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Balanst Premium Wallet – Your Privacy Masterpiece

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4.7?
Discovered on 2016-07-01

It is a sleek, minimalist and private wallet that is RFID protected, due to the anodized aluminum exterior. This wallet opens with a smooth flick of the thumb and gives you quick access to your belongings anywhere on the go. It replaces the beauty of a classic wallet without sacrificing the functional or traditional features. What makes this wallet one of a kind is the smooth swipe-open top. You just need a smooth left-flick of your thumb on the top, and the six cards will automatically lift out of the back compartment. This will also give you access to the front compartment so that you can store cash, and small lose items between the cards. The aluminum exterior will protect your wallet from RFID skimming and keep your belongings safe on the go. Perfect device modern gentlemen would love to use regularly.

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Daniel Shayder
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I never received mine. It’s now 2018! WTF!
Jonny Z
Review from Kickstarter
Been using Blanst for the past one year. Its really well-built as I have dropped it accidentally a few times and it still looks great.
The black paint along the corners are slowly starting to come off.
Sometimes when the closing mechanism comes loose, I will just unscrew the holding screw at the bottom, take it apart (Its very easy), wipe off the dust and dirt, re-assemble everything and its working fine again. The grinding noise can be rectified easily.
1) Remove the white acrylic piece behind the closing lid and you will find a sticking paste.
2) Remove the sticking paste and replace it with a thin double-sided adhesive tape
3) Paste the white acrylic piece back and that should solve the grinding sound
Phil Pearce
Review from Kickstarter
I am now experiencing the same. I was able to tighten it by taking it apart but it is now lose again.
John Spiher
Review from Kickstarter
Love the wallet, but I'm afraid it's already getting too loose to use. :(
joakim nesje
Review from Kickstarter
love the wallet! grate quality, everything works as it should :)
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
@Minsc&Boo, You can ask your local Mail authorithies for the fee they will charge you. Sent it as a normal post and that will be arround $10. @Brett Cary: Did you write down the right address, because we had other backers that did sent the product back for repair and it went just fine.
Thank you for you honest feedback, for as we received complains from some backers regarding the capacity problems. We’re changing all you mention in the second version of this product.
Minsc&Boo
Review from Kickstarter
Can anyone tell what the cost would be from australia to netherlands to send the balanst back. I have tried filing the plastic and I cannot get the wallet lid to slide properly.

Of course if the cost of sending this internationally is prohibitive whats the point of doing it, why not offer new balanst premiums at a heavy discount?
Brett Cary
Review from Kickstarter
Very UNHAPPY.
Received wallet and immediately noted the grinding noise and the front compartment not able to hold anything like advertised. The only way to fit any bills into the front is folding a single CRISP bill multiple times. (A SINGLE BILL)
Only the smallest of sim cards
Change will only fir if there is NOTHING else in the compartment
I sent my wallet back to you per the instructions on the recall form.
The package was returned to me yesterday saying the address was invalid.
I have now spent my original payment, return shipping and in order to have ONE of the problems fixed I will have to pay to ship again.
Kevin Yuan
Review from Kickstarter
Just received the wallet this morning, looks fantastic and works fine. Great Job!
gtfoo
Review from Kickstarter
The wallet is working as expected flawlessly now after the repairs. Great job!
Kevin Yuan
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Balanst,
I have not yet received any wallet.
please kindly advise.
Thanks
Richard Askew
Review from Kickstarter
Still no wallet guys...not even the original. What's going on ?
Uncontested
Review from Kickstarter
I've had mine for a bit. Not the replacement I thought it would be. Hate the grinding. Does not feel "Premium" at all, doesn't hold as many cards either as my HFS Dial despite being fatter and largers all around. Its a shame because I really wanted it to work. Sticking with my HFSDial wallet still, which is slightly ironic because I was lucky enough to have my wallet show up from them before they went under and disappeared from KS..
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BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
@Ian. Our pleasure. We hope you enjoy it.
Ian de Rooij
Review from Kickstarter
Guys! I got my Premium Wallet back today, fixed and it's super awesome. I love it. Thank you Quirin for the service.
WONG FU HAN
Review from Kickstarter
Just received mine today.
It grinds a little when open, however, I will to let it break-in first.
Hopefully it becomes smoother when it seasoned.
Other than the grinding, it works great. Thanks Balanst.
Fiaz Ahmad
Review from Kickstarter
@Balanst, it might be with the customs :(
But can't say as, without tracking, it is difficult to say so :(
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
@Fiaz, Does it normally take this long?
Fiaz Ahmad
Review from Kickstarter
Well I am still waiting for mine :(
So, can't comment what would come out of the box until it reaches me
Stuart Smart
Review from Kickstarter
Hi, just received my wallet today. Looks good but as others have mentioned there is the QC issue, mine grinds it also won't close properly at least half the time as the lower right hand edge catches on the lower right hand edge of the compartment. I'll be contacting the creators to hopefully resolve.
