drastically reduces the life of both the Badge Buddy and the employee ID badge, increasing both cost and frustration.

However, there's now a quick and simple way to increase the life of both credentials.

A new way to hold your Badge Buddies

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Topics: healthcare, badge buddies, badge holders, healthcare ID tips, id card accessories

Video: 3 Ways to Carry an ID Card Without Using a Slot

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Putting a slot in an ID card is a pretty common practice, whether it's a student ID card or an employee badge.

The process is pretty simple: a slot punch is used to put a small hole in a card. This small hole allows a strap to slide through, making it easy to wear the card with a variety of card accessories, like lanyards, badge reels or strap clips.

Slotting ID cards isn't exactly a hot-button issue, but there are some people who are anti-slot. These people are averse to slots for a number of reasons:

  • They like the professional design of their cards and don't want to "ruin" them by punching a hole
  • The cards will be used for swiping or scanning and slots breaking is a real concern

Some organizations get around the slot by simply putting their un-slotted cards in some kind of badge holder, as holders normally have a slot or chain holes that makes them easy to carry.

However, this approach doesn't work for cards with a magnetic stripe: the wearer would be required to remove the card from the holder every time he or she needed it, which is pretty inconvenient.

So...what do you do?

For some, slot-free is the way to be...

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Topics: card accessories, badge holders, gripper, card clamp, half-card badge holder, videos

What Are the Best Badge Holders for Active Use?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Badge holders are a popular way to carry and display ID credentials. Whether they're used to carry employee badges at an office or to display law enforcement ID cards out in the field, badge holders are versatile, affordable and easy to use.

There are dozens of different types of badge holders available, from colored, hard-plastic holders to flexible holders with a slot and chain holes. Each holder is unique, offering features ideal for certain uses.

In many cases, badge holders are used in what we'll call "sedentary" industries, like offices and schools. This isn't to say that those employees aren't working hard, of course; rather that there's not a ton of movement, exertion or exposure to the elements required to do one's job.

Unfamiliar with badge holders? Learn more about these useful accessories.

However, there are many active industries that need ways to display their ID credentials as well. The basic needs of both active and sedentary industries are the same: to display and protect an ID badge, but they differ in the kind of damage or abuse they'll be facing on a daily basis:

  • In a sedentary industry, you'll want the badge holder to protect against scratches or scuffs.
  • In an active industry, you may need it to protect against ice, snow or mud.

For that reason, while any badge holder will hold a badge in the snow, rain or the middle of the desert, there are certain features that make some badge holders better for active use than others.

Get a badge holder that can keep up

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Topics: badge holders, active badge holders, badge holders for skiing, badge holders for construction workers

Badge Reels, Badge Holders, Lanyards or Strap Clips: Which Should You Choose?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

People tend to put a lot of thought into the look and feel of their ID cards, and rightly so: an ID card, like an employee badge or student ID card, is the centerpiece of any identification program, and is an important way to positively identify someone and increase security.

You've created the perfect ID card. The logo looks great, the photo is perfectly placed and the security feature adds a touch of professionalism. You're thrilled with the result.

However, when it comes to ID cards, there's an oft-overlooked but equally important question that requires just as much thought as your ID card's design: how are you going to carry it?

"Uh...I don't know, with one of those card things."

Ah, yes. The "card things." 

Unless you're familiar with the identification products industry, names like strap clips, lanyards, badge reels and badge holders probably aren't at the top of your mind.

These four products are far and away the most common ways to carry and display ID cards at all kinds of settings, from schools and offices to retail outlets and factories.

If your goal is to carry an ID card without shoving it in your pocket, you really can't go wrong with any of the four options mentioned above.

However, each of the four has unique benefits and drawbacks that combine to make the solution better for some situations and worse for others.

The choice is yours, and yours alone

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Topics: ID cards, custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories, custom badge reels, strap clips, badge reels, badge holders

Product Spotlight: Badge Holders with a Slide Ejector

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 28, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Product Spotlight is a feature designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: Badge Holders with a slide ejector
Product Category: Badge Holders
SKU: 736-N, 736-T1, 736-T2

It just sounds cool: a slide ejector!

When you hear it, you can't help but picture a heroic ID card ejecting from a badge holder like a fighter pilot, parachuting safely to the ground for a hero's welcome.

No? OK, maybe that's just us.

However, a slide ejector is a pretty cool, convenient feature to have on your badge holder.

It makes things easier on the wearer of the card and provides additional protection from damage, helping credentials last longer.

Only available on select rigid badge holders, a badge holder with a slide ejector should be considered by all who remove cards from badge holders frequently.

Why remove your card manually when you can eject it?

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Topics: product spotlight, badge holders, rigid badge holders

Learn How One School is Getting Creative With Our Credential Wallets

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 16, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Let's be honest: badge holders can be boring.

It's not their fault! There just aren't many ways to get creative with a badge holder. 

Sure, you can add your logo for a cool, custom-branded solution. Maybe you can choose a shielded holder or an arm band holder to be different.

Other than that, badge holders kind of just go with the flow, doing their job without much fanfare.

There's nothing wrong with that! Badge holders may be a "no-frills" solution, but they're reliable, easy to use and affordable.

Did you know: our badge holders selector tool makes it easy to find the perfect holder for you! >>

However, we recently discovered that a school in the Pacific Northwest is using our badge holders (specifically our credential wallets) in a creative, kid-friendly way that promotes learning, responsibility and a supportive school atmosphere

All of that...from a credential wallet?!

What are Lion Leaders, and how do our badge holders help?

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Topics: badge holders, id accessories, school ID tips, badge holders for schools

How to Choose the Right ID Badge Accessory: 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM

You have your new ID cards all picked out.

They're perfect. You custom designed them with your organization's logo, included a bar code for use in the office cafeteria and even added a smart chip that lets your employees use them to gain access to the building.


Now, how are you going to carry them?

For organizations starting an ID badge program, a lot of effort goes into choosing and creating the perfect ID credential. It makes sense: after all, the card itself is the center of the badging program.

However, your employees will be using these credentials every day, and will need a way to carry them around. For that reason, choosing the right ID badge accessory is an essential part of running a successful badging program.

When it comes to card-carrying accessories, you have plenty of choices. 

Strap clip? Lanyard? Badge Reel? Badge Holder? Neck chain? 

While each of the above is a great ID badge accessory in its own right, certain accessories are better suited for use in specific situations.

So, how do you go about finding that perfect accessory? We've got you covered!

Several key attributes help determine the right ID badge accessory for you

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Topics: card tips, custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories, custom badge reels, strap clips, badge reels, badge holders

Product Spotlight: Magnetic Badge Holders

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 29, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature that will run multiple times a week, designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: Magnetic Badge Holders
Product Category: Badge Holders
SKU: Multiple SKUs (view full list here)

When it comes to ID badge holders, there are hundreds of different options to choose from.

You can choose hard plastic or flexible vinyl, colored or clear, credential wallet or single-card holder, clip attachment, pin attachment...the list goes on and on.

The goal of all of these holders, of course, is the same: to carry and display an ID badge. The way that goal is met depends on your own unique needs. 

Most people are familiar with clips, slots or chain holes for badge holder attachment. However, there's another way, one that requires no additional accessories and won't tear or crimp clothing:


Learn about our most "attractive" badge holders

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Topics: card accessories, product spotlight, badge holders, magnetic badge holders

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