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engineeringsimon

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What is the best way to coil headphone cables?
« on: May 16, 2011, 01:41:53 AM »
Often, when I pull my coiled headphones (earbuds) from my pocket, I spend a little while having to untangle them.
 
I thought this sounded like something that knot enthusiasts may have devoted some attention to.

So what is the best way to coil headphone cables for pocket storage.

Useful requirements would be:
  • Quickness of coiling,
  • Ease of uncoiling,
  • Compact size,
  • Rarity of tangling.

I've started to settle on an arrangement where I loop the headphones over two figures in a figure eight pattern with a couple of wraps around the crossing point at the end.

What do the learned knot masters think about this modern day knotting conundrum?

knot4u

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Re: What is the best way to coil headphone cables?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2011, 05:09:33 AM »
I've started to settle on an arrangement where I loop the headphones over two figures in a figure eight pattern with a couple of wraps around the crossing point at the end.

For headphones cables (which aren't long) the figure eight is what I would do.  Make sure you're doing the figure eight pattern so the cord isn't tangling up.

Generally, the idea is that you're NOT just winding the cord around on itself.  Your laying each coil on the other in an organized manner.  This concept becomes much more important with longer cord/rope where a tangle can take a LONG time to undue.

Here are two videos that helped me understand how to wrap a cable properly, and keen eyes will be able to identify the figure eight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6duVvwdd5F0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-74OEVUOKOw
« Last Edit: May 16, 2011, 05:14:06 AM by knot4u »

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Re: What is the best way to coil headphone cables?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2011, 02:32:45 PM »

So what is the best way to coil headphone cables for pocket storage.


In my Christmas stocking this year I found a Curvyman headphone cable coiler.

http://www.niteize.com/products/curvyman

I find it to be a very good solution for this problem. I use two of them, one for my MP3 player earbuds
and one for my mobile phone earbuds.

I unclip the jack end and let the Curvyman, coil, and earbuds fall from the jack end,
uncoiling the cable and untwisting it as they fall. Then I slide the curvyman
to the crux of the Y on the two earbud cable branches, and leave it there  until I am
ready to coil the cable up again.

Works a charm.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2011, 02:33:25 PM by dmacdd »