Learn how to keep your iPhone charger working for longer with these tips!
Do you go through hundreds of iPhone chargers like there’s no tomorrow? Want to know what’s causing them to break so easily and how to make them last? Then keep reading!
Apple has created many amazing devices, with the iPhone being one of its most popular items. Nowadays, new iPhones can range from a cool £700, all the way up to a staggering £1500. So, why is it these expensive and much-loved devices come with such shabby chargers?
Since you’re here, it undoubtedly seems like you have had it with Apple and their chargers, too. Whether you want rid of your poor quality cable or you want to maximise its lifespan as much as you can, we’re here to help you out. In this blog, you’re going to learn why your iPhone charger keeps breaking, what you can do to stop it from happening, and what to do if your charger is DOA.
Why does your iPhone charger stop working?
Whether you have Apple’s own iPhone charger or you have another branded version (always Apple-certified, we hope) you’ll eventually end up with the same kind of issues. Most of the time it’s the iPhone charger’s cable that’s to blame. Problems can occur hidden inside most cables, with wires coming loose and connectors moving.
Sometimes you’ll be able to see the damage on the cable, with exposed or frayed wires near the connection port. These issues are usually due to constant yanking, twisting and bending of the charging cable. Other issues can occur on the metal connection plates on the tip of the ports, this can be from overuse and aggressively tugging the tip of the iPhone charger out of your device’s port; this can also damage your iPhone’s charging port, don’t do this!
If your iPhone charger isn’t Apple-certified and it keeps breaking, that’s because it’s of cheap quality. Non-certified Apple chargers will contain flimsy materials, so even if you do take care of your charger it’s still most likely going to die on you, and it could damage your iPhone, too.
How to keep your iPhone charger from breaking
Don’t buy cheap
Rule 101 when buying any iPhone charging device is to only buy Apple-certified, we can’t stress this enough! If you go out and buy a cheap non-certified iPhone charger, then you’re doomed. Always look for the Apple certified badge.
Stop yanking your charger by the wire
Unplugging your charger from your phone by tugging on the cable can be damaging. Always disconnect your iPhone and charger by gripping the port tip, this puts less strain on the chargers joints.
Keep it safe and looped when travelling
Knowing how to tie and store your cables is an easy and simple way of looking after them. The ‘roadie wrap’ method is a tried and true way of keeping all your cables safe from damage.
Use cable protectors
Small and usually made from rubber or silicone, these cable protectors are made to wrap around the top of your charger where the joint of the port meets the wire. This is the weakest part of most cables and is usually the first to break.
What to do if your iPhone charger is dead
If your charger has completely died on you, there’s no way of reviving it. It’s best to give it a modest burial in your trash and get out and buy another, but this time with a bit more care. When looking for chargers you should mainly consider length, material, voltage.
Make sure the charger you chose is meant for phones and that the voltage matches the standard iPhone charger’s voltage. When it comes to cable material, you can choose from the standard rubber, nylon braided, or metal braided cables. If you usually get exposed wires near the port of your charger or you tend to bend it a lot, we suggest avoiding rubber cables altogether.
If you’re always pulling on your cable it might be wise to get a longer cable, too. For those that have a habit of constantly yanking the charging port in and out of your iPhone, a wireless charger or a magnetic tip charger might be best. Magnetic tip chargers keep you from damaging your iPhone’s charging port and the tip of your charger, while wireless chargers save you the trouble of caring for iPhone charger’s cable.
Now that you know how to keep your iPhone charger in tip-top condition, learn how to make the most of your iPhone’s battery life with these battery-saving tips!