Recently, I wanted to make a cheap phone patch by using a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter, then splitting that into my mixer. I’ll have more details on that when I get it working. I purchased the Elago 2.5mm to 3.5mm stereo adapter from Amazon. This adapter takes the mini jack of a cordless phone or cell phone, and allows you to plug in a standard 3.5mm (eighth inch) plug into it.
I opened the package to find the adapter, two little plugs held together by a very thin wire. This made me nervous, cables represent the most important part of a setup. I tried it by first plugging it into some standard Ipod earbuds I had lying around. Immediately, I noticed the unreliability of the adapter. I could not get a solid connection, it came and went. I had a bad feeling about this.
I inspected the plug, and to my shock, noticed that the little 2.5mm end had started to bend. Already? After less than two minutes? I straightened it out, my hopes dwindling. “It’ll break off in your phone.” I heard my inner voice warn as I tried fiddling with it again. I couldn’t get any sound, the adapter had broken. I pulled it out, and lo as the voice had predicted, the end had snapped off inside my phone, making it silent. I used a pipe cleaner and fortunately that worked to fish it out. Leave it to a smoker’s ingenuity to solve the problem.
All and all, I would NOT recommend buying this product. It almost permanently damaged my expensive cordless phone. I do not know how it lists for $14.99, but do have a good idea how Amazon can charge $1.99. Caveat Emptur!