EKSTER 2.0 Review – The Ultra-Slim Trackable Wallet 2020 Latest Updated Review
Ekster the world’s largest smart wallet brand, aims to provide innovative solutions for organized access
The Ekster is a series of wallets produced from a successful Kickstarter campaign. From the outside, they don’t look like anything aside from a standard wallet
Ekster Wallet Review
The Tracker Card—with integrated solar charger—is about the size of two stacked credit cards and has its own pocket in Ekster’s Parliament wallet.
There is also a button on the card itself that you can push to have your smartphone play an audible alert—so that location feature works in both directions.
You don’t need to worry about replacing batteries, because the Tracker Card has a built-in solar charger.
Ekster says three hours of charging nets you two to three months of use.
I haven’t had it for two months yet, but I charged it once on an overcast afternoon and it hasn’t complained about a low battery yet.
You’ll need to download the Chipolo mobile app to set the card up, but the process is straightforward and takes just minutes.
Taking this whole “smart” thing to the next level, the Tracker Card supports Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri voice control. I tested it with Siri.
Simply add a shortcut and you can ask Siri to ring your wallet instead of having to push a button on the app.
There are two places to store cards on the smaller wallet, and three on the larger model.
Your important cards are stored inside the wallet itself.
You can slip up to 5 of them into the port on the top, pressing the lever on the bottom to release them.
One of the nice things about this lever is that it raises your cards at different heights.
Like a set of cards spread out in your hand, it’s easy to pick and choose the one you want.
We found it easiest to place the cards that you use the most towards the back, so it just takes one quick motion to lift them up from your wallet.
The Parliament wallets pack so much storage and functionality into a wallet that’s just about 0.5-inch thick.
So that paired with the soft, high-quality leather makes them a joy to use day in and day out.
So you’ve got the cardholder portion with room for 6 cards and the fantastic quick access mechanism, then on the inside, there are two more slots on the left-hand side.
Also on the inside on top of the cardholder on the right, there’s a handy elastic strap to keep cash and other small items like coupons, etc. Finally, the back of the Parliament has another card slot/pocket.
I love that the quick access design to pop out cards is mechanical so it won’t likely wear out.
Haha, that’s a good thing because I’ve found it addictive to click the button and push my cards back in as a fidget habit.
Other aspects I really appreciate include the slim design but there always being room for a random receipt, cash, or other small items.
And all of that can be stored without a bulky wallet.
You can make the Parliament even smarter. Ekster sells a Tracker Card that uses Chipolo Bluetooth tracking technology.
It’s $49 separately, but $29 if you add it at the time of a wallet purchase.
And it’s definitely worth the $29.
About the size of a credit card (but twice as thick) this card incorporates a Bluetooth beacon that uses BLE 4.0 with a range of up to 200 feet.
There’s a pocket in the Parliament sized perfectly to store the card, allowing you to locate your wallet and have it emit an audible alert so you can find it.
If you allow location tracking, it can utilize crowd location through the Chipolo app to help find a wallet that is truly lost.
Materials and Build Quality
Ekster uses full-grain premium bull leather for all of its wallets.
The company also uses a two-toned finish on its leathers “giving them a distinctive look and color that will endure as the wallet softens, bends and forms to the way it is used, whether in pocket, purse or hand.”
I tested out the Vachetta Parliament in Brescia Bronze and the Secretary Cardholder in Nappa Black.
From the first time picking up the wallets, the attention to detail and premium construction and craftsmanship is immediately apparent.
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As for the quick access mechanism in the Parliament wallets and Senate cardholders, it uses a clever mechanical trigger to pop the cards up (no batteries).
As for how it keeps up to 6 cards secure without falling out, there is a rubber strip on the inside edge that with little nubs that creates a snug fit for your cards.
One of our favorite features was the way that the Ekster spreads out your cards when ejected, so you can quickly grab the one you want.
The only disadvantage to this system is that it requires exactly 5 cards to be inserted.
You won’t be able to fit 6, and with 4 the mechanism doesn’t work well.
For most users, it won’t be hard to find 5 cards.
But if you don’t have them, you’ll want to pick up a gift card or something along those lines.