Cordotz clear cable confusion

Reader Tomas recently tipped me off to Cordotz, a cable organizing solution.

I really like the cord identifier straps and the cord identifier buttons for labeling and controlling the mess under your desk or behind the television. Pre-printed labels come with each package, and you can also print your own labels with their DIY sheet. A pack of 10 buttons or straps sells for $10. Oddly, to purchase the items, you need to click on the “locate” tab on the homepage.

25 Comments for “Cordotz clear cable confusion”

  1. posted by Pete on

    Or, better yet, a cheaper and less Unitasky solution:
    Masking Tape and a Marker!
    For $3 at your local store of choice, you can mark up every single cable in your house, even if you’re a electronics fiend with cables stored in boxes “Just in Case you need them someday.”
    You could even use Different color markers to mark the tape for easy identification.

  2. posted by deb on

    I use velcro ties in various colors, I get them at the dollar store in packs of 5 or 8 or something like that. I also label every cable at both ends with my Brother label maker. It makes moving, cleaning or re-arranging so much easier, in addition to being so much neater every day.

  3. posted by Joe on

    I disagree…I tried the whole tape thing and it bacame a sticky mess. The heat from my computer made the adhesive melt, my cat was chewing on them and they just looks cheap. I oredered these a couple of weeks ago and they are Awesome!. The parts were high quality, they look and function perfectly. Also, besides the icons tabs they include some DIY tabs so you can label anything! Actually I even used them to organize all kinds of stuff around the house. I tried them and I am sold on them!

  4. posted by ageekymom on

    I use my Brother label maker too, especially for non-descript power adapters/chargers. A heck of a lot cheaper than a dollar a pop!

  5. posted by Sara on

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I agree there are probably cheaper ways of doing this, but the dots look so convenient and fun. :)

  6. posted by Millie on

    I really like this. As someone with a million cables beside my bed, chargers and all sorts it could really help me sort them out. Thanks!

  7. posted by Pete on

    @Joe
    What kind of Tape did you use? I admit, any duct-tape style labeling becomes an awful mess. But, I would think that white masking tape will not do that.

  8. posted by Joe on

    I have tried many different types of tape. Some work better than others but I like things to look clean and simple. Especially for the cords that are visible. Here is an example where tape just doesn’t cut it: My wife and I have the similar cellphone cords and we charge them on the kitchen counter. We snapped and Dotz Identifier on each (mine is red hers is blue). Now we can easily identify which cord belongs to who and it looks nice sitting out. We also orderd the Cord Wraps by Dotz to get rid of the extra cord…Now it looks neat, uncluttered, and Stylish. As I mentioned above we have found all kinds of uses for these around the house. We clipped them onto our kids backpacks, sporting equipment, art supply pail (handles), water bottle straps, etc. etc. It is just a great little self contained unit for identifing things. Tape just doesn’t cut it for me anymore!

  9. posted by Cat on

    Joe and Pete sound (sounds? Suspect it’s the same poster) like a set-up to promote these things. Similar odd capitalization of non-proper nouns, and a little too enthusiastic… suspicious.

    Looks like a convenient product, although I think using two colored sticky dots (the type designed for pricetags at garage sales, I think) back-to-back around each cord for an item would work fine, possibly with a twist-tie (either normal grocery store type or the rugged, plastic type with teeth), to which another dot of the same color could be affixed, to keep several together.

  10. posted by Celeste on

    I think it’s kind of cool. The labeling items would outlast a lot of the appliances that they are attached to and then you could just re-use them.

    Masking tape becomes very dry and brittle over time and will just break off and leave a residue that is hard to clean off. The adhesive is only meant for temporary use.

  11. posted by L. on

    Pretty!

  12. posted by Scott on

    I like the idea, but the problem I’ve always had with items like this is that there is always one or more devices I have that don’t fit any of the preset labels/icons – so I either have to rely on code (this icon means this unrelated item), or I have to create my own (which largely defeats the purpose). I couldn’t tell if these had blank labels that would let you write/draw on them, since the darn flash animations went too fast to really tell what was on them…

    As a side note, I always take a black sharpie and write on the black powerbrick on any of my devices as to what device it goes with. It works really well – it can’t be seen normally, but whenever I unplug multiple devices, it keeps me from trying to figure out which black cord goes with which device.

  13. posted by Luisa on

    Some cheap masking tape will get sticky too. Try painter’s tape or white electric tape. Or twisty tie poke thru a small piece of paper.

