How Tangle-Free Headphones Work

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Do you find it frustrating every time you pull tangled headphones out of your pocket or bag? Every time this happens, you end up spending an unnecessary amount of time trying to untangle your headphones. Most of us toss our headphones into our backpacks, pockets, or purses without thinking of the potential tangled mess that they inevitably become. Untangling headphones has just become another everyday chore for most of us. Luckily, this knotty nightmare can be avoided with tangle-free headphones and tangle-free wrapping techniques. You want to know why your headphones always end up tangled. Today, we discuss how tangle-free headphones work. We also tell you ways to properly store your headphones to prevent them from turning into one big, unmanageable knot.

Why Headphones Get So Knotty

The more we listen to music and podcasts on the go, the more common knotted and tangled headphones become. Today, it’s a common annoyance among most headphones users, which is almost every single person in existence. Like most people, you probably deal with this knotted disaster on a daily basis. However, many people don’t know why their headphones become tangled every single time they get put away. Apparently, even scientist have become annoyed with this tangled headphone phenomenon.

Scientist at the University of California performed an experiment by tumbling pieces of string inside boxes. This simulated a pair of headphones moving around a backpack freely. They tumbled these pieces of string inside the box thousands of times using random motions. Obviously, they found that headphones always ended up tangled. They also discovered that it didn’t matter what movements were used. Essentially, every time you put your headphones into your backpack, purse, pocket, or anything else and move around they will end up tangled. But not all hope is lost. Thankfully, they discovered a way to wrap headphones in order to prevent tangles. Even better, today, tangle-free headphones exist.

Tangle-Free Features

Three key features make tangle-free headphone technology possible. These include shape, sliding, and length. When scientist performed experiments to try and find out the secret behind headphones always becoming tangled, they found that the shape and length of the headphone has a lot to do with it. Most headphone cords are more of a circular shape. Having circular shaped cords makes it easier for the headphones to twist around each other and eventually create frustrating knots and tangles.

Instead of having circular cords, tangle-free headphones have flat cords. Having a flat cord makes it harder for headphones to wrap around itself which prevents knots and tangles from forming. Along with the flattened cord, tangle-free headphones often come with a sliding mechanism. This mechanism clasps the two headphone cords together when not in use, preventing them from tangling around each other, then slides open when you want to use them. Basically, it acts like a zipper to your headphones. It zips it up when not in use and unzips when needed. This simple mechanism further eliminates the amount of cord available to create knots and tangles.

Length is another big feature that contributes to knot creation. When scientist performed experiments to try and figure out the secret behind tangled headphones, one of the key factors was length. The longer headphone cords were more likely to get tangled. This is because there is more cord to wrap around itself. Therefore, using shorter headphone cords helps to prevent tangling.

How Tangle-Free Headphones Work

Tangle-free headphones work by combining the perfect shape, sliding mechanism, and length to prevent tangles from occurring. Besides buying headphones specifically designed as tangle-free, headphone storage wrapping techniques also exist to help you. These wrapping techniques help prevent the tangling of any kind of headphone, even when stored in your backpack or your pockets. One of these wrapping methods to prevent tangles is to separate your pointer and middle finger and start wrapping the cord around them starting with the ear buds. Wrap about three-fourths of the cord around your fingers and then take the remaining cord and wrap it horizontally around the first wrap. This will secure the headphone cords tightly together. Once there is only about one or two inches left, push the rest through the center and tighten. Using this tangle-free headphone wrapping technique can help save you time by preventing those horrendous headphone knots from happening.

Pulling your headphones out of your backpack and spending 15 minutes unraveling the tangles is a frustrating and tedious task. Instead of wasting your time with these pesky headphone knots and tangles, give the tangle-free headphone wrapping techniques a try.  Better yet, purchase a pair of tangle free headphones that work by using a flat cord. They also work with the help of a zipper and using a shorter length. This prevents the cords from tangling around themselves while in storage. Tangle-free headphone wrapping techniques use this same concept by making sure that the headphones cords can’t wrap around itself. By using tangle-free headphones or tangle-free headphone wrapping techniques, you eliminate the wasted time of untangling your headphones. You also gain peace of mind knowing you’re your headphones will come out of your pocket tangle-free.