Manual

Slide the cards out in one simple movement.

The Cardprotector is the heart of all Secrid wallets. Its mechanism provides ultimate ease of use, while the sleek aluminium case protects your cards from bending, breaking and unwanted wireless communication.

The Cardprotector can hold six cards, including one with embossing.

Or five cards, including three embossed cards. Tip: for quick access, place your most used card at the front or back of the Cardprotector.

Use the card at the back for contactless payment without taking it out of your wallet.

This way you can pay or check in even faster and more securely, because the card is also protected during use. The signal is strong enough to work, but too weak to be read from more than a few centimetres away.

Carry the compact Secrid wallet in your front pocket.

It fits easily. Carrying a wallet in your back pocket can lead to an incorrect seated position, which can result in back problems and inflammation of muscles or nerves.

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Frequently asked questions

Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) are wireless communication methods. A chip and an antenna provide the ability to be activated and read remotely. It’s convenient – there is no need to take your card out of your wallet to pay or check in. It makes payment easier and faster, but does involve a risk, because criminals could activate unprotected cards remotely and steal your money or personal data unnoticed. The Cardprotector is the heart of our wallets and protects against these risks because the radio waves cannot penetrate the aluminium case. This has been tested by TNO/TÜV, an independent European organisation that validates the safety of products.

RFID has been in use for decades and is a forerunner of NFC. Unlike an NFC card, an RFID card does not usually have a memory, so it functions as a wireless barcode that only transmits its own serial number. NFC is a smarter technology and can store small amounts of data. One example is a public transport card, which stores when and where it has been used so that the conductor can access this data without any internet connection.

Both RFID and NFC have two types: active and passive. The major difference between these two is the energy supply. Active types of RFID and NFC are supplied with power and can communicate wirelessly on their own. The passive type does not have a power supply and communicates only when activated by an external reader. This is why modern cards are not equipped with a battery. From the outside, it's not possible to recognise which type of communication is in use. The distinction can be made, however, by looking at the application. Some examples can be found below:

Passive (no power supply)Active (own power supply)
RFID (serial number) Access cards Tracking chips
NFC (data) Bank cards Smartphones

Secrid wallets provide the same amount of protection as traditional wallets. Currently there are no standards for measurement of magnetic field protection, so the degree of protection cannot be expressed as a number or percentage. The best protection from magnets remains distance.

Magnets can damage magnetic stripe cards. The magnet’s strength and time of exposure influence how much damage can be caused. Long exposure to the weak magnetic closure on a bag is more likely to damage the card than brief exposure to a strong magnet.

The type of magnetic stripe card also influences the amount of damage a magnet can do. There are HiCo (High Coercivity) and LoCo (Low Coercivity) cards that are characterised by the properties of the magnetic stripe. LoCo cards can be written with a lower magnetic field, and as a result, strong magnetic fields can change and/or erase its data. It’s a similar process to overwriting cassette tapes back in the day. Examples of modern applications of LoCo cards are parking, hotel or gift cards. HiCo cards, for instance older payment cards, are more resistant to external forces but remain sensitive to magnets.

In practice, the magnetic stripe on cards is hardly being used anymore. We've gone from swiping to inserting the card and contactless payment. Over the years, cards have been improved by the addition of a chip and an antenna, making usage smarter and more effortless. As new global standards aren't made in a day, most modern payment cards contain both a magnetic stripe and a chip. As regular magnets only affect the magnetic stripe, modern cards can't be damaged significantly by the proximity of a magnetic field.

Can be damaged by magnets Can be activated by hackers Secrid wallets provide extra protection
Magnetic stripe Yes No -
Chip No No -
NFC/RFID antenna No Yes Yes

The aluminium Cardprotector can hold 4 to 6 cards, depending on their thickness. The higher the number of cards with embossed details, the fewer cards the Cardprotector can hold in total. Its mechanism also works with just one card, so it isn't necessary to fill the Cardprotector completely.

The Cardprotector is the most minimalist wallet in our collection. A separate Moneyband or Slide can be added to the Cardprotector to extend your everyday set-up – ideal for a few extra cards or business cards. The Cardprotector is integrated into all our leather wallets. These wallets provide enough space for 4 to 6 cards in the Cardprotector and room for cash, receipts, business cards and less frequently used cards in its leather exterior. The leather part of our Miniwallet and Twinwallet offers room for 4 extra cards. The Slimwallet has a wider cut, providing space for at least 6 extra cards in its exterior. From the Cardprotector to the Twinwallet, there is a wide range of compact solutions to suit almost everyone.

