The Different Lanyard Clips and What They Are Used For

We often get asked what each type of clip is used for when people use our Lanyard Builder to create their very own customised lanyard. With so many different ones to choose from, it’s understandable that customers would feel a little confused as to which one they should pick.


Each different clip has a different function, which makes it an essential component in the lanyard making process. So which one should you choose for your personalised lanyard?


J Hook


J Hooks are quite possibly the most common clip used on lanyard products. They come in a whole variety of sizes, depending on the size of the object you will be attaching it to, and are seen most commonly on lanyards that are required to hold ID badges or passes.


Security Tag

To use a J hook, just simply press the top section of the clip down to widen the gap between the metal and simply slide the object you want it to hold in.


Key Ring or Split Ring


This clip is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a circular (or half circular in some cases) ring that allows many different objects to be attached to the lanyard if required.



Operating in the same way as a conventional key ring, this ring of metal requires the other items to be attached to them. This means that keys on key rings will have to be threaded onto the attachment just like a new key would.


Lobster Claw


Yet another clip whose name gives its function away slightly. Designed to work similarly to that of the claw of a lobster, these pinching clips are a more secure way to ensure that your passes or ID badges don’t slip off as you are moving around.


Lobster Claw

Unlike J hooks, where thinner items can sometimes wedge itself between the opening section of the clip, lobster clips remain closed until opened fully.


They can also act as lanyard extenders, offering a sturdy platform for other attachments to be added onto the lanyard.


Mobile Attachments


In a very digital world, it would be a travesty if there wasn’t a gadget that could attach a mobile phone to a lanyard and as more and more people are keeping their phones on their person, even at work, these attachments are becoming more popular with lanyards.



Many phones have some form of hole that is intended to be used for this sort of attachment and the idea is that users won’t have to detach their phones from their lanyards if they need to take a call.


Even though there are many different clips to choose from, there will be one that is more suited to your needs than the others. If you are still struggling to identify which clip you need, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Personalised Lanyards Direct. Call us today on 01524 848382 and we will be delighted to help you.


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