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Wobbly lightning socket
« on: May 27, 2020, 12:05:11 PM »

I have an old iPad, an iPad 5, which is probably about seven years old, guessing. The lightning socket in it seems to be wobbly, in the sense that you can rock the lightning connector plug to the left or right (ie rotate it within the plane of the iPad, not rotate/turn the lightning plug around the plugís own axis of symmetry). On my good newer iPad Pro v1, you canít rock the lightning plug like that at all; it seems securely seated.

Iíve tried various different lightning connectors and some are slightly better than others. On most good connectors I canít get the iPad to charge at all. With one or two it will charge for a while if you find just the right spot, get it shoved in just right and then do not breathe on it. I think that the reason that very new connectors might possibly be better could be because there has been no opportunity for wear to increase the gap between plug and socket, so the fit is still very snug.

Has anyone else had this kind of problem?

Will I be able to get it repaired without the cost being silly?

God I hate the lightning connector; worst thing ever when they came in with the iPad 4. Thank goodness they are being replaced by USB-C, I think; Is that correct?
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Re: Wobbly lightning socket
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2020, 12:48:56 PM »

Iíve no idea whether this applies here, but worth pointing out that lightning sockets are sometimes damaged by use of bootleg charging cables, owing to non-conformant mouldings of the plug body.  Theyíre either too big causing damage when inserted or too loose, wearing down the socket by wobbling excessively.   Genuine Apple are often a much better fit.  MFI branded ones should be ok too, but you have to trust the vendor that the branding is genuine.

My iPhone 11 fast charger has USB-C at the charger end, which is good as it allows more power to be passed.  But the iPhone connection is still lightning, as lightning can already transfer that power.   The USB-C to lightning cable is slightly thicker, to cater for the higher currents, which might make it more robust.
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Re: Wobbly lightning socket
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2020, 12:50:03 PM »

In my experience the main problem with the lightning port is that it collects fluff and debris. Each time you plug in a cable it compresses the junk into tthe bottom of the port, it then makes it impossible for the plug to seat properly.

Using a tooth pick or something similar and some compressed air it's usually possibly clean the stuff out.

I must have fixed at least half a dozen iPhones belonging to friends using this method.

There are plenty of online videos and instructions how to do this.
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Re: Wobbly lightning socket
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2020, 09:03:37 PM »

@digbey - thatís a fantastic tip. Thank you. Iíll go round doing iDevices as you suggest.

For this to be the cause here, it would mean that the plunge would have to refuse to go into the socket deep enough, yes? Iím not sure how I could tell whether or not this is happening.

I discovered the most bizarre thing. When plugged into an Apple white mains-USB charger unit and using a random cheap non-MFI, non Apple branded cable it doesnít charge the iPad. But the same cable when plugged into a Belkin USB charger hub unit works 100% fine every time. As a third test, we plugged that cable into a different USB hub charger unit and it didnít charge the iPad.

So only this cable works properly and this cable only works in a certain USB charger unit. Total madness.
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Re: Wobbly lightning socket
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2020, 09:39:18 PM »

Apple ship similar looking white USB charging bricks of different wattages, with different devices.  You need incredibly sharp eyesight to read the ratings, tiny print in grey on white.    Using a lower rated Apple USB charging source than that which shipped with the device should still work I believe, but may result in slower charging.   

Guessing here, but  Iím prepared to believe that a low wattage charger, coupled with a border line out-of-spec cable, might tip the balance even further from Ďslower chargingí to Ďnot chargingí.  That might explain why a cable works sort of, some of the time, depending on the hub, mood, or day of the week.
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Re: Wobbly lightning socket
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2020, 10:53:20 PM »

I understand. I think one of our Kitizens pointed this out to me some years ago, or perhaps Iím just inventing memories, I seem to recall struggling to read small writing on such an adaptor and I think I determined from this that it was an iPad grade current device not one for iPhones only, if Iím understanding correctly. But I ought to recheck this.

To clarify though, I should have explained properly. When I said it doesnít charge, meaning it "doesnít work," very roughly speaking, the icon at the top right hand corner doesnít show a lightning symbol and the icon doesnít go green. Itís as if thereís no thing plugged in at all. Itís not a case if it looking as if there is power plugged in but the charge percentage figure fails to rise, so itís not getting enough current for it to charge the battery, only enough to run the machine. Itís all or nothing.

At least Iíve found one usb charging hub + lightning cable combination that works, so I will be able to charge it all the way to 100%, I expect. I will need to leave the iPad on janetís bedside table for now, as the usb cable isnít long enough to reach me and she needs the usb charger hub, so I can just steal it off her, nor can I swap hers for mine as her hub doesnít support enough devices for me; I need about six and hers only supports about two, iirc.
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