ByThomas PotsTOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 19 August 2013
I have used a few of these in the past year, for credit-card style door entry systems. They work well, and seem to last about a yer in everyday use. The reel is about 32mm wide and 7mm thick. The metal belt-clip on the back of it is sufficiently springy to stay-put when pushed onto a trouser belt or waistband. The cord in the reel unwinds to about 75cm, which is far enough to reach to a card entry door lock. It is sprung, so will wind back into the reel when you let go of the cord. On the end of the cord is a snap-together plastic loop, suitable for attaching credit-card sized card with a suitable slot cut into it. A slot at least 10mm should be sufficient, though every card I have used with it has a 15mm slot.
The device is durable, but I have encountered a couple of breakages. On one, the reel spring broke, so the the cord pulled out and stayed out forever. On another, the plastic loop broke, rendering the device equally useless. That said, failures have been few with this device. It keeps your ID card or key entry card handy and visible, and makes it less likely to become lost.
after the last one I had broke I wanted something more durable but wasn't prepared to pay the earth - this fits the bill perfectly. I have been using the same one for months now and have given a few to colleagues, and all of them are still in use. They are reasonably robust and durable.and I doubt I'll need to buy any more for quite some time as I still have a few left for replacing those already in use.
While you can pay a small fortune for fancy all metal clips, these ones do the job providing you are aware they won't last forever. Under normal use they will last around 9 to 12 months before general wear and tear will fray the cord at the clip end. When it gets dangerously thin, replace it, before you lose you security card. You might as well buy a box of ten, to save the money on postage.
I was searching the net for a badge reel, and found this one, well 10 in the package...... Ordered them and they came in just a few days, they do what it says on the tin..... Very good value for money.