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I have seen many people wrap cellphone charges and other such electronics cables in paracord. I really like the idea, but any cables I have ever broken, break where the cable meats the plug, not in the middle. This is especially common with my headphones, they always break right at the jack. So I decided to save myself some time and just reinforce the heads of my cables. The different colors also help me to easily identify the cables.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

The first step is to gather the needed supplies.
You will need:
1. The cable you are going to wrap. In my case this was a 6' HDMI cable.
2. The paracord you want to use for the wrap. I used two 4' scraps of blaze orange.
3. Something to cut the paracord with, I just used a pocket knife.
4. And something to melt the paracord with, in my case I used a Zippo. 
<p>Easy-breezy! And it helps hold my charge cable on the table/bed/wherever I put it! Pretty in Pink!</p>
<p>Doesn't have to be done with paracord. I've actually done this with wool (acrylic). It takes more to produce the same length (6' rather than 2') but it still works the same.</p>
<p>took about 24&quot; of cord to make a 2&quot; long grip...thanks for the instructable.</p>
<p>Depending on the cable, shrink-tubing is also an inexpensive, quick and easy solution for cable reinforcement. </p>
I just found this item, but all the ones i see have been tubes you put the tubing through. That wouldnt work with the ends of the tube intact. How do you do it, what size to you get it in, please post some photos.
<p>Sorry for the very late reply, lots of work. Here are a few pictures with shrink-tubed cables. You can use needle nose pliers to stretch the tubing a bit so it fits, it's a pretty sturdy material. </p>
Where does one find bits of paracord? Or any paracord for that matter?
<p>Camping section in walmart</p>
<p>paracord planet is great source especially if you wait on the specials</p>
<p>Your local Craft store has tons of it.</p>
Amazon. Try local craft places like hobby lobby.
<p>I have a Macbook charger that I needed to reinforce because the wiring was becoming exposed. I wrapped it up with rubber splicing tape and then used paracord to finish it off.</p>
Any success stories with this.<br><br>Photos also welcome.
<p>Replacement cords are cheap: 99 cents free shipping.</p><p><a href="http://www.banggood.com/Universal-Noodle-V8-Interface-Data-Cable-For-Cellphones-With-Package-p-82399.html?p=NY231218164622015065" rel="nofollow">Micro USB data cable.</a></p>
<p>yes, but those cables cant provide a strong enough current for current hungry devices.</p>
Maybe so. But point is, that if you need one, these are about as cheap as they get. I am sure they will work fine for standard charging rates. Now the 9.6v 1.5A that samsung devices use for adaptive charging may not be supported.
<p>Actually Adaptive Fast Charging works fine with any cable...but the Galaxy S4 was a fussy phone, you have the wrong cable and it takes hours to charge. The S6 on the other hand can fast charge over any cable as long as you have the fast charger.<br><br>(Source: I have the S4 and S6)</p>
<p>Sugru, makes a perfect elastic soft-rubber-like repair, is cheap and instant. And comes in colours.</p>
Admittedly, I have not made this yet as I cannot see it helping for the phone cords I use. Using only the sheath the cord would lose its bulk and therefore it's rigidity making it more decorative than functional. Second, unless it was glued to the cord's plug it would just slide off and become a nuisance ....
