How do I protect my charging cable

No more cable breaks: This is how you protect cables and wires from kinking

Friedrich Stiemer

A pen nib is enough to protect sensitive parts of the cable from kinking. The tip shows you how to do it.

EnlargeA ballpoint pen nib effectively protects your cable from kinks and breaks.

A recurring problem with most cables is a kink or even a break. The result is often a defect in the connected component or even a complete short circuit. Thinner cables for audio devices and chargers are particularly affected relatively often. It doesn't even matter what price range they come from. Because, depending on the degree of use, sooner or later most cables will fail.

The reason for this is quite simple: They are used regularly in everyday life and are often simply not up to the stresses and strains in the long run. Usually there is a kink at the transition between the cable and the connector. This is the most sensitive part of this line. This should sound familiar to you, especially if you are listening to music on your smartphone through wired headphones. Plugging it in your pocket or handbag puts a lot of strain on the cable. The risk of kinking it is particularly high here. Constant winding and unwinding is also a major burden. Those who do not react early can even expect a cable break and, for better or worse, disconnect from their beloved earphones.

But there is something you can do to prevent disaster. To do this, you need a small tool that everyone of you is guaranteed to have at home: a spring. The best thing to do is to disassemble a ballpoint pen and remove the nib. This usually has a somewhat denser winding on one side. In this area it is much more stable and is ideal as a protective jacket for your cable. If you have such a spring, thread the cable through it so that it is in the area of ​​the more solid part: for example, bend the end with a pair of pliers or simply with your fingers so that the cable fits into it. Then wrap the rest of the spring around the cable. This works with a little patience and instinct. In this way, the transition to the connection and part of the cable are effectively protected from kinks and breaks. Even if the pen nib doesn't have a tighter coil on the end, you don't have to worry. You can also stabilize your cable with an evenly curved spring and thus increase its service life.

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