MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – It's an aluminum plated wallet that claims to solve the problems that come with the flimsy wallet you carry around with you now. The AlumaWallet hails to keep all of your cards & cash organized in an ultra-slim, water resistant, and identity theft resistant carrying case. Although its primary construction is plastic, the packaging boasts that it's indestructible.
I summon Alicia Briscoe, our marketing and promotions manager at WSFA for some help with the test. After having a chance to look over the packaging and check out the AlumaWallet, she gives me here initial thoughts.
"I think that it looks pretty impractical actually. It isn't very flexible, so if you put it in your back pocket, it's not going to work very well. It doesn't open very well, and as far as putting things in," says Alicia.
Alicia & I gathered some cards & cash from our wallets to fill the AlumaWallet. First, we put about sixteen cards and $4 cash into the accordion slots in the wallet. With this many items, the wallet wouldn't close. We then thinned out the contents to eight cards and folded down our cash more to close it. In comparison, our leather wallet could hold it all, plus more. Just as we were trying to use the "easy open" clip, the aluminum part of the case peeled off, exposing the plastic skeleton.
Alicia added, "That's not very practical at all."
Once the wallet is open, we were sure to hold it upright. Turning it sideways or upside down results in the contents spilling.
Alicia slips the wallet in her front pocket without any problems or concerns. When she slides it into her back pocket, she calls it was bulky & uncomfortable.
"It kind of feels like I'm sitting on a brick," Alicia explains.
Regarding the water resistant claim, a few seconds submerged in water and the business card inside has a wet spot.
The AlumaWallet also claims to keep your RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) cards safe from transmission and identity theft. We placed our door entry card in the AlumaWallet and attempt to gain entry to the door. Our test shows the results hold up to the claim by denying access to the door unit while our RFID card was in the wallet.
Alicia gives her verdict on the AlumaWallet: "I think the AlumaWallet is not practical. I don't think it works at all."
And because it is constructed primarily of plastic instead of aluminum, we put it to the ultimate test since we were through with our full test. Indestructible against a sledgehammer? Not a chance! The wallet shattered and exploded.
The AlumaWallet cost us $10.99 at a local retailer.