Coil Cord

Galaxy is a supplier of coil cord / coil cable.

Custom Coil Cord, Coiled Cable

Foot pedal with coiled cord assemblyGalaxy is a supplier of coil cord / coil cable, also called retractile cord / retractable cable, for various markets.

Various types of coiled cord or cable, both stock and custom, can be supplied by Galaxy in various AWG sizes, voltage ratings, compounds, shielding constructions, and conductor counts. Galaxy can also recommend and assist in the design of the correct coil cord or cable for specific applications.

What is a Coil/Coiled Cord/Cable?

A coil (or coiled) cord or cable is a cable that can be extended and will return to original contracted form while minimizing the stress on the wire. A coil cord consists of two tangents and coiled body length. The tangents are the straight uncoiled sections of the cable located at each end. Understanding what the dimensions need to be in use, extended and retracted, are key in the design of the coil cord. Coil cord or cable is also commonly referred to as a coiled cord, a curly cord, or a retractile cord.

Benefits of a Custom Coil Cord/Cable

Coil cord or cable offers a variety of benefits from high flexibility to ruggedness to space savings capabilities. Coil cord is offer by Galaxy in many different AWG sizes, shielding types, and jacket materials that can meet specific needs. Galaxy’s coiled cords and cables are flexible, durable and versatile.

Coil Cord Applications

There are many and varied applications for coil cord and cables. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Music
  • Marine
  • Military
  • Medical
  • Food and Beverage
  • Electronic
  • Test Equipment
  • Communications
  • Audio and Video
  • Industrial
  • Energy
  • Robotics

Galaxy Differentiators / Advantages for Custom Coil Cord/Cable

The design of a coil cord/coiled cord or cable is usually unique to the application. Galaxy will help navigate the possibilities and provide the correct custom coiled cable to match the application.


Coil cord or cable from Galaxy is available with the following materials:

  • Conductor – tinned plated copper, silver plated copper, nickel plated copper, high strength alloy, stainless steel alloys, fiber optic
  • Stranding – concentric lay, rope lay and more; higher strand counts should be used to increase flexibility
  • Insulation and jacketing material – Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyurethane (PU) , Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), Neoprene, Polyethylene (PE), Hytrel®
  • Shielding types – aluminum foil polyester tape, serve shield or a combination of shield types

Custom Coil Cord/Cable Technical Specifications

Galaxy offers coil cords/coiled cable in the following ranges of technical specifications:

  • Gauge: 34AWG to 10AWG
  • Voltage: specific to application
  • Temperature -65°C to +105°C

FAQs about Coil Cord/Cable

Why use a coil cord?

Coil cords offer a number of benefits over other types of cable. Coil cords and cables are flexible and designed to stretch and recover to their original length. This allows for added length during use in a specific application with the added space savings when not in use.

What is the extended length of a coiled cord?

The typical calculation for the extended length of a coiled cord is 3 to 5 times greater than the retracted length.

Terminology Notes

There are various terms used in the wire and cable industry related to this type of cable. They include:

  • Coil Cord
  • Coiled Cord
  • Custom Coil Cord
  • Curly Cord
  • Telephone Cord
  • Tangent
  • Mandrel
  • Retractile Cords

*Hytrel® is a registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

Contact Galaxy Wire & Cable for Coil Cords/Coiled Cords

Contact Galaxy for further assistance with coil cords and coil cables.