I find it hard to understand why Apple which is one of the worlds largest multi national companies can’t provide a sturdy cord for the iPhone, iPad or MacBook. It boggles my mind how such a premium product can be made so poorly, the charging cables for Apple devices are unfortunately very sensitive. Sooner or later, most cables break, with the rubber near the plug breaking and exposing the wire and this happens with normal use.
Not only is buying replacement cables and chargers expensive there is the matter of recycling or throwing away the old worn out cable as well. I’ve just been unable to accept that these devices are so disposable and I knew there had to be a way to repair them, and there is. Repairing the worn cover is quite easy and this little tech hack can help you save some money and the frustration of having to buy new cables.
You will want to consider replacing your charger if the wires are broken and frayed. If your cable has just started to break and looks like mine, it’s not too late. With a few simple tools you can do quick and easy repair.
Everything you need:
- Shrink tubing (eg this one)
- A Ballpoint Pen
- Candle or Lighter
The shrink tube should be thick enough so that the thin connector just fits through the cable. This works especially well with the Lightning connector ( iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus and iPad Air), or with the elongated plug of the MacBook Air (older model).
Directions for repairing your Apple cable:
- Cut two pieces of the heat shrink tube. The first should be only slightly longer than the spring of the ballpoint pen, the second another five millimeters / quarter of an inch longer.
- Slide the shorter piece of the tube over the connector and position it just over the fractured point in the cable. Unless the breaking point is located in another spot of the cable, you should position it right at the plug.
- Heat the shrink tube carefully from all sides. Use a tea light or a lighter for this. Slowly and evenly heat the tube from all sides, so it will shrink wrap itself around the cable.
- Twist the spring carefully around the first layer of shrink tube. If needed, use small pliers to slightly bend the spring and twist it around the hose.
- Next slide the second, longer piece over the first layer and the spring. This piece will be the outer protective sheath and covers the entire spring and the first tube.
- Again evenly shrink the tubing with some heat – done!
The tube protects the cable from further damage and dirt and also prevents the internal wires from breaking or fraying. The spring prevents excessive bending or kinking of the repaired spot.
Your cable is repaired and further damage is much less likely!
If your cable is new and not yet damaged from wear, you may want to use a variation of this trick. Just use a spring and twist it around the top of the cable. If you want, you can affix it with a shrink wrap to keep it in place. This prevents excessive bending and kinking and should increase the lifespan of your cable.
Do you have more tips on how to deal with sensitive cables?