Introduction: No Solder Nylon Wrapped Phone Cable!

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Your phone is your most valuable tool whether you are in danger or need pizza ASAP at the office. However, almost all devices require you to connect to a power source, which brought me to make a nylon wrapped charging cable. What is different with my design is there is no soldering required. I have noticed all the tutorials required you to cut and re-solder the data and power connections. I personally did not want to risk my phone on some Frankenstein cable, so I thought on the matter for a while and I would like to show you what I have come up with! The nylon adds durability and aesthetic qualities, so that whoever your phone needs a charge, you know you have a dependable source.


• Diamond-Braid Poly Rope (Size depends on the cable you want to wrap)

• Heat shrink tubing (1/2 inch in diameter and 3/8 inch in diameter)

• Electrical tape

• Heat gun/lighter

• A cable to wrap

This Instructable mainly addresses how to wrap an apple lightning cable (I have found that they work the best, however, you can apply this method to many other cables (as long as their end fits in the rope).

Disclaimer: If you somehow break your phone (or anything else) in the process of recreating this Instructable, blame your friends pet goldfish, not me. Also, heat shrink is fun, but don't go overboard! While it may seem like a good idea at the time, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HEAT SHRINK YOUR TONGUE! It will not go well... Trust me.

Step 1: The Concept

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This type of rope is similar to a Chinese finger trap. When you pull the rope(with the inside removed), the overall diameter lessens. When you push the rope it slightly broadens. This means that the smaller end of any cable can pushed through, giving you a custom wrapped cable!

Step 2: Thread the Cable

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Measure the rope to be roughly the same length as your cable (you will be trimming it) and cut. After that, remove the innards and (carefully) shove your cable through. You may have to shave the plastic part around the cable to get it to fit.

Step 3: Carefully Trim the Excess

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Un-weave the end sections, leaving only individual strands. Then, pull the strands away from the cable so you are not endangering the cable, and trim all those strands down to size.

Step 4: Use Electrical Tape to Tie Down Lose Ends

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After trimming the excess rope fibers, apply electrical tape to hold down any loose fibers so you can easily slide the heat shrink tubing through. Do this for both sides.

Step 5: Heat Shrink

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Slide a 1 inch section of 3/8 inch diameter heat shrink all the way down the USB part of the charging cable (photo 2) and heat shrink it in place (Do this first!!). Once that is completed, slide over a 1 inch section of a 1/2 inch diameter piece of heat shrink over the usb side and heat shrink in place.

After that, move to the other side, applying a 1 1/2 inch section of 3/8 inch diameter heat shrink to the lightning end of the lightning cable. This will not only hold down the lose fibers, it will also provide extra support!

Step 6: Micro USB Charging Cables

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In this section I would like to address some limitations of this process. First and foremost, this will not work on all phone cables (30 pin cable, Samsung cable, etc.). Second, if you would like to wrap your micro usb cable, you may have to shave down the end in order for the end of the cable to fit through (or you could get some thicker rope).

Step 7: Enjoy Your Custom Wrapped Phone Cable!

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If you have completed this Instructable, I encourage you to post a picture down below.

Thanks for reading my Instructable, and see you next time!


moonreyes (author)2017-08-29

Finally got a photo! Use it in my car.

tbat made it! (author)2015-09-25

Super idea! Brilliant!

I did mine yesterday, it works perfectly and I can really feel that's a super strong design :D

Thanks a lot!

Alaric Loftus (author)tbat2017-08-28

Looks great! I hope it is still working for you.

PardoByNight (author)2017-04-16

I'm definitely gonna try this! :)

Please let me know how it goes!

moonreyes (author)2017-08-28

This was a wonderful way to make my cords last longer! Not to mention I love the addition of color :)

dsantil71 (author)2016-12-21

My only suggestion would be to use a heat gun which only heats up about 320 ℉ whereas a lighter can reach over 3,000 ℉ depending on the type of fuel it has in it.
I wouldn't want to expose my cables to that amount of extreme heat even if it's for a short time.
Heat guns are cheap, less than $20, last forever & work on a lot of materials. My husband even stole mine & uses it specifically for shrink tubes!

graydog111 (author)2015-09-25

Great idea Alaric Loftus ........ I have some antique electric fans that have braided cords that need to be replace. I will try putting the rope sheath over modern cord to make it look antique. Thanks for posting this.

