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What is a Cord Manager?

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  • Written By: B. Miller
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 19 November 2016
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A cord manager is a product used for keeping cords from electronic devices neat and hidden. There are different types, sizes, and designs of cord managers available to suit different needs. A cord manager can be a great way to keep unsightly cords out of the way, as well as to prevent cords from becoming tangled and potentially hazardous. Cord managers are typically fairly inexpensive and may be ordered online or purchased in most technology stores.

One common type of cord manager functions like a spool; this design is generally used for individual large cords, such as long extension cords that may be difficult to manage. The cord is wound around the spool with a hand crank, and may then be extended or retracted as needed. This type of cord manager can be great for working outside, such as when using electric-powered tools. This design of cord manager may generally be found in home improvement stores.

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Other types of cord managers are used inside, such as for household technology items. A desktop computer may have a number of different cords, such as for the monitor, speakers, power cords, mouse, and keyboard, among others, and a cord manager can keep them all in one place and prevent tangles. Some of these cord managers are designed to be mounted on the wall, and may look like they are simply part of the baseboard. These are usually in the form of a wide tube that all of the smaller cords fit into. Others look like a smaller version of the spool mentioned above, but with individual tracks for different cords.

Cord managers for headphones are popular as well. These are generally quite small and can be clipped onto a jacket or bag, for example. The cord from the headphones is wound around the cord manager, which can then be adjusted as needed so one has the perfect length without any loose cords. This can help to increase safety when walking outside, for example, because there is no extra slack in the cord that could become caught on something.

A desk valet can function as a cord manager as well. These generally feature slots for individual devices, such as a cell phone, MP3 player, and camera, along with ports for the cords to be plugged into. All of the chargers for the individual devices can be plugged into one power strip, the cords can be inserted into the desk valet, and then all of the items can be charged in one place without having to search for the chargers or untangle the cords.

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