The wireless revolution has gained significant traction in the past decade, but the world’s dependence on cables continues. Cables are an everyday and necessary item for each mobile device. Apple is cutting down on how many cables consumers need for their products, but it’s still chained to them.
Cables are inexpensive and widely available. Most of us are abusive with them. We’ll tug them straight out of the outlet or throw them into a pocket or bag without properly wrapping them. Eventually, the rubber tears and the wiring inside begins to fray.
Damaged cables are dangerous
When a cable is forcibly bent in a particular direction or the rubber casing begins to tear off, it means a cable is damaged. It’s a warning sign: get a new cable.
Using damaged cables is dangerous. Not only is it dangerous to your mobile device, but it can have greater consequences such as electrocution and can be considered a fire hazard.
The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) in Japan warns consumers about the danger of charging cables. Over a five-year period, 48 cases were recorded in which cables caused minor injuries and property damage. To prove how much a hazard damaged cables can be, NITE produced a video that shows a cable purposefully bent, then straightened. Once in use, the cable begins to emit smoke.
According to the Office of Compliance (USA), 53,600 home fires were caused by electric failure or malfunction from damaged power cords in 2008. In dollar cost, that is $1.4 billion in property damage.
Don’t use a damaged cable
Not only is there a danger of electrocution from a damaged cable, but you can also cause shorting of your expensive mobile devices.
Once a cable is frayed or pinched (bent or chewed on), it doesn’t deliver power in the same, safe way it used to. A smartphone may charge slowly, intermittently or not at all. By continuing to use the damaged cable, you can risk shorting your smartphone.
What to do if a cable is damaged
As soon as a cable shows signs of wear and tear, stop using it and replace it immediately. Continuing to use a damaged cable is not only dangerous, but it is also a violation of the US National Electrical Code.
eeco’s cables are made to withstand abuse by using a Kevlar-like material. These cables can withstand up to 10,000 bends. But even these cables can fail, so make sure to replace them when needed!
For tips on how to make your cables last longer and take better care of them, check out our previous blog post!