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A Guide To Tangled Cords And Cables

A Guide To Tangled Cords And Cables

January 19, 2018

In today’s electronic-driven world, many of us are familiar with the continuous battle to manage cord clutter whether at home or in the office. With all the electronics and appliances we use, its not uncommon to find an unsightly tangle of cords from time-to-time. Whether you are dealing with a mess of computer cables, plugs, and power strips underneath a desk or are faced with an unpleasant mess of television cables, gaming system cords, and other cables stuffed behind your TV, being able to control cords and maintain a tidy space is a daily challenge for many.

With so many cords and cables in our lives, it can be easy to ignore a tangled mess. In fact, many people prefer to hide the cord clutter rather than find an effective solution. However, what many people are unaware of is that those chaotic labyrinths of cordage can cause damages to their devices and electronics. Or worse, a crazy snarl of cords could end up sparking a fire in a home or workplace. To help others become more aware of the dangers to cord clutter, we compiled a brief guide to educate and assist those who have their own entanglement of cordage to deal with.

Why do cords and cables tangle?

One of life’s biggest unanswered questions is why cords and cables are so notorious for causing a stressful, tangled mess. Well, we might have the answer! The entanglement of cords, wires, and cables is certainly a strange happening. Even after we take the time to carefully wrap or wind cords — like phone chargers or earphones — and store them in a pocket, drawer, or compartment they somehow find a way to transform into a time-consuming puzzle. For years people have wondered how these cords can so easily become tangled, knotted, and bunched up without an external force interfering. If you are someone who has wondered the same, then you’re in luck!

Believe it or not, there is a scientific method dedicated to understanding why this complex phenomenon happens. This interesting method used statistics to reveal that there is almost an indefinite chance that cords and cables that can become tangled when stored, will become tangled when stored. The reasoning? Think of it this way, because there is only one way for a cable or cord to be untangled, there are plenty of ways that they can become tangled. A recent study has revealed there are about 177,147 different ways a necktie can be knotted — think about the possible knots and tangles that can be created unintentionally. These tangles can occur and combine with each other in plenty of ways and create a tangled mess.

The contact point

Anyplace on a cord or cable in which it can bend is known as a contact point. The more contact points cords have, the more chances there are for the cable or cord to twist and bend, thus eventually creating a knot or tangle. Even though some cords and cables are more durable than others, just the smallest change or impact in the environment can cause cords contact points to move, bend, touch, and intertwine. For example, say you are packing away your Christmas lights in a tote after the holiday season passes. Even though you took the time to carefully wrap the lights, the slightest motion — like placing the tote on an attic floor — can make the cords bend. And, get this, even a change in temperature can cause stored and organized cords to tangle, leaving users with a complexity.

Are tangled cords something to worry about?

A tangled mess of cordage is not just inconvenient, certain cable tangles can have adverse effects for some electronics and appliances. Generally, tangles can eventually cause cords to lose their efficiency and purpose or break completely. While most tangled cables and cords are not necessarily a physical threat, power cords and cables can actually cause some serious damage. Consider this, for every appliance or electronic that is plugged into a wall, there is at least 110 volts of electricity being carried through the length of the cord or wire. Most of these cords and cables are insulated with a rubber coating, however, if the wire is frayed, loose, or damaged it can expose metal — hot from electricity — to the other cords and likely dust that is near the dysfunctional cord. Cord and cable insulation is commonly compromised due to being constantly trapped beneath its own weight, being stepped on, or rolled over with a chair. When the insulation is compromised and the metal is exposed, the risk of a fire or electrical short is increased.

In addition to the risk of a short or fire, a knot of power cords can potentially damage appliances and electronics through unwanted power loss. Having a large clutter of cords under a desk or behind an entertainment system with power cords tangled in the mix, users can accidentally kill the power to computers, televisions, or gaming systems while trying to unplug a different cord.

How to reduce cord clutter

As you can see, cord clutter is not something you want to see around your home or desk space. Not only are tangled cords an extreme inconvenience, they can also damage electronics and appliances and even cause fires. As our homes and workspaces are filled with cords and cables, keeping them organized and well-kept is of high importance. While there are many desk cable organizers and floor cable management systems available on the market today, only a few of them are effective at eliminating cord clutter and preventing damage to electronics and appliances. However, to effectively organize, manage, and protect cords and cables users need the new and revolutionary cable management system, Wrappid!

Wrappid is a cord control tool that is effective in reducing and eliminating cord clutter in people’s lives. The ergonomically designed organizational tool comes in three different sizes and can be used for computer cable management, TV cable management, and the small-sized Wrappid makes the perfect earbud organizer! Cables and cords will have a hard time knotting and tangling when stored in the Wrappid! Unlike other cable wraps and organizing systems, the Wrappid is flexible, lightweight, and made of heat-resistant silicone — ideal for reducing the risk of an electrical short or fire. The Wrappid is so durable that it can even be used to store hot items like straighteners and other personal appliances, making it convenient for travel. Using the Wrappid is a great way to ensure your household’s cables and cords are hidden, organized, and protected. For those who want to “wrappidly” organize their lives, order Wrappid today!