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Here's how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying (gallery)

I come across a lot of laptops with frayed power cords that are expensive to replace. Prevention is better than cure. Here's how to prevent the problem happening in the first place.

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Topic: Laptops
Here's how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying
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Here's the laptop charger, the Sugru, the cable ties, and a pair of snips for cutting the cable ties.

Here's how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying
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Next, I put a plastic tie at both ends of the cable (because I'm giving the Sugru treatment to both the connector end and the power brick end). It doesn't have to be super-tight, but you do need to be able to snip the tail off the cable tie as close to the lock as possible.

The purpose of the cable tie is to give the Sugru something to grip onto. It does work without this, but I've found that this gives a more durable fix.

Here's how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying
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Here's the Sugru. I'm using black because that's what I had. It does make a bit of a mess, so if you want to be tidy I suggest using white.

Here's how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying
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Now you just start molding it over the cable and the existing strain relief. If you're thinking of doing this on a new power cord, I actually suggest you wait a few months because you'll find that the cable usually takes on a particular bend or twist, and then you can mold the Sugru to follow these bends. This, believe it or not, makes the fix stronger.

And yes, I know my molding is messy. I never was any good at crafts.

Here's how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying
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See how the Surgu molding at the connector end has a bend in it? I'm following what seems to be the way the cable wants to bend.

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