Two Week Challenge: Ekster Aluminum Cardholder – My Final Thoughts

I’ve come to the end of my two week challenge of using this super slim Ekster Aluminum Cardholder. In the first part of this challenge, I was able to get all the cards that I need into it. And I think that’s due to the fact that a lot of cards these days are digital (as in they are on your phone for example) rather than physical. That highlights that you don’t really need to have a big wallet to carry your stuff along. And related to that, I found that the stuff like parking receipts don’t collect inside my wallet. That’s a good thing as well.

In the second part of this challenge, I decided to use the Ekster Tracker Card. I think the concept is solid because it is thin, recharges the internal battery via light, and gives me a decent shot at finding this cardholder if I lose it. My only suggestion is that Ekster, or more accurately Chipolo who makes the tech behind this card have a version that works with Apple’s Find My network. Seeing as I have a few AirTags in use, it would be nice to not have to run an another app to keep track of the cardholder. And I am sure that other Apple users would appreciate it.

Related to this, a reader who owns a Ekster Cardholder emailed me with his hack to use an AirTag. He uses this AirTag holder for dog/cat collars on his cardholder. He claimed that it doesn’t add that much bulk and is secure. So for giggles, I ordered one.

The AirTag added some amount of bulk, especially in my pocket. But it’s a kludge and not a solution as the whole point of having this cardholder is to keep the bulk to a minimun. Though I can see someone in the iOS ecosystem deciding to use this method as they really want to have this cardholder and an AirTag.

Here’s the bottom line. The Ekster Aluminum Cardholder really slims down your pocket and almost feels like it’s not there. While the camo design doesn’t match the matte black/carbon fibre vibe that I tend to use with my gear, I am absolutely going to make this part of my everyday carry. If you want to slim down your wallet, this is absolutely the way to go. If Ekster comes out with a Find My compatible Tracker Card, it would be perfect. But even without that, I would highly recommend the Ekster Aluminum Cardholder without question.

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