How do you store your earphones?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by gheat93, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. gheat93 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    San Francisco
    I'm wondering how everyone carries their earphones on the go? I generally coil them up and keep them in my pocket - a little crude I know - and perhaps consequently, the cables invariably break.
    How do you all carry your earphones whilst out? Do you have similar experiences to myself, or have you figured out a way to prolong the life of earphone cable?
    I'm looking forward to your responses :)
  2. StephenAndrew macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Same here, coiled in pocket or in any bag/backpack I'm carrying. I really only use them when I'm either working out, hiking or motorcycling, so I rarely need to store them on the go. I've been using the same pair of Shure earphones for almost 3 years now, they don't seem to mind how I store them.
  3. Psant macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    My Klipsch S2Ms came with a little felt carrying pouch, so in that. I used to have some Skullcandies and I went through two pairs in a year by just coiling and throwing them in my backpack. I've learned to be more careful.
  4. Stevomcgee macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm on my third pair of these crappy headphones and I didn't want to buy anything so I made this out of an old contact case. Does the job.
  5. computerinfo macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2008
    I stick my vibe duos in a zip lock bag. Works well.
  6. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Nice, MacGyver :D
  7. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    My Skullcandy FMJ's came with a case like this and they seem to be holding up great: [​IMG] My iPod shuffle fits great inside of there too along with some extra foam tips.
  8. crhudy1985 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2009
    It depends on which earphones. I have a nice pair of sonys I keep in the pouch they came in with my shuffle. I put my apple earbuds coiled up in a small pouch on the side of my purse to be easily accessible.
  9. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Someone needs to invent a better way to store earphones.
  10. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
  11. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
  12. jbennardo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    I usually just coil them up as well. Usually a bigger loop so they don't stick like that.
  13. TurdFerguson macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    My v-moda's came with this pouch. It works out great. The difference in size in my pocket doesn't bug me and I think that is the biggest thing for me. Also they don't get tangled as easily.
  14. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Ultimate ears includes the crush proof case for their higher end model; works great:


    Alicia Keys also uses the case for her custom set that she uses on stage's probably good enough for me :D

  15. hchavarria macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    My Bose in-ear came with a small carrying case for them so I just store them there.
  16. BearsFan34 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2007
    Chicagoland, IL
    I have the latest iteration of the Apple IEMs. I just use the triangular case they came in.

    Also carry around the stock 'buds as a backup pair, coiled up like shown in a video posted earlier.
  17. fk51785 macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    South Florida
  18. cwerdna macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California
    Ziploc snack size bags

    I keep mine in Ziploc (usually generic equivalent) snack size bags. It at least keeps them apart and being tangled w/other stuff. I usually end up carrying both a regular set of buds for my iPod Classic + the set w/mic + buttons for my iPhone.

    I wish more earbuds with come with windup cases like AGES ago, all Sony earbuds would come with them.
  19. malnar macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Those hard bends in the wire may be why you're going through so many of them. Not only should wire not bend at sharp 90 degree angles like that, it's also pulling the wires from where they're soldered in the headphones and mic. Wind the wires around your fingers and store them in something protective and you'll find they last a lot longer, I bet. (Altoids or Eclipse mints tins are just the right size, by the way, and pretty protective.)
  20. zeeflyboy macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2009
    brilliant... that's exactly the sort of thing I have been looking for, cheers!
  21. wattsja macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009
  22. Stevomcgee macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2010
    You're absolutely right but that's probably not the reason they keep crapping out on me. I like to run with these earphones so my sweat gets into the mic which causes all kinds of problems before I even pack them up. I'm currenty engineering a solution for wrapping up the mic/remote so I could still use it for running. My first attempt involved a cut out zip lock bag but I didn't have a proper seal so the sweat actually gathered inside the bag so now I'm working on another way to seal up the ends of the small bag. I'll probably stop using the contact case but since I can pretty much get a replacement for free(warranty) whenever I want I'll keep trying out creative solutions.
  23. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    How about just wrapping the mic/remote part with kitchen Cling Wrap?
  24. extrachrispy macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2009
    Austin, Texas
    Hey, I'm not the only one! :)

    I coil mine up neatly around my fingers, and then slide the coil into the snack bag. They come back out neat enough to be easily uncoiled and used in the dark.

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