How To Fix A Broken Charger? Easy Ways to Fix a Broken/ Damage Charger Cable and Port: Whether you are heading out for a day full of errands, or relaxing on the beach, a charger is a must-carry as there is sure to be a device that will run out of juice at some point during the day. Ironically, for such a heavily used item, most chargers I find come with cables that seem deliberately designed to be flimsy and easily frayed.
Whether you need to charge a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or another device, a broken charger can be frustrating and inconvenient. There are several things you can try to fix the problem, without needing an electrician’s license. So, if yours just broke, don’t be discouraged. It’s a common problem, and DIY solutions abound. Even better, we discuss how to fix a broken charger cable and many other reasons why your charger might not be working.
Quick Ways to Fix a Broken Charger Cable
Use Some Electrical Tape:
Electrical tape is one of the easiest and most cost-effective fixes for a broken charger cable. You might not even have to buy it because you have it sitting in your DIY drawer. That said, wrap the tape neatly around the damaged part several times to keep it stable and prevent further damage. And if you intend to use it this way for a while, consider wrapping tape around the entire length of the cable. For more permanent results, consider using a spring to stabilize the dislocated section, wrap some electrical tape around it, and add a heat-shrink tube, as shown in the video above.
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Glue Is Even Better
Using moldable glue is another quick and, surprisingly, slightly longer-lasting fix for a broken charger. Also known as Formrol, Sugru is the world’s first moldable glue. It is a flexible, silicone-based, putty-like substance that cures into a durable rubber-like material when exposed to air. While flexible in its putty state, Sugru sticks permanently to a variety of materials, including cable insulation.
Fixing a Broken Cable: Technical Fixes
Heat shrinking will have you permanently saying goodbye to broken or frayed charger cables, but you’ll need a heat gun and some heat shrink tubing to secure them. Get some heat-shrink tubing in a size that fits the cable you’re trying to fix. Cut it to a suitable length but make sure it covers a slight area on the charging head for a stronger, longer-lasting connection, and then finally, apply heat using a heat gun. Tack the cable down using a pair of pliers, and keep twisting it to achieve an even, secure fit.
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Since charger wires fray easily, most of us tend to ignore the problem until the actual wires become frayed and frayed, causing the charger to stop working altogether. If this describes your current situation, and you have access to a soldering iron, don’t toss the cable just yet. Using a heat gun, some soldering wire, and a cutting tool, you can fix faulty or broken wires, and restore your laptop’s charger to working condition. See how to solder stranded wires in the video above.
Some other Reason behind the charger not working?
If your charger used to work well when it went bad, and now it doesn’t after you’ve fixed the broken part, the power outlet is probably the problem. Check the fuse box for tripped breaker; If it is not, try using a different outlet. Make sure you try to charge a different device using the same outlet; If it works, then your power source is not the culprit.
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The Device You’re Trying to Charge:
When a device fails to charge, we instinctively think that it has something to do with the charger as it is the most common culprit. However, in other cases, your device may be the problem. For example, the charging port can accumulate debris preventing efficient charging – and eventually, all charging. Suppose this is the case; You have to clean it with a toothpick or soft toothbrush. But first, confirm that the port is indeed full.
The Battery Is Dead:
If none of the above is the culprit for your charger not charging, then you’re probably dealing with a dead battery. Batteries usually fail to work for two main reasons: either they are too old or they are bad. If you’ve been holding onto your device for a while, the former is probably your culprit. However, if it’s a heavily used device, the battery is probably bad, and you’ll need to investigate. Watch out for bulging or leaking. And if before this the device was charging faster than usual, then the battery will undoubtedly not charge your charger.
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How to Fix a Broken Android Charger?
Similarly, the soldering method described for the Apple charger may work for the Android charger as well. However, the main difference here is related to the color of the cable’s internal wires. While Android charging cables are more common than Apple’s Lightning cables, they work similarly. Therefore, some of the fixes mentioned above will work for Android cables as well.
For example, electrical tape and heat shrink tubing solutions are just as effective for Android cables. In either case, you are using a solution to strengthen the connection between the wires while repairing the split in the cable. With an official Apple cable, the wires will always be red, white, green, and black. However, Android chargers may not follow this pattern, especially if you’re using a third-party charger. This means that extra care must be taken when soldering to make sure you are connecting the correct wires.
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