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Sound ideas for un­tan­gling the ear­buds stor­age prob­lem

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/FEATURES - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Any­one who’s wres­tled with tan­gled ear­buds knows how hard it can be to keep the lit­tle devils from be­com­ing a scram­bled bunch of knots, no mat­ter where or how you store them.

Here’s the lat­est in cord tech­nol­ogy de­signed to solve this messy prob­lem:

PROD­UCT IDEAS

Zip­buds’ Juiced 2.0 and Pro Mike mod­els have an ac­tual zip­per be­tween the cords; the glowin-the-dark green ver­sion would be easy to dig out of the dark re­cesses of a bag. The Slide model em­ploys a tiny zip­per at­tach­ment like the ones on re-seal­able plas­tic con­tain­ers. (www.zip­buds.com )

From Beats by Dre, ur­Beats have a flat, bright-red ca­ble that re­sists tan­gling and is easy to

see. (www.beats­by­dre.com )

STOR­AGE IDEAS

If you’re not in the mar­ket for new ear­buds but are just look­ing for a way to store them smoothly, there are lots of op­tions.

The Sinch is a lit­tle rubber band that slips over a phone’s cord port. Wrap the cords around the phone and se­cure with the built-in mag­net. (www.thesinch.com )

The Spy­der Byte is a black, plas­tic, spi­der-shaped clip that at­taches to the cords to clasp and se­cure them. (www.fredand­friends.com )

The Nest is a pli­able sil­i­cone case with an in­ner spool to hold ear­buds. Pull one of the ear­buds to re­lease them from the spool when needed. (www.dig­i­tal­in­no­va­tions.com )

For kids or those af­ter a bit of whimsy in their tech ac­ces­sories, Storenvy has a sil­i­cone 3D rab­bit that of­fers stor­age in its rear and room for a phone up front. It comes in a slew of hues. (www.storenvy.com )

DIY

Look on­line for ideas on re­pur­pos­ing tape dis­pensers, thread spools, badge clips, credit cards, small snack boxes, trav­el­size swab hold­ers, gum dis­pensers, ban­dage hold­ers and con­tact lens cases into ear­bud stor­age.

Crafty types might tackle the bunny, but­ter­fly or bear holder shown on www.easyfreshideas.com ; it’s made from just felt, Vel­cro and thread.

Cord tacos - discs that folds in half, with a sim­ple clo­sure - work for any tech cords, in­clud­ing ear­buds. You can de­vise your own out of scraps of ma­te­rial, or find dis­tinc­tive leather ones on­line.

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