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October 6, 2013

The Vault Wallet offers a stainless steel home for your credit cards

The Vault Wallet offers a stainless steel home for your credit cards

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Leather or nylon wallets are so passe, at least according to Jeremiah Skow, creator of the Vault Wallet, a solid credit card sleeve made from stainless steel. The steel gives the Vault Wallet several advantages over the competition. It's strong, thin, able to block RFID sniffing, and potentially long-lasting.

The idea behind the Vault Wallet is simple. As we inch ever closer to being a cashless society, the design of the wallet needs to evolve to better serve our needs. So, the Vault Wallet removes all but some simple slots for a credit card or two.

Made from 15 individually laser-cut stainless steel parts layered and riveted together, the Vault Wallet offers a slim but strong home for your credit cards. The use of stainless steel means the Vault Wallet blocks RFID transmissions, which could be a potential target for hackers. This could also prevent your RFID-capable card from interfering with other transactions, such as the swiping of travel cards.

The one feature of the Vault Wallet that doesn't fit in to its minimalist edict is the auto-eject mechanism, which means you never have to take your credit card fully out of its protective sleeve. Instead, you press the button to push your card out halfway, and when you've finished with it you simply push it back in.

The Vault Wallet is designed for those people who only use one or two credit or debit cards and don't carry much (if any) cash. However, the optional elastic band that stretches around one side of the wallet gives the option of carrying other cards or paper money.

The Vault Slim features one card slot, weighs 130 grams, and is 3.9 mm thick. The Vault One features two card slots, weighs 170 grams, and is 5.9 mm thick. The Vault Wallets are currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, with the Slim costing $29 and the One costing $39. A video explaining the concept can be seen below.

Sources: Kickstarter, Vault Wallets

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13 Comments

Might be useful in a third world country which doesn't have chip and pin, but who the hell "swipes" a credit card in a first world country? Also whats the point of a device that only holds one card and the rest of them stuck on the side with and elastic band?

Russell Willmoth
7th October, 2013 @ 02:28 am PDT

Useless!

Last time I had to swipe my card was at least three years ago - chip and pin has rendered this item obsolete.

Tommo
7th October, 2013 @ 03:34 am PDT

Right, most sales staff these days don't even know what to do with a "swipe" card. I think it is more like 10 years since I used one. The EEC

is already trying to settle on a successor to the chip-n-pin.

professore
7th October, 2013 @ 08:38 am PDT

Any place that accepts credit will need to see the signature on the back of the card or see your license for proof of identity. All this device does is increase the size of one card 10 fold.

CliffG
7th October, 2013 @ 09:27 am PDT

Apparently you folks never use Redbox - swiping is mandatory there. But that said, I agree about the issue of the pointlessness of a 2 card holder (in protected mode, anyway). I also wonder how comfortable this would be in a front pocket (where one carries one's wallet to better avoid being the victim of pickpockets.

f8lee
7th October, 2013 @ 09:45 am PDT

beside being useless, wouldn't it be a little bit cold when you put it in your pocket ?

MG127
7th October, 2013 @ 10:34 am PDT

Folks in Europe/Canada need to understand that the U.S. is far behind in chip and pin technology. This article explains it all:

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-05-16/lifestyle/39307061_1_chip-and-pin-chip-card-new-cards

Heck, I loaded up all the info from my credit/debit cards into into my Samsung Galaxy S3 Wallet App only to find that just a handful of stores even have the NFC technology.

In the States, it remains that most businesses still rely on swiping our magnetic strips. No wonder we have so many scammers running rampant.

mvp
7th October, 2013 @ 11:17 am PDT

Might be OK, if you only used 1 card

Rick Beacham
7th October, 2013 @ 12:43 pm PDT

Need more pockets or sleeves for ID etc to be a working wallet, cant see just for credit & debit cards.

Must expand on this alone.

Stephen N Russell
7th October, 2013 @ 05:51 pm PDT

The main fault that sticks out to me is that I've yet to see a "swipe" version of the unbiquitous ATM! I wonder just how many (leaving out the rich, who would just tell their valet / minder to pay) will want only one or two cards during a week?

The Skud
7th October, 2013 @ 06:07 pm PDT

I'll continue to use an old altoids tin as a wallet. I keep a quarter on top of the cards to act as a pry bar to ease getting the card past the lip.

Slowburn
10th October, 2013 @ 07:44 am PDT

How much? You've got to be kidding! This is just taking the p**s. Go to Amazon and buy this for £1.25:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aluma-Wallet-Credit-Holder-Blocking/dp/B005E2NVM8?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duc08-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B005E2NVM8

Four stars, 120 mostly favourable customer reviews and holds umpteen cards in seven pockets. Don't waste your money.

dalroth5
10th November, 2013 @ 11:59 am PST

something else you might like is the Blackout Pocket from Scottevest... it's got the RFID blocking feature to protect credit cards and passports and capability to get you "off the grid" for items like cell phones, too. Not sure if on their website yet but should be soon.

Cheers!

Kendra Kroll
6th December, 2013 @ 08:58 pm PST
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