<p>Nicely done! And a good idea, everyone knows you're supposed to pull them out by the plug, but the kids, the wife, and even I occasionally get absent minded about that.<br><br>Now if I can only figure out a way to keep my Dachshunds from enjoying chewing wires. They slowed down after one of them got a nasty electrical burn from chewing on a live 120VAC power cord, but they still do it. (Dachshunds are well known for two things: stubborn/hard to train and barking too much!)</p>
<p>Apply something that tastes bitter to the cords. </p><p>Use google to find an essential oil your dogs won't like and wipe the cords with that.</p>
<p>Dogs are notorious for chewing phone cables. Some actually get <em>addicted </em>to the 50V buzz and will keep returning to the same cable, no matter how often you've replaced it.</p>
<p>+1: Barking too much...but still love my minis!!!</p>
<p>Yeah, mine are two minis, litter mates, and practically inseparable. One growled at the vet when the other had to go in back with the vet for a minor procedure.<br><br>It's a love hate thing, though their barking when an intruder comes on my property is handy. I call them my Paradox. I'm making them a pair of Paracord Paradox collars soon. One is red with black overlay, and the other is Doberman markings. We tell people she was washed in hot water.</p>
<p>Great little dogs nonetheless! My female recently had a single puppy which turned out to be a blue coat with blue eyes! Funny as they are both black and brown coat.</p>
My chihuahua barks too much as well. Perhaps its song of our people that they are singing.
<p>good idea..</p>
İts very good idea??
<p>I managed to get the pattern after a few online video tutorials. I am curious how you managed as tight a weave as you did. Still, it's nice seeing the green cable come through, and I'm happy with it. Thanks for the instructable! </p>
<p>Is it really paracord? does not look like, maybe is why it is not so tight?</p>
<p>yup, paracord... just follow the directions and remove the core. (it collapses on itself). and tightens up nicely. </p>
<p>Looks good. I am sorry if I wasn't really clear on how to do the weave. I was able to make it as tight as I did because I gutted the paracord. This made it much thinner and so I was able to push it very close together. You won't be able to do this if you are using accessory cord, 350 cord or something else that is solid core, but it really doesn't effect the finished product.</p>
Thanks for posting. I would still be cursing the broken cords.
<p>In the very top image the inner strands of the paracord have been removed, thats why it appears to tight. </p>
<p>You have got to grab the top and push down to make it as tight as possible.</p>
<p>I <strong>like </strong>this. At a well-stocked craft store, one can get sufficiently varied colors so that different types of cable are readily identified. They may all have USB Type A on one end, but the color tells you immediately what to expect on the other end when cables are grouped together.</p>
<p>Heat-shrink tubing is a lot easier and works even better.</p>
<p>I have used heat-shrink in the past but, sometimes the size required to get over plugs (at either end) means that it doesn't shrink down enough.</p>
<p>Really, really excellent and elegant idea! Wrap a molded wad of Sugru to where it abuts the connector and you've got some serious security too.</p><p>A keeper for sure.</p>
<p>Why not use rexlace? http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Kids-Crafts-Activities/Crafts/Primary-Rexlace-Value-Pack/p/24308</p>
Paracord is awesome. Sugru works well too. But in comparison to paracord its more expensive. I have been doing my cords like this, as much to fix as to mark them. When we have a family get together, everyone has multiple cords. Mine seem to disappear! But marking them helps.
I use cold melt hlue sticks. I pur them in my glue gun, and just built up the area, smoothing as I went. I went as far as I felt I needed to make a gentle arc. I also built it up at an angle so it's easy to see the right way to plug it in.
Glue not hlue, and put not pur. Had the keyboard on French.
<p>Great idea and nicely done! Another solution I've used is Sugru at the plug ends..........it's a miracle material and inexpensive.</p>
Good idea. I usually put 2 inches of krazy glue on each end. It's invisible, only takes a few seconds and lasts forever.
<p>thanx</p>
All you have to do is pull out the cord by the end and don't pull wishing the cable. Problem solved
I've successfully used electrical tape and heat shrink. The reason for the electrical tape is due to the fact I had to use a larger diameter of heat shrink to slide over the connector. This way, you cover equal parts of the connector and wire, where they meet. The heat shrink connects the two pieces, providing one surface to pull on to remove the connector from the device. <br><br>I've done this on all of our cords and haven't replaced any since. <br><br>There are many alternatives to use to reduce or eliminate this issue.
This is the result with 50cm of cord, with about 2x4cm of waste :) thank's!!

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