SIDEKICK Retractable I.D. Badge Reel & Key Lanyard
After buying this, I was very happy and I still am. However, I did notice the problem mentioned above, but thought that all that was needed was a retrofit to the "breakaway". I just relocated it from behind the neck to closer to the badge holder. This allows you to use the adjustable clip without it interfering with the breakaway safety. So I simply removed the break away points from the lanyard (just twist them off-they are just glued ) and moved the breakpoint closer to the badge as shown in the picture. The item is great other than for this; once you do this retrofit, it is perfect. Truth be told having a string around your neck is always a safety concern. Even with a breakaway on a lanyard, if it is caught from the back and pulled, one could still possibly choke. Moving the lanyard to this configuration, should cause it to "break" even with the adjustable clip. I hope this helps.
This otherwise nice lanyard has what I consider a fatal design flaw and safety hazard. It has both a breakaway and a cinch, but the breakaway is on the wrong side of the cinch so if you cinch the lanyard to make it tighter the breakaway is rendered useless. The breakaway should be between the cinch and the badge, not behind the cinch.
Retraction Forces Explained
KEY-BAK retractors are available in 4 retraction levels; Standard Duty, Heavy Duty, Super Duty and Xtreme Duty. Each level of retraction is a combination of cord material, cord length and spring force.
Retraction Force Options
Cord Options - Polyester, Nylon, Kevlar and Stainless Steel Chain
Length Options - 24" up to 48"
Spring Force Options - 2 oz. up to 20 oz.
Retraction Forces Table
|STANDARD DUTY||HEAVY DUTY||SUPER DUTY||XTREME DUTY|
|MINI-BAK||NYLON||36"||2OZ.||NYLON||24"||4OZ||NOT AVAILABLE||NOT AVAILABLE|
|SIDEKICK||KEVLAR||24"||4OZ.||NOT AVAILABLE||NOT AVAILABLE||NOT AVAILABLE|
|MID6||POLYESTER||36"||6OZ.||NOT AVAILABLE||NOT AVAILABLE||NOT AVAILABLE|
|LOCK48||SPECIAL ORDER||KEVLAR||48"||8OZ||NOT AVAILABLE||SPECIAL ORDER|
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