Lizard-Tree Chameleon Springs Review
Last week my power supply died so I had to buy a new one. When I got home with a new 400W power supply and opened the case to install it, the wires were unorganized and hanging everywhere. One of the wires managed to get into the CPU fan. First thing that came to my mind to clean up this mess was tie-wraps.
I found some in the garage and tried to arrange the nest of wires. When I thought I was finished, I sat back and realized it still didn't look right. I needed something better than tie-wraps; something that would arrange the wires in a more satisfying way. The solution turned out to be the Chameleon Springs from Lizard-Tree.
The Chameleon Springs from Lizard-Tree are exactly what the name implies (plastic) springs. The Chameleon Springs are designed to wrap around the power supply cables holding them tightly together. The Chameleon Springs can actually be used on any kind of cable, such as phone cables, network cables, etc. Bringing order to the "big knot of wires" that no one dares to touch.
The Chameleon Springs from Lizard-Tree come in two different lengths and 8 different colors. Each package includes 6 springs of a certain color, but the springs differ in diameter. Four of them are of small diameter, one is medium and the last one is large. Some of the colours are:
Glow in the dark (it tends to be a greenish color)
The springs are rigidly designed so they shouldn't break. They can be cut with ordinary scissors to fit specific areas. The springs have a tendency to return to the form that they were stored in (straight / curved). So for some time after you install them in your case they might want to return to their original shape. After a short period of time, the springs take the shape that you desire.
The installation is pretty easy. You can use them inside or outside your case; cleaning up both power supply wires and keyboard/mouse/network cables behind the scenes.
The springs that have a small diameter are used to hold the power cables for your CD-Rom drive and hard drives. The larger springs are used for the power cables going to the motherboard.
To install the springs, you take one wire (making sure that there are no tie-wraps on the wire) and keep some tension on it so it stays straight. Then, start threading the spring on the wires so it eventually covers the entire length. To completely cover the drive power cables you might have to cut some of the small diameter chameleon springs in smaller pieces.
When I finished putting the chameleon springs on I was impressed with the case's clean new look as you can see by the thumbnails on the right.
*Tip* If you have a large computer case you should buy the long chameleon springs. You might end up with some extra bits, which you can use to arrange some of the other cables inside your computer case. If you have a small computer case you can order a small pack. This will be enough to do all the cables from the power supply.
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