No matter how durable earbuds you buy or the brand you choose, they are small and prone to damages. Most commonly the cables weaken and break overtime. Sometimes, the audio jack malfunctions and very often the earplugs suffer wear and tear. No brainer; it’s in human nature to throw a product in the bin when it’s not working anymore, so are the poor little earbuds.
On average, the earphones on the very low-end costs around $5 and some premium ones come under $50 and some above $100. But if you throw them away every time an issue occurs, you’ll be losing too much of your money each year.
Here are some of the most common damages that earbuds suffer.
- Audio Jack Failure: Plugging-in and out your audio jack with force can result in a broken wire or damaged jack.
- Torn Earplugs: The foam tips on your earbuds, if not taken care of, will eventually tear that can even damage your earcanal.
- Broken Cords: The most common damage earphones face. Majority of the people end up breaking the cord in an attempt to untangle it.
Well, here are some tips on fixing your earbuds.
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1: Audio Jack Cable Break
Quite often, the earbud cord breaks at the audio jack. Measure with a scale an inch and a half from the audio jack, and cut off the cable using a wire cutter. Throw away that shi**y piece of wire that’s been ruining your music.
You will need a fine sandpaper, a metal replacement jack and a spring.
Here comes the tricky part. The white wire of the cord connects to the left speaker at the tip probe, the red wire of the cord to the right speaker and the earth to the sleeve of probe. To save extra time and effort, slide the plug cover, the shrink tube and spring on the wire.
Now you have to connect the wires to probes on the jack. Gently and carefully stripe the wires and using the solder, apply a thin layer to hide the exposed part of the wires. With the sandpaper, roughen the surface of the probes. This will give the solder a solid grip with the metal. Finally, solder the wires as mentioned above. There is a hole in the probe where you can insert the wire and then solder it.
Finally, solder the wires to the other end of the cord, behind the jack and you’re all done. Give your repaired audio jack a test try and see it passes.
2: Broken Cord
Normally, the broken or damaged area of the cord can be found by plugging your earbuds on a music source and bending the cable at 90-degress and sliding your thumb along its length, starting from its audio jack. Normally the break is near the jack as it is the highly-stressed area if not, keep on sliding the thumb till it reaches a particular spot where you feel a distortion in the music. Mark it by wrapping a tape on that area.
Take a wire cutter, and cut approximately an-inch of the wire from both the ends to ensure that the broken area is completely ripped off from the cord.
Gently stripe the red and white wires and give them a twist so they appear clean.
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Finally, twist the red cable with the red one on the other end of the cord and the white cable with the white. If there is an earth wire, it will be wrapped around the white and red cables. Solder the wires, wrap a tape gently around them, plug-in your earbuds and enjoy a flawless synchronization of music.
3: Damaged Earplugs
The only fix to damaged earbuds is replacing them. Normally, the earbud manufacturer offers extra pair of foam tips that come in different sizes, however; you can always find some goods one at Amazon or a company named Comply.