Replug Is A Magnet-Free MagSafe For Headphones

Replug Is A Magnet-Free MagSafe For Headphones

Snap! The Replug will break off in emergencies, leaving your cables safe.

Replug is a gadget that could – if it had existed a few years ago – would have saved me a fortune; literally hundreds of dollars. It is a simple and excellent idea: a magsafe connector for your headphones, only without the magnets.

Starting at just $13, and running up to a bare $20 for a six-foot be-cabled version, the Replug is a basic male-to-female inline adapter which sits between your headphones and the socket on your iPod/iPhone/iPad (or other non-Apple device should you be slumming it). Plug it in and go about your daily life as if nothing had changed: get the bullet-holes filled in the floor of your car’s trunk; take your jacket to the dry cleaner to get that blood stain removed; check that the construction company filled those foundations on schedule – the usual.

Then, when disaster strikes, and your headphone cable gets tangled on some immovable object as you walk, don’t worry: the elastomer casing of the Replug will detach from the metal jack itself, just like the power cable pops out of your MacBook. Once you have gathered your wits, you just push it back in again.

It’s neat, and I am going to order one as soon as I get home. I like that it doesn’t use magnets, as these would likely come unsnapped far too often. I also like that there’s a longer version, either an extension or a jack-to-jack model which could replace the removable cables on some sets of high-end cans. Neat stuff, and available now.

  • Victor Valentini

    “Snap! The Replug will break off in emergencies, leaving your cables safe” and your device will fall and possibly break! Genius

  • Wirehedd

    I can’t count the number of times a doorknob, backpack strap or whatever else has snagged my headphone cable and either popped the plug out of my iPhone or pulled them out of my ears. I’ve lost at least 3 sets of ‘phones like this and every time I can remember asking myself why there wasn’t a magsafe alternative. Now I guess we have one. Ordering 3 of these today, one for me and one each for my two youngest boys as they don’t use wireless bluetooth headsets like my teenagers do (I have yet to find a wireless set that work for me).

  • mr_bee

    I don’t see this as a good idea at all. One of the best things about Apple’s audio jacks and earplug designs is that they snap in so securely, you can dangle your iPhones from the cables without any fear that it will fall off.

    Having your earphones detach so easily is arguably a very *bad* thing, not a good thing.

  • williamtan

    I’m the inventor of this little gadget. The idea was conceived back in 2006, before the age of iPhones. It was actually designed for laptops, after a few went flying off the table each time I turned around to look at some hot chick walking into the coffee shop while tethered to a headphone. You may like to know a 90 degree TRRS (with the additional 4th pin for voice/mic) adapter for smartphones will be available soon :)

  • conroyimaging

    I’m the inventor of this little gadget. The idea was conceived back in 2006, before the age of iPhones. It was actually designed for laptops, after a few went flying off the table each time I turned around to look at some hot chick walking into the coffee shop while tethered to a headphone. You may like to know a 90 degree TRRS (with the additional 4th pin for voice/mic) adapter for smartphones will be available soon :)

    This is a great idea williamtan. If only we have a magsafe charger/sync adapter for our iPhones as well.

  • ieduffield

    Ordered one after reading this article. It says “NOT FOR IPHONE” all over the box. Great idea but why not for iPhone?

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