iLint Trap

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Doozy, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Doozy macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2005
    Is this happening to any of you iPhoneUsers out there. Lint is getting crammed into the the dock socket. The iPhone likes to travel with me where ever I go, We are hardly ever apart. God forbid I spend ten minutes without checking my email, or watching LisaNova (Freak) on YouTube. So during the time the iPhone spends in darkness residing inside my bluejean pockets, it is having an affair with my lint. The lint finds its way ito every little hole it can find, as it turns out link likes my iPhone just as much as me.


    The problem is the lint is getting in the way of a proper connecttion to the dock or the dock cable. I can still sync, but I can't get a firm connention. I tried getting the lint out, but I am afraid of breaking the iPhones connector plate, or whatever it is called. The paper clips I have are to big, and I don't have anything small enough to get that cheating lint out of my iPhone. I will try freezing the lint out with some compressed air.

    The best tool for getting lint out of this area is using a staple. It took me a good half an hour to figure that out.
  2. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    I thnk compressed air is the safest way to go... or try putting it very close (but not touching) to a vacuum cleaner extension.
  3. Doozy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2005
    I tried the compressed air and it wouldn't lodge the lint out. The lint was in there pretty good. I ended up using a staple, it was thin and ridged enough to pry it out.
  4. cfairbank macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2006
    Should invent an insert that would fill the space. They come with many of the cell phones I have bought in the past. Would make since in this case as well.
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Never use a vacuum near any computer.
  6. kkachurak macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Why not?
  7. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    Clean out your pockets once and awhile and you won't have the issue
  8. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    IIRC, the magnets in the motor that generates the suction power are strong enough to degauss a television when the vacuum is turned on. Using it too close to a computer could theoretically screw up your hard drives.

    Don't see how this applies to the iPhone though.
  9. Craiger macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    I know a few people who burn the extra lint off of their socks with a lighter so if you're brave enough you can try burning it out! lol

    Seriously though, I would try some "canned air" which is what I use to clean out my laptop vents and the inside of my desktops. You can get it at radioshack and even Wal-Mart I think.

    I wish it had come with inserts too. My old Samsung had them for every hole and I loved it....
  10. keithos27 macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2006
    the 1st gen ipods had that... dunno if they did away with them because the ipod became commoditized (and brought down prices and goodies included with the ipod) or if it was just considered not to be a long-term issue... curious to see if this really plays out to be an issue for the iphone. i definitely get the same problem (i assume everyone does, actually) but am not really sure how much of an issue the lint really is?

    btw, is compressed air bad for the iphone in any way? especially if you turn a can upside down it sprays out partly frozen (or at least appears that way).... is that dangerous?
  11. vinhmen macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2007
    I've noticed lint also gets trapped in the tiny tiny sliver of space between the screen and the chrome bezel.
  12. keithos27 macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2006
    and the headphone jack... any place on the phone that is "open"...
  13. timotheezz macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2007
    New Jersey
    I think after sniffing my headphone jack repeatedly today (smells good, what can I say?) I didn't see any lint.

    However, I did see lint in the dock connector and I had to pry it out with a tiny piece of paper I created.

    And I did see lint in between the screen and the chrom bezel. I used the canned air for that. Spray those particles right out! I was afraid to use the air for the dock connector though.
  14. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    Why not use a small piece of scotch tape? Not sure how long it'd last on the phone, but not usually sticky enough to leave a residue behind. Just an idea... even if not a great one :p
  15. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Vacuums can cause ESD, a computer's worst nightmare.
  16. sacsig macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    I find that the dock is pretty easy to clean with compressed air, the earphone jack on the other hand though is not.

    Somebody should make a rubber or plastic plug that would be flush with the phone. I would definitely purchase it.
  17. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    You mean like this one? Made for iPhone by RadTech. You think they'd make it in black. Ugh.
  18. Doozy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2005
    I made a few pieces of folded paper but the lint was crammed in there pretty tight. So the paper failed miserably.

    I tried this as well, using some tape attached to a paper handle, the lint was to heavy to lift out.

    What finally got the lint out was a staple, and the staple was thin enough and strong enough to pry the lint from the crevasse.
  19. woodbutcher macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2007
  20. lilnyc macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Ordering one now. Thanks for sharing that link.
  21. Royale w/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    Radtech. Got beat to it. I have a whole bunch of these somewhere. I will try to find them.

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