Use An Over-Under Wrap To Keep Your Headphones Kink-Free

Use An Over-Under Wrap To Keep Your Headphones Kink-Free

Headphones have a magic way of tangling themselves in inexplicably complicated knots. Many techniques for keeping headphones tangle-free work but they badly kink and over-tighten them in the process. Use an over-under wrap for easy and cord-friendly storage.

Over at HackCollege they tested out a bunch of different cord-wrapping techniques with the goal of finding a technique that was easy to use, didn’t impart kinks or curls to the headphone cord, stress the headphone jack, or require any fancy undoing to return the headphones to their natural state. They ended up using an over-under wrap held in place with a simple twist tie. Watch the video below to see it in action — you can jump to around the one-minute mark to skip the intro and get right into the technique.

Have another cord-wrapping technique or tool that you think is a better solution? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

Ultimate Earbud Wrapping Technique [via Instructables]


  • The good ole reverse roll. Like pretty much everyone else who works in a video or audio industry and has to do it with cables constantly, I can’t not reverse roll these days – which is a good thing.

    It’s not just good for headphone cables, train your extension leads, appliance power cables, network cables, whatever – they’ll be a bit resistant to the method if they’ve been wrapped improperly in the past, but over time they’ll reverse roll happily and you’ll have a lot less trouble with kinks and tangles.

    Though you know what’s not fun? Reverse rolling 50 metres of 3 phase power cable (often an inch in diameter depending on the ampage, rolled up weighs about as much as a TV). Holy crap it gets tiring.

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