Repair Your Headphones (clean Repair) !

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How many headphones do you throw away every year, because one speaker don't play music?

Often, it's a simple problem:
The cable is broken.

So, why don't solder an other cable on the headphone?

What we need:
-headphones
-new headphone cable (3,5mm)
-solder-iron
-knife
-glue

Step 1: Open Your Old Headphones

Open the headphones with the knife carefully.
Please, don't cut yourself!

Step 2: Unsolder the Old Cable

Make a notice of the circuit inside, write down where the color and the white cable was.
Then unsolder the old cables and remove them.

Step 3: Solder the New Cable On

Solder the new cable on the circuit, like the old cable was soldered.

Close the headphone and glue it together.

Step 4: Test Your Repaired Headphone.

You're finished if it works!
If it don't works, then unsolder the new cable and buy a new headphone. Or test another cable.

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    7 Discussions

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    tillu676

    1 year ago

    thnks for this info. i will do this

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    PierreG1

    2 years ago

    This is earphones, not headphones. Please clarify, Thank You

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    bakn90slider388

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    For example in an electronic-shop, like radio-shark (or in Germany "conrad" or "reichelt"), eBay or in the supermarket (very cheap earphones).

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    k_man93

    9 years ago on Introduction

     you=lifesaver... its so simple, but i would have never thought of it. thank you x500 

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    jacob5680

    9 years ago on Step 2

     One note would to be very careful when soldering directly to the speakers. I've had a few earphones go down the drain because I got them too hot and caused damage.

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    Ironmagician

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Good instructable. But I think they are called "earphones" ,not "headphones", headphones are the big, 70's looking phones that are like a couple of sepakers pressed agains your hear(i have ones :D Yay!) My headphones are always getting loose cables, I didn't have soldering gun so i used duct tape.It worked!(for barely half a week...-_-). Now I bought a soldering gun and I'm going to open them up!(i mean...I spend 30€ on them...Buying another ones? No way, they're probably going to get messed again...