Coiled USB cables are becoming increasingly popular nowadays! Not only do they help with extending the length of the cable but they also provide more flexibility without damaging the actual wires. And who doesn’t like a more aesthetic USB cable! Rather than buying one from the market, you could just follow this DIY to make your very own coiled USB cable at home from scratch! If you’re interested, read more to find out how it is made.
Products needed for this DIY project:
- USB cable
- Paracord Type 3
- Heat shrink tubes
- GX16 connector
- Plastic or metal tube
Let’s get started with our DIY project!
Before you start, make sure that the USB cord that you have bought fits in your PC. Once that is done, take a plastic or metal rod and coil the USB cord around it. Once it has reached the desired length, cut the excess off carefully.
Now take a paracord sleeved cable and cut it to the length of your USB cord. Pull out all the yarn from inside the sleeve so that it’s hollow from the inside. Now put the USB cable into the paracord sheath. Repeat the same process for the other half of the cable. You can even put some heat shrink tubes to secure the sleeves and to give it a more aesthetic and clean appearance.
Now take this newly wrapped cable and tape one end of it onto the metal or plastic rod. Now coil it around the rod as right as possible just like you did in the first step. You can even apply some heat to this structure to strengthen the intermolecular bonds. Once this is done, set it aside and wait for it to cool down.
Now it’s time to connect the GX16 connector to the cable. First, you need to disassemble both the male and female connectors. Next, remove the cable from the rod. If you’ve done the previous steps properly, the coil will retain its shape. Solder the respective wires of the cable to the connectors. Secure the connectors with heat sleeves too! Finally, reassemble the GX16 connector.
Now to tighten the coil even more we will have to reintroduce some tension by deforming its shape which can be achieved by reversing the direction of the coil. Tape one end of the coil on the rod and start cooling it around the rod in the opposite direction carefully. Once you remove your coil from the rod it will be super tight and springy! Connect the two halves of the cable using the connector and you’re done!
Your very own coiled USB cable is now complete! It is amazing to see the countless things that can be created at home! Many people would rush to the market to buy a product like this but now you can make it yourself at home! What is so unique about DIY projects is that you can customize them in any way, shape, or form that you want so let your imagination run wild. Enjoy your latest creation!
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