JohnP120 made it! (author)2015-09-12

Here's mine! I used 1/4" poly rope (Lightning connector slides into 1/4 rope very easily), a piece of 3/8" heat shrink on the USB end, and a piece of 1/4" heat shrink on the lightning end.
Sliding the 3/8" heat shrink over the USB was a little bit of a chore, but it eventually went on. Making another one later tonight for my wife. Maybe I'll shorten the heat shrink. I used 3" precut pieces - might cut them in half from now on.

Alaric Loftus (author)JohnP1202015-09-20

Awesome! Thanks for the photo, it looks great!

AbhiM (author)2015-09-14

would this work on mini usb cables? ( the ones you would use on a ps3 controller)

Alaric Loftus (author)AbhiM2015-09-20

You could, but I would recommend that you use the next size up (1/2in).

JulioF3 (author)2015-09-20

Yo preferí cubrirlo todo.

Alaric Loftus (author)JulioF32015-09-20

Interesante! Qué hacer tú cubrirlo con?

RobTurrentine (author)2015-09-10

I know is not-picky but the rope in the picture says Poly and the title says Nylon. Different stuff. Still, this a super idea. I have lots of different cables with different connectors. I tried color-coding them with tape but the tape comes off after a while. For some reason my cats like chewing on them as well. Now I have $100 ear buds that don't work. This idea will hopefully kill two birds with one stone. You may have saved a cat's life.

MariL1 (author)RobTurrentine2015-09-12

that's what I saw, too; I was looking for someone doing something handy with all those germy old nylons my horder-mind cannot be convinced to ditch...they just look primordial enough to be ableto do tons of stuff and conversions with...but this was about rope. sigh

Jfieldcap (author)2015-09-07

Suggested edit: On the first line, change "Whether you have " ect, " to "Whether or not you have " ect. I don't mean to be rude or snobby, but it's better grammar, since you didn't have another reason you need your phone. ;) Hope you don't mind me pointing it out. Also, this is pretty cool, I may use it sometime...

emason (author)Jfieldcap2015-09-08

Could I suggest you change it to 'etc'?

Jfieldcap (author)emason2015-09-08

Haha, good point. I don't know if there's a way to edit comments though... I'll have to see. ;) I didn't intend to have the extra " in there. Thanks for the correction.

Bazzatron (author)Jfieldcap2015-09-10

Easy was to remember "etc" - as I kept forgetting the spelling too - "End of Thinking Capacity"

List of all breads might be like "white, brown, Rye, etc" because I didn't have the capacity to think of the rest.

It also serves as a reminder that using "etc" is a really bloody lazy thing to do!

M. A.G (author)emason2015-09-09

ahahaha! Nice!

mickeypop (author)2015-09-06

i used it to bundle the wires on my 3D printer and worked great. It certainly made my printer colorful.

One thing i did not see here however, take the time to pull the fiberglass inner cord out first.

Catley (author)mickeypop2015-09-10

Isn't that mentioned at the end of Step 2, or am I misunderstanding something? ("After that, remove the innards")

DaleR3 (author)2015-09-09

I'm trying to avoid filing down the edges of my micro USB cable. Would stepping up from 5/16 in. to 3/8 in. cord work out fine?

M. A.G (author)2015-09-09

you can use this principle in a similar fashion when repairing ski tow ropes and end eyelets by threading the rope back into itself after making the loop etc.

