cords

Ask LH: How Can I Keep My Laptop's Power Cord From Getting Damaged?

Dear Lifehacker, I move my laptop around a lot, and the power cord often gets bent in every possible place. Over time the bends stick in this position, some ends fray, and I end up having to replace it. How can I take care of it so I’m not buying another one in six months? Thanks, Crazy Cables


Props Keeps Your Headphones Untangled

If you use earbuds to listen to music, you probably have them with you but not necessarily wearing them all the time. You may need to take them out to interact with another person or when you want a break from listening to your music. When that happens, you have to solve the problem of where to put those earphones. Props solves that problem for you.


Take Advantage Of Your Workspace's Hidden Potential

It doesn’t require much to call an area a workspace — all you really need is a desk — but there’s plenty more you can do in any office to take full advantage of the space. The walls, your desk, and even your doors are more than they appear to be — they’re secret productivity tools. With a few small alterations, you can unlock their hidden potential.


Control Cords With Velcro On Small Appliances

Finding a place to store small appliances is an annoying task on its own, but it’s even worse when you have to find a way to wrap the cord as well. The blog A Thousand Words shows us that one of the easiest tricks is to just wrap the cord around the appliance and stick it to the side with a little Velcro.


Control Cable Clutter With Cheap Eyehooks Under Your Desk

We love a good cable management hack here on Lifehacker, and this idea from Reddit user castironfoodie is both simple and inexpensive: screw a few eyehooks into your desk to keep cables from becoming too much of a tangled mess.


Store Cords With This Simple Wrapping Technique

Someday soon(ish), virtually all of your electronics will transfer data and maybe even charge wirelessly, but in the meantime, we’re stuck managing cords and cables. You’ll find about as many cable management solutions as there are stars in the sky, but I’ve never posted my favourite simple cord-wrapping and shortening technique. So here goes.


Knot Your Power Cords Like A Carpenter To Avoid Unplugging

If you’ve ever used an extension cord, you’ve no doubt experienced the heartache (yes, heartache!) of pulling a few inches too far and disconnecting from the cord. Carpenter Robert Robillard explains how to knot your extension cord to keep your cords plugged in — a simple trick he learned his first day on the job.


Bring That Annoying IKEA Light's Power Button Into Plain Sight

It may seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many of us will curse under our breath for months on end as we reach behind a dresser or bed just to find the power switch for an IKEA lamp. Why they insist on keeping it on the power cord, we’ll never know, but there’s no reason to leave it on the floor!


Keep Your Headphones Tangle-Free With A Vinyl Badge Clip

Reader Charles Kim has tried every cord-wrapping technique under the sun, but ultimately found that a vinyl badge clip to be the best tool for keeping his headphones tangle-free and on-hand when he needs them.


Use A Chain Sinnet To Tidy Cables

At your work station you can use a wire basket under your desk to stash cables or other containment strategies. What about for cables you take with you for laptops and portable devices?