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Old Jan 31, 2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Quick question for anyone

The charging cord on my Mini is just starting to kink near where it plugs into it, and I want to reinforce the cord before the wires inside break.

Can anybody think of a reinforcement readily available, hopefully something in most households, or barring that, something from a small-town store? Im thinking some sort of tubing like the outside of an electric wire connector duct-taped on (not easy if even possible) but it would have to also fit over the wider part where it plugs in, or be wrapped of course.

I don't think a piece of a drinking straw sliced lengthwise and wrapped would be sufficient strength to hold the kink straight, but that's the idea.
Thanks for any ideas!
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 02:50 AM   #2
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Heat shrink. Used by electricians to cover exposed wire and you shrink it to the size you need with a hair dryer. I used to use it on the battery leads on my RC car.
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 02:59 AM   #3
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Why are you trying to fix something that's under warrenty?? Call apple they'll send you a new one.
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 07:51 AM   #4
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Heat shrink. Used by electricians to cover exposed wire and you shrink it to the size you need with a hair dryer. I used to use it on the battery leads on my RC car.
Yay! Perfect I forgot all about heatshrink. It's nice and neat, and there's a NAPA auto supply store right in town. Many thanks.
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Why are you trying to fix something that's under warrenty?? Call apple they'll send you a new one.
Because I thought Apple only warranted defective parts. It was the way the Mini was sitting on the table that the cord got stretched and kinked, though it wouldn't have happened if the cord was a bit longer, and the cord reinforced with a little more length than the ~1/4" that is there. But thanks, I guess it wouldn't hurt to ask as it is a bit chintzy; I take very good care of my mini and did not see that coming.
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Yay! Perfect I forgot all about heatshrink. It's nice and neat, and there's a NAPA auto supply store right in town. Many thanks.
Heat shrink may not work. You have to get it over the connector on the end of the cable.
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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Heat shrink may not work. You have to get it over the connector on the end of the cable.
I think it would work on the lightning connector. It's not that big.
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I had that happen to me and I just took it to the apple store and they replaced it for free. It was an iPad 1 and I had it for over two years.
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I had that happen to me and I just took it to the apple store and they replaced it for free. It was an iPad 1 and I had it for over two years.
Yup. I've walked into Apple stores with non-working USB cables and also with older iPod earphones, and gotten them replaced without having to show when I got them.
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