Improve the Lifespan of IPod Earphones




About: Trying to fit in the US society without being there , And having succes!

Intro: Improve the Lifespan of IPod Earphones

This time I won't show you anything fancy , nor properly mandatory , But believe me it will improve the life of the plug from 6.5 months to 2+ years , believe me , it worked so great , I've had this mod since the ridiculously clever dock and have survived so far , (NOTE i removed the old insulation in order to show you this trick , it was a little filthy anyway)

It may not look Stock or Pimped , but , it works!

Step 1: Necessary Sh...... Ahem .. Shtuff

As I said before , nothing fancy you actually need :

-Some Pieces of heat shrink tubing (1\2 and 1\4 inch)
I've got mine in a local supply store for 1.2 ( 17 pesos) dollars

-Your Common (old or new ) iPod earphones/Headphones/things that go in your ears
Self explanatory , you buy ' em at best buy ,radioshack, liverpool , Etc. and they come with any iPod

Any self-sustaining ligther (a Zippo work fine )
Something to hold the plug while you're heat shrinkin'
And your body (hands and brain preferably )

Step 2: Slice the Heat Shrink Tubing

cut the 1/2 inch HST in 5mm (about a 1/5 inch) slices

and cut a single 5mm slice of 1/4 Inch HST , and open it by the half (see the third picture)

Step 3: Get Those Zippos Clickin' and Start Shrinkin'

Slide in a piece of 1/2 inch heat shrink tubing (if you own an iPhone , leave a small gap without HST in order to avoid making it Unplugable )

Turn on your zippo

WITHOUT BURNING IT ! shrink the tubing carefully (I mean CAREFULLY don't let the flame touch the HST or the card , let only the hot air of the flame shrink the tubing , take it with calm)

Repeat this process , using several pieces of heat shrink tubing.

And to cover the smaller Parts , insert the small piece of 1/4 inch HST , and above it , one piece of 1/2 inch piece , heat and shrink

Once you have 2 or 3 layers , you're done , let it cool for 5 minutes

Step 4: Guess What ...

If you did everything correctly , now you have a sturdier cord


Step 5: I LIED !!!?

I Actually needed a little bit of help , And i do mean a little bit ...



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    22 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    al igual que tu, yo tambien he encontrado varios usos para el tubo termofit, y en una ocasion hace algunos años hice esto que aqui instruyes con la diferencia de que el tubo que tenia era color negro y mis audifonos igual eran de ese color. tambien venden en otros colores como rosa o celeste por ejemplo, esos los encuentras en los autozone. en esa ocasion tuve que quitar 2 cms de cable porque se habia ya deshilachado y aproveche para pasar un trocito de termofit y lo corri como tope hasta donde se divide el cable en 2 , de esa manera ya no se sigue dividiendo mas hacia abajo el cable. tambien es muy util tener una pistola de aire caliente marca weller, ya que te sirve mucho para este y otros propositos. tambien yo vivo en monterrey pero yo trabajo en centro de las artes. mi ingles no es bueno asi que por eso no he publicado pero se me facilita mucho todo este tipo de ingenios. por cierto ya tengo años que no he visitado el centro cultural alfa. mi hija mayor tiene 12 años y aun no lo conoce. Un saludo.


    8 years ago on Step 3

     when I split the heat shrink tube, and then heat it, it opens up and falls off.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, that is supposed to happen, i think what he did, was that he used that piece but without shrinking it he slided over an uncut piece of HST, so the cutted piece would become smaller and the piece over it, would hold it in place while shrinking them, i know its been 2 months since you asked, and maybe you already figured out yourself, but i had to answer. have a nice day,


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I got my iPod earphone to work for more than 2 years and it's still working great but I think it's too dirty now, anyone ever tried to cover the whole wire with heat shrink tube? I maybe will try it if I can buy some white heat shrink tube but I seldom see them at hardware stores


    9 years ago on Step 1

    hey man, you are from mexico right? well just asking what is the translation for heat shrink tubing, and what store did you get them? By the way im from monterrey mexico and i really than you this seems amazing!

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    EN Steren mi amigo , Hay uno Cerca de la calle Colon , (casi en frente de la central de autobuses )


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 1

    Hey, hola! Yo también soy de México, je. Oye, la misma pregunta que ellogan, cual es la traduccion de "heat shrink tubing"? o como lo pido?


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 1

    En Steren (por ejemplo) lo pides como "tubo termofit" de 12mm y de 6mm
    (o bien de 1/2 y de 1/4) lo venden en metros , y en paquetes con 12 tramos de approx. 15 cm .

    Este segundo es la mejor opcion ya que, creeme, que te rendira para muchos proyectos.



    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job! I didn't use my original ear-buds, but I can see other uses for this technique. I usually pickup a pair of Sony ear buds for like $8.00. I loose / break these things all the time. That reminds me! When wearing these while working or using tools, thread the wire under your shirt so the ear buds com up through your collar. They don't snag on anything and they hang down your chest when not in your ears. Functional if not fashionable advice. :) - Chris


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I make them last even longer by putting them in a cupboard when I get them and geting something better right away :P

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    OR even better , keep the box and put the Earphones there , forget them and buy new headphones


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Well , my version looks a little less ghetto .... (case Reopened, Flame ON!!)