Review – Danglets iPod Neck & Wrist Strap

Review - Danglets iPod Neck & Wrist Strap

Apparently in Japan and some other countries it is very popular to wear your cell phone on a neck strap – especially when using it as a media player. That trend has not hit North America. Now Collins America hopes to make it more popular through the introduction of the Danglet, an accessory that clips into the docking connector of any modern iPod or iPhone device and allows you to keep it readily available around your wrist or neck. So how does it all work?

The Hype:
Welcome to the first and only wrist and neck strap adapter for Apple’s iPod and iPhone. Danglet simply plugs into the dock connector port on the bottom of your iPod or iPhone, securely snapping into place, and provides a sturdy stainless steel loop through which any string or hook mounted wrist or neck strap can be attached. We provide basic wrist and neck straps with your Danglet. But, you can go ahead and use any strap you may already own or choose to buy. Danglet fits them all.

Danglet clips into the iPod or iPhone dock connector with two sturdy stainless steel hooking clips, one on each side. The internal stainless steel frame of the Danglet extends upward to provide an all-metal mounting hole for a clip, hook, or string mount strap. To mount a strap, just clip the Danglet into the bottom of the iPhone or iPod, then clip the strap of your choice into the Danglet’s mounting hole. To remove the Danglet, just firmly squeeze the side buttons to release the steel clips, then pull the Danglet from the dock connector port. Simple and easy.

What Is Included
Your order will include your Danglet strap adapter, one black braided Nylon 7-inch wrist strap, one black braided Nylon 17-inch neck strap, and usage instructions.

The Reality:
When I opened the Danglet package and found two straps enclosed – one for the neck and one for the wrist – along with a single Danglet, I had a bunch of mixed feelings. It is clear that the Danglet itself is the focus of the product, and as such it really looks like the star of the show. My concern comes with everything ELSE in the package.

To use the Danglet, you clip the strap to the danglet using the lobster claw clasp and simply push the Danglet into your iPod without pushing in the release buttons – apparently not following this particular instruction can lead to an inadequate mating and potential hazards to your iPod.

The first thing I looked at was the wrist strap. I took out my 2nd gen iPod Nano and clipped it on and put the strap around my wrist – and immediately found a problem. The Danglet was certainly secure, but unlike a WiiMote strap that secures around your wrist, this strap is loose enough that I could simply turn my wrist and have my iPod fall right off. And so it did – and I was glad I was holding it over carpet. So aside from this picture I will never use the wrist strap again.

The neck strap is another story entirely. It is long enough to comfortably slide over my head but not so long that your iPod dangles freely. This time I had no issue trying it out with my iPod Touch, and found that it was very comfortable and worked great for listening to music while performing other tasks or wearing clothes that lack pockets or other means of holding an iPod.

Over the last week I have tried out the Danglet using the neck strap while going for my morning run. While I listen to music when I go to the gym, when I go running it is very early and I appreciate the silence and darkness. So I clipped it on but left the iPod not playing after I found the noise distracting. I used my trusty iPod Nano again, not wanting to risk my iPod Touch in such a potentially harmful test. There was never an issue – the strap was comfortable and secure, and the Danglet held perfectly without a sign of slippage.

I have linked to the Danglet Safety video below, which is pretty cool. But that video focuses on the Danglet alone – will the strap hold 40lbs? What about the clasp? What about all of the interconnects between elements? Those items are of real concern when dealing with a piece of electronics that costs hundreds of dollars.

So what are my final thoughts? Well, I think the wrist strap is not terribly useful without some method of tightening it to your wrist. The neck strap works perfectly and is large enough to fit around my over-sized melon, and supports the iPod without concern for slippage. So for someoen who just wants a nice neck-strap to have your iPod handy without needing a pocket or armband, I think the Danglet is a great product. The question is – do you feel comfortable having your valuable iPod bounce around unsecured?

Danglet Safety Video

Where to Buy:Collins America

Price: $14.99

What I Like:
– Super-strong connection
– Large enough neck strap

What Needs Improvement:
– Wrist strap has nothing to tighten around your wrist.
– We know the Danglet will hold … but what about the straps?

And finally, here I am with a Danglet holding my iPod Touch around my neck and wearing my wonderful Gear Diary Scott-E-Vest!

Review - Danglets iPod Neck & Wrist Strap

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About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!

4 Comments on "Review – Danglets iPod Neck & Wrist Strap"

  1. Anybody really willing to swing your device by the charging jack? Ruin that jack and you ‘brick’ your device right?

  2. Just to follow-up, I have been having a nice email discussion with Mike Collins of Collins America regarding the product, and here is what he said:

    “To address a couple of your concerns, the straps have indeed been
    failure tested, and the 90% failure load has been shown to be over
    40 pounds, just like the Danglet itself.

    We’ve not had many concerns from people regarding the strength of the
    straps and hardware themselves. Most questions are focused on the
    strength of the Danglet/iPhone junction, and many people refuse to
    accept the notion that this attachment method can possibly be safe.
    The safety video is our best attempt at showing people that not only
    is the junction safe with a properly attached Danglet, but that the
    iPod suffers no damage from the separation of an overloaded Danglet.

    We have many USA buyers who do use the short strap, but not as much for
    wrist security as for an easy “pull tab” from a pocket. At first, we
    thought that this represented a small fraction of the buyers, but we’ve
    learned that this is almost as popular (for USA customers, at least) as the
    use of the neckstrap.

    Your comment regarding the lack of a “slide lock” for the wrist strap
    makes sense, though, and we have added that to the “product improvement”
    wish list.”

    I always love when folks who make products take constructive criticism and show such a customer-forward attitude! Oh … so does my wife, who has taken over my Danglet and absolutely loves it!

  3. DON’T BUY DANGLETS! Ordered two of em 2 weeks ago still haven’t received it. Horrible customer service! Called multiple times, no answer left messages no call back. Finally got thru to them by email arguing for the pass week. Do not buy!

  4. Ok just got email confirmation that they will be sending me another one with no extra charge.

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