Data cables are important when it comes to electronics. In Los Angeles, computer repair shops are often asked to fix problems related to these wires. However, more often than not, they cannot be salvaged and owners are recommended to buy new cables instead. It’s a good thing that data cables are mostly cheap! In spite of this, you should still take precautions to ensure that your wires will last long so that you don’t have to go out every few weeks just to buy a new one.
Cables for phones, much like your earphones or chargers, break or corrode when you’re not using or storing them properly. Here are a few tips on how to care for your cables and avoid damaging them.
Wrap Them Properly
Some people just shove their cables into their drawers or into their bags, especially when they’re on a rush. Then these wires get caught around the things in the bag or drawer and it ends up damaging them. To avoid this, wrap it carefully and properly before storing them. Like a piece of rope, wrap it around your hand in circles before gently or tie it loosely with a tiny rubber band before placing it in its container.
Avoid Sharp Bends
To avoid damaging your cables, you should avoid sharp bends. For example, the socket is too far away and you’re charging your device, but you still want to use it. What happens is you stick your charger in, and the cable is bent to the limit at the connector. Refrain from doing that. It will ruin the insides of your cable and doing this frequently will result in the connector falling off – the cable will crack open and expose the wiring inside, rendering your cord useless.
When using your cables, don’t just yank it out of the socket or your phone. Remove them gently. Place your fingers firmly near the connector and pull gently. Don’t pull the wire, yanking it from the socket or the phone’s port. Even when you’re in a hurry, don’t do it or else you’ll end up with a broken cable and a broken port on your phone; that’s going to be an even bigger and more expensive problem for you.
Keep Away from Sunlight
If your phone is left in the sunlight, it’s going to overheat and its component inside might melt. If you leave your cables (as well as chargers, earphones, and whatnot) in the sunlight, the plastic or rubber wrapping around the wires are going to melt and you’ll end up with broken cables.
Buy reinforced cables! However, if that’s too expensive for you, you can always reinforce them yourself. Some of the DIY things people have come up with is putting the spring of a spring pen around the cable, tying paracord strings around it, wrapping electrical tape on both ends of the cable, and wrapping embroidery floss or cable protectors around the whole cable.
These tips and tricks are sure to help your chargers, earphones, and cables last longer. Remember that when it comes to data cables, it’s better to prevent damages than to cure them.