Lightning cables are an essential tool for Apple mobile devices Without them, you won’t be able to recharge your iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, Lightning cables can easily break due to slammed doors, unexpected foot traffic, or strong impacts.

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Whether you’re looking to make your Lightning cables more durable, or hoping to fix an already frayed wire, you’ve come to the right place. Today we will look at ways to prevent catastrophes from lightning discharges.

Quick Fixes

Frayed Lightning cables are a common problem. Before heading to your local Apple store or other retail store to replace your damaged cord, consider these easy DIY solutions to extend the life of your cable.

electrical tape

One of the least expensive ways to fix a frayed cable is to use several pieces of electrical tape. Wrapping the damaged part of the cable several times should immobilize it and prevent further damage. This solution is a short term fix, depending on the quality of the duct tape.

electrical tape

You can buy a roll of duct tape on Amazon for about $5 for the economy brand. You can also find duct tape at regular stores like Target and Walmart.

Handle Spring

Many people on the internet suggest using a ballpoint pen spring to fix a damaged cable. To do this, slowly wrap it around the base of the frayed cable. You need to stretch the spring a little for the repair to be successful. Once installed, your cable will not bend near the damaged area.

ball pen

For this solution to work, you need to make sure that the spring is not too narrow. Otherwise, you’ll complicate things because the spring will pull on the cable in the area you’re hoping to patch. This is a good preventive measure that should be used before how to damage the cable.

Heat shrink

Another quick solution is to heat shrink the damaged cable. Heat shrink tubing is available in a variety of styles and sizes. Be sure to purchase tubing that is at least 1/4″ in diameter so that you can fit it over the cable. Once you place it on the cable, use a heat gun or hair dryer to activate it. The melted tubing will keep your cable safe and will also strengthen the damaged area.

Heat shrink tubing is available at hardware stores and other retail stores. You can usually buy them on the go or in pre-cut packages.

Fix or secure

Whether you are looking for a solution to repair a worn out cable or want to protect it from future problems, the following solutions will help you. It’s good for both.

Plasty Deep

An interesting product to use with Lightning cable is Plasti Dip, a synthetic rubber that comes in a tin. The benefits of Plasti Dip are that it works on most surfaces and dries quickly. As a bonus, Plasti Dip also protects coated products from moisture, acids, and corrosion, as well as protecting against electrical shock or vibration.

plasti pad

You can buy Plasti Dip for as little as $9 for 11 oz. This is available in various colors and sizes.


I’ve been using Sugru ever since a colleague suggested I use molding glue to strengthen the cable for my new MacBook Pro. Others seem to like the product too because it uses

In your hands, Sugru feels like hardened chewing gum or putty. Once it hardens for 30 minutes, Sugru turns into elastic rubber.

Sugru is available in multiple colors and pack sizes. The cost of 3 packs is $12 and 8 packs is $22. You can purchase it through the Sugru website or stores like Target.

Cable protectors

One final solution is to use cable protectors that attach to both ends of the Lightning cable. Despite the name, they also work with frayed wires. Unfortunately, cable protectors are quite expensive.

Tudia Clip Snap

For example, the TUDIA Klip Snap Cable Saver costs $8 per pair. It’s $8 for one Lightning cable. Regardless of the price, cable protectors can be the perfect choice, depending on your situation.

Cable replacement

Would you rather not waste time repairing a worn-out Lightning cable? Of course, you can return to the Apple store and get a warranty. You can also buy some new Lightning cables. either from Apple or from a third party vendor.

Official replacements are available directly from Apple starting at $19, depending on cable length. You can also find these cables at outlets like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. Third party cables continue to grow in popularity However, before you buy a branded Lightning cable, you should pay attention to two important points.

First, make sure the product is advertised as MFI-certified . Hardware peripherals with this distinction have passed tests designed by Apple and are guaranteed to work with Apple devices. Second, beware of counterfeit products.

Lightning cable in iPhone

Back in October 2016, Apple announced the sale of many «genuine» Apple power adapters, as well as charging and sync cables. there were fakes on Apple is currently suing many of the companies behind these products alleging trademark infringement.

In a statement to 9to5Mac, the company noted that Amazon “does not allow fakes to be sold on our site. We work closely with manufacturers and brands and proactively prosecute offenders.”

Hope Amazon has fixed this issue. As a good rule of thumb, make sure your cables are third party purchased through Amazon are marked «MFi Certified» when received.

Still have problems? Buy third-party Lightning cables from Apple. The wires offered through the company’s online stores and retail stores are guaranteed to be MFi certified.


Frayed Lightning cables are not the end of the world, but rather an annoyance that is easy to fix. Whether you’re looking to fix a damaged cable or replace it, there are many options.

What do you do with frayed Lightning cables? Let us know using the comments below.

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