These Products Make Using Extension Cords Less Annoying

Savvy solutions to your extension-cord grievances.

Extension cords are a pain in the tuchus. Ever try to wind one around your bare arm when it’s, like, zero degrees? That’s the worst, one of those simple tasks sure to make you feel inept. With a good cable winder or reel, the same task is less of a headache. So if you’re looking to scrap your old-school, loose-hanging cord for something better, want a basic winder for use on the go, or just need a simple strap for storing extension cords neatly in the garage, these solutions have you covered. All that said, if you’re rounding up unwieldy cables in below-freezing weather, you’ve probably got bigger problems, like frostbite.

Iron Forge Cable Reel With Electrical Outlets

30 Ft Extension Cord Reel
This reel has a water-resistant 14-gauge extension cable and built-in surge protection. It’s available with 30- and 50-foot lengths of cable.Amazon

If you’ve ever thought a plain old extension cord is decidedly old school and you’d like to bring outlets directly to wherever you’re working, the Iron Forge cable reel is for you. It’s a cord, reel, and outlets all in one. Simply direct the three-pronged grounded plug into a household wall receptacle and carry the reel with you as far as 50 feet. With four outlets at your disposal, you’ll be in business, wondering why you ever wasted time with anything else.

Bayco Cord Storage Reel With Stand

Bayco K-100 Cord Storage Reel
This basic reel is great at the jobsite as well as the racetrack, where you don’t want to waste valuable seat time untangling an extension cord.Amazon

This basic free-standing plastic reel can hold as much as 150 feet of electrical cable. With a carrying handle, wide base, and side-mounted arm, it’s a straightforward way to manage extension cords. For trackday enthusiasts, this inexpensive reel is a handy partner for tire warmers and other powered equipment and, when not in use, keeping your motorcycle hauler neatly organized.

EastPin Extension-Cord Storage Strap

Extension Cord Holder Storage Straps
Velcro strapping keeps extension cords tidy, and a metal grommet makes hanging easy and secure.Amazon

For home mechanics who only want to hang an extension cord from a hook on a pegboard or tool chest, this adjustable Velcro strap with a metal grommet is a simple solution. Sold in packs of six in four sizes, these 900-denier ballistic-nylon straps are great not only for extension cords but also for garden hoses and other types of cables used around the house and in the garage.