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What are the Parliament, the Senate, and the Secretary?
The Parliament is a leather bi-fold wallet, designed for minimalists with a need to carry more. It has room for over ten cards along with some cash or coins; it also offers RFID protection for up to six cards. It’s compatible with our solar-powered Tracker Card, to make sure you never misplace your wallet again.
The Senate is a cardholder, not a bi-fold wallet. Despite its sleek profile, it can actually carry more cash than the Parliament. There’s also room for seven or more cards, and RFID protection for up to six cards. It’s compatible with our solar-powered Tracker Card as well.
The Secretary is our most minimal offering, and our slimmest RFID proof wallet as well. It has room for up to seven cards, along with a secret pocket for cash or coins.
What is the Modular Secretary?
The Modular Secretary is Ekster's first modular wallet, with a built-in removable magnetic cardholder. It is handstitched with environmentally-certified LWG leather and available in three eye-catching colors: Caramel, Brown, Black. You can store 12+ cards, 10+ bills, and coins in the front compartment of the cardholder.
Will the magnets in the Modular Secretary affect my cards?
The Modular Secretary uses magnets to keep your cardholder safe inside it. These magnets will not affect your bank, travel, or credit cards. However, hotel room cards have a lower threshold for magnetic contact, and it may cause them to stop working. We suggest placing hotel cards in the front pocket of the cardholder to avoid this issue.
THE PARLIAMENT WALLET
THE SENATE CARDHOLDER
THE SECRETARY WALLET
THE MODULAR SECRETARY
How do I get rid of stains in the leather?
Leather can be prone to stains, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of them. If stains appear on your wallet, use a damp cloth without any cleaning substances to gently wipe the surface. If the stain proves to be stubborn, use leather cleaners that are designed to clean the stain, but not the leather’s dye. Here is a suggestion on the cleaner you can use.
Can Ekster wallets hold coins?
Ekster wallets are designed for minimalists who still want to carry enough cards, with some coins or cash. If you still carry coins or cash frequently, The Secretary is the best wallet for you, as it has a hidden pocket for them. The Parliament and the Senate can hold up to four coins without adding too much bulk; however, we advise you not to store coins in your cardholder wallets, as it can damage the leather.
The Integrated Cardholder
Can I put paper or metal cards inside my Ekster wallet?
The Senate and the Parliament are cardholder wallets, designed for standard credit card-sized plastic cards. We advise you not to use paper or metal cards in these wallets. Paper may jam the mechanism, and metal cards may slide out easily.
The Secretary is designed to hold any card you can fit inside it, so you can put your paper and metal cards inside it.
I have my wallet, but where is my cardholder?
Don't worry, your cardholder is part of your new Parliament or Senate! If you hold your wallet upright, you'll be able to insert a stack of four to six cards (depending on how many are embossed) into the opening. Push the stack of cards all the way in until they're flush with the top of the cardholder. You can now push the trigger to eject your cards in a staggered manner.
What does RFID stand for, and what does it do?
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, which comes embedded in chips in most credit or debit cards issued in the last decade. These chips are a convenient way to store and transmit data wirelessly. When you hold your card next to a reader and pay without entering a code, that’s RFID!
What is RFID skimming? How do I protect my cards from it?
While RFID chips are immensely useful, there is also the danger that someone could use a counterfeit reader to pick up your RFID information against your will. These counterfeit RFID readers could pull or delete data simply by walking near you on the street. That’s RFID skimming, but you don’t need to worry about it when you use an Ekster wallet. The RFID protection in our wallets keeps you 100% protected against data theft.
How does the cardholder work to keep my cards inside it?
The cardholder is designed with a friction mechanism (patent pending). It holds your cards in place when they are inside the cardholder. The friction keeps your cards from flying out of the wallet when you eject them, and keeps them staggered so you can find the right card easily.
If you find your cards sliding out of your cardholder frequently, it may be due to irregular-sized cards or metal cards.
To fix this, follow these steps:
- Make sure you have 6 non-embossed cards inside your cardholder. Make sure none of them is metal.
- Change the order of your cards and test the mechanism again.
- If your cards are unusually thin, try using some embossed cards.
- If none of this works, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love the card access mechanism! How do I make sure it lasts for a long time?
We’re happy to hear you love using your Ekster! Our wallets are pretty resilient (we’ve run them over with cars and they’ve kept going). Please note, however:
It’s rare, but not impossible for your cards to get stuck in the cardholder. This can happen if there’s dirt or residue blocking the mechanism.
To fix this, follow these steps:
- Shake the cardholder upside-down to eject the cards.
- Blow high-pressure air into the cardholder and shake it upside-down to make sure all residue is removed.
- If this doesn't work, please contact email@example.com.
If your cards aren't ejecting smoothly, it may be due to irregular card sizes.
To fix this issue, follow these steps:
- Insert your cards halfway into the cardholder.
- Gently move the cards left and right. This puts pressure on the friction system, creating more room for the cards to slide up and down.
- If this doesn’t work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.