Out of all the things
in the universe you could possibly have around, the 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch stereo plug adapter probably gives you the best tradeoff of anything i can think of between possible usefulness
and difficulty of carrying around
. (Never mind all that babbling
in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
). It's basically just the metal head to a 1/4-inch stereo plug
with a hole in the back for you to plug a 1/8-inch stereo plug
into. So just slip one of the adapters onto of the 1/8-inch plug for your headphones
, and suddenly you can plug it into anything that expects a 1/4-inch plug. They're pretty easy to find if you spend any amount of time looking, and they tend to come free with most headphones. I keep one of these things in my backpack
at all times, and you'd be surprised how often it comes in handy.
The Radio Shack part number for a 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch stereo plug adapter is 274-363.