IPhone Power Cord Protection With Shrink Tubing

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Introduction: IPhone Power Cord Protection With Shrink Tubing

About: Be limited only by your imagination.

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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    74 Comments

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    williamacox
    williamacox

    3 years ago

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

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    ferdinandree
    ferdinandree

    5 years ago

    really useful tips! Thanks

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    Amirgr
    Amirgr

    5 years ago

    What is this tubes?
    Where can I find it ?

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    CatalinRO
    CatalinRO

    5 years ago

    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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    CatalinRO
    CatalinRO

    Reply 5 years ago

    I missed that image

    Clipboard02_power_cable_simion_catalin.jpg
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    Dwargh
    Dwargh

    5 years ago

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

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    Cayotica
    Cayotica

    5 years ago

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

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    Grunambulax
    Grunambulax

    5 years ago

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

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    Hyperlinks1
    Hyperlinks1

    5 years ago

    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?

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    Bruce McCarthy
    Bruce McCarthy

    5 years ago

    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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    Grunambulax
    Grunambulax

    Reply 5 years ago

    I hope this works for you. Let me know.

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    Grunambulax
    Grunambulax

    5 years ago

    Masterleo. Good tip. Thanks

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    Grunambulax
    Grunambulax

    5 years ago

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

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    masterleo
    masterleo

    5 years ago

    mabe a great shop you could add to the instructable :

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

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    RUNSWITHWOLVES
    RUNSWITHWOLVES

    5 years ago

    WHERE DOES ONE FIND THE THREE MENTIONED PRODUCTS, PLEASE?

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    throbscottle
    throbscottle

    5 years ago

    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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    Grunambulax
    Grunambulax

    Reply 5 years ago

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

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    jmatthias
    jmatthias

    5 years ago

    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!