The Cardprotector is made for standard credit-card size plastic cards. The Cardprotector is not suitable for paper cards such as business cards, because they can jam the mechanism. However, in addition to the Cardprotector, the Moneyband, Cardslide, Miniwallet, Slimwallet and Twinwallet do provide space for paper cards, cash and receipts.

In spite of their compact size, our wallets can hold a surprisingly large amount. The question we're most often asked is how bank notes should be placed in the Moneyflap of our leather wallets. There is no single answer to this. Every wallet becomes personal once it’s being used, and that also applies to putting away bank notes.

There are two methods we recommend. The first is to slide notes down horizontally, so there is no need to fold the money. Another way is to open out the Moneyflap and place the notes vertically. By folding back the Moneyflap, the cash is held securely in the wallet and takes up very little space.

The Cardprotector is made of anodised aluminium, plastic and stainless steel and is impervious to water. You can clean the Cardprotector with a soft cloth and soap and rinse it with warm water. However the salt in sea water can affect the metals, so we recommend rinsing the Cardprotector with fresh water after contact with salt water. Make sure the mechanism is dry before using your wallet again.

In general, Secrid wallets need very little maintenance, and this also depends on the type of leather. Please visit our leather page for more information.

Our wallets are made entirely in the Netherlands. Together with our 50 suppliers, we can ensure high-quality products, good working conditions and respect for the environment. Our products are assembled on a daily basis with high precision and enthusiasm in social enterprises in Delft, Leiden and Haarlem. You can read more about our production process here.

Our designs have inspired many companies since we launched the Secrid Cardprotector in 2009. Despite our patents, copycats keep emerging. While we do our best to stop them, it remains a time-consuming and hard task. So we realise it’s not always easy to make sure you're in possession of an original Secrid wallet. To be absolutely certain of your purchase, you can register your wallet online. Besides a certificate of authenticity you'll also receive a third year of guarantee after registration.

We also have a careful retailer policy and encourage customers to buy our products in physical shops. This way, the buyer supports the independent retailer and has the opportunity of experiencing the product before purchase. That is why we don't offer our products on platforms such as Amazon, eBay and Bol.com. As we can’t guarantee that products on such platforms are original Secrid products, we strongly advise against ordering from one of these online suppliers. To be sure of your purchase, please visit our store locator to find a Secrid retailer near you.

If we haven't answered your question, please have a look at the complete list of frequently asked questions or contact us.

Troubleshooting

Although our products are carefully checked before being packed and shipped from our warehouse in The Hague, small product flaws may still occur. Fortunately, you can fix most of them yourself. If that's not the case, we're always delighted to find a suitable solution together, so do please contact us.

Change the order of your cards, straighten bent cards and/or remove any dirt by shaking, blowing or rinsing the Cardprotector with warm water.

The Cardprotector is designed to hold a maximum of 6 plastic cards the size of a standard credit card. Storing more cards or cards that are broader than a standard credit card may make them get stuck. To solve this problem, we completely redesigned the Cardprotector’s mechanism in 2016. This new lever – the Salamander – splits in half when extra force is applied, resulting in a higher internal force to push the cards out.

If you have a newer Secrid wallet, use extra force on the Secrid lever until a loud click is heard and a few cards are pushed out. Remove these from the Cardprotector and press the Salamander lever back into position until another click is heard. Now you can remove all the cards, leaving the Cardprotector’s mechanism intact. Before you fill the Cardprotector again, check that none of the cards are a different size and that you have not exceeded the maximum number of cards.

If your cards are stuck and your wallet doesn't have the new Salamander lever, please contact a local Secrid retailer or our local customer service.

The Salamander lever is named for its ability to split the ‘arm’ that pushes the cards out. Just like a real salamander, the arm 'grows' back once it has been pushed back into place. You can recognise the Salamander lever on the base of the Cardprotector – it has two small plastic arms to the right of the lever. You can also recognise it by the lack of a seam in the middle of it. If the lever you're holding doesn’t have a plastic seam, your wallet isn’t equipped with the new mechanism and we advise you not to use extra force.

The Cardprotector is designed to hold plastic cards the size of a standard credit card. Narrower cards can come loose and fall out of the Cardprotector. Broader cards can damage the mechanism or cause other cards to come loose and fall out. You can first try changing the cards, bending them slightly and turning bent cards around. Another option is to slightly roughen up the felt inside the Cardprotector with the edge of a key. To do this, remove your cards and gently move the sharp side of a key up and down over the felt on the inside of the Cardprotector. If this doesn't work, please send an email to warranty@secrid.com or contact a local Secrid retailer.

If your wallet has a production error, you can return it for a free repair within two years after purchase – or three years if you've registered your wallet. Please contact us for more information.