We are all experiencing every now and then our headphones or earbuds to get broken, this is really annoying especially when it was hard to get a headphone that we love and got used to using on a daily basis.
Then How Can I Stop Headphones From Breaking?
To stop a headphone from breaking semi-regularly, then you need to be careful in how you handle your headphones when it comes to how you carry them, storing, and carrying them …etc because headphones are mostly made of plastic or thin cables that are easy to break, even for high quality and pricey ones if you miss uses them whether they are wired or wireless headphones.
Now, there are many hacks that prevent and stop your headphones from breaking as described below:
Hack 1 – Don’t Coil The Cable Tightly
Many of us are wrapping the headphone’s coil (cord) around our smartphones or mp3 player body after finishing using them, and most of those coils especially when ones that built-in with earbuds are so light and thin thus easy to have internal physical cuts.
So be aware not to tighten your coil so much as chances are likely they will be breaking or cutting after a while. And when you stop doing that, you will be having earbuds with a longer lifespan, thus preventing your earbuds from crackling and work sporadically while using them.
Hack 2 – Do Not Pull The Cable, Only The Plug
This is a common misusing method that almost everyone does, which is pulling the cord cable to unplug the plug from an audio source instead of pulling the plug itself, the most reason why always you are experiencing a cut in the plug or the cable connection because of the extra stress you are putting on the cable.
You should always pull the plug by catching it and pull it off not by catching the cable.
Hack 3 – Pull The Connector Firmly, Not Sharply
This is to protect your connector and preventing it from being damaged, as a complementary tip to the previous one whenever you wanna pull the connector then pull it firmly, with steady force cause If you yank it, you can damage the prong.
Hack 4 – Use The Right Cable (Cord) Length
Having a headphone or earbuds with a cable length that neither it’s long nor short could increase the durability and comfort, chances are high to get broken or an internal cut, because long cables are easily caught into an obstacle while wearing your headphone and short cables will be under pressure on the audio jack due to excessive tugging on the cable.
As a solution, you need to either:
- Purchase Headphones With Removable Cables: Then you can easily swap and replace cables that you have or to try different cable lengths before purchasing the one that suits your height.
- Extending Your Current Cable As A DIY At Home: This is also a simple doable option for your at home, you could use any extra cable from any other headphones you have that you no need anymore or it’s broken, simply cut its cable and joint it to your current one as described below:
Step 1: Cut your cable 10 cm away from its plug.
Step 2: Extract the internal cables from both sides of the cut (plug side end and cable side end)
Step 3: Use a lighter or special slicing tool to remove the plastic shield.
Step 4: Cut a piece of additional cable that you have, following the same process above slice all cable ends.
Step 5: Twist by your fingers and join the ends together.
Step 6: Use a heat shrink tube to fix the joined sections together.
Step 7: Enjoy your new cable length.
Hack 5 – Don’t Leave The Headphones On The Ground
Occasionally this is why some people have their own headphones damaged, leaving your headphones on the ground or the floor accidentally or because of laziness could ruin your smile on that day.
Please, always keep your headphones on a table or save them in their case for better protective practices.
Hack 6 – Wrap Up The Cord While Not Using
Do not stuff the earbuds in your pocket by scrambling the cable, be sure to wrap it in a proper way before saving it because having this mentality of stuffing the earbuds with scrambled cords could get the cables to tangled or bunched up could cause a loose connection with a tiny cut inside of it.
So, how to fold your headphones cord?
To fold your headphone cords or cables easily follow the below simple steps:
- Put your fingers in the rock n’ roll position.
- Grip below the buds on the headphones.
- Put the cord over your pinky finger.
- Wrap the headphones around your pinky finger along with the index finger.
- Keep wrapping until it is finished.
Also, this is the best way to put your headphones in your pocket without them getting bunched up in knots.
Hack 7 – Do Not Dangle Your Headphone
Always avoid letting your headphone or earbuds dangle or hanging from your bag or table… etc, this could cause stress on the cord’s connection between the headphone and the plug.
Stop Doing That !!
Hack 8 – Do Not Leave Headphones Plugged In
While not using your headphones, do not leave them plugged into your media player, in case of an accidental movement can get caught in the cord leading to damaging it.
The majority of users are having a faulty jack issue in their headphones because of such cases ending up the poor headphone into the garbage, the whole idea is about stressing the cables unintentionally while leaving the earbuds always plugged into their audio source devices.
