When the iPhone 5 was released 3 years ago, Apple made a major change: They replaced the traditional 30 pin connector with the new and improved lightning port. This was initially meet with a lot of criticism, but since then Apple has released 4 new iPhone models and countless other products, with every one of them incorporating the Lightning Port.
It has long been thought that the Lightning Cables are not nearly as good as the cables they replace. If you own an iPhone, you probably already know this. On Apple’s website, the review for its own official cable hovers around 1.5 stars out of 5.
As iPhone users know, the cable starts off working fine, but typically after a time period of 2-4 months something happens to the cable that prevents it from charging your phone.
While there have been designs by third party companies that attempt to correct Apple’s problem, they usually don’t work better than any other cable and most people (myself included) have resigned to the fact that we will simply be forced to purchase a new charging cable every couple of months.
The standard Apple Lightning to USB cable sells for around $20, and good quality third party cables will typically cost about $10-$15. If you constantly have to buy new cables, this cost can add up quickly.
However, I accidently stumbled upon the secret to why your iPhone has trouble charging.
IT’S NOT THE CABLE!
The real problem with your iPhone is actually the port itself. The small opening attracts dust and traps it inside, preventing your cable from making a proper connection with the phone.
Luckily the problem is relatively easy to fix. You simply have to take a small long object (like a paperclip) and scrape away the dust.
To test that this works, I took a two year old Lightning Cable that no longer worked for charging my phone. After cleaning out the port, the cable magically worked again!
The next time you think that your charging cable is broken, check the port for dust instead. It might just save you time and money.