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Today I stumbled upon this clever idea on indiegogo.com:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/incharge-the-sm...

First thought, as always: "Wow, why didn´t I came up with this idea?"
Simple, clever, cheap and really solves some (first world) problems. So if you like it, please support those guys.

Second thought: "Well, I got a short charging cable, so why not make it a keyring cable...".

So off i went to plunder my bargain bins and about one minute later I had my own perfectly working keyring charging cable.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Pretty overseeable:

- Short charging cable (mine was from Amazon Basics)
-Scissors
- Piece of bicycle innertube (preferably from a road bike, diameter fits perfectly to those somewhat bulky Amazon Basics plugs, optionally you can use a simple rubber ring and wrap it around the plugs a few times, probably won´t look as sleek, but will work, too)

Step 2: To Do

Cut a section of the innertube matching the length of your USB-plug.

Slip it over the USB-plug.

Bend your cable and slip/squeeze the Lightning-/Micro-USB-/or-whatever-else-plug into the rubber cover.

(Optional: Glue the rubber cover to the USB-plug on one side. Didn´t try that yet, works fine without and you might encounter problems finding a glue which works for [soft] plastics and rubber as well... Tell me if you found a working solution!)

Attach to your keyring.

That was easy, wasn´t it? :)

Have fun!

<p>Yup- making one of these tomorrow.</p>
I have one of these Nokia cables that I might use. These are bombproof?
<p>A single thought occurred: why not use an O-ring!</p><p>They look pretty slick</p><p>Absolutely love the idea though.</p>
<p>Seems to me that an O-ring would tend to roll/slide off of the plugs. But worth a shot.</p>
<p>I'm going to do this tomorrow, but instead, I'm going to wrap each end in heatshrink with a little earth magnet underneath so they snap together.</p>
is there a risk of the magnet messing with the phone's our other device's function?
From my experience, which includes the past 9 years in electronics repair, small magnets would cause no issues on modern (solid state) devices.
<p>Please post a pic or link if you have finished your build.<br>I&acute;m a big fan of rare earth magnets. That approach also leaves the cable itself unaltered, maybe I will try that, too.</p>
<p>Will do. I'm just waiting on my short USB to come in to do it. Also, I got a 12 pack of small magnets at Home Depot for this.</p>
<p>Wow, thanks for all the nice comments!</p><p>Can&acute;t believe so many of you viewed my little sudden inspiration! :D<br>I hope you found it helpful :)</p><p>Thanks for the recommendations regarding glue, but using only the &quot;rubber sleeve&quot; works like a charm and leaves the cable itself unaltered, which I like. Think I will stick with that for now.</p><p>I also like the ideas of using velcro or magnets heatshrinked to the plugs.<br>Please post photos or link to own `ible here!</p><p>Regards</p>
<p> Great idea! Nice, simple, cheap and effective. I think a good alternative to the bicycle tube would be a velcro strip with epoxy on the back to ensure that it stays on, so that way it's easier to take apart the cable :)</p>
<p>Elegant and simple. Cool.</p>
<p>I like it!</p><p>Look at a clear glue called E 6000.</p><p>it is the best multi purpose glue ever.</p><p>made by Fabricado por Eclectric Products</p><p> i buy this in 10.5 oz Caulking gun tubes. the E6001 is a slower thicker version.</p><p>Just LOVE this !</p><p>Slim</p>
<p>Simple, but very cool!</p>
<p>Sweet. I will try it</p>
<p>Sweet. I will try it</p>
<p>very nice.</p>
H2Hold by Devcon would be a good glue
Awesome idea and easy to carry, thanks
I guess using velcro (a side on each plug) would be neater and slicker.
I'd assume rubber cement would work
I'm with you! I love the simplicity of this!
<p>+1</p>

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