From a certain age, the iPhone can show some signs of weakness when it comes to the efficiency of its charging. It may happen that you want to recharge it at night, but in the early morning, it only displays 20% of battery for example. And who says bad recharging can mean tired battery, the cause is thus quite found… And yet, it is not necessarily the only possible origin! Another source of iPhone charging problems must be eliminated before the electronics or the battery are involved!
It is then that a simple toothpick can allow many users to recover a normal recharge for their iPhone, or iPad!
The dirty Lightning port: a classic in dysfunctional charging
The iPhone is a device that we tend to carry in the pocket, or in a bag. However, it is normal that over time, dust and other dirt accumulate at the bottom of the Lightning socket. In addition, the regular connection of the cable will have the effect of compacting these tiny bits of wool and cotton at the bottom of the socket …
Suddenly, when these foreign bodies accumulate, the electrical connection can be affected. So the recharging is no longer always done correctly. One of the symptoms is the need to plug in, plug in again for charging to start, or the fact that you have to tilt the plug slightly for contact to be made.
The solution: the wooden toothpick
The solution to these problems is very simple, you have to think about regularly clean this dust nest ! For that, if it is done regularly, a blow of breath (with the mouth or with the cleaning bottle for computer keyboard, for example) eliminates a good part of the dust. But when the situation is much worse off, after years, it may be useful to take a small piece of wood or plastic to remove the dust. Avoid metal to limit the chance of creating damage to the electronics of the outlet. A wooden toothpick often does the trick.
This is to gently insert it into the Lightning socket of the iPhone or iPad. After having rubbed the bottom, always very gently, it is enough to make go up the toothpick along a wall. Be careful not to tear off the contacts. It is therefore always better to keep a certain tact. We can manage to come out in this way balls of wool for example. But other intruders can also be freed, various crumbs, hair, grains of sand, etc.
Once everything has been removed, take the test by recharging the iOS device via Lightning. The connection should now be much more stable. Do not hesitate to redo the cleaning operation from time to time, because even well protected, dust accumulates over the years …
The alternatives: dedicated kits and air bomb
The wooden toothpick solution has worked for me on different iPhone models. But if this manipulation does not tempt you, know that there are cleaning kits that include different utensils and products to facilitate the cleaning of Lightning ports, but also other ports, USB, SD card, etc.
Finally, some specialists advise to pass a blow of air bomb in the catch. You can find this type of bombs here. I am not a fan of this technique, since, based on my past experiences, the gas from these bombs can be condense and so spray liquid product into the outlet. Also, the pressure is strong and it feels more violent to me to use an air bomb in a Lightning plug than to take it easy with a toothpick or a slightly more appropriate scratching utensil.
PS – And if you ever prefer not to have to do this cleaning manipulation, know that there is protective caps for Lightning plugs… It is true that since the iPhone is compatible with Qi wireless charging and Bluetooth becomes the standard for headphones, the Lightning port is becoming less and less useful. So why not make it totally sealed against dirt? The idea is defended.
Have you looked into your take? So, clean or dirty? Maybe as dirty as in the video below?