Immediately after its release, many reviewers were quick to test the Apple IPhone's durability. The results were impressive. Apple's first endeavor into the cellular phone market place was surprisingly tough. The sophisticated piece of equipment resisted scratches and impacts quite well. This super phone did seem to have a weakness - water.
I do not know if a single wayward raindrop tumbling from an overcast sky into the IPhone's headphone jack would be enough to turn the phone into a paperweight. I don't know what would happen if lint or dust from a person's pocket got into that little porthole of doom. I don't want to find out. I set out to create a plug to protect my precious IPhone with very basic supplies.
Some quick warnings - this instructable requires the uses of sharp pointy tools. The use of proper safety gear is recommended. Also, the IPhone's headphone jack was meant for use with the headphones that come with it and not my little plug. I've had no problems but that doesn't guarantee you won't. If you try this and somehow damage your phone in the process - you're the one to blame. The final product is very tiny...you're baby may eat it. If any harm comes to you, your phone, your baby or anything else don't come whining to me :)
Step 1: Find a Doner 3.5mm Plug
Step 2: Dissect the 3.5mm Plug
*Note: My knife is a tetanus waiting to happen. Feel free to use a knife that isn't crusty and broken.
Step 3: Liberate the Plug
Step 4: Cut the Tail Off the Plug
Step 5: Snip the Tip
I used a jeweler's saw to cut off the tip at the first black plastic insulating ring.
Jeweler's saws might not be all that common but there are other options. A hacksaw might work, a dremel cutoff disc, etc. You might even be able to use the side cutters again but I didn't want to risk bending the part I needed so I decided sawing was preferable to snipping.
I filed down the cut area to remove and burrs and smooth it out overall. I made sure to wipe it down really well so that no filings would end up in my phone.
Step 6: Finishing Your Plug
I would test fit the plug so you can sand if necessary. I would put the plug in for the first time with the IPhone upside down. If you have too much putty, some crumbs might sheer off and you don't want those falling into the phone.
I was going to paint the plug but it fit so tight that a layer of paint wouldn't last long - instead I just used a black permanent marker to color the plug.
Step 7: Finished Apple IPhone Headphone Plug
I don't know if this plug will actually protect your IPhone in any way or if the phone really needed protecting to begin with. In fact, it's even possible that this plug is bad for your phone in some way I haven't thought of but so far so good.
I don't use the headphone jack too often but if you do, you'll probably lose the plug pretty quickly since it is pretty tiny. It fits well in the phone though and I haven't had it fall out ever.
Now I can rest easy knowing my IPhone is safe from any sniper clouds trying to fire rain into my phone as well as from the garbage in my pockets.