My table full of wires
Those who love technology or do office jobs have certainly encountered a situation where wires take up desk space. Besides making the empty table space smaller, there is no room for other furniture, the “twisted wires” also detract from the aesthetics of the place where we have spent a lot of time to beautifully set-up.
In a Perfect World, all devices would use the same USB Type-C charging port. But now we are still in the “transition” period, some older devices still use micro USB, Apple is still “entrenched” with the Lightning port on its iPhone and iPad. To fully charge technology items, I have to put up to 3 different chargers on the table.
Comes with a keyboard cord, one for mouse and “homemade” rope for playing Ethernet network games on smartphones, on my desk there are always 6 ropes “loose” in front of me.
To solve this problem, I hunted 2 magnet application accessories that are 3-in-1 adapter and magnet wire arranger. How will they be used in practice?
Magnet wire “3 into 1”
The first impression is that the cord is wrapped in braided fabric, which looks sturdy, the plugs also have a longer rubber part than usual to prevent breakage. The cord has a length of 1m, will not be used to both charge and use the smartphone “rolling” on the bed like the 2m long ones, but it is equal to the standard length of the fibers included in the smartphone box.
The idea of this cord is simple, we have one USB end to plug into the charging dock and the other end has a magnet and small connector pins. Every time you use it, users will attach a suitable Lightning, micro USB or Type-C charging port to the magnet, flexibly replacing each other so that you don’t have to use multiple wires anymore.
The good thing about my choice is that there is a small piece of plastic that can be attached to the cord, with a slot for the charging terminals to prevent loss.
The way to attach and remove the charger is also quite smart. To get the charging head, we “poke” the end of the wire into the corresponding hole and then pull it straight out, and when we want to remove it, we leave it in place and bend the wire at an angle. For those who have few devices, they can even be fixed to the device, when needing to charge, just gently bring the magnets to them to stick together.
For those who have a lot of devices and often have to change the charger like me, I will attach it like the photo above, each time I use it, I will choose the latter. The downside is that we can see the most: this is still just… a cord only, if you want to use it with many devices at the same time, it will be impossible.
The maximum amperage that the wire supports is 3A, with 5V giving 15W of power. 15W can still be called fast charging, enough for the iPhone and the Galaxy S10 Plus I’m using. But for those with faster charging products, you should also note this, your device may not be fully charged in a short time as when using the supplied cord.
Add a organizer clip for even more organization
Next is the magnet string arranger. In the box we have a large base with 3 wire clips with the top looking quite similar to the Baymax character in the Big Hero 6 cartoon.
The bottom of the base plate has a sticker, we need to peel off a layer and stick it on the table.
The retainers have a small slot for the wire to pass through. This slot is used with rubber bands or “just-fit” cloth-covered fibers like the above-mentioned magnet chargers, it fits well, with thick, “lean” strings like the keyboard wire, it’s a bit tight. But if you push hard, it will still come in.
How to use is as simple as eating candy, every time you finish using the wire, you will put the holder on the base like this, the magnets of the 2 parts will attract each other and fix it in one place.
This accessory, in addition to arranging the wires neatly, also has the effect of avoiding dropping them under the table. My desk has a shield on the back, so every time the cord falls down, I have to “hook” it from the USB end and put it back on the table, quite annoying! After using with the cord holder, this phenomenon has been completely resolved.
Overall, these are two great accessories for those who love technology and want everything to be as compact as possible. In addition to some minor drawbacks such as the magnet clamp can be a bit tight with thick wires or the cord can be a bit short and have no outstanding capacity, both of these products are still worth a try, worth buying for their price. .
Cheaper but equally effective options
If you already have a USB Type-C cord and don’t use an Apple product, just buy a Type-C – micro USB adapter to replace the magnet wire.
And this is a cheaper option to change the wire, there will be the disadvantage that there is no plastic piece to hold the charger like the one from Baseus and the power is also reduced to 10W.
Wire holders are also available in cheaper versions, which are made of rubber and hold the rope by friction. This type also has holes for charging ports, which will be very suitable for those who buy the above cord!