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Recoil Automatic Cord Winders: Tame the tangle

Recoil Automatic Cord Winders


Our personal electronic devices are awesome. Phones, pads, laptops have utterly changed the way we live, communicate and learn. They do, however, have one major inconvenience: cords. Probably the simplest part of our devices, those cords have an amazing ability to intertwine forming a rat’s nest of colorful, rubberized plastic. Isn’t it fun extracting your headphones from the other cables while wedged into a tiny seat on the bus, train or plane? Not so much.

Medium cord winder -- will accommodate more than just earbuds.
Kevin King
A medium Recoil Automatic Cord Winder
Kevin King

Enter the Recoil Automatic Cord Winders. These nifty little gadgets have folks slapping their foreheads wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” For the unfamiliar, Recoil Cord Winders are small plastic devices containing a spring-loaded wheel. Hook your folded cord onto the wheel, give a gentle tug and the wheel will spin your cord onto the wheel in just a second or so. Toss the Recoil into your bag and away you go.

The winders come in three sizes: small, medium and large. Buy them in combo packs or individually. Additionally, a small plastic organizer rack is available which clips three winders upright on your desk or together in your bag. The small winder is best for thin, short cords such as earbuds, the medium for thicker, mid-length USB cords such as iPhone or iPad USB charging cords while the large is best for standard length, thicker USB cords.

In daily use, Recoil Winders have performed as expected. They are constructed sturdily of thicker-than-expected plastics and have virtually no gaps or flex. Quite simply, they work and work well. Gone is the tangled mess in my laptop bag.

The Winders actually rewind when you pull on the hook with the cord while depressing a small tab embedded in the hook. Watch this video on the Recoil site for hints how to work the winder without any difficulty. Occasionally, thin cords, such as iPhone ear buds, fit into the space between the tab and the end of the hook and do not always depress the tab allowing the Recoil to, well, recoil. Some fidgeting and tugging to get the thin cord to depress the tab is necessary.

Overall, the Recoil Automatic Cord Winders are a game changer in the fight to keep our neat and accessible. Goodbye tangled mess, hello quick neatness. They earn 4 out of 5 stars and are available for purchase from Amazon or directly from the manufacturer.