Super Simple USB Charger Repair

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Introduction: Super Simple USB Charger Repair

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TheHORROR....

of finding your USB charger ripped open in the course of its lifespan. But since chargers are a bit expensive and sometimes its just better to stay at home and use what you have, I made you this instructable to help you SAVE your USB charger from eminent danger of getting scrapped and your wallet from getting depleted.

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I will show you how easy it is to do it.

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Step 1: What You'll Need:

Materials:

1. Scissors;
2. Electric Tape / Any adhesive but for me E. Tape is the most effective and most appropriate for this job;
3. Two (2) Fasteners with METAL CLAMPS (White part)
4. One (1) sad charger

Step 2: Wrapping Your Charger With Tape

1. We are gonna cut a piece of tape (around 4-6 inches)
2. We are gonna wrap around the ripped area of the USB charger and fully cover the area
3. Make sure to apply enough pressure to make a tight wrap around the ripped area for aesthetics and for better quality
4. After you wrapped the tape around the ripped area, make sure that the tape is not moving up or down. If you find that your tape is moving, you should either apply a new wrap and tightly wrap the ripped area with the tape or use the old tape by re-wrapping the old tape

Step 3: Securing the Tape and Provide Better Support

1. After you have tightly wrapped the ripped area using the tape, we will know take the fasteners metal clamp and start to wrap the tape with it, while trying to wrap it at an angle so that we can continuously cover the whole tape
2. It was intended that the fasteners metal clamp would exceed the width of the tape, this is because we will use that difference of the part of the USB charger with tape and that with no tape as a means to secure in place the tape;
3. We will firmly press the metal clamp around the tape until it is fully covered and adjust the metal clamp to the size of the USB charger with no tape, to secure it in place
3. Once you reach the end of the metal clamp, use the middle part of the scissors hand to press down the end part of the metal clamp, to achieve a firm and secure wrap as can be seen in the photos above.

Step 4: AND... We're Done!

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    7 Discussions

    Is it possible to slice the heatshrink lengthwise, wrap around and then heat it?

    2 replies

    I've never thought of that. Maybe oragamiunicorn can help. I'll ask him for help. :)

    In my experience all that happens when you slit down heatshrink and then heat it is that it shrinks and falls off the cable, but I use cheap heatshrink without any adhesive so maybe that could be a factor. maybe sugru would be better for that situation?

    What is it you are calling "METAL CLAMP" ? Can't say I've ever seen one here in America, can you explain yourself. How long do you think that will stay there as pictured.... a day?

    1 more answer

    I'm referring to the white strips of metal coated with rubber/plastic that comes with fasteners. I researched for its name but I wasn't able to find it.

    It could last you months. Depending on how you use or take care of your charger.

    before you bind up your cable you need to check there is no exposed wire that could short out.

    also this fix is a bit like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. It is always worth strengthening the cable from new before the damage has been done (though I admit it does normally spoil the look of a new cable)

    Personally I prefer heat shrink tubing whenever I can get it to work, often it wont fit over the connections though, headphone cables are easiest to work with as the connections are often almost as thin as the cables and the heat shrink slips over easily.

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