Do you want to know how to fix the micro USB cable? A typical issue with many (and sometimes not so inexpensive) USB to micro-USB cables is that the internal cables cut themselves due to the constant bending of the micro-USB plug, causing the cable to cease working.
It is simple for a medium-skilled soldering iron user to repair the wires using inexpensive materials.
Crap. Is your recable’s cord broken? Sure, it’s inconvenient at first, but it’s not a huge deal! Recable is a charging wire that can be repaired. You may simply fix it yourself by following a few basic steps (and using a few simple tools).
What makes this such an excellent idea? By fixing your charging cord, you are helping the environment.
Because you save energy and reduce trash. You may also avoid buying a new cable and save money. You and the environment both benefit!
Do you have a USB cable that is nearing the end of its useful life? Using Sugru, you may repair and extend the life of your wires. The majority of individuals will use a USB cord on a regular basis, whether to power their phone or camera.
They are continually tugged, twisted, and distorted, which can result in frayed or torn charging wires. Exposed cable cabling may be exceedingly dangerous to both the equipment and the user, as it can lead to electrical shorting.
Repairing a USB cable instead of purchasing a new one is a low-cost way to extend the life of your cable.
You may also attempt this with your new wires to avoid future splits! Scroll down to see our step-by-step instruction on how to use Sugru to repair a damaged USB cable.
What Is A Micro USB?
A micro USB interface is a miniature version of the Universal Serial Bus interface designed for connecting small and mobile devices such as cellphones, MP3 players, GPS devices, printers, and digital cameras.
There are four varieties of micro USB connectors: micro USB type A, micro USB type B, micro USB 2.0, and micro USB 3.0. Micro USB 3.0 is similar to micro type B, but with an extra pin group on the side for twice the wires, allowing USB 3.0 to be faster.
Micro Usb Cables – Easy Fix
Step 1: Shop
Micro-USB plugs may be found for a very low price on eBay. I purchased 20 parts, including covers, from here for 1.24€ ($1.44 at the time):
Alternatively use the following keywords to search:
Micro USB 5 Pin T Port Male Plug Socket Connector with Plastic Case
If you prefer a smaller amount or a different type of what I got, let me know.
Step 2: Read The Manual
The plug contains five pins. Only four of them are used, as shown in the illustration, and the pin diagram is:
1. VCC – RED (5 volts)
2. DATA – WHITE
3. GREEN – INFORMATION +
4. GND – BLACK (ground)
Step 3: Tools
- Fine-tipped soldering iron
- Soldering compound
- The wire cutter
- Multimeter for wire stripping
I like to use a soldering iron with a fine needle tip. In addition, I use high-quality soldering paste and solder.
Step 4: Procedure
- Remove the wiring insulation and cut the broken end of the cable, leaving 4mm or so of wire at the end of the cable.
- Dip the cable wire ends into the soldering paste. Solder the four wires together using the soldering iron’s tip.
- Cut the soldered wires to around 2mm in length.
- Apply a coat of soldering paste to the plug connections with a screwdriver, a toothpick, or whatever tool you want.
- Solder each of the four cables to the right spot using tweezers.
Step 5: Testing and Finish
After soldering all four cables, use a multimeter to examine their contact. There should be no relationship between them. If you connect by accident, do not use this cable. Simply cut it again and resolder it.
Apply a tiny quantity of glue (I used a silicon gun) to one side of the lid and firmly push the plug.
Apply a larger amount of glue to the other side of the cover and press the two sides together.
For these kind of repairs, I use an old phone charger and an old phone to test the wires. This precaution is critical for me.
So far, I have not made any mistakes and have not harmed any devices by utilising the wires that I have repaired.
That’s all. Finished
How To Fix Micro USB Cable?
What You Need?
- Combination pliers with side cutters
- Heat shrink tube Cutter knife Lighter
(With a starting diameter of 9.5 mm, we utilise a shrinkage ratio of 3:1.) This may be seen here).
If you are missing one of the tools, you do not need to purchase a new one. Instead, borrow it from a neighbour, a friend, or a member of your family. Perhaps a repair café near you can assist you.
- Unplug the recable from the power source and turn off the power supply.
- With the cutter-knife, carefully cut the heat shrink tube lengthwise.
- With your fingers, separate the heat shrink tubing from the connection housing.
- Bend open both strain relief clips using the cutter-knife.
- Cut the casing fastener with the cutter.
- Return the top carefully over the catches.
- Bend the metal shell open carefully with your fingers – not too far, or the metal hinge will shatter. Remove the casing.
- Lever the inner portion (turquoise) over the catch points to open the insulation displacement termination with the cutter.
- Take cautious since the plastic can easily broken!
- Pull the insulation displacement termination strands out.
- With the side cutter, carefully cut the cable.
- With the side cutter, expose the cable to around 1.5 cm.
- Using the lighter, connect the braided hose ends.
- You may need to apply a piece of Washitape to hold the natural fibre braided sleeves prevent unravelling.
- Extend the strands to a total length of 8 mm.
- Cut the cable sheath all around with the cutter (not too deeply!) and pull it off with your fingers.
- Sort the strands in the following order by colour:
red (power supply) (power supply)
green (data+) white (data-)
black (GND) (GND)
- Insert the insulation displacement termination strands.
- The holes are labelled r (red), w (white), g (green), and b (blue) (black).
- With the Combination pliers, press the insulation displacement termination. Check that the cutting clamp is flush.
- Smooth out the cable’s braided sheath until it reaches the connection.
- Close the casing with your fingers around the insulation displacement termination.
- Using the Combination pliers, press the housing together. The latching points keep the housing closed.
- Insert the shielding’s stranded wire into the strain relief.
- With the Combination pliers, firmly press the strain relief clamps.
- Now, wrap the heat shrink tube around the Micro-USB plug and shrink it with the lighter.
- Avoid getting too near to the flame. Otherwise, the heat shrink tube will become sooty. You may also use a heat gun instead of a lighter to avoid this.
Congratulations You have made a modest but significant contribution to environmental conservation by fixing your recable. That’s fantastic!
What Is Sugru?
Sugru is a moldable compound that adheres to plastic, glass, metal, wood, and textiles. Simply press it against the thing you wish to stick, patch, repair, seal, or even create.
The putty allows you 30 minutes to do the task before it begins to cure; after 24 hours, the product transforms into a robust, flexible silicone rubber that stays in place until you wish to relocate it.
Sugru was created by its inventor Jane N Dhulchaointigh while studying for her MA in product design, with the goal of inspiring a new generation to mend, make, and improve things.
How To Repair A Fraying USB Cable:
You will require the following items:
1 Sugru pack A frayed or torn USB cord
It is critical to use caution when working with electricity. Use low voltage things such as phone and laptop cords as much as possible. Repair cables where the metal is visible or if the cable is already sporadically functional.
To begin, open one single-use Sugru pack. Roll half of the Sugru with your hands to form a sausage shape. Flatten it out.
Wrap the flat piece of Sugru around your cable, ensuring sure it’s snug to the charger’s plastic section. Continue to squeeze it until it has a lovely form.
When you’re happy with the shape, carefully rub the Sugru to make it smooth.
If you’re pleased with the form and surface, let the Sugru cure overnight and your cable will be as good as new.
Do you have any more USB cables that need to be repaired? Rep the preceding procedures. To begin, you may attempt this DIY Sugru tech hack with your new cords to avoid fraying.
If you want to get your hands on this brilliant mouldable glue, visit our website today to see our whole Sugru selection.