Badge reels, lanyard or both?

What’s best to hold your ID card or access control card or fob: badge reels, lanyards or a combination of both?

It really depends on what you need it to do, and how you’ll use what’s attached.

Access control card, fob or token?

Retractable badge reels
Retractable badge reels are great for access control fobs and cards

Retractable badge reels are ideal for presenting cards, key fobs or tokens to the access control reader. Just pull the key fob or card towards the reader and the cord then retracts into the reel. The badge reel has a clip that easily attaches onto a belt, bag or trousers, making them especially ideal for active workers. Badge reels come in a range of colours and can also be customised to your own logo or design.

Event pass or ID card?

If you just need a card to be visible around the neck, then a lanyard is the easiest way to do it. You’ll also need an ID card holder for the card to sit in, which then clips onto a lanyard. There are many lanyard options out there, from pre-printed staff, contractor and visitor lanyards to custom designed lanyards that are printed to your own colours and design. Most lanyards are safety breakaway lanyards, which means the card holder automatically detaches if it becomes trapped.

ID card that’s also an access control card?

If your ID card is also an access control card, a lanyard would provide the most visibility, whilst still giving the flexibility for presenting the card to a card reader. Lanyards can be custom designed to your own logo and colours, which also helps with identification. A combined lanyard and badge reel gives even more flexibility. The retractable cord makes it easier to present the access card, key fob or token in situations like gaining entrance to a car park for example.