IPhone Power Cord Protection With Shrink Tubing

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

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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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    williamacox

    1 year 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

    3 years ago

    really useful tips! Thanks

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    Amirgr

    3 years ago

    What is this tubes?
    Where can I find it ?

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    CatalinRO

    3 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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    Dwargh

    3 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

    3 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

    3 years ago

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

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    Hyperlinks1

    3 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

    3 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

    3 years ago

    Masterleo. Good tip. Thanks

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    Grunambulax

    3 years ago

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

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    masterleo

    3 years ago

    mabe a great shop you could add to the instructable :

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

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    RUNSWITHWOLVES

    3 years ago

    WHERE DOES ONE FIND THE THREE MENTIONED PRODUCTS, PLEASE?

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    throbscottle

    3 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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    Grunambulaxthrobscottle

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    jmatthias

    3 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!