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The Problem With Micro-USB Cables (and the entire world)

A Brief History of Technology

It's kind of strange to think modern day technology runs off of an economy of planned obsolescence. Things are made to break in a way that is unique to our time period. Just consider, back when we were roughing it and dependent on the chemical process of combustion (see: fire) to survive--I don't think anyone thought how fast can I design this torch to go out before anyone catches on? No, they tried everything they could to get that small flame to last as long as damn possible because they were just trying to survive on a space rock that was cold and dark as hell half the time.

Take that lightbulb that's been burning for 115 years in a Livermore, California fire station. Have you ever changed a light bulb originally placed by someone who died on the Titanic? Sure, there's no sound business plan for Century+ light bulb designs. You'd sell one and die before you ever saw a repeat customer. But that doesn't mean you have to be entirely at the mercy of a model that sells you short, literally.

Honestly, all I really wanted to talk about here was Micro-USB cables and look what happens. Micro-USB cables are everywhere. Currently, they're one of the most popular compatibility options for your devices. But they really suck, don't they? Don't worry, you can admit it, "I am a friend." They're bullshit.

The Problem

What's the issue you ask? They stop fitting snug in your device. They get loose, they fall out and stop charging or transferring data or whatever your cable was doing before a breeze of air came by and knocked it out faster than the LA Clippers. And a cable that isn't plugged in is about as useful as a piece of string (or the LA Clippers). Don't worry; this isn't your fault. Micro-USB is simply a bad design, and unsurprisingly, it spread worldwide (see: religion).

Instead of throwing them out every 3-6 months, we'd like to show you how to save yourself money AND fight back against Capitalism from your very own home. Luckily for you, it's very simple.


The Solution

First off, always buy quality cables. Cheap cables break a lot faster, simple as that.

But if you're having problems with cables you already own, here are three solutions (and usually it only takes one to fix the problem):

1) Pull out connector holder pins (just grab a nail clipper for this one)

How to fix loose Micro-USB Cables

2) Expand the width of the connector head. 

- Gently press width wise on the connector head (use pliers).

How to fix loose Micro-USB Cables

3) Clean the Micro-USB charge port on your device.

- Use a nonmetal, thin, and stiff plastic to clean lint and dust from your device.

How to fix loose Micro-USB Cables

Check out our video if you want a more visual approach to the above:

If you're still having issues, don't worry, we've got your back. Use code - MICROFIX = 15% of all cables

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This article contains jokes and generalizations about the human condition. If you're easily offended or an LA Clippers fan please forgive me.

Ryan Alexander Kavanaugh |

Director of Brand Development

Ryan enjoys video games, long naps on the beach, and humanity's most difficult existential questions. His long list of influences includes Christopher Hitchens, Ocarina of Time, that one time he stubbed his toe, and his first ex-girlfriend. Ryan also works as development producer in the television industry and still retains most of his soul at this time.


  • Temporary fix. I attached two strong rubber bands to the charger cable, right next to the connector. Looped around my andriod, top to bottom, they keep the connector from “backing out”, and seem to provide for a better connection. This works best if the rubber bands are centered over the connector.

    Wesley Robert Ryerson
  • Regarding the connector holder pins, solution 1. If the spring is sprung it ain’t gonna hold no more, no more no more no more no more, it ain’t gonna hold no more!

  • How about connecting it to power and verifying that it charges?


  • Sometimes the root cause for connector falling out is because it business end cannot be inserted far enough into the device’s socket. This may be cause by the molded connector insulation. I removed the excess insulation and regained full reliable use of a couple cables. Here’s how I did it, try it at your own risk!! With a box cutter or exacto knife carefully score a complete perimeter of insulation about a sixteenth of an inch back from edge where the metal of the connector protrudes. Then just pull off that bit of insulation exposing more of the connector. This should allow the connector to better hold when plug into the device.


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