Best way to clean out my dock connector.

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by jayo1971, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    I'm having trouble docking my 3g to may new tom tom car kit. I've tried my friends iphone with it and they work just fine. So i can only conclude that its my docking connector as i managed to get it to work one time only and that was to pair it to my 3G.

    Any helpful hints or tips would be great. Otherwise.... anyone want to buy it:D:D:D
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    I use alcohol pad on the connector to get rid of grime and oxidation. to clean the general dust and things that sneak their way in there I use a broken wood q-tip handle (Im a nurse so I have access, you could do the same with a broken tooth pick.) Good luck.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    Thanks I'll give it a try.:)
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    if i understand correctly you can take a compressed air bottle and spray some air in there (thats what im going to do)
  5. macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Best thing is just a small paintbrush.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    Jersey Shore
    I thought about doing this myself but i think you run a very high risk of just blowing dust past the dock and under the screen :eek:
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    Your fears are based on what ?

    I wouldn't clean any electronics with anything but the approved cleaning tools

    Most computer techs know that you either clean with either an electronic contact cleaner ( removed oils, dries 100%) you can buy the pens @ Frys

    Or compressed air ( keep the bottle vertically and only use short bursts of air to avoid the air getting too cold and causing condensation)

    I don't recommend sticking anything in there. The hairs on the brush could get stuck on the small pins

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