Here are some handy tips and tricks to get the most out of your new LAX Apple MFi Certified Lightning Cable:
Wrap Cable Correctly:
Most incidents of LAX Apple MFi Certified Braided Nylon Lightning Cable breaking are because the user doesn’t properly take care of the cables in the first place, and it usually has to do with how they wrap the cable.
More likely than not, you probably wind your cable harshly around your hand and then toss it into your bag. It turns out that wrapping your iPhone cable around something can cause a lot of kinks in the cable, which can slowly degrade the wires on the inside.
Ideally, the best way to wrap your LAX Apple MFi Certified Braided Nylon Lightning Cable for storage is to loop it around loosely several times and have it create a circle when it’s all done. This is called “coil wrapping” and it’s the best possible way to wrap a cable, as it won’t create kinks or sharp bends in the cable.
Don’t Create Sharp Bends
Don’t make sharp bends in your LAX Apple MFi Certified Braided Nylon Lightning Cable, because that’s how you can ruin the wires on the inside. Especially don’t create sharp bends near where the connector is. That area where the connector ends and the cable starts is extremely fragile, and with enough action, it can eventually kink and split open, exposing the wires within. Usually the cable won’t work after that, but even if it did work, it would be a huge safety hazard anyway.
Therefore, the next time you go to plug in your charger into the wall behind a couch or other piece of furniture, be aware that making a sharp bend in the cable is never a good idea.
Pulling from the plug instead of the cord
The most common issue seems to be the cable splitting near the ends, exposing the wires. The cable might still work (sometimes not), but exposed internal wires are considered a safety hazard.
Grasp the aluminum jacket covered plug, and only the aluminum jacket, when connecting and disconnecting the Lightning cable. Apple touted the Lightning connector as more durable than the 30-pin Dock Connector it replaced. And the connector is indeed more durable. But the cabling itself is made from a softer plastic that can detach from the connector. If you grip the aluminum jacket when plugging and unplugging the Lightning connector, you’ll considerably reduce the likelihood of cable failure.
Keep the pins clean and away from liquids of any kind
The best thing you can do is keep the pins clean — both on your cable, and on the device which you’re using with the cable. Dry off any moisture immediately, and make sure nothing has gotten into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod’s Lightning port that might mess up the connection.