Both iPhone and iPad chargers tend to break a lot. You will find many iPhone users needing to replace their original OEM chargers consistently. While they do take a lot of wear and tear, they don’t last very long. This is especially true if you’re constantly plugging it in and removing it. It’s no wonder why a lot of Apple users’ chargers end up breaking relatively quickly.
What do you do when you’ve broken your Apple pen charger? You could head to your nearest Apple store and replace it for a sky-high price. Or, you could replace it much cheaper using other ways. You can expect to pay outrageous prices for both the brick and the wire at an official Apple store.
Throughout this article, you will learn about some of the best ways to replace your broken charger or wire without paying a hefty price.
How To Check If It’s Working?
First things first, you want to ensure the charger isn’t working before going to replace it. There are several parts to a charger you’ll want to diagnose. First, you should check the brick or power adapter. This is the square device that you plug into the wall. Next, you want to check your Lightning cable. This is what you plug into the adapter and eventually into your Apple device through its respective port.
If you plug everything in and nothing happens, it’s likely faulty. There are several things you need to test though. Try to use a different cable if possible. That way, you can check if it’s your cable or your adapter. You can also check to see whether or not your Apple device’s port is broken. You also want to check for any rips or fraying on the cable itself. If you use the device while it’s plugged in, your cord will likely rip at some point.
Check The Wall Socket
One of the things a lot of people forget to do is check whether or not the wall socket is even working. Not only do you want to check the wall socket by plugging it in elsewhere, but you also want to check to see if the surge protector you are using is functional too (if applicable).
Is Your Device At Fault?
You’ll want to try to charge another Apple device using the same charging equipment. This includes the adapter and the cable. If everything works, it’s likely your device that is faulty and causing the issue. Most likely, it would be your port that is rejecting the charge.
Is It Your Adapter?
If you’ve tried everything else and you still can’t figure it out, it’s likely your adapter. If you have a spare adapter or if you have a friend or family member with one, you can try it out. This will tell you whether or not the adapter is malfunctioning. Keep using the same cable, wall socket, and everything else. That way, you can troubleshoot the adapter itself.
By following the steps above, you’ll be able to figure out which part of your Apple charger is causing your problems or whether it’s the device itself. This can help you identify what you need to do to replace or fix it. Throughout the rest of this article, you will learn what to do if your power adapter or cable is broken.
Repairing A Broken Cable
One of the biggest issues with Apple’s proprietary Lightning cables is the fact that they tend to fray very easily. They tend to be very weak where the port meets the cable. Thus, you can find your cable breaking at this point when the plastic coating gets worn out.
Luckily, there are ways to fix this. You can get and twist gaffer tape around the wire to fix it. However, if the problem gets even worse, you’ll need to do much more to solve the problem.
You could repair it easier if you are good at soldering and you have the right equipment. You’ll find a YouTube video tutorial embedded below. Keep in mind, that it’s not for those without experience. But the tutorial will walk you through it step-by-step.
Because it’s not too easy, you may find yourself much more tempted to replace the cable by purchasing a new one. You can find a lot of good aftermarket cables that are cheaper than the official OEM cables. You can also buy them in different lengths depending on your use case. If you are worried about the cable breaking once again, you’ll want to use tape. You can also get sturdier cables that will last longer.
Repairing a Broken Adapter
Unless you are entirely sure what you are doing, it wouldn’t be a good idea to open up an Apple power adapter. These adapters can be dangerous if you don’t know how to repair them safely.
You can always get a new adapter for a fair price. The newer version will deliver more wattage at (12W). This is the model you get with an iPad purchase and iPhones can take advantage of the extra juice. The adapters that come with iPhones are severely underpowered only delivering 5W.
It’s very difficult (if not impossible) to repair the OEM Apple adapter without breaking it further. This is because it’s glued shut and has so much packed in on the inside. It’s best to just replace it if it’s gone bad.