Choosing The Ideal Badge Reels For Your Plastic Identification Cards

By: Sher Matsen

Retractable badge reels are one of the most popular choices for displaying id cards. For those of you that aren't familiar with badge reels they are a small device with a retractable cord, designed so the can be attached to a small object. They are usually worn on a belt or pinned to an article of clothing. Choosing the right badge reels for your ID cards doesn't have to be overwhelming when you know what your options are.

Retractable badge reels are made from either metal or plastic, and you can choose from a variety of styles. Some even have specialized features, and you can certainly order customized badge reels.

Customized Retractable Badge Reels

Imprinting your company name, slogan, or logo is easy to do, and it's certainly affordable. You can even incorporate a message. It's an excellent way to promote your business. You have the same types of options as you do with any other retractable badge reels, but they're customized for your business.

Round Retractable Badge Reels

You can choose from different types of strap materials and strap lengths. If you need a reel that's going to stand up a little better, then consider the reinforced badge reels, or the heavy duty badge reels. You can chose from either chrome, or a variety of solid or translucent colored plastic reels. The round retractable badge reels are considered an overall good reel to choose.

Square Badge Reels

You can opt for one of the standard colors, or pick from one of the many different colors that will have your company standing out in the crowd. While everyone else is opting for round badge reels, you can be different and choose a square badge reel. Whether you prefer a solid color or a translucent color you're covered. You can also choose between slide belt clips, spring clips, or the very popular reinforced reels. Like other reels, these are very affordable and readily available.

Translucent Badge Reels

In recent years the demand for something different in badge reels has increased, so now you can find many different types of round and square translucent reels. The translucent reels are neat because they show the inner working of the badge reels. Why hide the workings of the badge reels? It's different, and it's definitely a conversation piece. Choose from a swivel back, spring clip, slide belt clip or sticker face. All are readily available. What does this mean to you? It means you can get your badge reel needs met and have something a little different too.

Chrome Badge Reels

Turn up the class on your badge reels by choosing chrome badge reels that shine like a fine piece of jewelry. A chrome finish adds a touch of class solid colors simply can't achieve. Best of all you can choose from a variety of different badge reel types.

Heavy Duty Badge Reels

Sometimes you need more than average can deliver. Sometimes you need a badge reel that can take a beating, and hold up against heavier loads. The heavy duty badge reels utilize chain or wire rather than a nylon cord. They provide strength and durability you can rely on.

Reinforced Badge Reels

In most badge reels they use a vinyl strap clip to attach the ID card to the reel. With the reinforced badge reel it is given additional strength simply by using a different thread pattern, which strengthens the vinyl and increases the durability. When a standard reel isn't enough, but a heavy duty is more than you need, the reinforced badge reels are just what you need. For just pennies more you can have the reinforced reels if that's what you need.

Swivel Badge Reels

There are situations where using a standard badge reel won't provide you with the necessary flexibility in movement. A swivel back will allow the reel to rotate when you pull on your ID card, which stops the reel from falling off if you pull the clip in the opposite direction.

Smart Badge Reels

A smart reel is a lot like a tape measure. It will retract automatically but you are also able to lock the cord at any length you like. Press the button and the cord will release and retract. It's one of the handiest badge reels available.

Lanyard Badge Reels

Sometimes it's necessary to be able to attach a badge reel to a belt, but that's not always possible. The next best thing is a lanyard, which you wear around your neck. You have all kinds of options. Choose one of the standard lanyards, or opt for a woven, silk screen, or dye sublimation lanyard. You can even choose lanyards designed for a cause such as breast cancer. You get quality and affordability with lanyards.

With so many badge reels available, there is certainly something to meet every company's needs. With such affordable options you can mix and match to meet all of your badge reel needs.

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