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Earbuds: Replacing Plug?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by (PeteCresswell), Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. Has anybody got a technique for replacing the plug on, say, a set
    of iPhone ear buds?

    I've tried this in the past and failed because the wires are so
  2. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    Concur with first part. Instead of RTV I use coloured hotmelt glue and some
    PTFE strip about .5mm thick , to wrap around the molten glue , to form a
    crude molding to the outer surface
  3. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    In case its not too clear, for the tinsel join, you bend out an end 3mm or
    so before twisting on the fine wire , repeat for the other end and then
    bend back the ends till co-axial again
  4. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    It helps with the finger twisting if you melt a tiny blob of hotmelt on
    each of the paired cut ends
  5. Hmm I just did this repair to some head hpones. In my case the
    tinning was easy, just a regular tin/lead solder and it burned off the
    insulation just fine.
    (I've got a bunch of male-male 3.5 mm patch cords and so I made the
    new end of the head phones into a female plug. Not exactly neat, but
    it made the strain relief part easy.)

    George H.
  6. Have you considered simply replacing them with something better?

    I have a pair of Logitech Ultimate Ears 600 earphones (which were a gift from
    the manufacturer in exchange for an Amazon review). Other than having somewhat
    microphonic cables, they are very good.
  7. the last ones I dissected were made with bundles of fine wire, sort of
    like litz, but unbraided. You can just burn out the fibers mixed in with
    a soldering iron and fresh solder. Keep your face away from those fumes.
  8. Per William Sommerwerck:
    I've got a set of Shure E3C's ( that I
    paid $125 for almost five years ago - and which I much prefer on
    the basis of fidelity.

    The problem earbuds are the ones that came with my Samsung Note.
    Their claim to fame is a little inline dohicky that acts as
    microphone, volume control, pause, and skip-to-next. Even though
    I almost never use it in phone mode with the buds, they're handy
    at the gym because I can keep the device in my pocket and make
    adjustments with the dohicky....
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