How to Fix a Broken Charger (2023)

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Whether you need to charge a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or another device, a broken charger can be frustrating and inconvenient. Without needing an electrician's license, there are several things you can take a look at to fix the issue.

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Reasons Why a Charger Stops Working

There are a few basic reasons why your charger would stop working:

  • The wall socket is off or damaged.
  • A damaged charger.
  • There is damage to the device power port.

How to Fix a Broken Charger

While some fixes may require a bit of rewiring, there are many fixes that you can try to get your broken charger working again.

  1. Make sure the outlet is turned on. Some European-style outlets have individual switches. American homes might use switched surge protectors, a light switch that controls the wall outlets, or a breaker. You may need to reset a tripped breaker.

  2. Make sure the cables are connected correctly. Unplug all the cables in the system, wait a few minutes, then reconnect the cables carefully and properly. When reseating, confirm that all the connections are tight and accurate.

  3. Look for lights. If you're working with a broken Mac charger, is the status light illuminated? The same goes for status lights in laptop computer chargers and portable charger battery packs.

  4. Reboot the charging device. The device controls a large part of its charging behavior, so rebooting the device helps with charging detection problems.

  5. Try a different outlet. Outlets are robust but can fail. To confirm an outlet works, check out our multimeter tips below.

  6. Check for damage to the charger. If you see a bare wire, stripped insulation, or wire shielding, that could be the source of the problem. Additionally, plug the cable in, then wiggle the cable at both ends. If the charger works intermittently as you move the cable, the cable's copper wiring is damaged. If possible, replace the wire with a new one.

    Do not attempt to wiggle the cable on either end if there are bare or damaged wires. This could result in an electrical shock.

  7. Check the components. Temporarily remove the adapter, outlet splitter, power strip, or surge protector, and any extra components so only the charger is plugged into an outlet known to work. If the outlet works, but the charger won't activate, the problem isn't with the wall socket.

    If the charger works when plugged into the wall, the problem lies in one of the removed components. Add the other pieces back one by one until the system fails, but don't stop there. Try adding the pieces in a different order or a different place.

  8. Check the fuses. When you open the fuse box, look for a flipped breaker and flip it back. The switches in one column or row typically point in the same direction. If you see a fuse with its handle pointed in the other direction, it has likely been tripped. Find the fuse associated with the outlet you're using and reset it. It pops back into place with a springing sound.

    In countries that follow the U.S. model, a fuse box holds fuses that each control a section of a home's electrical outlets. In other countries, the fuse is built into the wall plug. When dealing with electricity in an unfamiliar country, check the details before attempting any electrical repair.

  9. Clean the charging port. If you don't feel a click when the charging cable connects, look inside the charging device. With both Lightning and USB-C charging ports, users have found that anything from pocket lint to a grain of rice caught in the port can prevent the phone from charging. Remove any garbage with plastic tweezers, a cotton swab, or a toothpick.

    Never stick metal in the charging port. If you stick a piece of metal in the charging port the wrong way, you can short out the connection and destroy the device.

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  10. Try a different cable and power adapter. The biggest culprit of charger failure is the failure of the charging cable. The cable takes the most stress over time, so it tends to fail first. The charging brick connecting the wire to the wall can also fail, though it's not as common. Use a different USB charging cable and adapter and see if the problem resolves itself. Replace one at a time to pinpoint the culprit.

  11. Clear the USB port. If a USB port is physically prevented from making good contact by shielding, cable design, port furniture, or something else, removing that barrier can fix the problem. It's easy to bend the sheet metal housing of a USB port back into shape if it has been deformed over time. With modern USB Micro and USB-C devices, bend the small tongue inside the charging port if it's out of place.

    To avoid electrocution, make sure the device is powered off before attempting any physical electrical repairs.

  12. Check the battery's age and health. While the battery might last longer than the useful life of the device, sometimes the relationship is reversed. Check the battery's health and age to see if it needs replacement. If you can remove your laptop battery, swap out the battery and see if the problem persists. You can also calibrate an older battery.

