10 Mar Taming the Cord Jungle
Are your charging cords out of control? I know mine are — two phones, a camera, laptop, tablet, and the MP3 player (charging and connection to the stereo). Oh, and the printer power cord, too.
We added more charging ports over the nav station, but my cord “solution” was a total failure. They’re always in knots and I can’t find the one I need.
Reader Jane Head, aboard Ibis and currently in the Exumas (Bahamas), sent me this great idea using Velcro.
My husband could never find the phone charger cords, the adapter for the camera battery charger, the power cord for the tablet etc. and the nav desk frequently looked like a bowl of spaghetti.
I glued a 2” wide, sticky-backed strip of heavy duty Velcro (actually I ended up using two strips because we had so many cords) to the wall near the nav station. I believe this type is recommended for adhering tools to the wall in a workshop – it’s that strong. I used the side with the “hooks,”, not the fuzzy side. Then we bought Velcro Cable Ties on Amazon. They come in black, white and assorted colors and various lengths (we used 6” and 8”).
We simply wrapped each cord with a cable tie with the fuzzy side out and stuck them all to the “wall” Velcro. I had some small sticky-backed Velcro squares so I attached those to small parts like the AC adapters and stuck those up as well. Now everything is easily at hand, and remains in place even when at sea.
- Industrial strength sticky-back Velcro — 2″ wide, 4 foot to 15 foot rolls, white or black
- Velcro cable ties — 1/2″ wide, 8″ long (cut to shorter length), 100 count, black
If you need more charging ports, I found that you can get all sorts of combinations of cigarette lighter sockets and USB ports. If you have Apple products, make sure that any USB ports are compatible with Apple specs. Also check the capacity and, if you’re going to plug it into an existing cigarette lighter, it’s capacity — we opted to hard wire these on their own circuits.
- 2 USB, 2 cigarette lighter receptacle (the one I got — see photo below) — 15 amp capacity