Apple is one of the most trusted names in the world of mobile devices and computers. They are known for producing sleek, but durable products that run efficiently and effectively. So, why is it that I can’t own one of their devices without having to replace the charging cord more than once? Apple lightning cables, iPhone charging cables and other Apple cords are delicate. It doesn’t take long for them to tear, twist, or just come apart at the seems. Even those of you who take every precaution know of this foible. So, what can we do to protect these stylish, but delicate cables that our devices depend on?
I have been there multiple times. I replace my iPhone cord with a new one. It isn’t Apple branded, so it doesn’t last. I go for the high-end cord. Yet, disappointment lies somewhere down the road. The good news, is that there is a way to help reinforce iPhone cords with a few simple steps. It’s really quite simple, and easy to manage. The best part about this trick, is that if you can find a ballpoint pen, you can do it right now. Let me show you how.
Let’s get started
So, what you are going to be doing, is essentially reinforcing your Apple charging cable with the spring from the inside of this ballpoint pen. If you aren’t familiar with the inner-working of an ink pen, the spring is what allows it to retract in and out of its chamber. The pen will need to be disassembled for you to collect the spring, so don’t use your favorite pen.
Step 1: Disassemble your pen carefully and remove the spring that retracts the ink tube. Be careful, as some springs hold tension, and it may decide to shoot out of the tube when opened.
*Tip: Unused pens are springier and therefore, more tightly wound. This will provide the best protection for your cable. Fresh springs are often more stiff, so you may need pliers for the next steps.
Step 2: Stretch the spring a bit, fitting it around the neck of the cable (where the widest part of your cord connects to the plug). Try to get it as close to this as you can.
Step 3: Wind the spring around the cable. It should retain its twisted shape throughout this process, giving you direction without having to stretch it too far.
Step 4: You may use pliers to securely fasten the end of the spring to the cable once it fully wound. If you don’t have any available at the time, apply firm, but gentle pressure with your thumb and finger.
*Tip: It is best to repeat this step at both ends of the cable. Both ends go through varying amounts of wear on a daily basis, so it won’t hurt to do this for both eds.
Check out the original posting along with detailed instructions on the project at Mashable.