Why your iPhone isn’t charging properly

If your iPhone isn't charging properly, the Lightning cable may be to blame. Here's how to check if the cable has corroded

Are you having trouble charging your iPhone? Don't be afraid: most of the times the fault is not with the smartphone, but with one of the accessories you use for charging. Unless there are problems with the iPhone battery (which can be quickly solved by replacing it in one of the authorized centers), the cause is almost certainly the Lightning cable.

Like all the wires used for charging the smartphone, the Lightning cable can stop working after a couple of years of intensive use. Some times, however, it happens that the cable breaks after a few months. Although externally it appears to be intact, the Lightning connector may have corroded. This is an eventuality that does not happen very often, but heavy use of the wire leads to these extreme consequences. This happens especially if the cable you are using is not the original Apple one, but one of the many compatible cables you can find on e-commerce sites.

What to do if the Lightning cable is corroded

It is not easy to understand that rust has affected the performance of the wire to charge the iPhone. Usually when the iPhone has problems with charging, people think that the smartphone's battery or the charger is to blame. However, one of the main causes is corrosion of the Lightning cable.

How can you tell if the connector on your iPhone has rust? It's not easy: with the naked eye, it's complicated to see the corrosion of the Lightning cable. You have to help yourself by using a magnifying glass. If we notice the rust, we can try to remove it using ad hoc products, but we suggest not to insert in the iPhone a cable that has undergone a chemical treatment. The fastest and safest solution is to buy a new Lightning cable.