Retractable badge reels, also known as retractable card holders, are one of the most popular ways to carry and display an ID credential.
It's easy to see why: they can be customized for branding purposes, are easy to attach to the user and keep an ID card within reach for scanning or swiping at all times.
When it comes to choosing a badge reel, there are three main things to consider:
- Color and shape
- Attachment type
- End fitting
Color and shape, of course, require no further explanation.
Attachment type refers to the piece on the back of the badge reel that secures the reel to the wearer. Common attachments include a swivel clip, a swivel clip with teeth and a slide clip.
The last one is arguably the most important, and potentially the most confusing: the end fitting.
On a badge reel, the end fitting refers to the piece at the end of the retractable cord that attaches to the ID card or badge holder.
What kind of end fitting you want on your retractable badge reels will depend largely on what kind of card or badge holder you'll be attaching.
Fortunately, we offer several different end fittings to suit any need.