IPhone Power Cord Protection With Shrink Tubing

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Introduction: IPhone Power Cord Protection With Shrink Tubing

About: That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.

This simple Instructable describes protecting the iPhone power cord with shrink tubing.

Step 1: What You Are Trying to Prevent

The iPhone is a significant investment but the power cord is surprisingly vulnerable to kinks and tears. To protect against this I applied a two inch length of shrink tubing. This serves to reinforce the collar.

Step 2: Slip on the Tubing and Apply Heat to Shrink It

I use a heat gun but you can use a soldering iron or even just use a lighter to shrink the tubing. The tubing shrinks into place and holds fast.

Step 3: The Finished Project

You can see the finished product here again. I've found this much more durable.

The other advantage is that my cords are color coded so I can quickly find the right cord for each device.

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    The end product looks very nice, but the intractable is not usable without the diameter and shrink ratio of the shrink tubing.

    What is this tubes?
    Where can I find it ?

    You may make it bulkier :) with some hot melt glue under the shinking tube.

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-custom-cables-with-hot-glue-and-shrinking-tub/

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    I missed that image

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    I always add a spring from a ballpoint pen to stabilize the cable end. Makes it sturdy and stable. (even against cat bites ;) )

    what gauge tubing are you using? My yellow from a color coded multi-pak is no where near the correct size.

    Hyperlinks1. I don't think so. The duration of heat seems way too short.

    This seems like a much better solution than my 3d printed one! I would love to try this, but do I have to worry about the heat gun damaging the charger?

    I saw this the day after my girlfriend's power cord broke. Damn! I will buy some heatshrink tube today and make this.

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    I hope this works for you. Let me know.

    Masterleo. Good tip. Thanks

    Runswithwolves. Amazon stilocks it. But Harbor Freight and local home stores carry a lot

    mabe a great shop you could add to the instructable :

    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9353

    WHERE DOES ONE FIND THE THREE MENTIONED PRODUCTS, PLEASE?

    I'm fairly sure you can stretch heatshrink so it will fit over larger objects (like the usb plug) and it will still shrink down. Just be careful not to tear it.

    Good 'ible :)

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    Good information. I'm going to try that to see what the limits are.

    Thank you for sharing this. It is such a simple solution to something that has plagued me for years... Using materials that I already have in my shop. Thank you!