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How to Choose the Right ID Badge Holder

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 25, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Your office is getting ready to launch its new employee badge program, and you need to buy new ID badge holders.

Where do you begin?

When it comes to choosing this common ID accessory, many people will have only a vague idea of what they need: "some plastic thing to carry the card, and then a way to wear it too."

Accurate, but not very helpful!

In many cases, people are unaware of how many options there are for something as simple as an ID badge holder. Think of all the possibilities: Rigid. Flexible. Color. Clear. Shielded. Multi-card. Arm-band. Credential wallet. Premium vinyl.

The list goes on and on. It's enough to overwhelm any shopper, and definitely makes the buying process much more difficult.

However, it's a lot easier to zero in on the perfect badge holder for your needs if you're able to narrow down the list of options by asking yourself a series of qualifying questions.

When it comes to badge holders, ask yourself what you need

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Topics: card accessories, ID tips, badge holders, shielded badge holders, custom badge reels

The Twist-Free B-Reel®: Healthcare's Favorite Badge Reel [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 28, 2018 12:30:00 PM

In healthcare, identification is key. Having proper identification helps patients feel more at ease, allowing them to know the name and title of the person providing care.

Many states require ID badges to be worn at all times, and most individual healthcare organizations have some kind of ID badge policy in place. 

When wearing an ID badge, the badge must be facing front at all times, or else it's pretty much just an employee wearing a white card.

Don't display card backs! You can keep your ID badge facing front using the same method currently employed by many healthcare facilities around the country: by using the twist-free B-Reel badge reel.

See how the B-Reel keeps your ID card facing front at all times

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Topics: twist-free badge reel, card accessories, badge reel, healthcare

Retractable Badge Reels: What Are Your Options for End Fittings?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 16, 2018 11:30:00 AM

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.

What kind of badge reel end fittings do we offer?

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Topics: badge reels, custom badge reels, badge reel end fittings, card accessories

Silk Screen, Dye-Sub and Woven-In: A Look at Our Custom Lanyard Capabilities [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Custom lanyards are one of the most popular card-carrying accessories. They're easy to use, convenient and are a great way to enhance a brand through an eye-catching design.

With our custom lanyard offering, the possibilities are nearly endless. We offer so many different end fittings, materials, colors and additional options that you could design a different custom lanyard every day and be busy for years.

However, one of the most important parts of creating a custom lanyard is choosing the right customization method. Plenty of places offer cheap custom lanyards, but many keep you in the dark regarding customization methods, offering only a single option.

At IDenticard, we offer custom lanyards at an affordable price with three different customization methods: silk screen customization, dye-sublimated customization and woven-in customization.

Each of these three customization processes has its own unique benefits. To illustrate the differences, we've created a convenient infographic with high-resolution imagery and information on all three customization methods.

Which method offers the classic lanyard look? Which is best for high-detail imagery?

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Topics: custom lanyards, card attachments, lanyards, card accessories, custom products, infographics

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

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

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

Make It Yours: 2 Reasons to Choose Custom Card Accessories Over Stock Products

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

When shopping for a badge reel, badge holderlanyard or other card accessory, you have a variety of things that you need to consider before making a purchase.

You'll ask yourself questions like:

  • How do I want these accessories to attach to the wearer?
  • What kind of accessory best fits my credentials?
  • Do I need to buy different accessories for different personnel?

These questions will help you zero in on the perfect card-carrying accessory for you.

However, there's another question that you should ask yourself that could have an even bigger impact than anything you choose above:

"Do I want custom card accessories or stock products?"

The "custom vs. stock" argument has been going on for as long as products like custom lanyards and custom badge reels have existed, and there's really no right or wrong answer. 

Stock products will be great for customers looking for something quick, with cost being a primary concern. For other organizations, spending a little more for an eye-catching custom product is worth the wait.

Click here to get an idea of what kind of custom products we can offer your organization >>

While we do think stock products are great, custom card accessories offer a few hidden benefits that stock products can't match, making it worth your while to make the investment in making something your own.

Enhance your brand with a unique card-carrying solution

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Topics: custom lanyards, custom products, custom badge reels, lanyards, badge reels, employee ID cards, ID tips, card accessories

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.

Awesome!

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

Product Spotlight: Lanyards with a Cause

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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: Themed/Support Lanyards
Product Category: Lanyards
SKU: 2138-5250, 2138-5081, 2138-5240, 2138-52812138-5282, AWR-34S

When thinking about lanyards, most people think custom: a nice unique logo, some text and maybe the company's colors, all mixed together and given away as a freebie at a promotional event.

Lanyards like these are usually used to promote a brand or to show support for an organization.

However, there are also standard lanyards that are designed to show support for a particular cause or organization. We call those "lanyards with a cause."

With these lanyards, you get the benefits of attention-getting customization at a standard lanyard price, all while showing support for a good cause.

Wear your favorite cause around your neck

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Topics: product spotlight, lanyards, lanyards with a cause, card accessories

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