Let’s be honest: our charging cables are mistreated daily. After a long time of being twisted, pulled, and bent, they tend to fray and break. A broken charger cord is not only frustrating, but also dangerous.
If you’re an Android user, keep reading to find out why you should stop using your broken charger cord and how to fix it.
The Risks Of Using Broken Charger Cords
Broken cords prevent electricity from properly flowing, potentially causing power surges that damage the internal parts of your device. Fixing or replacing a defective cable is significantly less expensive than replacing a broken phone or tablet.
Wires exposed as a result of a worn cable casing are unprotected and potentially dangerous. The charging cable’s casing is intended to shield you from the electric currents running through these wires. If you come into contact with one of these wires, you could potentially burn yourself or suffer from something even worse.
Power surges from a frayed or damaged charging cable might cause your gadget to overheat and catch fire. This poses a significant threat to your house, particularly if you leave your phone or tablet charging unattended. Electrical fires caused by broken charging cords are becoming more common and can cause severe damage.
It may sound dramatic, but a large enough surge of electricity can potentially result in deadly electrocution, especially in little children. By nature, toddlers and pets are curious and love exploring. If they come into contact with a broken charging cord, the consequences could be disastrous.
How To Fix A Damaged Android Charging Cable
If your cord is partly damaged but still working, you can fix it by trying these easy fixes.
Although electrical tape is not the most attractive or secure, it’s one of the easiest and most cost-effective solutions for a broken charger cord. To prevent breakage from causing further damage, simply wrap electrical tape around the affected spot of the cord, then work your way out from that area.
Heat shrink is a more long-term method. Heat shrink tubes are available in a variety of diameters. When you’ve found a size that fits your broken cord, slip it over the broken part, then activate it with a heat gun or hair dryer on high heat. Because of the heat, the tube will shrink and adhere to the cord, blocking and protecting the damaged area.
Sugru is a putty-like substance that you can mold into any shape, and once you let it sit and cure for approximately 24 hours, it becomes a very strong, rubber-like material. If you mold the Sugru over the broken part of a cable, it can help prevent any more damage to that area.
To use Sugru, mold it together with your fingers for about a minute. Roll it into a cylinder shape and then press it flat. Wrap your flat Sugru around the frayed part of your charger cord. Mold it into any shape that you like by pressing it repeatedly. Finally, smoothen the surface by gently rubbing it and let it sit for 12 to 24 hours.
Sugru also comes in a variety of colors, so you can have fun with color-coding all of your charger cords.
Hot glue is also a simple and easy fix for your broken Android charger cord. First, clean up the cable and apply the glue to the damaged part. Then wrap a piece of baking paper around that glued part and mold it into any shape you want. The baking paper will save your fingers from touching the hot glue directly.
How To Prevent Broken Charger Cords
A broken charging cable is unavoidable at times, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the frequency and risks of breaking your charging cord.
Insert And Remove Cords The Right Way
Always insert and remove your charger cord by gripping the connector rather than the cord itself.
The inner wires can be damaged by extreme hot and cold temperatures. Therefore, when your device has been charged, disconnect the cord to avoid excessive heating of the wire.
Using your phone or tablet while it’s charging can cause your charging cord to bend and twist in ways it shouldn’t. Picking up and putting down your phone at different angles will put a lot of strain on your cord, too.
Avoid bending your charger cords in any way that is too harsh. This places a lot of strain on the outside protective sheathing, and with enough misuse, the sheathing will shred quite quickly.
Store Your Charger Cord Properly
Roll your cords carefully and neatly before storing them. They should not be stuffed into purses, pockets, or boxes. You’ll be able to keep Android cables in excellent shape for much longer if you learn how to store them correctly.
Secure And Protect Your Charger Cord
Create a DIY spring cable support by removing the spring from a retractable pen, stretching it out, and wrapping it around the cable to reinforce it towards one of its ends.
When the ends of your charger cable have begun to break, use a cable protector to prevent further damage. Searching “cable protector” on Amazon or other online marketplaces will give you thousands of options to choose from.
There are many higher-quality cables available that come with sturdy and strengthened sheathing, so they do not wear out or damage easily. Sure, they’re a little more expensive, but you’ll save money by not having to replace them every year or so like you would with conventional cables.
Still Need Help?
Hopefully you find this guide useful in helping you fix your broken Android charger cord. If you still have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the section below.
Should it be that you can’t fix it or these fixes don’t work for you, contact the manufacturer. If your charger cord is out of warranty or too expensive to fix, it is time to get a new one.
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Poppie is a content writer and guest contributor on Mobility Arena.