  13. Check the charger compatibility. It's easy to mistakenly use a physically compatible cable that doesn't fully work. Laptop chargers are pickier, as you can rarely swap one with another without issues. Furthermore, only the right combination of adapter and cable can take advantage of all the device's features. If you think you're using an incompatible cable, obtain one that's compatible with your device.

  14. Test with a multimeter. With a multimeter, you can check the cable and wall outlet to narrow down potential problems.

    • To check the outlet, connect the probes to the multimeter and set it to AC voltage, then insert the black probe into the neutral port, and the red probe in the hot or positive side of the outlet. If the outlet works, check the cable.
    • To check the cable, turn the multimeter's central knob to the resistance setting (Ohms, or Ω). Then, touch the same pin on opposite ends of the cable with the multimeter's two probes. If the multimeter shows 0, the wire is functional. An infinity means the wire is broken and needs to be fixed or replaced.
    • Check the adapter. With the multimeter set to detect AC voltage, plug the adapter into the wall and check the contacts that should be conducting power. If you don't get a measurable voltage from the adapter, it may not be providing power, and you'll need to replace it.

    A data-carrying cable like USB can only be tested on its two power pins, called the ground and voltage pins. Look at a pinout for the connector type and locate these power-carrying pins (often labeled ground, GND, V+, or 5V) on the diagram.

Still Need Help?

If you're unable to fix the device, contact the manufacturer to find out your options. If the device is not under warranty or will cost too much to repair, you may need to buy a new device.


  • Why isn't my iPhone charger working?

    If your iPhone charger isn't working, you may have a damaged charging cable or USB adapter. In addition, there might be debris in your iPhone charging port, or your charging port may be damaged. Or, you could be using a charging accessory that isn't Apple-certified.

  • Why isn't my wireless charger working?

    If your wireless charger isn't working, it might not be plugged into a power source properly, your phone case may be getting in the way, or maybe the device is not properly aligned on the wireless charger. Also, your wireless charger might not be powerful enough or compatible with your device.

  • Why isn't my MagSafe charger working?

    Your MagSafe charger might not be working for a few reasons. The removable AC plug may be faulty, debris might be interfering with the power port, or your computer may need an update to help it better communicate with your power adapter.

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Is there a way to fix a broken charger? ›

Electrical tape is one of the easiest and most affordable fixes for a broken charger cable. You probably won't even have to buy it because you have it sitting in your DIY drawer. That said, neatly wrap the tape around the damaged part several times to keep it immobile and prevent further damage.

How do you fix a charger that won't charge? ›

Troubleshoot your cable, charger, outlet & case

Check that your charger and cable work. Try them with another device. Check that the cable is securely connected to the charger and to your phone. Check that there's nothing in the port of your phone, like dust or lint.

What causes chargers to break? ›

One of the most common causes of cable breakage is due to it being squashed and heavily bent by tension or pressure. The point where the plug connector meets the cable is the most likely place for it to fray.

Can you fix a broken charger port? ›

You can have your Samsung phone's charging port replaced by a local or mail-in repair shop. Local options can often complete the repair in a day. Online mail-in repair services take longer, but they're good options if a local shop isn't available.

Can I tape my charger cord? ›

If your cable is frayed, or has exposed wires, it may be time for a new one. However, if you can't buy a new cable right away, you can instead apply electrical tape to the wire, around the fraying area. That may help it function properly again until you get a new cable.

How do I clean my charging port? ›

Turn off your device and use the can of compressed air or the bulb syringe to clean out the charging port. Blast a few short bursts and see if any dust falls out. If using compressed air, make sure you're holding the can upright to avoid getting water inside the port.

Are broken chargers safe? ›

Damaged phone chargers are dangerous, as they are a fire hazard, and continuing to use them can put you at serious risk for your health and safety.

