Cable Origami: How to keep earbud cords from tangling.
Feb 4, 2006 at 6:14 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 13

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I saw this article on www.lifehacker.com on how to wind the cords on earbuds to keep them from tangling. I tried it last night and it worked really well.

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Reader Paul says he’s got a little trick that helps keep his headphone cables from getting tangled into knots:

1. With your right hand make devil horns (third and fourth fingers tucked, second and fifth extended)
2. Use your thumb to hold the earbuds against your palm
3. Wrap the cable around your 2nd and 5th fingers using a figure-8. This is really the key part, the cris-crossing prevents it from knotting
4. When you have 6 to 8 inches of cable left, wrap the remaining cable around the center of the figure-8 a few times
5. Tuck remaining cable to taste. Somtimes I tuck it through one of the figure-8 loops, sometimes through the center wrapping, sometimes not at all.

Tightness of the wrapping determines how well it holds together, but if you use a loose wrap, you can just pull on the earbuds and the whole thing comes undone without a single knot.

I gave it a try - see photo! - and it works well. Paul said he stole the idea from his fiancee’s knitting. She uses the same technique (called butterflying) to create mini balls of yarn that don’t knot and can just be pulled on to get more yarn. Neat.


 
Feb 4, 2006 at 9:20 PM Post #5 of 13

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I didn't believe it either at first, but the technique works really well. Not only does the cable not tangle, it also doesn't twist up.

I modified it for using full size cans. Simply hang the headphones on your wrist. Next make the "hang loose" hand gesture by extending your thumb and pinky finger and wrap the cord around those fingers in a figure 8 pattern.
 
Feb 7, 2006 at 6:36 AM Post #8 of 13

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A nifty tip. I also find that I eliminate 90% of my knots by sliding the clip all the way up to the ends (bringing the two earbuds together) before coiling.
 
Feb 7, 2006 at 8:47 PM Post #10 of 13

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Originally Posted by headchange4u
I saw this article on www.lifehacker.com on how to wind the cords on earbuds to keep them from tangling. I tried it last night and it worked really well.




Great tip for keeping wires untangled, and a very interesting site for other topics.

Thanks!

Also, Gino, the iM716 pod ended up in the center (between my fingers) and didn't complicate the untangle process. I was a little clunky though.
 
Feb 7, 2006 at 9:03 PM Post #11 of 13

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Feb 7, 2006 at 9:21 PM Post #12 of 13

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I'm special so it took me awhile
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, but it really works amazing! Thanks so much I was so sick of my tangled cords.
 

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