Do you ever carry your ipod (or alternative music player) in your pocket, pull it out and find out all the headphone wires are tangled up. Untangling and separating the wires, can sometimes be annoying and takes some time.
To help solve this problem, I bought some of these 'fishbone smart wrap' from Dealextreme, a Hong Kong/China based online store. I guess these aren't something you usually think of as being a pocket tool, but I find them quite handy and wanted to share them with you.
As the name implies, these 'fishbone smart wrap' are shaped like a fish skeleton. The spaces between the 'fish-bones' can be used to wind up small cables, reducing tangle and mess. I find they are a good size for most headphone cables.
|All wound up!|
The fishbone cable wrapper is made from a soft felixible silicone. This silicone is meant to have a dirt repelling coating, however even if the silicone does get dirty, I'm sure you can wash it with some soapy water.
Dealextreme sells these in a pack of five with variable colours. My packet included a red, light blue, white, black and pink skeleton fish.
One of the great things I like about this, is the price. A packet of five, at less than $2.48 shipped... these are dirt cheap! It's nice ordering something without having to deliberate whether my money is better spent else where.
|The ends of the cable go through the 'mouth' and 'tail' - however the ends are not very tight and the cable can unwind|
|I have looped the cable twice around the fish tail end|
Overall I feel this is a great buy. They're handy for wrapping up headphone cables and avoiding the tangly mess that can develop later.
Other options to consider:
I have also come across these cable turtle - earphone cable wrap. They are little more pricey though.
Length: 8 cm
Height: 0.5 cm
Width: 3.4 cm
Weight: 9 g
Cost: $2.48 shipped