Is there any advice on how far the lightening cable be extended?

a-m-k

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For the past few days, I have had a hard time charging my phone and one day it never actually charged. I have resorted to charging my phone from an outlet on the same level of the surface I set my phone on. When it first started. I never heard the "Dwoing!" (as I call it. :))

So today, just to check it again, it didn't make that sound and I noticed that the cord when attached to the actual plug, the plug was loose in the outlet. I had to put a little more force on the plug to get secure.

I have had the charger cable less that a year and I have almost reached my second year of owning my phone. (I don't think I am going to trade-in my phone until the much rumored iPhone I have read about actually becomes available.)

I am not sure since I am sitting here using my MBP and not on a sturdy hard surface such as a table if the sturdiness of a hard surface versus a lap or even a bed effects the balance and may throw something off in my phone or even charging cord and outlet.

Sometimes it'll work and sometimes I have to use someone else's charger. What do you all think, have you experienced this.
 

digitard

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Sounds like you just have a bad cable/charging block. It happens.

Pick one up on Amazon for a few bucks. We have a variety of 3ft/6ft cables, and while we've had a bad one (same type of issue) it's a minor replacement.
 
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CNeufeld

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Or you may want to look at replacing your charger... Something isn't correct, and since it seems it's working ok on other chargers, I'd start with that.

Not sure what any of this has to do with "how far you can extend the cable"...

C
 
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So today, just to check it again, it didn't make that sound and I noticed that the cord when attached to the actual plug, the plug was loose in the outlet. I had to put a little more force on the plug to get secure.
It sounds like you have found the problem. Insure the plug is secure in the socket.
 
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I came to this thread with high hopes of skinned lightning cables and how to tie wires together....... either that or a literal 'stretching to breaking point.' Oh well. XD
 
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a-m-k

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As I type this, I am currently charging my phone. I have it sitting a bit lower level than I am sitting. I am typing this on my MBP and my iPhone is charging next to me from my MBP. The connection is secure unlike the last time I tried to charge my phone with the "cube" which was loose to me. It is a good thing that three of the four phone owners own iPhones of varying generations.
 
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As I type this, I am currently charging my phone. I have it sitting a bit lower level than I am sitting. I am typing this on my MBP and my iPhone is charging next to me from my MBP. The connection is secure unlike the last time I tried to charge my phone with the "cube" which was loose to me. It is a good thing that three of the four phone owners own iPhones of varying generations.
Check your lightning socket for fluff. Colleague of mine had the same issue, phone wouldn't always charge. Took it to the :apple: store who promptly cleaned out his socket for him.
 
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a-m-k

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Check your lightning socket for fluff. Colleague of mine had the same issue, phone wouldn't always charge. Took it to the :apple: store who promptly cleaned out his socket for him.
Thanks for the advice... currently, I am charging my phone with the same charger cord that may or may not be the problem, I didn't see anything, but how do you remove the "fluff"? As far as I know, since the charger cord wasn't included with my phone, the cord is acting up I can't even lift my phone up to look at something if it's charging.

I'm hesitant to go out and purchase a longer lightening cable/cord when I can to see if maybe that'll help. It's not even stretching out. My phone is on an even surface and nothing is blocking any part of the charger port on my phone that would prohibit from charging.
 
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Thanks for the advice... currently, I am charging my phone with the same charger cord that may or may not be the problem, I didn't see anything, but how do you remove the "fluff"? As far as I know, since the charger cord wasn't included with my phone, the cord is acting up I can't even lift my phone up to look at something if it's charging.

I'm hesitant to go out and purchase a longer lightening cable/cord when I can to see if maybe that'll help. It's not even stretching out. My phone is on an even surface and nothing is blocking any part of the charger port on my phone that would prohibit from charging.
I have 3 or four cables. Different lengths. Some came with my devices, some made by apple, some not. They all work whatever the surface or length. I'd just order a new cable. They're not expensive and it's always good to have a spare.
 
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lordofthereef

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These cables crap out on me a lot. Rarely does a cable last two years in this house. To be fair, we beat them up and use them until they work no more (or at least start to fail). I'm impressed by the one in my wife's car. I drove her car today to take it to the shop and wow that thing has exposed wires in theatre places but still functions just fine.

If the cable and brick are less than.m a year old you can try having Apple replace them.
 
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a-m-k

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I found the problem. (So I think.) The pictures below is my case. I got to thinking since the "bumper" is a little on the thick side, it might be possible that the bumper was preventing the charger end of my cord to be inserted in my phone all the way. So, I decided to take it off to see, and as of right now my phone is currently charging without me having to wiggle and hold the charging cord in the right place.
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a-m-k

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This is interesting... late last night, its now Wednesday morning where I am, I went to my phone and shut off my phone where you have to slide to power down. I never did that before because I thought when I heard the sound like camera was taking a picture when I hit the power button on the top, it was off. The lightning cable now seems to be working again. I thought it was weird when I gave my lightning cable to my dad to see if it worked on his phone, it worked OK for him and he didn't have to jiggle it, then again, he doesn't have the case like I have posted above. Though I did notice something a bit odd. Just under the part of the cable that goes into the phone to charge it, there is a little tiny dot. I will provide a picture of the cord if I can get a good close up of the "dot". Since the cord is flat, I am not sure if it's a broken wire or not in my charging cord.
 
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a-m-k

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Administrators, if this thread could be closed, please do so. I have a brand new and absolutely fantastic charging cable that is much longer and I don't even have to worry about stretching out the wires in the cord. I have the ten foot lightning cable, It's AWESOME!
 
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