Headphone Plug Kink & Break Preventer

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Introduction: Headphone Plug Kink & Break Preventer

I drive a lot, and listen to LOTS of books in mp3 format. I was tired of buying new headphones every month just because the cord at the plug end would kink and break the wires inside. I came up with this gadget to limit the range of movement of the cord at this vulnerable point.

Step 1: Find a Mechanical Pen With a Spring.

Open the pen and extract the spring. You can probably throw the rest of the pen away, because it doesn't work without a spring.

Step 2: Applying the Spring: Part 1

Take the spring, and push it crosswise onto the cord, near the plug.

Step 3: Applying the Spring: Part 2

Rotate the ends of the spring around the cord in opposite directions so that more and more of the spring surrounds the cord.

Step 4: Applying the Spring: Part 3

Once the cord is completely inside the spring, work one end of the spring onto the plug housing. Make sure it is snug enough that it won't come off with regular use.

Step 5: Finished!

When you are done, it should look something like this. The spring should keep the cord from getting in a bind at the plug.
This is my first instructable, so comments and criticism are welcome as long as they are constructive.

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    Those looking for a guide to the ever expanding range of headphones on offer need look no further. I see every kind, from cheap in-ears for commuting, to wireless and Hi-Fi open-back over-ears for high quality home listening.Whether you like in-ear or over-ear, you're sure to find something that matches your needs. latestone.com Possibly the most common upgrade from a pair of bundled buds is the IEM or in-ear headphone type. IEM stands for in-ear monitor, and it involves a pair of earphones have got that ends in an isolating tip of some sort – usually silicone, occasionally foam.

    Take the spring, and push it crosswise onto the cord (where the cord is between the coils), near the plug.
    Rotate the ends of the spring around the cord in opposite directions so that more and more of the spring surrounds the cord. When you get to the ends of the spring, it will be tight, but the cord will wedge the coils of the spring apart if you use enough force.

    forgive my ignorance - how to you get the spring on?? both ends are too large to fit the spring over...

    Hi.in this post I'm going to show you how to protect your headphone wires. It is very worst feeling when headphone wires get damaged. After losing my several headphones I decided to take care of my headphones by making it save by different techniques.

    http://scienceandinfotech.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-protect-your-headphones-from.html#.Uv8rlWKSy1U

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    About every 9-12 months I need to replace my earbuds because they fail from excessive bending at the plug end while in my pocket. Your idea will defintely save the plug end from this type of wear, much to the dread of my soon to be dismantled pen. Thanks for the brillant idea!

    Thanks an awful lot for a very useful practical solution. I have a pair of the best earbuds ever made, of which are discontinued. They are the iLuv "City Lights" brand earbuds. They don't make them anymore and I want to preserve them. They have the absolute best explosive sound ever and the cheapest price $6.00, light years ahead in sound quality than my $130.00 Bose earbuds. I think they discontinued them because the bass was too extreme. 4 months and counting and the are just fine...Thanks a million!!

    I had a pair of those. The bass was not that great compared to many but ok for the price. They are not discontinued though they still make them.

    Great idea i just bought an 80 dollar pair of headphones that i want to last. Something that would be cool is to put shrink tube near the ear buds and at the plug with springs on each end. I don`t know if they make shrink tube that can go over the plug and shrink tight though...just an idea

    so simple yet so useful .. thanks for the idea !  :-)