Hack 9 – Avoid Contact With Water
This is a common-sense tip, any electronic device having an enemy which is water. Water easily damage any electronic device for good, so it is important to take big attention on how to prevent that from happening.
For headphones and earbuds its the same exact case, except otherwise you are having waterproof pair of them, in case you experienced water to be mixed with your headphone try to immediately remove the headphone from the water and unplug it from your device, leave it exposed to air for a couple of hours, this could save it if there is a chance. Also, learn how to store your headphones while not using them in a proper way.
Hack 10 – Clean Your Earbuds Earwax
Many people out there are using their earbuds on daily basis, and since earbuds are used to be placed inside the canal of human ears, ear wax is commonly created because of using earbuds for a long time.
So having ear wax inside your ear canal (if this is applicable to your case) might not let you enjoy the real quality of your earbuds or over-ear headphone and not only that, it might cause issues to your earbuds themselves by having extra wax inserted into its holes. better to clean your ears and your earbuds. 😁
Hack 11 – Don’t Sleep With Your Headphones On
Rolling over while you sleep is not promising for your headphone’s unintentional accidents and damages, this could ruin your headphones or earbuds if you wear them while sleeping, besides wearing your headphones while sleeping could damage your hearing.
Simply, stop doing that …
Hack 12 – Add Shrink Wrap for Reinforcement
Or sometimes they call it heat shrink wrap, it basically costs nothing and can assist your cords from being stress relieved while using your headphones.
Simply wrap small portions into the required place (normally on the jack body joint with the cable) and apply some heat, and that’s it.. enjoy your armor protected earbuds.
Hack 13 – Get A Protective Case For Your Headphones
This is a very important tip to protect and prevent your headphones from breaking, we people do not take precaution and then we start blaming the products or our luck for what circumstances that could arise.
Always use a protective case or bag for your headphone’s protection, you could buy one online or arrange a good one because in this way not only you will prevent the headphone from breaking, but also to increase its lifespan.
Hack 14 – Avoid Sitting On Your Headphones (earbuds)
We normally put our smartphone in our left pocket, and the keys in the right one, but what about your earbuds? definitely, you would put them in your back pocket. As time passes and your mind is preoccupied with something else and you totally forget about the earbuds.
Now, with your weight and by sitting anywhere, your expensive earbuds are broken immediately, be aware of such a scenario, and do not sit on your headphones.
Hack 15 – Keep Your Audio Volume Low
To prevent your headphone from being broken, simply do not listen to very high volume music in it, if this doesn’t damage it in the short run, it will in the long run by causing a permanent distortion and buzzing to your headphone’s speakers.
Listening to high volume music could damage your hearing as well, you might not feel that at the first glance but you will suffer when time passes and the bad news is there is no medical solution for losing hearing caused by high volume audio.
Hack 16 – Turn Down The Bass Of Your Audio Device
Most common headphones do not have a good or powerful bass drivers, thus heavy or loud bass can quickly damage its speakers with no return by putting a lot of load and stress on speakers that aren’t built for it.
Hack 17 – Use Headphones That Handle The Output Power
Using normal headphones on a powerful power source can quickly burn them out, there is something called headphone impedance that I am talking about, every electronic device including headphones have an impedance that should have a sort of matching with the audio player or amplifier impedance.
So be careful when you try to use a headphone with different audio sources or with audio amplified.
Hack 18 – Turn Down The Audio Before Plugging In Headphones
This should be a normal procedure to take whenever you want to transfer the music heading from your smartphone into a headphone, always reduce the volume of your music from your media device before plugging in the headphone in even if you are not currently playing a song.
Putting in mind that plugging in headphones into a media player device, while high volume audio is playing, can damage their speakers and causing permanent distortion and buzzing. So better to pug in the headphone jack and then raise the volume until its comfortable.
Hack 19 – Stop Buying Disposable Headphones
You get what you pay for, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get long-lasting headphones, but you do need to make sure it’s made quality is one of the things you look for when you buy headphones.
Of course disposable quality is not the same what I mean by cheap, there are headphones and earbuds low in price but offer decent quality, but in general, you should always concern about having good quality products cause this is also considered as an investment for you on the long run.
Cheap headphones are made by cutting costs in their materials and make, as a result, the sound quality also will be a foregone conclusion.
Headphones are easily breakable electronic devices that we should use them with care, no matter low priced or high priced headphones we might own, still, this is the case.
Taking the 19 hacks above into consideration would definitely reduce your headphones breaking issues and increase your awareness of how to use them for better precaution practices.
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