Jonny Z
Review from Kickstarter
Finally I got mine! I was so excited that it has finally arrived in my hands. Initially it was intended to be a xmas for myself, now it becomes a birthday gift ^.^ Firstly, the exterior of the wallet is very well done. I'm so delighted that I got the black colour. It looks very classy. Your shiny logo at the bottom right corner adds a touch of elegance. The construction of the wallet feels extremely robust and sturdy in my hand. The Anti-RFID feature works. I purposely downloaded a free mobile app to test this feature. The first few attempts to slide open the front cover with one hand was difficult. After a few times, sliding it back and forth, it became better. For Lefties like me, its almost impossible to open it with my left hand though. For cards with protruding 16-digit numbers, you will only be able to put 4 cards. For cards with nothing protruding, you can put up to 6. The front area which was advertised to hold some money notes, keys, sim card, memory card and spare coins, just doesn't have the depth to do so. At most, I can only put two x 10 dollar notes (folded) into the front area.
Not just that, there seems to be something in the mid-left area which is preventing me from fully utilizing the entire front area. Due to the added thickness of the white plastic on the underside of the sliding cover, its difficult to open and close it. I was pretty disappointed actually as I bought this product to replace my regular wallet for my lunch meals and some short errands. To round things up...
Great:
- The exterior design and finishing. Many of my friends love the look and feel of the wallet. Keep this up.
- the Anti-RFID feature works Good:
- The cards pop up just not in cascading style. Not so good:
- The "grinding sound"
- Up to 4 cards with protruding surface. Up to 6 cards, if all have no protruding surface. Bad:
- The front area. Due to the very shallow depth and the narrow width, I can't use it to put 1-2 bank notes and 1-2 spare coins Same as Stewart, I feel that it is not worth the cost. My package did not come with the "30-days return policy" as claimed by Jeffrey. But I will send a personal email to Balanst regarding this matter.
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
@Stewart, Thank you for the product review. We appreciate the positive score and we'll take your comments in consideration to improve the product.
Stanley Wang
Review from Kickstarter
I received mine yesterday and having the same problem, grinding noise etc. I decided not to return and I started to remove the front face screw by Philip screwdriver probably size 0 or 1 bit. Be careful when you remove it if the screw head rounded, it will become another problem. After I removed It and found that the noise is come from the white protective plastic with the metal casing whenever you are opening or closing the wallet. I used some industrial abrasive pad to remove those extra thickness. Now the issues are gone and working perfectly. Hope this information can help.
Tom
Review from Kickstarter
Great review Stewart ↓
Stewart Howorth
Review from Kickstarter
Just got mine in today and I'd like to leave some feedback. First of all, the wallet looks great. I got mine in Black and although it is too early to tell how well the finish will hold up, I really like the color. Opening and closing is not a problem with one hand. It is a bit finicky closing all the way, but I'm sure that will get better with practice. Capacity is as advertised, though the marketing images sure did make it look like the cards would "cascade" out rather than spit out in a stack. That's not a dealbreaker for me though. After thinking a little more about it, I'm not even sure how that would work - so no big deal. Also - the front compartment is MUCH smaller than advertised. The hinge mechanism takes up a good portion of it, so it will not fit things that take up the whole footprint such as business cards/rewards cards/things of that nature. Super bummer there. As far as the grinding issues everyone seems to be screaming about, mine does make a slight noise but upon further inspection it appears to be from the plastic on the underside of the lid rubbing a bit. Which means it will most definitely have a break-in period and be fine after that. The sound is perfectly fine and does not really bother me. Construction seems ok, definitely won't hold up to being run over but drops and such should be fine (I sure as hell hope so). Overall: 7/10 - not sure I would buy again, I don't feel like it was totally worth the cost. However, it's here now and I do like it, so I will definitely not be returning it.
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
Hi guys, If you have any issue, concern, feedback or comment, we'll be more than happy to answer all these question from our email info@balanst.com. From there the response will be faster and more detailed. Cheers
Quirin
Jeffrey Barnes
Review from Kickstarter
Hello, I have received my wallet in the US, and I am not at all happy with it. It is very rough opening and closing, and requires 2 hands to do it. Also, I don't know about anyone else, but I can barely get 5 cards in mine, let alone 6, and that's a deal breaker for me. The card it came with says there's a 30 day return policy, and I'd like to take advantage of that. Please let me know how I can return it and get my money refunded. Thank you
Kiong Han Bin
Review from Kickstarter
Hi, My wallet has just arrived today and it is making the horrible grinding sound when i try to open / close it. It is impossible to use just a thumb to slide open and close the wallet. Will I get a refund for the fees incurred in sending the wallet back?
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Guys, The Mail Authorities (PostNL) expect the rest of the mail for outside Europe to be delivered this week to next week. They had a encounter a delay. We didn’t send the products with tracking number because we opt for Priority mail. Please email us when it arrive or if it didn't after next week. As a start-up we’re trying to compensate our customer in the best way we can at this stage. Unfortunately, Instant of reimbursing the return shipping cost we’ll offer the customers with this inconvenience a big discount on our next product that will be launch later this year. We hope to make it right.
