Proper Care Beats Replacing A Broken Charging Cable

Proper Care Beats Replacing A Broken Charging Cable

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In this highly technological—highly interconnected—world, everything is quickly becoming more and more integrated.  Every year we become more reliant on technology and that means a couple of things: First of all, it is becoming more and more difficult to live without technology. Second, though, when we are forced to have to live without the devices we have come to use every single day—whether because they need repair or replacing—we are faced with quite the dilemma: pay high repair costs, replace the item with a new one (which also costs a pretty penny), or try to fix it yourself.

Take, for example, charging cables.  They might seem simple, but they are actually quite fragile and, when you find yourself with a broken one, can actually be pretty expensive.  As such, you might first try to repair your broken cable.


A cable that has broken and become frayed can actually be quite easy to fix.  Fraying occurs, of course, when the protective outer sheath begins to wear away. If you catch this problem early enough, you can fix it before the innards also break.  For a quick fix, simply wrap the frayed area with electrical tape (and only electrical tape). If the problem is a little more complicated, you may have to solder the wires back together (something that is easy to do if you have the equipment and know how to use it).


Frayed cables (and other incidences that would otherwise require repair) can be easily prevented.  Similar to how you should eat well and exercise to ensure your optimum health, or how you should check your car’s fluids (et al) to ensure it is always running properly, you can avoid a costly break of your charging and data cables by simply having better awareness of your behavior. For one, never tightly wrap the wires. Pulling them taut increases the risk that the wires inside the sheath will break (and you might not even know it).  Instead, you should roll or gather them loosely.  Similarly, always remove the charging end from the phone by pulling at the base and not the wire itself.


Finally, when your phone is charging, let it charge.  Many people are tempted to continue using their phone even while it is plugged into the wall, but that increases risk that you can damage the cable. If you continue to pull at the charging base, too, it can actually ruin your phone’s charging port, which is an even more expensive fix.