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I wanted to shorten one of my iPhone 5 lightning cables for my car charging purposes so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  I'm new a soldering and haven't done anything like this previously with this type of cable so I wasn't sure it would work.   I tried this twice, the first time it didn't work, the second time it did.  I wrote this instructable on the fist attempt so read though carefully as I have indicated where I made the error.

The reason I did this was because I also made a custom usb chaging port on the left side of my car steering wheel (which is where my phone mount is) and I did not want it to be overly long.   In the end it became about 10cm long and works great.
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Step 1: Things you'll need and time

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Time for project: As Im new to this, it took me about 2 hours (including time to document the experience).

Things you'll need:

1. USB Cable $21
2. 30W Soldering iron or better $20
3. Helping Hands (Aligator clips mounted on stand, Radio Shack $20)
4. Sizzors
5. Wire cutter/stripper $5-10
6. Shrink tubing $6
7. Fine Solder  (I used 0.6mm for this project) $7
8. Electrical Tape $1
9. Lighter or heat gun. $1 - $50
10. A Pin (this is not needed for second attempt)

Step 2: Cut and Strip wire

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Use your wire cutter to cut the cable.  Cut to length with the intention of stripping 2 - 3 inches off each side and plan for the stripped portions to overlap in the end to get the cable to the length you want.

Strip off the exterior white sheath.
Superrino made it!1 month ago
I used your instructable as a guide for a more involved repair of my cord. It ain't pretty, but it works.
w1se (author)  Superrino 1 month ago
Great! Can't see picture clearly. I agree this isn't the cleanest method. I've been toying with the idea of opening one end, disconnecting and reconnecting so all connections are hidden. Maybe I'll give it a shot one of these days. Thanks for comment!
rcosmin1 year ago
video fix give me a heads up if i'm doing something wrong
w1se (author) 2 years ago
I updated this instructable with a method that made it work properly. Cheers.