Archive for November 14, 2021

Two Week Challenge: Ekster Aluminum Cardholder

Posted in Products with tags on November 14, 2021 by itnerd

Back in May, I had the chance to review the Ekster Aluminum Cardholder. The thing was that my wife took it off my hands and I never saw it again. So it was really great that Ekster sent me another one. And I decided to do something really different which is to challenge myself to replace my current wallet that I highlighted in my EDC write up for two weeks.

Let’s have a look at the cardholder.

It’s a camo color which isn’t usually my thing as I like black or dark coloured things. But I can still make this work as it’s not over the top in any way. In my case, I have following in the cardholder:

Inner slot:

  • Two credit cards
  • A debit card proximity card
  • A CAA card
  • A Presto card

On the back:

  • A proximity building entry card

On the outer slot:

  • My drivers license
  • My OHIP card
  • Two supplemental insurance cards

I had to leave out of two cards from this cardholder. But it wasn’t an issue for me. One was my Aeroplan card as that’s replicated in Apple Wallet. The other thing was a Kernel’s rewards card which I no longer use. Getting all my stuff into it from my normal wallet was my main concern.

The other thing that I had to ditch was my Apple AirTag which was in my old wallet. I could replace it with Ekster’s Tracker Card though. The tracker card is powered by powered by Chipolo technology and is recharged by sunlight. It takes 3 hours of charge and lasts 2-3 months on a charge. That allows you to find the wallet via Bluetooth LE 4.0 from up to 200 feet away. Using the Chipolo app you can ring the tracker card so that you can play a game of “Marco Polo” to find it, or see it’s last location that it was near your phone if you do lose it. I don’t presently have it on my wallet. But I may add it later as it doesn’t add too much to the cardholder.

Speaking of thickness, here’s a couple of shots of the cardholder next to my old wallet:

The Ekster Cardholder has way less bulk and is much slimmer than my wallet. Granted there’s nothing in the wallet. But even empty there’s a significant difference. And that’s a difference that I can feel in my pocket as I sometimes have to check to see if it’s there. Plus I can see scenarios where I can carry this cardholder because of the size. For example, when I cross country ski, or go out on my bike where a normal wallet was way too bulky to carry. Even just having it in my pocket is great as I barely notice it.

Over the next two weeks, I will be using the cardholder full time and I will see if this could be a great replacement for a regular wallet. To be honest, I am not sure what to expect from this challenge. But it will be interesting to find out. Stay tuned.