Retractile Cords & Cable

Galaxy is a supplier of retractile cord / retractile cable, also called retractable cords, for various markets.

Retractile Cords, Retractable Cords and Cable

Retractile CableGalaxy is a supplier of retractile cord / retractile cable, also called retractable cords, for various markets.

Galaxy can supply various types of retractile cord or cable, both stock and custom, in various AWG sizes, voltage ratings, compounds, shielding constructions, and conductor counts.  Galaxy can also recommend the correct retractile cord or cable for specific applications.

What is a Retractile/Retractable Cord/Cable?

A retractile (or retractable) cord or cable is a cable that can be extended and will return to original contracted form while minimizing the stress on the wire. Retractile cord or cable is commonly referred to as a retractable cord, a coil cord or a curly cord.

Benefits of a Retractile Cord/Cable

Retractile cord or cable offers a variety of benefits from high flexibility to ruggedness to space savings capabilities.  Galaxy offers various AWG sizes, shielding types, and jacket materials for a retractile coiled cord that can meet specific needs. Galaxy’s retractile cords and cables are flexible, durable and versatile.

Retractile Cord/Cable Applications

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

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

Galaxy Differentiators / Advantages for Retractile Cord/Cable

The design of a retractile/retractable coil cord or cable is almost always unique to the application.  Galaxy will help navigate the possibilities and provide the correct cable to match the application.


Retractile 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
  • Insulation and jacketing material – Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyurethane (PU) , Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), Neoprene, Polyethelene (PE), Hytrel®
  • Shielding types – aluminum foil polyester tape, serve shield or a combination of shield types

Custom Retractile Cord/Cable Technical Specifications

Galaxy offers retractile cords/retractable cords in the following ranges of technical specifications:

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

FAQs about Retractile Cord/Cable

Why use a retractile/coiled cord?

Retractile cords and cables offer a number of benefits over other types of cable. Retractile 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:

  • Retractile Cord
  • Retractile Cords
  • Retractable Cords
  • Curly Cord
  • Telephone Cord
  • Tangent
  • Mandrel
  • Coil Cord

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

Contact Galaxy Wire & Cable for Retractile Cords/Retractable Cords

Contact Galaxy for further assistance with retractable/retractile cords and retractile cables.