I use a clone charger wire for the iPhone. It looks very similar to an OEM version but is slightly different.

When I first started using it, upon closer inspection, I noticed that the metal connection end was a bit angled (when viewed sideways). I applied pressure to make the metal bit stick straight out.

First of all, I feel kinda stupid since it worked fine even though it was bent.

Now the thing only charges my phone for a few seconds before:

  1. iPhone says this accesory may not be supported
  2. iPhone acts as if I just pulled the charger from the port and stops charging

All while it's still plugged in and supposed to be charging.

What is wrong with the cable?

Edit: I accidentally dropped my iPhone while plugged in. The metal bit just bent like 30 degrees. I carefully bent it back into place.

  • What is wrong with the cable? I'd venture that paragraphs 2 and 8 should answer that question for you. Hopefully you haven't damaged the phone itself.
    – tubedogg
    Sep 18, 2016 at 3:40
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    Charging, bent leads, plugging and unplugging.. You need to get a new wire and hope at this point, that is the only thing wrong. Sep 18, 2016 at 3:41
  • @tubedogg the phone itself is fine. Sep 18, 2016 at 16:43
  • @norcal i proably will. how are the 3rd party wires in comparison to OEM? Sep 18, 2016 at 16:44
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    I was about to reply with what @tubedogg basically said. Cheers Sep 18, 2016 at 16:59

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More than likely, you broke the lightning connector solder joints on its PCB

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When you dropped your iPhone and bent your connector, you weakened the solder joints (yellow box). When you bent it back, it probably broke the joint enough where it makes a very poor connection to no connection at all.

It's time for a new cable.

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