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Feb 11, 2014 22:27 |  #1

I have a couple of AB1600 with stands and Vagabond power packs. Now the power cord from the strobe is quite long (15ft) and I have tried a number of things to keep the cord "out of the way" but nothing seems to work well. When I move the stand the cord ends up dragging and I do not want to trip over it. I have tried twist ties, elastic bands and zip ties. The zip ties are ok but I've like something reusable.

What are somethings others are using?




  
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Feb 11, 2014 22:49 |  #2

You can buy some Velcro wraps at your local OSH, Lowes or ACE. Priced at ~$5 for a pack of 50 is a bargain. That's what I use with my Einsteins, mainly for storage though.


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Feb 12, 2014 00:03 |  #3

These power cords are relatively cheap, I found a 6 foot cord and use that.


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Feb 14, 2014 11:23 |  #4

^^yep, buy the shorter power cords and use them. Really makes life simpler.


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Feb 14, 2014 11:32 |  #5

Those ball bungee cords would work like zip ties only reusable




  
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Feb 14, 2014 11:50 |  #6

Home depot carries something called a cable cuff and they come in a few sizes.

I've used it for securing cables to gear or just keeping cables tidy.


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Feb 14, 2014 16:27 |  #7

the flying moose wrote in post #16682664 (external link)
I have a couple of AB1600 with stands and Vagabond power packs. Now the power cord from the strobe is quite long (15ft) and I have tried a number of things to keep the cord "out of the way" but nothing seems to work well. When I move the stand the cord ends up dragging and I do not want to trip over it. I have tried twist ties, elastic bands and zip ties. The zip ties are ok but I've like something reusable.

What are somethings others are using?

The Velcro cable wraps work well and I have them on all my cords. As others have mentioned it's a good idea to have a few shorter cables on hand. A standard 6' computer AC cord will work just fine. You can get heavier gauge cables and a greater variety of cord lengths through places like Monoprice. I'm just about to order some 25' 14ga AC cords from them.




  
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Mar 07, 2014 17:08 as a reply to  @ Strobo's post |  #8

I'll throw in another vote for the ball bungee cords and using shorter power cables. I had a bunch from old electronics that I just re-purposed, and keep the stock long cords for AC power and shorter 3-6' cords for using the VMLs.




  
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Mar 08, 2014 09:05 |  #9

gonzogolf wrote in post #16689196 (external link)
Those ball bungee cords would work like zip ties only reusable

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But I have found something even better - an adjustable version (I actually made these! Think tank used to sell them, and I'm sure there's a bunch of other places too)
The Cordlok bungee (ignore the disk on the left hand end, it's a reflective/Glow in the dark marker disk, so I can find them in the dark

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Simple to use - loop around the item to be secured
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You can make them yourself, just gotta find a store (typically a camping or fabric store) that sells cordloks and shock cord

I used a pair of these to strap my tripod to my Camelbak the other day, and I have a bunch holding all my cables in neat bundles.

A small one will easily and neatly tie a loop of cable to a lightstand

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Mar 08, 2014 12:32 |  #10

Ball bungees for me too. I have also used the velcro straps but they can sometimes lose their strength sticking to each other.


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Mar 09, 2014 11:49 |  #11

I use BongoTies on everything!


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