Frayed charging cables can be dangerous to use and expensive to replace. Whether you're using a Lightning cable with an iPhone or a USB-C cable with an Android phone:
Maintaining Your Cables
The best way to avoid cable breaks is proper care. Especially, always hold the cable by the plug when disconnecting it from a device or a USB port. A sudden removal of a cable puts pressure on the weakest part of the structure where the cable connects to the plug.
Loop the cables during transport and hold them where possible with a strap or clamp. Make sure you have connected the cable correctly by operating it with your hands. Of course, the cable is wound in a certain way, which you should always repeat. Some cables, such as the Anker Powerline + below, come with a Velcro fastener to simplify transportation and storage. The "Roadie Wrap" is the best way to wrap your charging cables.
Avoid over-bending or over-wrapping the cables. Bending the cable, especially at the point where the cable connects to the plug, is the most common cause of damage over time. If you can avoid using your device while charging, the cable will not be worn out unnecessarily.
You probably need to change your behavior and break old habits, but your cables will thank you. If you instinctively reach for your phone in the morning before getting up, unplug the cable first. It is not ideal to lie in bed with the cable and bend it when rolling over. If you're used to putting your charging cables into a bag for a weekend, take a second to wind them up properly.
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Use cable guards
Cable guards protect the point the cable is connected to the plastic or metal plug. They should be made of a flexible material such as rubber, so that the cable bends easily under pressure. If the cable guard does not bend, only the weak point of the cable is moved up.
You can buy a pack of cable protection online for a few dollars. The TUDIA KLIP is one of the best solutions for Apple Lightning, iPod, MagSafe and Apple Watch chargers. If you're looking for a cheaper product compatible with just about any USB charger, check out Jetec multicolour spiral protectors or the Nite Ize CordCollar.
If you're feeling smart, you can add springs to your cuffs to increase tension and prevent the cable from bending to a critical point. For a more stable, home-made solution, see the Paracord Cable Reinforcement Guide for Instructables.
Almost anything that can prevent excessive bending of the cable helps protect the cable, whether it's a homemade wrap or a strip of electrical tape.
Prevent Magnetic Accident Accidents
As cables wear naturally over time, cable damage is exacerbated by sudden movement. We all accidentally pinched a charging cable and hurled everything that was loaded through the room. In this case, the cable usually stays in place.
Magnetic adapters use the approach of Apple's MagSafe power cables (which are no longer functional) and can be used on almost any device you own. First, insert a small magnetic adapter into the charging port of your device. This adapter is then magnetically connected to a charging cable as needed.
Cables are no longer deflected if you accidentally catch your smartphone, as only a small amount of force is required to release the cable safely. You can buy as many adapters as you like and recharge with the same cable. The adapter easily protrudes from the bottom of the device and may even help keep your charging port free of lint and other debris.
Volta is probably the best-known magnetic charging solution. For just under $ 20 you get a Volta 2.0 charging cable and two adapter tips for Lightning, Micro USB or USB Type-C connections. Amazon and other online shopping services also offer many low-cost solutions.
Note that if you need to stick to a single system (or brand), you need to share the same charging cable between multiple devices. You can even add cable protection to your magnetic charger for a more durable solution.
Wireless charging (almost every device)
Wireless charging is now widely used by modern smartphones. If you have a recent iPhone or Android device, there is a high chance that it will charge wirelessly. You need to buy a wireless Qi charger to use it. This anchor 10W Wireless Charging Stand, which even supports fast charging.
This is one way to overcome the cable break. Unfortunately, you can not use your device while charging. However, this is a good excuse to turn off and ignore the smartphone for half an hour. Just make sure that you buy a wireless charger with sufficient wattage (10 W) if you want to use fast charging. The iPhone X, XS, XR, and 8 are all wirelessly charged, but they can only charge a maximum of 7.5W – and only with special Apple approved wireless chargers.
If your device does not natively contain wireless charging support, you can easily add it with a cheap Qi receiver. These are thin charging cushions that connect to the charging port and stick to the back of your smartphone. Most of them can be stored under your bag, as long as your bag is not made of metal.
If a Qi receiver is installed, your device may receive a charge of Qi wireless chargers. Their charging speed may be lower than that of native wireless charging, but for about $ 10, the upgrade is inexpensive enough to warrant it.
Only buy the right Qi receiver for your device, whether you have a Lightning or Micro USB type -A or USB-C connection.
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Invest in a cable to master all
Apple's official Lightning cable costs $ 29 for a 2-meter USB A-to-Lightning connector, and if you replace one per year, you pay nearly $ 90. Buck for charging the iPhone for three years, why not invest more money in a stronger iPhone charging cable that will not only last long but also save money in the long run?
The Fuse Chicken Titan Plus is a 1.5m USB -A-to-Lightning Cable It complies with the Apple Made for iPhone standards, which means it has data capabilities and can be used both as a charger and as a sync cable s is protected by two layers of flexible steel, with sealed aluminum housing at each port. It's yours for $ 37.50.
Fuse also manufactures a range of cables with USB-C and Micro-USB connectivity that are perfect for Android users. They all come with a lifetime warranty. Note, however, that the all-metal construction results in more weight and reduced flexibility.
Ankers Powerline + is another high quality charging cable available in Lightning, Micro USB and USB-C versions. The cable features an aramid fiber core (Kevlar) and a double nylon braid that Anker claims to last ten times longer than other cables.
There are also cheaper aramid fiber cables (like this Lightning cable and this micro USB cable). Everywhere on shopping sites like Amazon. For best results, combine a rugged cable with cable protection and proper cable care.
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Repair your cables early
Worn cables are dangerous. You take risks if you continue to use a charger as soon as it shows signs of wear. Not only could you damage what you charge but also get a nasty shock or kindle a fire. We recommend removing damaged cables for safety.
If you believe that your cable is not overly damaged or showing any signs of wear and tear without exposing the cables completely, you may want to repair your cables instead. By far the best way to do this is to use electrical shrink tubing.
You can purchase a set of shrink tubing for less than $ 10. These hoses fit over your existing wire and shrink to the desired size when exposed to direct heat. Use a hot air gun for quick results. In many cases, however, a hairdryer also works with a bit of patience. The hose reduces flexibility so that they can even serve as cable protection to prevent future fraying.
Remember, if you feel uncomfortable with the condition of a cable, cut it up and throw it in the trash.  Charge Your Phone in a Dock
Smartphone docks may not be fashionable, but they serve a purpose. Since the dock does not move, they can not be worn as much as conventional charging cables. You will not read your device in bed, but you will not bend the cable all the time.
Most docks are for Apple users, such as the Belkin ChargeSync. This is probably because a larger percentage of Android devices include wireless charging.
The future is wireless
Cables are fragile, and the completely wireless future is not yet in sight. You do not have to spend a fortune. Just make sure that you buy quality cables by avoiding cheap and unpleasant ones. If you're an Apple user, make sure you only buy cables that meet Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) standards.
If your device is being charged via USB-C, you should be especially careful when choosing safe USB-C cable that will not damage your device.