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Offline LiquidLogik

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Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« on: November 08, 2016, 04:11:02 am »
Hi,

My girlfriend has broken the cable for her iPhone 5. She's some how separated the USB connector in to two pieces.

I'm thinking about just cutting off the USB connector and putting on a new one. Are there any hidden electronics or connections in the USB connector?

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 04:20:59 am »
No, but.. they don't make a lot of USB plugs for attaching to a cable yourself, and they're likely to be even more fragile than that one.

They do seem to make more than they used to, though..

Perhaps http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/adafruit-industries-llc/1827/1528-1396-ND/5629444

Rather vague on strain relief, to put it mildly..
« Last Edit: November 08, 2016, 04:22:58 am by Monkeh »
 

Offline grifftech

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 04:39:27 am »
Solder the wires to a con with a mini / micro usb
 

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2016, 06:34:09 am »
They're $6. https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Premium-Lightning-iPhone-Certified/dp/B00K4VQZCM/

Don't waste your time, any fix isn't going to be worth the time and won't last.
 

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2016, 07:25:13 am »
at $6 I'm pretty sure it's a fake, not apple certified, that is to say it will fail after a system update, when apple wants it to fail...

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2016, 07:26:57 am »
for OP, yes you can soldier any usb plug you may have, the colors are ok inside, green and red for data lines.
the certification chip is in the lightning plug.
I usually make one working cable out of 2 non-working ones by exchanging the plugs.

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2016, 02:43:31 pm »
at $6 I'm pretty sure it's a fake, not apple certified, that is to say it will fail after a system update, when apple wants it to fail...

It's Anker, they're a legitimate brand.
 

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2016, 06:00:40 pm »
I found these Remax cables to be extremely robust and reliable. I first found them when I was visiting Thailand, they have since appeared on AliExpress. There are also 2M ones, but not as thick as the one I linked.
 

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2016, 06:42:31 pm »
I found these Remax cables to be extremely robust and reliable. I first found them when I was visiting Thailand, they have since appeared on AliExpress. There are also 2M ones, but not as thick as the one I linked.
it's (almost) not  the problem of being robust, but the problem of being apple certified, so that future system updates will not render the cable useless

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2016, 12:25:09 am »
I found these Remax cables to be extremely robust and reliable. I first found them when I was visiting Thailand, they have since appeared on AliExpress. There are also 2M ones, but not as thick as the one I linked.
it's (almost) not  the problem of being robust, but the problem of being apple certified, so that future system updates will not render the cable useless

No problems with mine after updating.
 

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Re: Replacing the USB connector of iPhone cable
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2017, 01:33:14 pm »
FYI, the AmazonBasics branded Lightning cables are excellent, and are also Mfi-certified.
 


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