Nov 28, 2014
So, if you’ve been keeping tabs on our hardware reviews, you probably know that my latest rallying cry is organization. Yes, through all the fantastic accessories — and especially amid all the cables we use to power said accessories — we could all definitely use a helper or two when it comes to corralling the requisite wire.
Enter Recoil Automatic Cord Winders.
Its premise is quite simple: it looks to reduce clutter/promote organization by creating a method to “wind up” cables. Think of those extensible cables that one tugs on to make retract. Well, the Recoil Winders kind of takes that concept and runs with it. And, oh, it promises to do so without the ignominy of tangles and such.
The review box the manufacturer sent reveals an unassuming set of items; the winders come in three general sizes, and come in several different colors. The three pack set also has a storage rack to put the Winders in. Outside the box, the Winders look somewhat like a groovy roll of tape sans the tape. The inner barrel rotates on a spring axis, and has a clip. Now, the way it works is that the user takes cable he/she already owns and inserts it unto the Winder.
To use it one with my USB cord, I folded it into per the instructions, and hooked it unto the unit. The piece automatically winds up the cord when the ends are pulled down, creating a tidy roll-up. Pulling upwards releases it, and releasing the tug locks the unit.
I tried it with several different cords… earbuds, charging cables, audio cables and more. Each time, the unit worked as advertised. My biggest concern is based off the “old school” all-in-one units, that almost always broke and/or gave in to kinks, but so far, the Recoil Winders have been flawless.
Big ups to the manufacturer for just about hitting the Golden Accessory Trifecta: price, choice and functionality. They’re intuitive in design, and the ability to use them with one’s existing arsenal is priceless.