Pros: A fairly easy to use cord manager that compacts your headphone cord down to a shorter length, holding it inside a slinky-like clear coil.

Review: Power Support Cord Gatherer

Cons: Twice the price of other good cord management options we’ve previously reviewed.

Power Support rarely dives into the “novelty” market, so we were confused when we first saw Cord Gatherer ($10), a clear, thin Slinky-like tube sold as a cord management tool for the iPod. Each unit ships with a string inside, so we puzzled for a few minutes trying to figure out what the use was for the string or the Slinky – it didn’t help that our only instructions were in Japanese.

Once we looked at the English-language instructions on Power Support’s American web site, Cord Gatherer made sense. You fold your iPod’s headphone cord over itself three times, feed it through the core of the Slinky, and then attach two hooks onto the cord’s and Cord Gatherer’s ends. Done properly, the Gatherer holds your iPod’s cabling at any short length you prefer, then adjusts to different lengths simply by releasing the hooks and reducing the amount of cord the Gatherer holds inside. Our photos are sharpened to show how the cord fits inside.

Review: Power Support Cord Gatherer

There are several advantages to this design: Cord Gatherer is clear, simple, and adds little fashion risk or bulk while managing your headphone cords. We’ve actually used it for a few weeks now and liked both how it looks and works. But at $10, it’s twice the price of Sumajin’s perfectly good SmartWrap (iLounge rating: B), which for $5 does the same thing as Cord Gatherer, and has similar advantages – plus the disadvantage of offering no protection for the iPod’s earbuds, like Audio Outfitters’ earPod (iLounge rating: B).

Review: Power Support Cord Gatherer

Pricing is therefore the major culprit for our limited recommendation here. If you’re looking for a cord management solution and SmartWrap doesn’t do, consider earPod and Cord Gatherer as alternatives.

Our Rating

Limited Recommendation

Company and Price

Company: Power Support


Model: Power Support Cord Gatherer

Price: $10.00

Compatible: All iPods

Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.