Category Archives: ID Accessories

ID badge reels are extremely popular ID accessories because they keep your ID cards easily at hand for swiping and scanning, keep photo IDs facing out for security purposes, and won’t get in the way while working the same way an ID swinging on a lanyard might.

Our Top Badge Reel Picks

Standard Round Badge Reels, pack of 25 – choose from over twenty colors and two clip types. These are a basic reel, used in every industry from education to business and hospitality.

No-twist Round Badge Reels, pack of 25 – choose from seven colors and two clip types. These reels keep your IDs facing forward.

Lanyard/Reel Combo, pack of 100 – choose from four colors. These reels are attached to a lanyard, giving you the benefits of both ID accessories.

Premium Square No-twist Reels, pack of 25 – choose from six colors and two clip types. Their unique square shape and premium design is an upgrade over standard round reels.

No-twist Carabiner Reels, pack of 25 – choose from four colors. Instead of a belt or swivel clip, these reels have a carabiner to attach to keys or other items.

Round Badge Reels with Reinforced Straps, pack of 25 – choose from five colors. The reinforced vinyl strap on these reels will last longer and keep your cards securely attached.

Need Something Else?

DiscountID carries a wide range of ID badge reels, but if you don’t see something online that meets your needs you can contact our experts to help you find the perfect ID accessory.

Looking to add some shine and fun to your ID card program? Fashion accessories make it easy to access your badges and look good, and these rhinestone lanyards and reels are fun just in time for New Years!

Rhinestone lanyards come in packs of 10, available in five sparkly colors – choose from blue, clear, purple, pink, or red. These lanyards are 3/8″ flat lanyards, 36″ long, with a lobster claw swivel hook attachment.

Rhinestone badge reels come in packs of 25, and are available in four fun colors – choose from black, blue, pink, or purple. The reels measure 32mm in diameter with a 34″ cord and a belt clip to attack to your clothing.

Not looking for rhinestone lanyards or reels? Shop our wide selection of ID accessories in a range of colors and styles.

ID lanyards are the most popular ID accessory for a good reason – they are easy to use, work with every type of badge and card, and come in a wide range of styles. Shop all our popular lanyard options!

Shop Lanyards by Attachment Type

The attachments on lanyards are designed to work with slot punched cards, or cards placed in a badge holder. If you want a specific type of attachment due to functionality, you can shop by attachment type. Some of our more popular attachments include:

Bulldog clips to keep your badges facing forward & easily open and close

Split rings to easily hold an ID card, keys, and more

Swivel hooks for quickly and easily attaching to cards

Wide plastic hooks for keeping your badges facing forward

Shop by Lanyard Color

If you’re looking for lanyards in a specific color to match your business logo or school mascot, or to help identify different types of cardholders, you can search for lanyards by color. Our most popular colors include:

Black lanyards

Navy blue lanyards

Red lanyards

Royal blue lanyards

Shop Fashion Lanyards

Our fashion lanyards give you all the convenience of a lanyard, but with more of an eye toward style. Fashion options include:

Rhinestone lanyards in blue, pink, purple, red, and clear

Neon lanyards in green, blue, orange, pink, purple, and yellow

Chevron printed lanyards in black, emerald green, Monaco blue, and nectarine

Paint splatter printed lanyards with a breakaway clip and swivel hook attachment

Your ID cards take time, effort, and money to produce – protect your cards with badge holders so they last longer, allowing your organizations and cardholders to get the most use out of their ID cards!

Clear Flexible Badge Holders

Clear flexible badge holders are the most common type, available in a wide range of styles including vertical, horizontal, archive quality, clip on, magnetic, and more.

Color Flexible Badge Holders

Colored flexible badge holders come in a range of colors including black, red, green, blue, yellow, and white – these different colored holders can be used to help identify different groups of cardholders such as employees, visitors, and contractors.

Rigid Badge Holders

Rigid badge holders are more durable than the flexible styles, and provide more protection from bending or snapping.

From employee photo ID cards to visitor badges, access control cards for doors or computers, and payment cards for the cafeteria, keeping your cards easily accessible is important!

Guide to ID Badge Accessories

Lanyards – Lanyards are incredibly easy to use with any uniform or dress code because they are worn around your neck, not attacked to your clothing or pocket. Lanyards are vailable in safety breakaway styles (that open if the lanyard is caught or grabbed to avoid choking), a range of widths and materials, and a rainbow of colors.

Badge Reels – Almost as popular as lanyards, badge reels clip onto your clothing or pockets. The retractable cord ensures that your card snaps back into place after you’ve swiped it, so it’s never in your way. Badge reels are available in a range of colors and shapes, and heavy duty reels are designed to withstand active use.

Strap Clips – Commonly used with visitor ID badges and other temporary card programs, strap clips are small plastic strips that snap closed to secure your ID badge and then clip onto your clothing.

Pins & Magnets – Designed to attached directly to your card, most pins and magnets use an adhesive to securely attack to the back of an ID card. This makes them a great option for generic visitor badges that don’t have the visitor’s information and will be reused for future visitors, or for badges you don’t plan to replace often.

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Summer vacation is over and everyone is back from exciting travels, making fall the perfect time to review your ID card system and update as necessary. DiscountID has everything you need!

Prep Your Printer

If your printer sat unused for the summer, you’ll want to clean it before you print your next batch of ID cards – dust can build up and cause problems with the print quality and damage the internal parts of your printer.

Use the Supply Finder to find your printer’s specific cleaning kits.

Update Your Accessories

ID accessories can fade and get worn out after years of use – is it time to update your accessories? With a wide range of lanyards, badge reels, badge holders, clips, pins, and magnets, you can find the perfect accessory to update your program and keep your IDs easily at hand.