  14. posted by tabatha on

    i’ll have to remember this, my boyfriend has an enormous cord mess by the tv where he has his server hooked up and pretty much everything else electronic is hooked up to the server, including two or three other computers, a game system, internet phone, and god knows what else. thats also where several other things are plugged in into two different surge protectors, including a lamp, tv, Wii, and probably some other stuff. its a huge mess, and i hate looking at it. i actually knocked the sensor too the wii behind the tv and can’t get to it b/c of all the cords.

  15. posted by luxcat5 on

    I also use inexpensive velcro cable ties, but I use rectangular mailing labels wrapped around each tie and then stuck back onto itself to make a tab I can write on. they seem to tear off without residue later on if I need to replace them

  16. posted by Another Deb on

    This might be the place to ask a question I have been wondering about for several years now. Didn’t we all used to be worried about overloading circuits? The safety pictures would show “octopus” outlets that were dreaded fire hazards. What happened since those days? I have a power strip on half my outlets and my electronic cables look eerily similar to an “octopus” in several locations. How can a household NOT have that nowadays, but are we playing with ..er.. fire?

  17. posted by Ellis on

    @scott they do have blank ones.
    I like them and may get some when I’m in an OCD mood. Are there other, less expensive ways of doing this? yep. Do they look scruffy in comparison? yep. Do they play on our desire for cuteness? Yep…

  18. posted by alfora on

    One thing that I don’t get is why do these things help “unclutter” the cable mess?

    Dont’t get me wrong. I love cable binders and things to unclutter the cables and put them out of sight. But where is the need to label them? As shown in the picture we are talking about cables that you plug in once and leave them in peace for a year or much longer. How often do you guys change your computers, monitors, printers, scanners, or desk-lamps?

    I usually plug them into a switchable power strip, bind the cables together with standard cable binders and forget about them for a long time. I just don’t see a reason to put labels on all the cables.

  19. posted by Julian on

    @”Joe” – Nice try lol.

  20. posted by timgray on

    @deb – Problem is most homes are built with not enough outlets even today. The other problem is that we all need 40 gadgets that all use a tiny amount of power but needs to be plugged in. So we are stuck with the power strip and 30 items plugged into a single outlet.

    A TV location needs to be wired with 4 outlets and the cable tv, ethernet,phone, and speaker connections. Most people cut this to save a couple of bucks for that trendy hunter green stove they will replace in 4 years or to upgrade to cultured marble counter tops. So homes are not built right with the proper wiring installed. Also many homes are not built with a integrator as a part of the build process but use the electrician. electricians know nothing about low voltage or what entertainment systems need so they never do it right.

    A properly built home will not have the wire clutter we see today in many homes where the needed wiring was never installed.

    Finally most power strips are safe as they have circuit breakers in them to trip and shut it all off if there is a problem.. It’s not like the low grade fire hazards of the last decade.

  21. posted by Peg Bracken Fan on

    We use bread tabs (the kind that are longer than they are wide) and a Sharpie to label cables. The holes in the bread tabs are just the right size to lock on to the cables.

    Alfora, we are always unplugging and replugging something in in our circa-1900 home, so it really helps to know just what that cable goes to.

  22. posted by Rebecca on

    I find anything with adhesive to become a bigger problem than solution after a while. Once time and heat are introduced, the adhesive melts or dries up or the label becomes brittle and falls off (useless). I like the idea of being able to label and confine all the cables in one area with this handy doo-dad.
    Another advantage to the labeling is especially helpful for the TV and all its components. Once you unplug the DVD player or Wii or whatever, it seems impossible to get it put back together properly without written instructions or a drawn map to reconfigure the original set up. While these are probably a bit more than I’d like to spend, I’m sure the competition will come up with a more affordable option soon ;)
    Thanks for another uniquely useful post

  23. posted by Craig on

    I use coloured insulation tape, a bag of six different colours is 99p over here and as it is insulation tape it doesn’t melt.

    By combining colours you instantly get 36 unique cable identifiers. I have laid out offices with it and factory shopfloors.

    Cheap’n’easy because I am cheap’n’lazy :)

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  25. posted by Anne on

    This is cool, although for years I’ve been using little post-it’s and clear tape for labeling cords. I get the 1/2 inch by 2 inch paper “flags” that usually come 5 colors to a package at Staples, Target, etc. I write the name of the appliance in tiny writing on one end of the note, then wrap it around the cord. I secure that by wrapping clear tape around it, and I label (and color coordinate) both ends of the cord and brick as well. Has worked like a charm for me, and I’ve never had any problems with the adhesive melting since the post-it glue is subtle, and the clear tape is sticking mostly to the post-it note.

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