After two years of usage, Big Belkin cables and the locally bought cable got frayed and couldn’t provide proper power supply while Apple’s official cable worked comparatively well despite all the complaints about Apple’s cable. But, these complaints are true to the fact that Apple provided wires do break often. This upsets the customers very much because of the cost at which they were bought. The customers feel that for that the product is not worth the amount that it costs as it falls apart after few months of usage. The lightning cable is the much-criticized products, as it takes around $10-$20 to get a new cable. To save that money and also to extend the life of the cable, few techniques can be followed.
The most important thing about the cables that get faulty is the place at which the damage occurs. Mostly the damage is at the point at which the soft cable enters the lightning plug. The damage also occurs at the point near USB port. Main reason for this damage is the corrosion, handling the cable roughly, strain and in rare cases, faulty manufacturing.
The minimum cost for Apple’s Lightning cables is $8. They are not available for anything less than that cost. Very few cables are available for $10 or less. If a cable is available for an even cheaper cost, it is safe to assume that the quality is questionable, and that won’t last long. The cables get faulty mostly because of corrosion and strain. Yanking the cable, pulling both sides of the cable or exposing it to liquids are the main reasons for cable damage, no matter the quality. The following tips will be useful in increasing the life of lightning cables.
While connecting or disconnecting the cable, the hard plastic jacket must be held and not the wire. The jackets are durable and hard. This connector is more durable, and if handled properly, the wiring stays intact. Even though the jacket is durable, the cable is made of softer plastic and can get easily detached from the jacket. So, holding the jacket while plugging in or out makes sure that the soft plastic remains undamaged.
Putting strain on the wire
As mentioned earlier, lightning cables are covered in plastic that is soft. The interior is made of thin wire bundle that could break after it goes through a certain amount of strain. The outer covering might look intact, but the wire could break which goes unnoticed. If the cable is stretched too much or knotted, it puts a strain on the wire and creates sharp bends which eventually leads to breakage. The outer covering might seem flexible, but the wire breaks off easily. So it is important to avoid stretching and bending. Apple does provide cables that have ‘Strain Relief’ points, but it doesn’t prevent the wire from breaking in the long run.
Keeping pins dry and clean
The exposed part of the pin gets easily damaged. It could get scraped, might get exposed to liquids, etc. in such cases, the cable stops working and the damage is irreversible. To prevent this, it should be made sure that the pin is clean and dry. Following these tips would help in extending the life of cables.