Always Find a Charging Cord’s Right-Side-Up by Adding a Tactile Pad

By Jason Fitzpatrick on April 7th, 2011

It’s late, the lights are already out, and you realize you didn’t plug in your phone to charge. Avoid in-the-dark fumbling by using felt to give your charging cord a tactile right-side-up marker.

Some charging cords have distinct markings you can feel with your fingers–the USB symbol on the top side of many cords, for example, is imprinted deep enough to easily feel–other cords have no marking or markings that are so light as to be difficult to feel in the dark. Electronics and DIY blog Unpluggd shares a simple hack: attach a little felt disk, used for protecting tables tops from the bottom of decorative items, to the side that goes up. In the middle of the night you can feel the correct side and plug it in without a problem.

If you’re not a fan of putting a little fuzzy felt disk on the charger you could always substitute in something else that is equally as tactile, say, a triangle of skateboard grip tape. Hit up the link below for more photos.

Charging in the Dark: Right Side Up For Cell Chargers [ApartmentTherapy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/7/11
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