My headphones have a faulty jack, but I don't have a solder

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  1. tablo13 macrumors 65816

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    My headphone has a faulty jack, it has sound only coming out of the right earbud. If the plug and cord is twisted/tangled right, there's sound on both earbuds, but that's occasional. Seems like I can just buy a new jack for my Skullcandy Ink'd earbuds, but I don't have a solder. Is there a store that can solder my new jack? Or do I just have to borrow it from someone? I live in Edmonton, Canada.
     
  2. firestarter macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure what Canada is like, but where I live (London) there are hundreds of mobile phone shops and they all do simple repairs and firmware hacking. Most of them would probably have the skills to do this repair. That's the sort of place I would go to if there are any in your area.

    Alternatively, you could probably buy a soldering iron, solder and a replacement jack plug for about $20 from radio shack or somewhere like that. Soldering is pretty easy - you just need to practice first.
     
  3. tablo13 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did soldering before. :D Not sure if The Source (which is kinda like Radio Shack) is the place to go. But there are a lot of mobile phone shops in malls.
     
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    Mobile phone shops in malls are usually staffed by clueless salesmen... not people who can solder.

    The sort of back-street mobile phone places we have in London specialise in repairs and hacking firmware :)
     
  5. tablo13 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How much is it in London?
     
  6. firestarter macrumors 603

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    How much is what?

    I have my own soldering iron, so I've never had them repair something for me.
     
  7. pablo7 macrumors 6502

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    Just toss'em skullcandys are junk anyway and buyva good pair of headphones.
     
  8. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Skullcandys are fine.

    They come with a life-time warranty. Just exchange them.
     
  9. tablo13 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    But I'm afraid they'll never come back like some of the people experienced :p And what if I just get a 50% discount instead of an exchange...
    Skullcandys are fine. Good bass/sound... at least better than the ones that come with iPods.
     
  10. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Hm. I've never had experience with getting a replacement. Do they really offer a 50% off discount if they break?

    Copycat. :p
     
  11. tablo13 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    :p 50% discount if because of aggressive listening (which I didn't really) or replacement if "the item broke for no good reason". Wondering how long the warranty takes...
     
  12. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Ahh. So I see.

     
  13. tablo13 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    4 weeks. I'm not gonna send them my earphones...
     
  14. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Mm. That's not that bad, but probably not worth the wait. It says up to, though.

    Past this,..... Good luck! :)
     
  15. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    I have had so many earbuds that endup getting glitchy because of a bad plug. I sent one pair of skullcandy's in and they never did anything. but when I emailed them with the tracking number USPS they gave me a full refund plus a bit. but the replacement ones were getting bad in two weeks. but I have had several brands get bad some within a few weeks or less.
    you could not really solder the wires they are so fine and nor really wires for the most part.
     
  16. tablo13, Nov 24, 2010
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    tablo13 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just mailed my earbuds by mail, and they gave me a 100% refund plus $7 in two or three weeks. :)
     

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