Barcode Scanners, Handheld Computers, Holsters

How to Tell if a Belt Holster Needs Replacing


Some jobs need equipment holsters as a necessary part of the daily uniform. When your team gets ready at the beginning of every shift, they strap on their belt holster for their scanners and hand computers and head out to their post. Whether your team is manning a large warehouse or a field service route, all equipment wears out. While you will be replacing your scanners based on the progress of technology, don’t forget to pay attention to the quality of your scanner holsters. A good holster can last for years, but eventually, your team will need new holsters when the old ones wear out.

How do you know when a belt holster is wearing out? It takes hundreds of days of wear-and-tear to finally fray a sturdy belt holster, but it can happen. Here are the top signs that one or more of your team’s daily holsters is ready to be replaced with a new scanner holster design.

1) Frayed Stitching

Usually, the first sign we notice that a holster is on its last legs is frayed stitching. Holster stitching sees a great deal of friction and flex as the scanner is placed and removed many times during the day. Eventually, one of the most stressed points will start breaking away in the seams and lining first. Watch for the clear signs of stray threads and clusters of threads pulling away from the holster. A spray of threads near a major seam in the design might even render the item less than useful.

2) Snap or Hook Won’t Fasten Anymore

Holsters are often only as good as their fasteners. If you need your scanner to stay put during physical activity, a quick snap-over closure is essential to that purpose. The same especially goes for any holster where you dock your keys and wallet. That fastener is a necessity. If it won’t fasten any more, you have two options; sew on a new fastener or replace the entire aging holster design.

3) The Surface is Burred or Breaking

Watch out for holsters that have started to wear away in the body. Woven holsters will become fuzzy first, then soft, and finally thin. Leather and fake leather holsters will crack and the top layer will open and show missing pieces. Both sequences are a clear sign that your holster doesn’t have a lot of life left. When the surfaces start to go, the entire integrity of the holster will go soon, and you don’t want your devices hanging from a faulty holster when the holster finally goes.

4) The Apertures Fall Open

Most holsters have a few openings at the top and bottom. The top is for your device and any additional supplies. The bottom holes are for venting and flex. However, your holster apertures should be crisp and the shape you expect. If the apertures of your holster are gaping open and no longer retain the shape of the device on their own, the holster has become too soft to provide reliable support. A holster that falls open is at risk of dumping your scanner on the floor at the wrong moment.

5) The Belt Holster Sags When in Use

When you holster your device, does it visibly sag an inch or so? This is a sign that the fabric has weakened where it is supposed to be providing support. Do not use a holster that sags too much when you place your device. Once a holster sags visibly under tension, it’s important to start looking for a replacement.

Getting a new holster for your scanner or the scanners of your team is easier than you might think. Contact us today to explore the modern options for your work scanner holster needs.