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Cheap cable for iPhone breaks

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREJust after learning a bit about Apple’s Lightning connector, a colleague mentioned that her iPhone cable had broken – the photo to the right was how it was sold, with the gunge removed.

To be fair to all here, she also pointed out that it is a cheapy and not a genuine Apple item.

But I sort of assumed Apple was protective of its brand and would make accessory manufacturers jump through some quality hoops before selling them the Lightning bit.

Exif_JPEG_PICTURENeat shrouding made it look nice from the outside.

The break was in the non-Apple end – the USB connector rather than the Lightning connector.

Not only were some of the wires stripped back too far and in danger of shorting, but the strain-relief gunge (below) was not properly placed – it fell off when picked at – and had not protected one of the wires.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREI trimmed and re-soldered the right hand two connections and filled it up with RTV silicone in the hope that it won’t break again for a while – and am slightly ashamed that I didn’t re-solder everything else before I shoved it back together but time, as always, was limited.

Stay away from cheap cables?

And, pity the poor sods that have to rush making them.

Tags: cheap cable, cheapy, iPhone, lightning, usb connector

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