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Detangle Your Computer and iPhone Cords for Travel with Bobino Cable Buddy

Small Bobino Cable Buddy

Small Bobino Cable Buddy

If you’re any­thing like me, you travel with all sorts of gad­gets. Whether I’m trav­el­ing for busi­ness or on a fam­ily vaca­tion, I typ­i­cally have my MacBook Pro, a cell phone (or two), my iPod Touch, and other devices stashed in my com­puter case.

The prob­lem is all the cords you need to carry to con­nect and charge all those elec­tron­ics. The bot­tom of my bag tends to look like a snakepit half-way through any trip.

While on a recent adven­ture to Kansas City, I hap­pened on a sim­ple lit­tle piece of plas­tic that offered to bring at least some order to my cable conun­drum for a mere $4.95. This strangely shaped award-winning device, called a Bobino Cable Buddy, comes in three dif­fer­ent sizes: small, medium and large; and mul­ti­ple col­ors. I opted for the medium-sized black cord wrap for USB wires and charg­ers in the hopes of tam­ing my iPod Touch USB cord.

The Bobino is so sim­ple and ele­gant, it’s hard to believe it actu­ally works. But it does! The semi-rigid plas­tic is flex­i­ble enough to with­stand the rough and tum­ble world of the trav­eler while still being rigid enough to the do the job of hold­ing and pro­tect­ing my iPod Touch cable.

As you can see from the photo, the Bobino has two open­ings through which you wind the cable around the cen­ter. One end con­tains a smaller round notch into which you place one end of your cable. Proceed to wrap the cable around through the loops and in no time you’ve got a per­fectly tamed cable that stays in place!

The three dif­fer­ent sizes are made for dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions: small for mp3 player and cell phone ear­buds at $3.95; medium for cell phone charg­ers and USB cables at $4.95; and larger for lap­top and thin exten­sion cords for $6.95.

My medium-sized Bobino has sur­vived two busi­ness trips so far, and it’ll be accom­pa­ny­ing me on my upcom­ing motor­cy­cle trip as well. It’s earned a place in my must-have travel items.

You can pur­chase any of the three sizes of the Bobino Cable Buddy from Amazon.

Photo cour­tesy Dutchworld Solutions BV

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