Does sharing charger spoil it? ›

As long as the charger volts and amps are the same, you shouldn't have any issues.

Why did my charger stop working? ›

The most common reasons for a phone failing to charge are: A faulty cable, charger, socket or adapter. Dirt or debris in the charging port. Third party apps interrupting the charging process.

Why can't I charge my iPhone? ›

Follow these steps:
  • Remove any debris from the charging port on the bottom of your device.
  • Restart your iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Try a different USB cable or charger.
  • Make sure that you have the latest version of iOS.
  • Contact Apple Support to set up service.
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Why is my iPhone not charging? ›

Your iOS device might have a dirty or damaged charging port. Your charging accessory is defective, damaged, or isn't Apple-certified. Your USB charger isn't designed to charge devices.

Do chargers have magnets? ›

Fast forward to today: A wireless charging device or accessory is designed with an electromagnetic coil positioned inside. These electromagnetic coils are basically an induction coil in a charging base, which creates an antenna-like magnetic field that sends energy to your phone.

Is duct tape safe for chargers? ›

No. Never use duct tape as an alternative to electrical tape. Duct tape is strong, but it can't wrap as tightly around wires and contains cloth fibers which can be an extreme fire hazard. Electrical tape is designed specifically for safely insulating electrical wires and materials that conduct electricity.

What can damage a charging cable? ›

There are many ways cables become damaged, leaving wires exposed or broken. However, cuts and bends are two of the most common causes of cable damage and can prevent the charger from effectively charging the phone battery. Also, an old cable might not be right for your phone.

Can my iPhone act as a charger? ›

By turning on the battery sharing function, also known as reverse charging, the phone turns into a charging pad.

Do chargers draw power? ›

According to the Energy Saving Trust, any switched on charger that is plugged in will still use electricity, regardless of whether the device is attached or not.

Does Apple fix chargers for free? ›

There is a one-year manufacturer's warranty for official Apple accessories, and a free replacement is likely possible if you've had your charger for less than 12 months. Stop in at your nearest Apple store or contact their exceptional support team, and they'll be happy to help.

Does Apple cover broken charger? ›

If its less than a year old, then yes. All Apple accessories have a 1 year warranty.

How do you charge a wet iPhone? ›

Tap your iPhone gently against your hand with the Lightning connector facing down to remove excess liquid. Leave your iPhone in a dry area with some airflow. After at least 30 minutes, try charging with a Lightning cable or connecting a Lightning accessory.

How do I know if my charger port is damaged? ›

If you have to hold your phone at a particular angle for it to charge correctly, it may be that the port has come loose. This will need to be repaired sooner rather than later as continued use in this condition will likely cause further damage.

Why did my charger burn me? ›

The main reason why a charger may appear to be hot or heating up is because it is taking the power voltage from the wall socket and converting it to power the cell phone, laptop, or other electronic devices.

Is it bad to sleep next to a wireless charger? ›

It's perfectly safe to be in close proximity to a wireless charger, so you can continue to charge your phone on your nightstand overnight, or on your desk all day at work.

Do cheap chargers damage your iPhone? ›

You can, however, use a MacBook USB-C charger with an iPad Pro or recent iPad Air, as those have USB-C ports for charging. Using a non-Apple charger is very unlikely to ruin your battery. And in the case of the iPhone and iPad, third-party chargers are very common.

Is Fast Charging bad for the phone? ›

Fast charging is not inherently bad for your phone. The risk comes from the heat that a fast charge generates. Heat, whether it comes from leaving the phone in a hot car or overcharging it, can hinder your battery's performance. In extreme circumstances, the battery can even swell or explode.

Is it possible to fix a broken iPhone charger? ›

How to Fix an iPhone Charger Tip. You can use a superglue to fit the broken parts of the Lightning cable together. To do this, put a thin layer of glue onto both sides of the break and then press them firmly until they stick together again.

What can a damaged charger do? ›

Using damaged cables or chargers, or charging when moisture is present, can cause fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property.


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