ID lanyards remain highly popular today, whether you use it to hold your identification cards or badges for work or school, or to secure your gadgets and electronic devices, and so on. Before ordering a batch of lanyards for your use, here are some of the things you would have to take into account first.
First, of course, is your budget. Determine how much you would be willing to spend on ID lanyards. There is no fixed price for ID lanyards—it will depend on the material you use and the methods you employ in making the lanyard. Generally, the more expensive it is, the better the quality would be (note—only generally). This does not mean, however, that the less expensive variants are always of poor quality. That is not always the case—although it would depend largely on the manufacturer of the lanyards if he can make top-quality products by charging as low as possible.
Next, consider the design. You can have the manufacturer come up with a design for your lanyard, or you can do it on your own, or with a team. If you have many ideas on what the lanyard should look like, and if there are many elements that you want to incorporate in the design, it is better if you provide the manufacturer with a copy instead. That is, of course, if you require a customized one. Blank lanyards are also available, coming only in one or two colors. For personal use, blank lanyards will do. However, if you intend to use the lanyards for a public or commercial event, for raising awareness for a cause, or for identification with a group or institution, it is obviously imperative for you to come up with a customized design.
Another thing you would have to consider is the safety of the lanyard. ID lanyards come with break away or non-break away straps—the difference being you can remove the lower portion of your lanyard with the former, but you cannot do it with the latter. This is an important security consideration, as it could spell the difference between injury and safety. Break away types are preferred, since you will be able to detach the rest of the lanyard during an emergency if necessary—for instance, if your lanyard gets stuck on something or is grabbed by someone. Just imagine: you are outside a train on the station, your lanyard gets stuck on the closing doors, and the train starts to move. In that case, you would be very glad to have gotten a break away lanyard for yourself instead.
The attachment style is also very crucial. There are multiple types to choose from, but base your choice on what items you intend to use the lanyard on. Naturally, you would have to go with sturdier attachments if you would be using the lanyard for electronic devices, while the lighter ones will do just fine with identification cards, tickets, passes, or badges. Ask for some assistance from your manufacturer to help you decide what the best attachments to use are.
Lastly, the manufacturer is perhaps one of the most important considerations here—consider it the final yet the most difficult test. Regardless of what you choose in terms of cost-effectiveness, aesthetics, safety, and attachments, it will all be useless if you find a manufacturer who cannot deliver up to your set and specified standards. It is best to find trusted names in the business—you can ask friends and acquaintances if they have some recommendations for you to try and check out. You can go over online reviews as well, to help you choose.