Is there a way to "unbend" a bent charger plug?

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    I had my plug with the travel plug adapter, plugged into the socket and my classmate essentially bent the **** out of it with her chair and upon inspection, it looks like one of the prongs is slightly bent. I don't really own pliers, any other way you guys can imagine I could bent the actual pront itself back? Just pushing the prong the opposite direction of the bend doesnt seem to "unbend" it...
     
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    It's Really Not Worth Trying

    You could end up with a trashed device....if you really want to try it, and I advise you don't.....plug the adaptor into the socket at an angle so that the bent pin goes in first. Then gently ease it over until the other pin will go in too.

    Best and most sensible course of action? Buy a new one....they only cost cents really.
     
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    any ideas where i can get a cheap oem one?

    sigh i haven't even owned this for 30 days yet...
     
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    Seriously? Your choice is between an $80 (or whatever the cost is in GBP) replacement or a $5 pair of pliers. Just go out and buy a pair of needlenose pliers and bend it back.
     
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    tbqh i wasn't really sure if i was worth going out to buy a pair of pliers as a busy student just to unbend a slightly bent single prong of a plug. It's still usable but there's definitely more resistance to plug it into walls now.

    Plus, I don't even know if using a plier is a good idea since it looks like the 2 prongs are attached separately and can snap off separately, so trying to force it with pliers might just snap it off, who knows.
     
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    Online ordering takes 5 minutes.

    Then you don't need to bend it back.

    If you want to bend it back you'd apply slow, steady pressure. It wouldn't break the prong off.
     
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    If You Can Still Use It

    Then I'd still buy one, but over time, it will eventually get easier to plug in
     
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    If there is an Apple store near buy why not drop by, explain what happened, and ask nicely if there is anything they can do for you. It's not going to be covered under warranty but the geniuses can often throw you a bone as a means of winning you over as a life long Apple buyer. Don't go in expecting them to fix the problem, but if there is an Apple store near buy why not giver it a shot*

    *Disclaimer - not responsible if while at the Apple store you decide to but a 27" iMac.
     
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    Excellent idea as they often have spares lying around.

    The way I was taught to do this btw, is to use an extension cord. All you do is insert the bent side of the plug into the jack- UNPLUGGED OF COURSE!!!- and this will allow a secure grip to gently bend the plug back straight. The other side of the plug just hangs outside the jack portion so as to not impede the straightening action.
     
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    I really don't get this "don't try it cuz you may ruin it" advise when the alternative you provide is to replace it anyway.
     
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    Agreed. Plus I don't understand this whole thread. We've offered 17 messages because the OP doesn't want to bother to borrow or buy a pair of pliers.
     
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    Thanks, the thread wouldn't be complete without the inevitable "This thread is pointless reply."
     

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