Do you know how to wrap the charging cables to save them or take them on vacation? Maybe some of you do it the wrong way and risk destroying them. Let's see how to properly wrap your wires so that they can live as long as possible.
One of the most common methods of winding cables is to wrap them tightly around your arm, or if they have a built-in power supply, around the box that surrounds it. This method may seem easy, fast and simple, but it carries risks for the cable as it injures it due to rolling and sharp bending. Instead, it is better to wind the cable in a softer way and in this article we will look at some corresponding ways.
If you have a plain cable with no box on it, then perhaps the best way to wrap any cable is to use the "Roadie Wrap" method (as the videos below call it). This type of cable winding is commonly used in expensive cables to last as long as possible. However, you can use the same method for cheap charging cables or even for your headphones.
This method essentially involves wrapping the wires into loops but by alternating the direction of each loop. After wrapping it, you can secure it using some velcro. The following video is quite illustrative.
The benefit of this method is that there is no sharp bend in the cable, which would cause rolling on the copper, but would also cause small bumps in the insulation, which eventually would lead to its destruction. In addition, alternating loops allow you to unroll quickly and easily without creating any random nodes or twists. This is especially handy if you use very large charging cables.
You can also use the simple loop method without changing its direction. It works just as well to avoid damage to the cable and is a bit quicker and easier to run, but when you unpack it you may end up with stiff twists that will irritate you.
As far as charging cables with a built-in power supply in the form of a box can not be removed and separated from the cable, this makes things a little more difficult, but here is a solution.
You can still apply the Roadie Wrap method, but in this case, start with your power supply and a small piece of cable in your hand so that the loop does not start directly from the power supply outlet.
Then start wrapping the cable using the Roadie Wrap method as you would with any other cable. When you're done, use a velcro pair near the power supply to keep it together. You could also use a larger Velcro to connect the power cord with the wrapped wire together, somehow: