Repairing Apple 30-pin to USB Cable Connector

Introduction

The integrity of an accessory cable is very important. The shielding of a full speed USB cable is necessary to minimise EMI. The shielding must be connected to ground to be effective. When cables become frayed to the point that the shielding disconnects the cable is compromised and a source of interference to electrical devices. The higher the speed of the data transfer, the more important the integrity of the cable becomes. Therefore, it is necessary to keep USB cables in good order.

Take a pin with a plastic head. Place the tip over a flat, heavy duty surface (such as a cold chisel blade) and tap with a hammer to flatten. This should only take 5 to 10 taps. Make sure the blade is flat and the edge is smooth.
  •  Take a pin with a plastic head. Place the tip over a flat, heavy duty surface (such as a cold chisel blade) and tap with a hammer to flatten. This should only take 5 to 10 taps. Make sure the blade is flat and the edge is smooth.
  •  The 30-pin connector comprises of 3 parts: 1) the plastic outer shell, 2) the mid plastic sleeve, 3) the inner metal connector.
  •  The middle sleeve has a lip on both rounded ends.
  •  The outer connector has a corresponding plastic bump that snaps under the sleeve lip to hold them together.
Make a depth guide mark on the tool made in step 1.
  •  Make a depth guide mark on the tool made in step 1.
  •  The mark should start 3 mm from the tip of the tool.
Work the tool between the outer shell and middle sleeve at one end of the connector until the depth mark is reached.
  •  Work the tool between the outer shell and middle sleeve at one end of the connector until the depth mark is reached.
  •  You may need to work slightly from the side if going directly in is too difficult.
  •  The plastic head on the tool will be very helpful to allow enough pressure to be exerted.
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