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December 21, 2017

The Flipside 4 Wallet

by Anne Paddock

Wallets haven’t changed that much in decades. Most are made of leather with a windowed section for a driver’s license or personal identification, slats for credit cards (and the multitude of store loyalty cards) and often a coin  or zippered section to place receipts. When you think about what a wallet is meant to do:  carry and protect some of your most valuable personal effects – driver’s license, credit cards, and cash – then you may begin to wonder why wallets haven’t kept pace with the technological changes that protect our personal identity and define our daily lives?

For a wallet to truly be effective, it has to have several attributes. First, it has to organize personal effects. Second, it has to keep the contents secure meaning a wallet today needs to have RFID (radio-frequency identification) Blocking to stop would be thieves from securing credit card numbers (from hundreds of feet away). Third, the wallet has to be durable and lastly, it has to be easy to use.

I used to rely on the Sharkk Aluminum RFID wallet which was limited to carrying cards and whose accordion sections would often tear leaving credit cards to fall to the ground whenever the wallet was opened. Then I discovered the Flipside 4 Wallet which blends function, security, durability, and ease of use all in one.

Made for women and men, the Flipside 4 is not a fashion statement although the case is attractive and comes in six colors (black, grey, green, blue, orange, and for the fashion forward there is pink).

The Flipside 4 has 4 sections which can be used in a variety of ways (for cash, credit cards, metro tickets, membership cards, id) but I use mine (I have 2) for cards and identification cards (driver’s license, Global Entry, membership cards).

At the top of the wallet is a tab designed for a thumb to easily push (called the “easiest button ever” because it really is) causing the Flipside 4 to flip open. There are four interior sections designed to hold 1-4 cards The single section is perfect for a driver’s license so you never have to take the laminated beauty out of the wallet (except if you are stopped for a traffic offense or going through airport security). There is also a detachable all-purpose clip that holds bills, tickets, and/or business cards.

The Flipside 4 weighs about 3 ounces and is about 4 inches by 3 inches by 1 inch. Crush resistant with strong hinges the Flipside 4 is durable. The interior slots are made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy to prevent RFID scanning of credit cards.

Although the specs state the Flipside 4 holds 7 credit cards (3, 3, and 1) along with 10 bills, mine holds 12 cards (a combination of credit cards, membership cards, identification cards, insurance cards, and metro cards) each. For organization reasons, I keep the cards I use the most often in one Flipside 4 and the cards I rely on less in a second Flipside 4. To differentiate I have two different colors (green and orange) so I can easily grab the one I need out of my purse or backpack.

The Flipside 4 sells for $39.95 each and can be purchased at the company’s website:  www.flipsidewallet.com or through www.amazon.com. To watch a 3-minute demo of how the wallet works (highly recommended), click here and then click on “demo.”

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