iPhone 5 loose connector

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Adster3000, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012
    The lightening power connector is loose and drops the charge if moved, even slightly, while plugged in. It was working fine, and one day this started happening, no physical trauma occurred to the device or connector. Is anyone else having issues with a loose connection (lightening into the phone, not the USB or plug side)?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2008

    Yea exact same issue here. Did you bring it to the Apple Store and inquired about it?
  3. lylemo, May 25, 2013
    Last edited: May 25, 2013

    macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Loose iPhone 5 lightning connector

    The original post for this thread is a bit old, but the "cure" is simple and relevant, thanks to:http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1512868. The last 2 posts of that thread (itsmemuffins & Skika) provided the means. A light touch with a paper clip did it for me...gobs of fuzzy stuff came out...now all is well.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2012
    Should be a nice snug fit. If its not, then look inside for anything blocking the connector from properly being inserted.
  5. macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    I agree...once the fuzz blockage was removed, the snug fit returned.
  6. macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    i am also having the same issue...would try this as soon as possible.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2012
    Kinda strange. To me, it would seem more likely for the old style connector to get clogged with debris compared to the new lightning connector.
  8. macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Fuzzy physics?

    Okay, people, we do need to keep our sense of humor through this deep discussion. For those of us with fuzzy pockets, we are apt to face this loose connector problem several times in the future, so we must be vigilant to the factors involved here. A serious consultant (most consultants are very serious!) has an opinion concerning the likelihood of a fuzz-induced “crisis”, namely, that the older 30-pin connector has all those “fins” slicing the fuzz into very small pieces (“microscopic fuzzlets”). This makes it less likely that the fuzz will accumulate and block the connection. The lightning connector works like a plunger...it progressively compacts the accumulating fuzz into the single opening. Eventually the connection is compromised. This is apparently what happened in my situation. So, perhaps we can call this "fuzzy physics", as contrasted with "fuzzy math"...but that’s another problem. The irony is that the original post in this thread was written 6 months ago, and we don’t know if Adster3000 found a solution. Did Adster3000 have fuzzy pockets like me? Hmmm...a conundrum. Okay...I’ll stop now.
  9. macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Is it the plug that is messed up or the phone connector?
  10. macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2013
    Yep2! This is true, it happened to me with my iP4s before and I was soooo mad with the loose connector not knowing that there's some dusts blocking it. Just check the plug again before you contact apple :)
  11. macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Probably neither the plug or connector are defective. The problem can occur when the plug progressively compacts fuzz into the device's receptacle to such a point that the connection is intermittent or lost. IF fuzz is the problem, just gently clean it out.

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