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Picture of USB memory stick recoil keyring
Don't risk damage to the USB port on your company's computer!
Don't forget your USB stick when you go home!
Don't lose the cap to your memory stick!
Make a stick-on memory stick recoil recall reel.

(Update: see also versions II and IIIversions II and III)
 
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Step 1: Parts

I found this recoil keyring in my local cobblers for UKP2.50. They are really good quality -chromed metal and thick cord. If i could change anything about this keyring, I'd have a weaker spring - after all the idea is just to gather the cord when the memory stick is put away, whereas recoil keyrings have to be strong enough to lift the key.

This model came with a belt clip, which I basically yanked off with some pliers and straightened with a mini vise.

Note, the picture is a mock-up. This was the first attempt, where I cut off the metal bead from the end of the cord, and it promptly disappeared inside the casing!

The memory stick I used is a bytestor, which I chose for the fact it has a keyring loop on both the body and the cap.

Step 2: Attaching

First I minidrilled a couple of holes in the cap and in the former belt-clip and lashed them together using spare cord. This seemed nice and strong but rattled a little and allowed too much freedom of movement (I figured it might catch on something in my pocket or bag) so I added a "sticky fixer" (double sided adhesive pad). Note that only the cap is stuck to the reel body, though I've offset it so that the metal reel obscures as much as possible of the memory stick (less leverage = smaller forces = longer durability).

Step 3: Finish

Picture of Finish
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I attached the cord to the business end of the stick by minidrilling with a wire-gauge bit, threading the cord, and tying a stopper knot.
hassi6 years ago
American Science & Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com/) carries what they're calling, "reel pens." The pens aren't worth a tinker's damn, but the reels fit the bill ideally for this Instructable. 4 for $2.95 (item no. 37784).

Bad part is with the shipping they're boosted up to 4 for $8.90 ($2.22 apiece).

Good thing is that you can always buy more of their neat stuff without driving the shipping cost through the roof.
Derin hassi5 years ago
well,the shipping prices i get from online electronics stores are through the roof,as in 26 dollars for something thats normally like 50 cents
Darkshot6 years ago
i like it
Chavez00016 years ago
I have to say this is a clever solution for people who lose caps and hate to have a heavy load hanging on the usb port from all the keys. major props to you sweavo. usb manufacturers should adopt this solution.
sweavo (author)  Chavez00016 years ago
Thanks! If any of those manufacturers wanna contact me, I already have refinements in mind :-)
Punkguyta6 years ago
Well, buying a usb extension cord and carrying that in your pocket wouldn't be easier?? -Punk
sweavo (author)  Punkguyta6 years ago
I don't think it would be easier - it would be bulkier than this solution and it doesn't stay on the keyring so would get lost.
umm.. what? cool? :-\ looks cool :-|?