Hey gang, Valkor here. Last year I received one of the coolest gifts anyone could ever give me – a Tile key finder! It's simple, but something that was much needed since I have a habit of forgetting my keys in the oddest of places. What if a similar tech could be implemented towards a wallet instead of keys? Enter the Ekster Parliament Trackable Smart Wallet. It's compact and it's the only wallet you'll ever need.
On the outset, the Ekster Parliament is encased in soft brown leather, which you can also get in black. The front has the company logo branded on the lower right corner and at the back is a small pocket that doubles as a holder for cards, money, small receipts, etc, or you can put the tracking device there. Opening up the Parliament, on the left side you'll find two small pockets and on the right is the card slider container with a strap for cash. The case can hold up to five cards that you can access with a quick press of a button. The container also offers up RFID/NFC protection from skimmers, which is great if your out holiday shopping (or any daily event), giving you peace of mind from cyber-thieves attempting to extract your cash.
But the main event of the Parliament is the tracker; this works in conjunction with the TrackR app, which you can find in the Google Play store or on iTunes. Once you turn on the Bluetooth and open the app, you then have a couple of options to scroll through. However, the option you'll want is “Works with TrackR” and then choose “Ekster Wallet”. Once it's set up, the device will allow for short range tracking of your wallet. If you happen to misplace it, you simply press a button on the app to activate a ringer on the tracker alerting you of its location. This also works in reverse, if you happen to misplace your phone. Just be sure that the Bluetooth is always on. There's also GPS tracking if you're not sure where you left your wallet. But for that, you'll have to sign up with the "TrackR Crowd GPS Network". Finally, what makes the Ekster Parliament tracker different than the Tile key finder, is that the tracker is solar powered. So, once the battery is drained, you simply set it out in the sun for a few hours and you'll be good to go.
I've been known to casually leave my wallet lying about. But it doesn't happen that often, yet it's often enough that I'd need an Ekster wallet in my life. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. So, let's find out why you'll want one of these bad boys as we dip into the TOV Breakdown.
The Ekster Parliament wallet is the type of accessory you never thought you needed until you actually have it in your possession. And then you realize that it's something you need! It's getting crazy out in the world with folks looking to steal your money, your identity, or both! At least with Ekster Parliament, you're cards are well protected in its casing from outside intrusions. And the tracking device works equally well if you misplace your wallet. I've run a couple of scenarios where I'd leave my wallet behind because it dropped from the nightstand or I left it sitting on the kitchen counter. Thankfully, the alarm is loud enough that I could easily locate the wallet. Finally, I dig the compact design of the Parliament as it sits in my pocket perfectly. Plus it's easy to retrieve when I need it. Even better, it makes my commute a breeze as I use a smart card to swipe through turnstiles; depending on what's in my regular wallet, it doesn't always detect. But with the Parliament, there's never been an issue. In the end, with the Ekster Parliament Trackable wallet, you get a sweet design, great protection, and the ability to keep an electronic of your valued possession.
If you're prone to carrying large amounts of cash, then this particular wallet might not work for you as it has limited space on where and how much cash you can carry. Then again this is a digital age, so one shouldn't have too much cash on hand to begin with (but more power to you if that's how you roll). The next drawback falls under my international adventures. I travel to Japan quite a bit, with a few trips planned for 2019. And given how compact the Parliament is, I can't see it being my go-to wallet. Japanese yen is pretty big and I usually carry quite a bit because most everywhere takes cash. However, I think I'll give the Parliament a run and see how well I can work with a limited amount of cash on hand (there are ATMs if I need it).
If you're in the market for a new wallet or if you're searching for that perfect gift, then you should seriously consider getting an Ekster Parliament Trackable wallet. It has a great, compact design with enough room for the right amount of cards with its case, adds great protection from cyber-thieves, and you can easily locate it if left behind or misplaced. I'd recommend it. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving the Ekster Parliament wallet a 4.5.