Paracord Earphone Wrap

Over at Lifehacker, there’s a nice hack that you can do with a set of headphones and some paracord.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with paracord, here’s a little explanation from Wikipedia:

Parachute cord (also paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.[1]

The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic; depending on the application this can be either an asset or a liability.

Paracord in and of itself has dozens if not hundreds of uses from making bracelets, necklaces, key fobs, handle wraps, lashing, etc.  And it now seems like it’s coming into the world of electronics.  Yup, this is a low tech hack, but it looks pretty good and I do say, I think I’m going to have to try this out.

It also would make sense that if you’re wearing this while running, biking, etc, that it would help keep the sweat, that normally would run down the cable into the device and ruin it, away from the device itself.  We’ll have to wait and see.  Let me know if you try this out and send some pics.  I’m going to try this later tonight and see how it works out.  I’ll post pics if I do.

Head on over to Lifehacker for the full store:

Rather than learn fancy wraps or buy specialty holders to manage headphone tangles, why not sheath your standard earbuds in paracord, that durable, hard-to-twist wonder material? One crafty Instructables writer shows us how.


~ by Normanomicon on July 7, 2010.

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