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Lightning Lint Causes iPhone Charging Problems

Adam C. Engst:

No crud was visible in the Lightning port, and a quick blast with a can of compressed air didn’t blow out anything I could see, but even so, it solved the problem. Since I cleaned out the port, the iPhone charges properly with any Lightning cable, and with no pressure necessary. Others have reported using a paperclip or pin to clean out the Lightning port, but the compressed air approach seems safer.

This has happened twice already with my iPhone 5s. Neither time did I see anything blown out. I don’t recall ever having charging problems with my 30-pin iPhones, despite the larger receptacle.


[...] Link. My case has a plug that covers the connector. We had major lint in our 30 pins. [...]

Funny just last week, I cleaned up my iPhone 4S connector, after realizing accumulated lint was what prevented the cable to get in. But that's after 2 years of very frequent stays in my jean pockets. I bet the Apple Store geniuses see it all the time.

It was kind of hard to get the lint out, all squished in by my previous efforts pushin the 30-pin plug (it had gotten harder in the past few months).

I had this happen with my 5. Keep it in my jean pocket daily. I thought the port was defective, as I couldn't get it to consistently charge after plugging in (or I had to wiggle it a certain way). Finally one night I ended up taking a toothpick to both the lightning port and my earbud jack. got a fair amount out of both. Worked like new after.

Haven't had a problem with the Lightning port, fortunately. Did manage to get a small stone wedged into the 30 pin port of my iPad 3 at one point...

Sadly I work for Apple and I have never seen this issue until it happened with my iPhone 5s. Didn't even think about canned air because I don't keep it around, bit investing in some tonight.

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