Washed My iPhone Sync & Charge Cable!!

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by yuanmoons, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. yuanmoons macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    I just got my cable out of the wash - 20mins - having left it in my trouser pocket - doh!

    Anyone with experience of this? Will it be ok? I dont want to use it if there is a risk that my iPhone will get damaged with the old electricity running through it..... :confused:

    Im leaving it near the radiator for the next day or two and after that ill make a decision... i could take it to the apple store and ask them to check it with 'test' phone or something...

    If anyone has any advice - much appreciated.
  2. chargit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2010
    Evansville, In
    they are very cheap I would not risk it! just toss it and get a new one!
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  4. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    this might sound stupid

    but throw it in the dryer

    ive had 3 pairs of headphones go through the washer and dryer ( they get really tangled afterwards)

    best case scenario they dry up and the cable is not tangled

    normal situation is that they will dry safely but they will be tangled

    worst case scenario, they are dry but at least it wont damage your iphone
  5. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    I'm sure it will be fine, just let it dry for a few days.
  6. yuanmoons thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Im going to try it in a few days... maybe end of next week

    In the mean time i have a cable for a 3g (bros, mines 2g) Im pretty sure they are all interchangeable / universal fits - but can someone confirm?......

  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    In that case, just switch cables with your bro. ;)
  8. yuanmoons thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    I wouldnt do that :rolleyes:

    And they are different anyway - the bit that connects with iphone is fat/deeper and has pads each side that are slightly squeezable (help unhook from iphone). Mine is thin.
  9. pixelated macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2008
    just an older version of the same wire. They do the same thing.
  10. yuanmoons thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Thanks. Been charging for last 45 mins - i was 99% sure it was the same. Ill report back in a few days after i try the newly washed cable!
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you break your phone with a faulty cable, you may not be able to get a new phone (unless you pay for it). The best way is to just buy a cable for $10 or something (even if it's third-party).
  12. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    I have a stain on one of my cables, maybe i should throw it in the washer :D
  13. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

    Mike Macintosh

    Sep 20, 2009
    Washington State
    I hate to say it, but why risk damage to your phone, buy replacements, they are pretty cheap if you know where to look.
  14. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit

    just a thought there is a water sensor right near where you plug it in! a drop of water hits it! no warrenty for you sir! ;) I would buy a new cord. they are so cheap on ebay.
  15. calvy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2007
    You guys are crazy. As long as you've let it dry long enough, and there are no visible damages to the protective covering on the wire, it'll be just fine. If it is frayed at all, take it to apple for a replacement, assuming your warranty is still good.
  16. yuanmoons thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Im borrowing a cable so there is no rush for me to use the washed cable. Its sitting on the floor under the radiator so itll get a steady drying for a good week.

    Im probably going to use it next week sometime. Ill use a blow dryer from a distance for a few minutes nearer the time for a final drying - but with the way the cable is built i doubt it is or was saturated with water anyway.....

    Its a 2yr old 2G iphone so there is no warranty (still looks brand new & better than the 3G with its plastic back!!!! :p).

    I have thought about buying a cable to be super safe, as spending between 5-10 pounds is affordable where as £300+ for a new iphone isnt.
  17. yuanmoons thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    I started using the washed cable today and its fine as far as i can tell - it syncs and it charges...... got apple store to try it and it worked there first... :)
  18. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Dishwasher would get it cleaner. :rolleyes:


    As expected. Now you have a pretty cable.
  19. yuanmoons thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Nah, it always seems to miss a bit somewhere in my experience.... But then i dont usually use my sync cable to eat food with ;)
  20. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Pardon me if this was mentioned but...

    RICE is the solution. 1-2 days in a bowl of raw rice and it'll be 100%.

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