After snapping at least a dozen weaker string reels with the weight of my 0.5 oz. company badge, I decided that enough was enough. I needed something sturdy and unbreakable.
This is indeed a heavy-duty badge reel. The stamped steel link chain retracts with such velocity that my cubicle neighbors think I'm starting up a chainsaw. In fact, I've lost two fingers and a thumb but I've never had a problem getting past the security desk!
My only gripe, other than no longer being able to hold a cup of coffee, is the length of the chain. At merely 24 inches, I cannot keep it attached to a belt loop and reach out the window to the receiver without slicing through my door panel.
I've also discovered that despite it's name, it can be used for keys just as well. With six keys and two key fobs, it still retracts with ease, albeit at a much slower speed like a dull pocket knife giving me ample time to remove my remaining digits.
Come to think of it, the reinforced strap also lends to its ability to hoist heftier items than my company badge... this may also explain the short chain.
Nevertheless, since it is so sturdy, I don't think I'll ever need another. So being able to purchase a single reel on Amazon.com is far better than a bulk order of 100 from other websites. Besides, I don't think there are enough coworkers willing to make the sacrifice.
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