There is something for everyone when it comes to badge holders. For example, if you’re a germaphobe or just simply a neat person, you can use the vinyl- and silicone-made ones. Their fabric doesn’t allow any microbial buildup and has high heat resistance which enables them to be less sticky in humid conditions.
There are also holders that are made up of leather, perfect for those in law enforcement such as sheriffs, cops and detectives who need to be stealthy and anonymous from time to time. This type offers a classic manly look with easy card attachment and retrieval.
But did you know that there are more kinds of holders available? Each vary in size, price, orientation, quality and durability so to help you choose, below are some badge holder types categorized according to their chemical composition and use.
1. Vinyl – Commonly called PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or just plain plastic for common people, it is widely used as fabric in car interiors and furniture. Although it gained popularity in the production of music records, this material is lauded in many industries as its chemical construction provides a good balance between economy and durability. For badge holders, they use thicker vinyl to improve tear-resistance.
A. Proximity Badge Holder – Proximity cards are regular vinyl IDs with the exception being that they can be recognized by contactless card identification systems. Proximity card holders are designed in such a way that interaction between the proximity reader and the card inside is still possible even without requiring removal of the card. This type has a slot through the front and back of the holder to lock the card in place when attached to a lanyard, strap clip, or badge reel.
B.Shielded Badge Holder – This type offers premium protection and is perfect for RFID technology cards. Its distinguishing feature is its ability to repel unauthorized data and identity theft called “skimming”, making it very popular among government agencies and private security firms. These holders contain a thin layer of metal that prevents the card from being scanned by unauthorized sources.
C.Hard Plastic Badge Holder – are designed to protect electronic components in proximity and smart cards. This type is characterized by its rigidity and offers additional protection from dust, moisture and bending. Options include holders with a thumb slot for easy card removal, locking mechanism that requires a key to remove the credential inside, and slide ejectors that make taking out your card as simple as the push of a button.
D.Flap or Zipper Closure – This type contains a plastic zipper for protection against dust and moisture but still offers easy card removal.
2.Eco-friendly – made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) or phthalates-free vinyl, this type contains substances that are less hazardous to you and the environment compared to standard vinyl or PVC. This is the perfect choice for health and Earth-conscious organizations. Landscape and portrait orientations are available for this type.
3.Silicone – like PVC, silicone is extensively used in several applications that have specific requirements because it is typically waterproof, heat-resistant, flexible, and tear-resistant. It also has low toxicity and does not support microbial growth. There are certain variations of plastic materials that react negatively with extreme heat and contact with other substances so be sure to look into that. Its major applications are categorized as follows:
c.Household (sealants for cooking apparatus)
e.Dentistry (teeth impression molds)
Because of its useful characteristics, silicone is perfect for making badge holders as ID cards need additional protection due to the importance and sensitivity of the data they contain.
4.Clothing-friendly – this type features a design that won’t tear, crimp or damage clothing, perfect for those who need to look neat and sharp at all times such as corporate and medical personnel.
5.Special-types – Specialty badge holders include colored, economy, and magnetic badge holders.
As stated earlier, these are just a handful of the available options but should help narrow your options down. You can look them up online if you’re looking to customize your personal badge holder but expect additional fees for that.
Making badge holders as ID cards need additional protection due to the importance and sensitivity of the data they contain.