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  1. How do Cord Buddy products work? How do I get my charger cord through "Cord Buddy" devices?
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  2. Do Cord Buddy products work with all Personal Electronic Device cords?
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  3. What size cord "connector" will work with Cord Buddy products?
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  4. With what types of power cords do Cord Buddy products work?
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  5. Can I play catch with my Sport or other Cord Buddy devices?
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  6. What retail stores carry Cord Buddy products?
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  7. Have Cord Buddy products passed US product safety testing requirements?
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  8. What are the material contents of Cord Buddy products?
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  9. Will the magnets in Cord Buddy products damage hard drives, cell phones, or other electonic equipment or media?
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  10. Where are Cord Buddy products manufactured?
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How do Cord Buddy products work? How do I get my charger cord through "Cord Buddy" devices?

Our Cord Buddy, Cord Buddy Glow, and Cord Buddy Golf products separate into two pieces, and then magnetically snap back together around your cord. The Cord Buddy channel is sized adequately and slightly curved to permit your cord to slide, for ease of placement and management. The size of the connector at the end of the cord is inconsequential. Cord Buddy and Cord Buddy Glow can each hold up to three cords. Cord Buddy Glow has three channels. Cord Buddy has one channel, and by rotating the bottom half of the Cord Buddy 180 degrees ("The Cord Buddy Twist"), then snapping it back together, the channel opens wide enough to secure three cords.

Our Cord Buddy Sport products require you to "thread" the connector at the end of your cord through a larger opening at the back of the product, proceeding through the smaller opening at the front of the product. The small opening will separate (opening larger than you see on display) when pushing the cord connector through, then the material will close back down to create a channel large enough for your "up to 5 millimeter diameter" cord to slide through the Cord Buddy Sport, preventing the connector from inadvertently passing back through the opening.

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Do Cord Buddy products work with all
Personal Electronic Device cords?

We have "tested" Cord Buddy products with low voltage cords from many different styles of cell phone, laptop, bluetooth headsets, cameras, and gaming devices in the market place. The products have worked successfully with all low voltage cords we have located. The following criteria can be used to determine if our devices will work with your cord:

  1. Size of the cord: Cord diameter should be 5 millimeters or less
  2. Size of the cord connector (portion which connects to your electronic device):
  3. See the question below for specific requirements of cord connector size supported.

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What size cord "connector" will work with Cord Buddy products?

Cord Buddy can accommodate most common electronic device cord connectors. Common connectors we are designed to work with have "up to" the following measurements / characteristics:

  1. Common USB connections (as seen in photos on the site)
  2. For Laptop cords, some have cylindrical filters a few inches up from the connector. Cord Buddy and Cord Buddy Glow can accomodate any size filter. Cord Buddy Sport will accommodate filters with diameters up to 2 centimeters
  3. Cord Buddy and Cord Buddy Glow can accomodate any size connector greater than 5mm in diameter. Cord Buddy Sport will accomodate circular connectors up to 2 centimeters in diameter, and rectangular connectors with a width of up to 3 centimeters by height of up to 1.5 centimeters.
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With what types of power cords do Cord Buddy products work?

Our Cord Buddy products are only for use with low voltage cords, 20 volts or less. Do not place a common household extension cord, or any cord which distributes a voltage higher than 20 volts (typical of what is the maximum required to power common personal electronic devices), through your Cord Buddy product. Review your electronic device owners manual, or consult your device manufacturer for specific ratings on your device. Cord Buddy products are not designed to be used on a cord that extends from a power source (wall outlet, power strip, etc.) unless the cord power mechanism has reduced the voltage on the section of the cord being inserted through our devices to 20 volts or less.

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Can I play catch with my Cord Buddy Sport or other Cord Buddy devices?

No! While some of our products resemble common sports balls, the devices are not toys and should never be thrown, tossed, or otherwise treated like a toy. Your Cord Buddy Sport and other Cord Buddy devices are designed to hold an electronic cord in place, and should remain stationary. Our “Cord Buddy” products are not toys.

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What retail stores carry Cord Buddy products?

Check out our "Buy Now" page for a current list of retail stores and web sites. Monitor our web site often. We will post notification of future retail stores and locations where Cord Buddy products will be available for sale!

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Have Cord Buddy products passed US product
safety testing requirements?

All Cord Buddy products have met US "Toy" testing standards for hazardous materials by INTERTEK. For magnetic, paint, and lead testing test results open the following documents: (Documents will be posted here soon. Please send us an email at info@cordbuddy.com for copies of these documents.)

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What are the material contents of Cord Buddy products?

Cord Buddy Sport: PolyEurethane Plastic, Polished Steel, Paint which passes all US Lead Testing standards Cord Buddy: Magnets, Plastic, Cubic Dipping Laminate and PolyEurethane finish which passes all US Lead test PPM ratings for Toys Cord Buddy Glow: Magnets, Plastic, Cubic Dipping Laminate and PolyEurethane finish which passes all US Lead test PPM ratings for Toys, Electrical Components of LED lights, wiring, switch, and circuit board.

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Will the magnets in Cord Buddy products damage hard drives, cell phones, or other electonic equipment or media?

The magnets used in our Cord Buddy products will not adversely impact your electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, hard drives, game boys, MP3 players, etc..) Initial "floppy" style disks of the 80's and early 90's were made of material that was impacted by magnets of this strength. Today's cell phones, laptops, hard drives and other electronic devices are not impacted by these magnets. In fact, many standard cell phone pouches and purses use similar magnets to close their latches. Hard drives in computers also have magnets built into them. Before we made our initial products, we too were concerned about the potential impact of using magnets. Upon researching magnets online, and performing extensive testing which included leaving different brands and models of cell phones resting against these magnets, and later on our product for days... there was and continues to be no negative impact from the magnets. (one caveat... some cell phone manufacturers that leverage magnets on their cell phone pouches do so to automatically turn off the display and put the device into power save mode... if this is a concern, we recommend not placing your phone on top of the Cord Buddy... having it nearby, or next to it does not cause the phone to go into power reserve mode, only if it is resting on top of it and the sensor in the phone is right on top of the magnet) We also have tested the product near computer monitors, and on top of pc's and laptops, and have seen no impact to the structure, performance, or longevity of these devices. Similar to any magnet or electronic device, do not place your credit cards or hotel room "key cards" on top of a Cord Buddy "or" even next to your cell phone... (some of these cards still use "media" material that is similar to the original computer floppy disks.

Here is an article from "PC World" explaining the magnet Myth: READ MORE

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Where are Cord Buddy products manufactured?

We are an Illinois, USA company. Our product is manufactured by our global partners in China and Hong Kong. We will continue to assess our manufacturing needs, and we will source our product from the most appropriate partner provider to help us meet our business needs and deliver a quality product to our customers.

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