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Tech Tip #1 - Feb. 2016:

How to Manage Your "Wall Warts" (Chargers, Power Supplies and Adapters)

Most people own or have owned more than two or three (in most cases MANY) electronic devices (like cordless phones, digital cameras, cell phones, tablets, Personal Computers, Image Scanners, Printers, IP Cameras). If that description fits you, you probably have a bunch of "wall warts" sitting in drawers all over your house. If you have ever moved, you have probably accidentally separated one of more of the devices from their chargers or power supplies. This is frustrating because eventually you collect all the adapters, chargers and power supplies into one place and can't figure out which one goes with which device. If this resonates with you at all, read on.

Most people have one or more bank accounts, credit cards, store loyalty cards or ID cards of some sort, most of which have a finite expriation date on them. Once you get the new card in the mail you must dispose of the old card. But if you're like me you don't want to just shred it or throw it into the trash. You want to re-task it for other uses. As a musician I have several "credit card guitar picks" which I fashioned from expired bank cards and store loyalty cards, but how many guitar picks does a musician REALLY need? I had to find another use for those expired cards. Then it hit me - I could solve two problems at once! This article tells exactly how I tag all my "wall warts" to identify what they go to and get rid of all those expired cards at the same time. Follow these steps and you will never again wonder "What does this wall wart go to anyway?"

What You Need:

  • A bunch of wall warts

    Photo of a pile of wall warts
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  • Some Credit Cards, Debit Cards, ID Cards, Store Loyalty Cards or Membership Cards.

    A pile of expired Credit Cards, ID Cards, Loyalty Cards, Membership Cards
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  • Some simple tools:
    Scissors, Hole Punch, Zip Ties (otherwise known as cable ties) and a Fine Point Permanent Marker ("Sharpie")
    Photo of tools you will need to label your wall warts
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Making the Tags

Cut Your Cards

We start by deciding how large you need your tags to be. You can cut the Credit Card or ID Card in quarters or in sixths.
image of card being cut in half
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Round the Corners

I almost always end up cutting mine into 1/6 card size.
image of rounding the cornder
As you can see from my little pile of tags, I'm making this set of tags small. No matter what size you make your tags, you should always round the corners because the corners can be quite sharp.

Poke a Hole

Poke the hole in the tags using a hole punch. Depending on the card it may take a substantial amount of pressue. image of using a hole punch to poke a hole in a piece of an ID card
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Finished Tag

Here's the tag, ready to write on. image of a tag with a hole punched in it
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Write Your Label

How large you make your tag might have to do with how tiny you can print and how fine point your permanant markers are. There are several sizes of sharpie markers available in Office Supply stores.
image of writing on the tag
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Labeling Your Devices

Attach the Tag

Using a zip tie, position the tag on the cable in an area you are likely to see it. Some people like it near the transformer end, others like it neear the device plug end.
image of attaching a label
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Voila! Installed!

This is the installed tag before cutting off the excess zip tie.
image of installed tag
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Trim the Zip Tie

I prefer using side-cutters (a.k.a. diagonals) to cut off the excess, but scissors will also do. image of trimming the cable tie
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Finished Tag

image of completed tag
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All Items Tagged

Now we know what everything goes to! image of a bunch of tagged chargers and adapters
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