Fiaz Ahmad
Review from Kickstarter
@NicolArt Unfortunately, shipment is without tracking :( (Priority shipment)
so have faith like I do to receive the wallet :)
NicolArt
Review from Kickstarter
Hey,
I'm in France. I received the "Recall" email, however I can't send back because I didn't receive the wallet!! any news?
Do you have a link/code to follow the shipping?
Fiaz Ahmad
Review from Kickstarter
Still waiting here in Brazil !!
Lichtwandler
Review from Kickstarter
Hi, my wallet makes a grinding noise and has scratch marks on the plastic part. When I try to close the wallet with my thumb there it is blocking at certain point - maybe caused by the aluminium inlay for the coins. I have to move my finger closer to the rim to close the wallet and need more strength. It is not possible to close the wallet with my thumb as shown in the video. I assume that I will get the money back which I paid for sending the wallet back to the Netherlands. Unfortunately I have already thrown the original packing away. I will pack the wallet carefully before sending.
Leon
Review from Kickstarter
I got the recall instructions (for the grinding issue) and appreciate the team trying to take care of the problem. However - is shipping cost for sending the item back my responsibility? It costs 40-50 euros to send the item from US to Netherlands. Do I really need to pay 50 euros more (and take time to package and ship the item) to get a non-defective product? That does not seem fair to me. Other opinions?
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Guys, Balanst Premium Wallet recall email is send out.
Cole
Review from Kickstarter
Received my wallet and I'm in the U.S. The Balanst team has done a great job communicating and responding to my messages quickly Unfortunately, this is not a "premium" wallet. The quality and feel are poor and I'm having the same issues as the others mention with it being difficult to open and close. I appreciate the effort you guys put into this project, but I don't think this product is worth even half of what I paid for it. I'm super disappointed in the end result
Zhong C Lin
Review from Kickstarter
Still waiting for mine. I thought it says 3-5 days to USA? Can you send me a tracking number?
Phil Pearce
Review from Kickstarter
bit late asking to keep the packaging.
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
@Gaute, The Product recall will also be for your problem, because it is cause by the same manufacture/assembly flaw. We'll email you the instructions in a few days.
Gaute Lunde Melberg
Review from Kickstarter
Hi guys @Balanst. Just rescived mine yesterday. Mine has nearly the opposite problem. It's a bit "flimsey" and will open by it self when its in my bag. Any solutions to that problem ?
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
Follow up:For those with the grinding problem.
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Guys, Just to let you know that a Product Recall Letter/Email with all the instructions will follow in the coming days. Please keep your packaging and envelop so you can send it back. Stay tune.
Stephan Agerley
Review from Kickstarter
I also got my wallet some days ago and unfortunately it has the same problem, grinding/scratching noise when I open/close it. Its hard to open, I kind of need both my hands to open it. When it open it too far, then I have a hard time closing it again, because the front lid of the wallet is touching on the inside wall of the wallet, I don’t know if I explain myself very well, but I’ll gladly send some pictures that shows this issue. Also the machining of the front lid wasn’t done that well, it’s a bit bumpy/uneven around the corners. This is sadly not what I expected of a premium product. I'm sure the Balanst team worked hard on this product, but I would rather have waited a bit longer, than receiving a wallet with so many issues.
Jesper Pedersen
Review from Kickstarter
I received my wallet, but unfortunately I deal with the same difficulties as the others - a grinding sound that makes your toes curl up and an opening mechanism that is rather hard to use. I can see that you are looking into the issue - I look forward to hearing back from you.
Tom
Review from Kickstarter
Once again guys, thank you for your response. They are always prompt and details which tends to be rare in the Kickstarter community.
Us backers like to stay informed, not because we are angry or disappointed, but mainly out of curiosity and interest. All the best with the solution. I look forward to hearing from you.
BALANST
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Guys, First of all, thank you for all the feedback. We have taken notice of the comments about the grinding noise. We take this very serious. We have been testing a dozen of wallets specifically on this issue. Our preliminary finding is that some wallets have this problem and some don’t. The problem lies in the assembly and is due to a deviation of 0.5 mm. The cause of his deviation lies possibly in two flaws in the manufacturing/assembly:
1. to much glue is used under the plastic component of some of the wallets, which makes this component put to much pressure on the sliding mechanism of the wallet, causing the grinding sound, or/and
2. the aluminum front compartment (storage for coins and paper bills) of some wallets has a slightly bent to it, which also puts pressure on the sliding mechanism, causing the grinding sound. We are busy locating the exact cause, and more important, a solution for this problem. You guys are our (first) customers and we will do our best to keep you happy and make you proud to carry this product. Only your feedback can make the Balanst Premium Wallet better. We dearly appreciate it. Coming week(s), the Balanst team will dedicate itself to find a solution for all customers with this problem and also taking measures in the design, manufacturing or/and assembly process so that this problem cannot manifest itself in the future. @Ezgi, Your wallet is on its way to USA @Juergen, Thank you for idea. We’ll take a look in to it too.
Juergen Boehmler
Review from Kickstarter
@Balanst Team, next time you should put some Teflon under that part.