Silicone Tape Charger Fix

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This is a super quick instructable for fixing, or preventing your charging cables from getting broken (when you are hard on them like I am).

Silicone Tape is Awesome

Silicone tape is the new Duct Tape. (and the new Sugru!)

I carry a roll around with me everywhere, and wanted to share a quick instructable I'm making while just sitting in the airport and fixing my charging cable. Silicone tape adds rubbery, strong, waterproof, compressive attachments to many of your items. It is non-sticky, and bonds to itself into a solid chunk of material (That's easy to remove if you need to!).

You can also use it for many things that people often go seeking out Sugru for.

For instance, just some advantages of silicone tape over sugru:

  • Super cheap! Costly only $4.50 (Amazon)!
  • No mess! There's no cure time, no weird smells, no waiting!
  • Add Tension. Unlike Sugru, you can adjust how tightly your rubbery fit is!
  • No Expiration date! This is the most frustrating thing for me about Sugru, it goes bad sitting in your drawer after just a couple of months. I've had silicone tape for years!

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Step 1: Cut and Wrap

Buy some tape!

Cut about 20cm of tape.

wrap it somewhat loosely at first.

then pull it nice and taught and finish wrapping the rest.

If your cable is already broken and needs tension or a certain bend in order to work, you can add the bend and seal the wire in place with another wrap!

Step 2: Reinforce Other Parts

That part coming out of the adapter box is where the wire almost always breaks in these mac chargers. Go ahead and reinforce it right away!

That's it!

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    apacheco8

    3 years ago

    You can burn your cable it's a bad fix i don't recommend you to do that

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    Yonatan24

    3 years ago

    Wait... That's called silicone tape?

    I remember going with my dad to buy some of that a couple of years ago at a hardware store, Because he read somewhere that it's really amazing.

    We have never used it since then... One thing I do remember is that we bought it for $9 (I'm surprisingly good at remembering things I don't need...)

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    jjgleaso

    3 years ago

    bending the cord at a 180 degree angle isn't hard on the wires? from my experience bending the wires that much can make the wires on the inside brittle.

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    cyprian_poland

    3 years ago

    It's a pretty dangerous "FIX" - hopefully it won't set on fire - depends of the wire current of course.