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Train New Staff

All DiscountID customers get free lifetime email support with your printer, software, or complete ID system. You can email our technical support experts at support@discountid.com.

If you need more support, or need to train new staff on how to use the printer software, we offer remote training sessions and assistance with card design, database setup, record management, and more.

Training sessions are available for $150 per hour, and phone support can be purchased by the hour at $150 as well. See more details about our support plans.

Schools are more often requiring their students and staff to wear their ID cards to increase security, and having an easy way to display those cards is essential to successfully rolling out a new program.

ID Accessories for Students

Whether your students wear uniforms or casual clothes, lanyards are the easiest way to wear ID cards with any style of clothing.

Lanyards are worn around the neck, with many styles that help improve safety and security including lanyards with wide plastic hooks that keep ID cards facing out and breakaway lanyards that will spring open if the lanyard is grabbed or caught on something to prevent injuries.

ID Accessories for Teachers & Staff

Along with lanyards, ID badge reels are popular with teachers and school staff. Badge reels are easy to use with any clothing from casual to a uniform, but allow teachers and staff to move them around to more convenient placement than a lanyard which always hangs in front.

Reels have several attachment options, most commonly a belt clip that easily slides onto pockets or a swivel clip that attaches to any clothing. No-twist badge reels keep ID cards facing forward because they only fit together one way.

ID Accessories for Volunteers

For visitors who need to display temporary IDs, the best accessories are clip-on ID badge holders or ID badge strap clips.

Reusable badge holders, like those with clips or those with magnetic attachments, are easy to take on and off when visitors arrive and leave, and allow the school to reuse the holders throughout the school year without relying on an adhesive name badge that can easily fall off.

UntitledHow you display, or wear, an ID card can make a huge difference in how easy or not it is access your card all day long – if you need to scan or show the card multiple times, you need it easily at hand.

But what are your options to keep it quickly accessible without letting it get in your way?

Lanyards

Lanyards are a popular choice because they are so easy to use – they can be worn with any uniform or outfit because it is work like a necklace, not clipped onto the cardholder’s clothing. Available in a wide range of materials and styles, lanyards are used by businesses in every industry.

One downside of lanyards, however, is that they may get in your way as you work. Lanyards can move around throughout the day, and will hang down if you lean forward (possible hitting a patient if you work in healthcare, for example).

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Badge Reels

Badge reels clip into your clothing either with a strap clip or belt clip. Also available in a wide range of colors and styles, reels are just as easy to use as a lanyard.

Their clip design holds the badge closer to your person during work, reducing the chances of it swinging in your way. But with especially delicate fabric the clips may pull or snag your clothing.

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Badge Holders

A badge holder are used to protect your ID cards – by putting them in a plastic holder you can prevent damage to the cards and prolong their life. Most badge holders have a slot at the top to attach to another ID accessory like a lanyard, reel, or strap clip, but some have clips on the back.

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Strap Clips

Strap clips are small, flexible clips that slide through the slot of your card or badge holder and snap closed to secure your ID card. Then you simply clip it onto your clothing or bag. Strap clips are quick and easy to use, a popular choice for visitor badges and other temporary IDs.

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Clips, Pins, Magnets

In addition to the main accessories, you can use a variety of clips, pins, or magnets. Some clips have adhesive backs so you can stick it right to the ID card or badge holder.

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WCR3237-600USBarcodes are an extremely common card feature because they can be printed by every ID card printer and encoded by almost all design software. But when you have to choose between 1D and 2D barcodes, do you know which one you need?

1D Barcodes

1D barcodes are the simple vertical line barcodes you see on cereal boxes, library books, and airline tickets. These barcodes hold small amounts of data and, depending on the style, can only hold up to 25 characters of data.

You may want to use 1D barcodes if you are printing basic ID cards without complicated uses, or your software only encodes 1D barcodes.

2D Barcodes & QR Codes

2D barcodes go far beyond the basic vertical lines of the 1D style. Designed with squares, dots, horizontal lines, or other patterns, 2D barcodes give you more options for customization. 2D barcodes can hold larger amounts of data, so these may be a good option if you need more than 25 characters. QR codes are the most commonly used types of 2D barcodes.

2D barcodes do require special barcode readers, so they may not work with your existing equipment. Not all card software can encode 2D barcodes, so make sure your software edition has this feature.

BlogImage_Standard-Badge-Lanyards-2137-50xxIf you require people to display their ID cards, ID accessories are a quick and easy way to keep the cards visible and easily accessible. These accessories are popular with employee ID programs, visitor management, schools, and more.

Why Display Cards

Keeping your ID cards visible goes a long way toward improving security at your business or organization – it helps security guards or doormen identify people as they entire the building, helps control access to secured or restricted areas, and identifies authorized visitors and guests.

If your cards are multifunctional and will be used to unlock doors, pay for parking or lunch, or check out materials, ID accessories will also keep the cards easily at hand.

Most Popular ID Accessories

There are many ID card accessories to choose from, but our most popular options are lanyards, badge reels, and strap clips.

Lanyards are worn around the neck, keeping the attached ID cards front and center. Available in a wide range of styles and materials, lanyards are extremely versatile. They can be used to hold multiple cards and other items including keys.

Badge Reels clip onto your cardholder’s clothing, so they can be worn in a variety of locations. The retractable cords allow users to pull the cards out to scan without taking off the reel. Badge reels typically only hold one ID card.

Strap Clips are clear plastic straps attached to a clip which also attaches to the cardholder’s clothing like a badge reel. Strap clips are often used for visitor and temporary programs.