It’s a fact of life, to keep your smartphone running you need a fully charged battery. We take for granted that if we plug our phone in at the end of the day, it will be charged and ready to go by morning. But unfortunately the AC adapter that came with your phone isn’t exactly bulletproof, and is actually quite fragile, connecting to your phone to an outlet via a thin wire that inserts into the Micro USB or lightning dock on your phone.
Chargers break for many reasons, the most common is a pet chewing through the wire because they are actually very pliable. You might have also stored your chargers, so that its wires become frayed or broken completely. When this happens, you might not always have the time to go out and buy a new one. So let’s help channel your inner MacGyver with this quick broken phone charger fix.
Take a magnifying glass and study the prongs on the head of the charger that is the farthest away from the end towards the wall plug. This is the stage where you want to assess the damage.
If the prong is bent, you can pull it gently with a pair of tweezers into a straight position. Gently press the charger into the charger port of the phone. If you feel any resistance, it means the prongs need more straightening.
If the cord is frayed, you need to cut it with a pair of scissors. Cut off the ragged edge from each side. Make sure each side of the break should be free of stray wires and insulation. Next, pull about an inch of insulation from both sides of the cut to expose the wires.
Twist the wires together from each side of the cut. It is critical to match the color of the wires on one side to the matching wires on the other side of the cut. The colors will vary depending on the type of adapter you’re using.
Use black electrical tape to secure and wrap the exposed wires together. Most importantly, make sure your cell phone charger is unplugged when you’re working on the wires. This might seem like common sense, but you might forget to do so if you’re anxious or in a rush.
Have you ever had to to fix your cell phone charger on your own? Were their any issues that you experienced? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!