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How to coil your charging cordsCNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to add a little flair to your charging cables.
Smartphone cords are ugly to look at, they get in they way, and when you put them in the drawer, they come out all tangled. Hi, I'm Dan Graziano. I've got the perfect solution for you, the coil cord. This cord takes up less space, it's attractive, and will still charge your phone, your tablet, and much, much more. Best of all, in this Internet exclusive offer, I'm gonna show you how to make the coil cord for free. You'll need a full length pencil, some tape, and a hair dryer to get the job done. Now let's get started. Using a piece of tape, secure one end of your cable to the end of the pencil, leaving about an inch of cord from the taped spot. Tightly wrap the cord around the pencil, working your way to the other end. Once you've got about a inch remaining, apply another piece of tape. Turn on your hair dryer and keeping it about three to four inches away, begin to heat the cord. You should do this for about two minutes, and be sure to heat the entire cord, not just one side. Let the cable cool completely for at least five to ten minutes, then remove the tape, slide out the pencil, and presto, one nicely coiled cable. This is an easy DIY project, but because you are applying heat there is a risk of damaging your cable or shortening its' lifespan. For what it's worth, the cables we tested worked immediately following this process. But we can't be sure how long they may hold up. For more how tos like this one be sure to check out howto.cnet.com, you can also reach out to me on Twitter with any questions or comments. I'm Dan Graziano for CNet, thanks for watching