When used frequent, data or charger cables may break or tear near the connector. As an inexpensive solution to prevent cables from bending, you can purchase cable protectors or cable sleeves in different forms and shapes. These helpful tools protect the inside and outside of the cable. There are even some solutions to repair a damaged computer cable and ensure a longer service life.
To prevent damage and expensive replacements, it is good practice to prevent data and charger cables from breakage. The best way to stop your cables from breaking is to take proper care of them and hold the cable by the connector when removing it from a device or port. This is the strongest part, not the fragile cable.
To prevent excessive bending of your data and charger cables, you can purchase cable protectors to avoid bending the cable near the connector. The location where the cable joins the connector is the most fragile part of the entire cable. Cable protector help you protect the point where the cable connects to the plug.
These cable protectors are often made of softer materials such as rubber. This allows them to bend together with the cable and connector. If the material of the cable protector is too hard, it will not bend and as a result move the fragile point further down the cable.
Add a cable sleeve
To prevent a cable from breakage, you may want to take a closer look at cable sleeves. Cable sleeving are together with the cable protectors one of the most efficient solutions to protect your data and charger cables. They prevent cables from excessive bending and can be added wrapped around the outside of the cables.
Computer cables come with a little bit of protection around them, however, the protection used to cover standard cables is not meant to withstand serious and longterm use. Some cables can be purchased with braided sleaves that protect the inside of the cable and prevent bends.
Coil your cables in circles
When a data or charger cable is not in use, it is best to store the cable itself in a secure manner. You can roll up computer cables with circular movements. The cable will coil in a specific manner so make sure you loop your cable the right way by manipulating it with your hands. To prevent damage, you can use a strap to keep the cables together.
Repair your broken cables
Damage to your data or charger cables may become visible over time. If you are convinced your cable is not too severely damaged, you can try to repair the wear and tear on the outside of the cable. There are repair kits available to repair your cables with damaged sleeves.
As an inexpensive option, you may want to use heat shrink tubes to cover damages on the outside of the cable. You pull these tubes over your data or charger cable and cover the damaged spot. Use a heat gun or hairdryer to make the protective cover shrink to its position. These heat shrink tubes reduce the risk of further damage.
Throw away your cables
Remember, a computer cable that shows breakages or bends is best left in the recycle bin. Continued use of a damaged cable is a serious safety risk. Fractures inside your data or charger cable can increase the resistance of the electricity and results in the development of heat. Excessive temperatures on a flammable surface are never considered as a good idea.
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