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ALL BADGE REELS SHARE FOUR COMMON FEATURES

All badge reels share four common anatomical features:1) case or housing (optional custom imprint is typically applied to the front of the case), 2) retractable cord with spring mechanism, 3) hardware for attaching an id card or other small objects and 4) clothing attachment hardware ie beltclip, alligator clip. Each of these features is explained in detail and shown in the figure.
 

1. Case or Housing
For most
badge reels the case is available in a variety of colors ie. black, white, red, blue, green, purple etc. The case is typically made of durable plastic or metal. Some badge reels, such as, heavy duty badge reels are available in one color or a two color combination ie black/chrome. The case also “houses” the cord and spring mechanism. Custom imprints either full color or pad printed are applied to the front of the case. Some styles, such as, carabiner badge reels can be printed front and back.

2. Retractable Cord and Spring Mechanism
The cord when extended will retract back into the case via a coiled spring. Some
badge reels have a button on the front face that when pushed will prevent the cord from retracting back into the case. Cord material is typically made of nylon.

Heavy duty badge reels are available with either a reinforced nylon or steel cord. The retractable cords range in length from 18" for metal badge reels to 36" for carabiner badge reels. The case also serves as a surface for applying a custom imprint. Imprints can be full color process or single color pad print. Pad printing offers the option of printing on the rim of the case on some styles of badge reels.

3. ID Card Attachment Hardware
The most common hardware for attaching id cards and name badges to badge reels is a vinyl strap at the end of the retractable cord (see above). The strap which is clear nylon either plain or reinforced is inserted into the slot at the top of an id card or id holder. A small snap on the ends of the vinyl strap is used to secure the card or holder to the bottom of the retractable cord. Other badge reel hardware attachment mechanisms include: snaphooks, bulldog clips and o-rings. Snaphooks and o-rings are useful for attaching other small objects such as tools, mini flashlights and keys.

4. Clothing Attachment Hardware
The clothing attachment hardware is located on the back of the badge reel case. Most common is a belt clip as seen on our retractable badge reels which slides onto a belt or waistband. Other badge reel clothing attachment mechanisms include alligator clips, close-end pins. Specialty attachment hardware includes: lanyard and wire gate. Alligator clips allow for badge reels to be attached to an article of clothing such as a short pocket or sleeve. Closed-end pins are also used for attachment to clothing. Badge reels with a lanyard attachment slot at the top can be worn around the neck. The lanyard slot usually accommodates up to 5/8" wide material. These badge reels are commonly referred to as lanyard badge reels. The wire gate allows for attaching badge reels to straps, loops and button holes. The snappy wire gate opens with pressure and works similar to a wire gate seen on carabiners and as such these badge reels are called carabiner badge reels.
 
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