Your MUNI Clipper Card Takes an Acetone Bath – See What the Guts Look Like – Translink Card is Much Different

I don’t know, I’d say that the Clipper Card that they’re giving away for free these days is pretty tough. I mean, it took an acetone bath for more than a day and it still held up. Of course, non-invasive techniques can only go so far.

Anyway, this is what a Clipper looks like after you peel away the layers and cut out three-quarters of the remaining plastic or acetate or whatever it is that laughs off an acetone bath: 

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See? Copper wiring gets looped around the edges and then hooks up with the RFID-style chip that’s in there. (That’s why cutting into a Clipper with a pair of scissors will kill it tout de suite.)

But the Clipper photoed above still works though.

Now, via Tara at the Muni Diaries today, comes news of what the old-fashioned TransLink cards were like:

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See? It’s two chips, two chips in one!

Now, how will you attack your Clipper Card?

Remember, it’s “free” to get a replacement, just like how calling 311 is “free.”

Exceslior, ever upward!

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3 Responses to “Your MUNI Clipper Card Takes an Acetone Bath – See What the Guts Look Like – Translink Card is Much Different”

  1. plumpy says:

    It might be free to get a replacement, but they charge you $5 to transfer your balance.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Check. The ones I had were freebies that they were handing out….

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