Top Tips for extending the lifespan of your charging cables
As you will come to know, JuicEBitz USB cables are extremely well built, heavy duty and built to last - however, there are best practices that you will still need to follow if you are going to make them last a lifetime.
Ignorance around this and not caring for your cables will result in breakages and malfunctions that would not be covered under warranty. To put it simply, just like anything else in life - if you look after your products they will last. If you don't, then you will need to replace them if they fail as customer neglect and poor maintenance is the #1 cause for product failure.
Factors that will extend the lifespan of your charging cables, or any cable for that matter; can save you money and frustration in the long run. Here are some top tips to help you prolong the life of your charging cables:
Avoid excessive bending and pulling: Repeatedly bending or pulling the cable near the connectors can strain the wires and cause internal damage. Handle your cables gently and avoid tugging or yanking them from devices or power outlets.
Disconnect properly: When disconnecting the cable, hold onto the connector itself rather than pulling on the cable. This prevents unnecessary stress on the cable and connector joints.
Store and transport carefully: When not in use, store your cables in a safe and organized manner. Avoid tossing them into bags or pockets where they can get tangled or damaged. Consider using cable organizers or cases to keep them neatly coiled and protected. Our JuicEBrick and JuicEBank Chargers all come with cotton drawstring bags, so you can keep your cable and charger neatly protected from any potential damage.
Avoid extreme temperatures: Exposing charging cables to extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can degrade their performance and lifespan. Avoid leaving cables in direct sunlight, near heat sources, or in freezing temperatures.
Protect connectors: The connectors on charging cables are particularly vulnerable to damage. Keep them clean and free from debris by regularly inspecting and gently cleaning them with a soft cloth or a soft brush. Avoid inserting connectors into devices with excessive force or while they are wet. Most new devices that have cables with a micro-chip, such as lightning cables or USB-C cables can identify moisture in the port and a message will pop-up on the phone to warn you.
Use cable management tools: Cable management tools, such as cable clips or Velcro ties, can help prevent cables from tangling and getting tangled with other objects. Keeping cables organized reduces strain and minimizes the risk of damage. Every JuicEBitz USB Cable, HDMI Cable of Network Cable, Audio Cable - in fact everything we sell in cable format comes with two velcro cable ties specifically for this purpose.
Invest in cable protectors: Consider using cable protectors or sleeves to reinforce areas prone to bending or fraying, such as the cable ends and connectors. These accessories provide added durability and protect vulnerable areas from wear and tear. At JuicEBitz we current do this only on our PRO Series Guitar Leads, as we believe these kind of cables require it most. If you think this is something we should do more or, let us know via our contact form.
Avoid overcharging: Continuous overcharging can generate heat, potentially damaging the cable and the connected device. Once your device is fully charged, unplug it to prevent unnecessary strain on the cable.
Choose high-quality cables: Investing in high-quality charging cables from reputable manufacturers can make a significant difference in their durability and longevity. Quality cables are often constructed with better materials and reinforced connectors, designed to withstand regular use and reduce wear.
HINT: At the end of the day, why would you want to use a cheap inferior charger cable with poor connectors and low grade copper conductors that cost £2.99 and can potentially harm your device, when you've just spent £1000 on a brand new phone!
- Rotate cables: If you have multiple charging cables, rotate their usage. This helps distribute wear and tear across different cables, preventing a single cable from bearing the brunt of daily use. The same goes for USB-C to USB-C, you can reverse the cables so they wear slower at each end.
By following these tips, you can help extend the lifespan of your charging cables, ensuring reliable and long-lasting performance for your devices.
In a nutshell, it means that if you buy something cheap, it's likely to be poor quality and it'll break, wear out or not be fit for purpose. As a result, you'll need to buy a replacement, costing you more money in the long run.
JuicEBitz are renown for manufacturing quality cables that last, with long warranties so why choose anyone else?
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