Iphone Cable Repair

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Introduction: Iphone Cable Repair

If you ever had your cable and it started to frey around the tip of the charger from over use this will help you fix this problem.

Step 1: GATHER YOUR TOOLS AND MATERIALS

You are going to need your cable and just two more things. A hot glue gun and a Spring from a Pen.

TOOLS

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1. Low Temp Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks)

2. Spring (from a pen).

3. Iphone cable.

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Step 2: GET YOUR SPRING ON!

Put the spring on the cable.

This part was a little tricky because you might have to use a little force on the cable to get it on. Wrap it around and around and it will eventually get on all the way. Don't be afraid to stretch spring. Then when it's on you can push it up to the top of the cable.

Step 3: GLUE IT!

Gluing it is an art. Not many people know this... Using hot glue is hard when you don't want it to look like you globed it on and didn't care about it. Just use little at a time. Patience is key in this step to make it look nice. After I placed dabs inside of the spring like injecting it. I would Roll it with my fingers while it was soft. Then I would use the hot part of the gun on the sides of it to smooth it out. Tearing off the excess... It's good to use Low-Temp but Hot-Temp works too.

Step 4: YOU ARE DONE!

Now plug it in and see if it works.

If it still is charging and you are done. You now have saved yourself a couple bucks from having to buy a new one or keeping it out of a landfill. Those cables can cost up to $19.00 you can use that money elsewhere.

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I have used heat shrink tubing but it has a shirt finite life until it splits.

Has anyone tried the self fusing silicone tape? I also know you can get heat shrink tape, but its a little pricey.

That is an iPhone 4 cable and you can't get the heat shrink tube on it.

Split the HeatShrink, proceed as normal. Problem fixed.

In my experience, splitting the heatshrink will bring you back to square one. when it shrinks, it shrinks away from the split, rendering it useless. Please explain, if I'm wrong...

I bet you could, with the right kind of heat shrink tube. I think I'd atleast wrap it in electrical tape or use liquid electrical tape to give it a better look.

I wrapped black electrical tape around a frayed Apple cable and the adhesive dissolved the insulation coating on the cable. I couldn't believe it. I would advise against electrical tape!

Apple thinks of everything to keep on making that money. Perhaps they even have a patent on that cheap cable sheath that fails when someone tries to repair it.

If the insulation coating of the Apple cable got dissolved by a standard electrical tape adhesive I would advice against the Apple cable not the tape :)

heat shrink that could fit over either the 30 pin plug or the newer style, is going to be too big and won't shrink enough to tightly grip the cable.

Electrical tape doesn't stick very well, shrinks, leaves sticky goo everywhere and looks ugly..

Liquid tape is a good idea though! :D

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If you don't have any pens to serve as spring donors, you can make your own spring: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Springs/

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I will do this. My charger is the same state as was yours.

thanks.

Great idea. Great stress relief using the spring from the pen. Only additional idea I might add to it, is using colored hot glue sticks. http://www.amazon.com/White-Colored-Glue-Sticks-sticks/dp/B00AF0M0OY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454433749&sr=8-1&keywords=white+hot+glue+sticks

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They have colored glue sticks? Man! I want some!

Yes they do. check the link. http://www.amazon.com/Black-Colored-Glue-Stick-sticks/dp/B00AF0ME3Q

Sugru..........saves the bother of mucking around with a spring.

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I used Sugru, but 1) it's expensive, 2) has a shelf life (some of my packets dried out even though they were sealed), 3) it didn't connect or stick to the cable and interface well, and keeps slipping down the cable after all that work. Neat colors though.

Great implementation! Pity IVES didn't have enough practical smarts as you have.

Of course, we should remember Apple depends on cheap quality cables to leep their cash flow, flowing.

Or you pull the plug by the cable, they will inevitably fray. To prevent the cables from fraying, grab them from the plug !