MikeW30 (author)2015-09-09

Other good donor materials are bungee straps and shoelaces.

jackperdue (author)2015-09-08

I love the idea and it is necessary since the one thing that is the weak link in charging smartphones (iPhone) is the charging cable. I have discover the Anker 3ft Nylon Braided USB Cable with Lightning Connector on Amazon for $16. I have several, totally switching all of my cables to these. My son works at our local Apple Store and uses these too.

alcurb (author)2015-09-08

Brilliant! Very attractive results. I want to do that with my android charging cord. I think that would be a little tougher to do because the micro usb end can get caught in the braids with the metal corners. However, I'm going to give a go and see if I can come up with an easy solution.

mjkurtz (author)2015-09-08

I would think that if one or two of the core fibers were left in, you could use them to pull the cord through the braided jacket. Might really work well with the pen cap with a hole drilled in the end and the strand slipped through the hole and knotted.

Just some thoughts on an excellent idea. I never even imagined this could be done. Excellent use of a easily obtained product.

Note: Your picture of the rope shows Polypropylene not Nylon rope. Should work either way though

MadeByGloria (author)2015-09-07

Cool! I wonder if this would work with paracord?

Tanzer26 (author)2015-09-07

Love this idea. Need to do my kids earbuds to make them a bit more durable. I will comment though, that the rope in your photo is 'Poly' as in polyethylene, not nylon. It probably a better choice, as it's cheaper and has less stretch, so provides better protection against breakage.

Tanzer26 (author)Tanzer262015-09-07

PS. Voted for you.

txadams (author)2015-09-07

Thank you! I see commercial versions of this for a ridiculous amount of money.

JitendraT1 (author)2015-09-06

How did you manage to pass the broad end of the USB connector through the braided rope. There is not picture or explanation on it.

andymic (author)JitendraT12015-09-07

He passed the rope from the smaller side (the one with the lightning connector) and pulled it up to the other, larger USB connector. No need to pass over it if it fits from one side.

JitendraT1 (author)andymic2015-09-07


this is not for the apple charging cable. I want to pass a cable which is have both the ends as broad as USB connector.

andymic (author)JitendraT12015-09-07

In that case if you don't find rope which is wide enough you will have to remove the plug and resolder it back on after you cover it with the rope.

Garythebuilder (author)2015-09-07

This process works best if the end you plug into your device has a smaller diameter than the USB end of the same cable. If the charging end is the same or similar thickness to the USB end, you can do what the author suggests and shave away some of the plastic to make it smaller, or, if you don't want to do that, you may have to buy a cable that's closer in size to the Apple branded one. Also, when feeding the cable through the rope, the USB end should never have to fit through it.

londobali (author)2015-09-06

Nice.. I'll try this soon, but i doubt i can find the same nylon rope, i'll have to try other kinds..
Would it be possible to attach the inner cord to the smaller end of the cable, and pulling out the inner cord in the same time also pulling in (while pushing to widen the nylon's opening..)..

thanks for sharing!

Dutchfreak (author)2015-09-06

"DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HEAT SHRINK YOUR TONGUE! It will not go well...... trust me." Now this you're going to have to elaborate :p

Danielsan16 (author)2015-09-06

Love the idea, but I find 5/16th pretty thick.

Can we use any smaller rope? or does the lighting end part need that size to fit through?

next size down is 1/4" has anyone tried it?

dvalentine8 (author)2015-09-06

brilliant. And I only need a spare diamond braided rope.

pandrews8 (author)2015-09-06

what a brilliant idea! Your work really lifts the look of the cable to those ridiculiously expensive custon cables. I am off to the hardware store as soon as it is opening time.

jvandeyacht (author)2015-09-06

Auth funth het srek ton. No, donth het shrek thong. Love your tongue comment...

jabell1 (author)2015-09-06

Pretty neat! I think it would be cool to combine the aux cable and the charger cable in one - in my car I am always running both cables and it's always a royal pain to manage them both.

Putting them together in the same wrap would be easier and more manageable.

killbox (author)2015-09-06

putting a pen cap on the end of your usb cable gives you a "fid" to help push the cable through more easily. photo for type of cap im talking about.

Alaric Loftus (author)killbox2015-09-06

Cool idea!

Two Paddles Design (author)2015-09-06

thanks, I might have to try this

braytonlarson (author)2015-08-31

Phone cable used to mean the four wire cable you would put through your walls but apparently now it means a charging cable... Nice instructable though!

Yeah, I wondered where the phone cable was.

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