Make Your Cords and Hoses Quick to Use and Easy to Store

   This FreeReel shows 3 cords wound sequentially on the reel.

This FreeReel shows 3 cords wound sequentially on the reel.

A nice feature of the FreeReel Reel System is the ability to store and use multiple cords and/or hoses at the same time with a single reel.  


Multiple cords can be stored on the FreeReel sequentially, with one cord following another. In this case, the cords are plugged in male to female and wound onto the FreeReel in just the same way you would wind on a single cord. 

   The cord connectors stay together during winding and unwinding

The cord connectors stay together during winding and unwinding

   Just plug the male end of one cord to the female end of another, and wind like it a single cord.

Just plug the male end of one cord to the female end of another, and wind like it a single cord.


We have found when storing cords on the FreeReel sequentially, it works best for us if we put the longest cord on the reel first, and then go with the next longest cord and so on. The reason we like this is because it seems for most our jobs, a 15-foot extension cord is all we need.  This would be typical when working in the garage or basement. If the 15-foot extension cord is the last cord wound onto the reel, then this cord is immediately accessible.  If your next longest cord is a 25-foot cord, then together, the last two cords are now good for 40 feet.  This also seems to be a very useful length.  Finally, if the last cord on the reel is a 50-footer, we now have 90 feet in combination, really useful when you are doing yardwork or something that is farther away from the electrical outlet. 

   To use one or more of the cords stored on the FreeReel, just unplug the cord(s) you need!

To use one or more of the cords stored on the FreeReel, just unplug the cord(s) you need!


If you use this method, however, it is important to remember that the cord gauge or size is important if you are powering devices that can use a lot of power, such as electric snow blowers or chainsaws. To assist you with choosing what gauge cords to put on your FreeReel, look for a follow-up post on how cord gauge and cord length effect AC electric motor performance.