With the accumulation of gadgets come responsibilities, one that you do not have a choice but to accept and work on: the accumulation of plugs and cables. If you don't have something handy and convenient like a USB 3.0 docking station, then you'll have to deal with some degree of stress as to how you would deal with these long things that can be quite unruly. Otherwise, here are three tips on how to handle plugs, wires, and cables.
Put an ID to all your plugs.
Do you have that dilemma under your office desk, when there are at lest plugs, all plugged in (or worse, three of them plugged into an extension cord) and you don't know which to pull out when it's time to go home without resulting to those devices that need to be on all the time to be turned off?
Well, there's always the tried and tested method of crawling under your desk very time to sort out which plus belongs to which gadget. But even then, there would still be some guess work involved. Even the labels that those tape label makers produce can still be too big for your plugs. So, go ahead and look for small and round stickers that you can write on and stick to the plug itself, not the cord.
How to solve the dilemma of overly long cords.
There are cords that are not long enough to your liking (that mouse cord that you had to pull out all the time until you've had enough and opted to switch to a wireless model), then there are those that are unnecessarily long that you can accidentally step on and cause you to topple and can also look unsightly, as they gather dust (and those cords aren't really something the janitor loves to wipe every day, no?) and grime. So, what do you do with them? Wrap them with some attractive and colorful rubber pieces or make a plastic spool where you can tie your long cords to. Be patient with coiling the cords as they'll be in that position for a long time. That means if you didn't coil them properly, they'll still look sloppy and unkempt.
So many chargers, it looks like you're culturing worms.
So you have that drawer that houses all your cables and chargers, from your smartphone, your tablet, your laptop, your e-reader, your digicam, etc? There's a simple and sleek solution to that - a lightning USB cable. Have something like Kanex Live's Simple Dock connected to your phone, USB hard drives, and other devices that can be charged using USB instead of wall chargers. Once you'e done, you can just coil the cords and put them beside the USB docking station. When you're on the road, you can bring this docking station with your USB cables, and voila, there's no need to worry about having to bring a gazillion chargers!
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