You reach for your earbuds already knowing they are a tangled mess, but you don’t know any different. Why are they always tangled? The guys behind Kordl are trying to start a tangle free revolution with their Christie Street project. Having met with some Christie Street reps at CES, they have been keeping me updated on their new projects and were nice enough to send over a working prototype of the new tangle preventing clip of plastic…

I must admit, after checking out the funding page, I was extremely skeptical about a thumbnail size of plastic promising to eliminate my tangle woes. However, after only a few minutes with Kordl, I am sufficiently sold. In fact, my wife and I already bickered about who gets to keep it after my review.

It is a simple concept, although this is the first time I have seen a prototype like the Kordl. Many companies sell a form of fancified twist tie or maybe a rubber strap, but Kordle remains on your headphones between uses. J2 Product Development designed a double barreled system where one side of Kordl holds the headphone cable between the 3.5mm plug and the earbud “Y” split. The second barrel is large enough to hold both headphone cables but tight enough they will not slip out.

To use your earbuds, leave the first side attached to the bottom of the cord, below the split, and pull out the buds. Then, when finished, push both headphone cords into the second side. No matter how tangled the cable gets in your pocket, it simply falls straight when you pull it apart. Unfortunately, the prototype seems to only fit OEM Apple buds and pods, as it does not work with my Logitech buds.


The project is seeking crowd sourced funding on Christie Street with a required buy-in of 3 units at $2.50ea and a goal of $25,000. With around 30 days left, it is best to jump now if you want to support the project. The Christie Street advantage is the product has already gone through manufacturing audits and confirms delivery times if the project is funded. After using a prototype model, if this is funded, I expect to see these little guys everywhere.

I think this is a great idea… but to make their $25,000 goal, J2 will need to sell 10,000 units. That is a long ride with on a short time frame. What do you guys think? Is this a great idea or simply a novelty? I guess I have to give mine to my wife now.

  • Joe

    These look interesting and useful (but not really). Something that has helped with keeping my Klipsch headphones untangled (and my fiance’s Apple earbuds untangled) is this: http://pinterest.com/pin/192317846557274792/

    Yeah, it’s more time consuming, but wrapping the headphones in embroidery floss has been an absolute godsend. It gives the cord a rope-like quality so there’s never a tangled mess.

  • jorith

    Not sure what all the tangle talk is about here. I have had my apple earplugs for over 2 years now, they still look as new and rarely get tangled up.

    • Mine still look like new but I always throw them in my pocket or in my backpack. The result? They always get tangled and I have to spend 30 seconds untangling them every time. If the Kordl can save me these 30 seconds, then I might be sold 🙂

      • Definitely agree with you there.

      • agree!

        and did one of you folks ever tried other earbuds (on combination with other phones, of course 😉 ) ?
        i had have sony ericson before i switched to iphone late 2009 and that earbud cables came from hell !!! they tangled like they were made of glue and i was rather going crazy untangling them….

      • jorith

        guess i can see your point. Just never had this problem. but if it helps, this solution seems cheap enough.

  • No more tangled earbuds after taking them out of my pocket. Yay!
    But now I have to convince the skeptics, my mom lol

  • Just pledged. Lets see if it gets enough backers 🙂

  • will this work with the ADDIEM?