How can I keep my headphones from breaking over time?

Khurram Shehzad September 29, 2012

I change my headphones many times, every time it breaks near the jack pin and only one side of it works. Do you have any tip for avoiding this damage so that I can keep my expensive headphone without any damage for long time.


  1. Abba Jee
    November 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    or you can use a wireless headphone

  2. Abba Jee
    November 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

    never roll its wire, it will sure give a longer life to your headphone from breaking over time :)

  3. Yosef Maayan
    October 16, 2012 at 4:40 am

    I have this problem and so do many of my friends. One guy I know buys multiple sets at the dollar store and just tosses one when it goes bad. My solution is to buy some more expensive ones from some place like RadioShack and to purchase their extended warranty. Make sure before purchase that the warranty covers the type of damage you tend to experience.

  4. Jim Chambers
    October 7, 2012 at 1:44 am

    If you are a DIYer, replacement jacks are available in electronic component stores for less than $2.00. With a little soldering your headphones will work like new. Be sure to use flux core and not acid core (for plumbing) solder and a low wattage soldering iron.

  5. Lenny Rozen
    October 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Depends which headphones you're talking about.
    I know that the simple in-ear ones comes with a case that stores them while you're not using them. See example here:

  6. Ahmed Khalil
    October 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

    use wirless one

  7. Abidhusain Momin
    October 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Spent little bit more money and purchase quality product..

  8. Kannon Y
    September 30, 2012 at 3:32 am

    As Alan Wade mentioned, the heat-shrink method is probably the best for reinforcing your earphones. I've used this before on earplugs that were slowly coming apart - it worked for the most part. And it was pretty simple to do.

    Here's a video tutorial for heat-shrinking your earplugs.

    And here's a an Instructables walkthrough that details the method.

  9. Kevin
    September 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Get the Klipsch earbuds. The S3 or S4 series. Not only do they sound amazing (and come with different sizes for different size ears), they have a two year warranty. I found myself breaking earbuds either the way explained in the original question or them just falling apart. At $30 a pop, the Apple earbuds became expensive - so I went for the Klipsch - which are immensely more comfortable and the sound is much, much better, deeper and richer. Oh, and they come with a 2 year warranty. Well worth $80-$90..

  10. arora_rish
    September 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    One thing that has REALLY extended the time for which my headphones survive is my habit to create a fold, before keeping it in my pocket or in my bag.
    The fold, difficult to explain, is like folding the wire into half it's length, until it is small enough a wrap to hold in your palms.
    This keeps the whole system balanced, and also reduces the probability of your headphones tying themselves up when you aint watching.
    It works for me.

    Also, you can buy one with a longer warranty / guarantee period, so you can keep replacing them :)

  11. Matt
    September 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Uhh.. pull it out by the plug, not the wire?

  12. ha14
    September 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Reinforce cable that goes into the plug with hockey tape or black electrical tape so the cable can't bend so much. Or buy extension cable.

    or reinforce with Heat-Shrink Tubing.

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  13. kenny brannan
    September 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Buy wireless ones problem solved.......

  14. Christine Satchell
    September 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    One thing you could try is using Retractable-Earbud-Headphones. By keeping the cord retracted it wont keep catching on things; thus reducing pressure near the jack pin.

    These Scosche earbuds are only $12.99.

  15. Jimmy Cord
    September 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    use a small rubber band

  16. Chris Hoffman
    September 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I used to have headphones break on me fairly regularly, in a variety of ways. That's just entropy -- everything breaks eventually and tends to chaos.

    The cheaper headphones definitely broke much more quickly. They just weren't made to last. I've been using a pair of Sennheisers for quite a few years and they don't have any problems, in spite a lot of bending and yanking and getting stuffed in too-small bags.

    So yeah, buying less-cheap, better-made products can definitely help, in my experience.

  17. Vijaynand Mishra
    September 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

    do not buy the cheap products . Just spend some more money and Buy a headphone with good brands may be you will get warranty also....

  18. Monica Kagy
    September 29, 2012 at 6:27 am

    try not to be rough with the headphones. it might just be you are bumping it and not realizing it

  19. HLJonnalagadda
    September 29, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Weird how I dont have this issue at all, considering the way I use my headset. What headset are you using?

  20. Alan Wade
    September 29, 2012 at 5:47 am

    There is a heat and shrink insulator that will stop the lead breaking at the plug end. If you go along to your local electronics shop they will know what it is that I am talking about. You basically slide it over the jackplug so that it covers the top end of the plug and the first part of the cable, then you warm up the plastick cover and it will shrink to fit tightly over the plug and lead - works very well.

  21. DalSan Mack
    September 29, 2012 at 5:21 am

    About the only other option would be to use strong flexible tape around the plug and cord close to the plug. It is very common for the wire around the plug to become stressed by bending and stretching, causing the wires to break. Using a case for the headphones would help in reducing some of this problem, but tape around the plug and wire would help more.

  22. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 29, 2012 at 4:56 am

    there is no alternative other than to go for a new one. or else, buy a headset with qualitiy parts. cheap ones break more often. I got a headset from Sony for my xperia, and it's sort of broken from the outer layer bt inside it works fine! so go for a good quality one!

  23. Swaroop Nunna
    September 29, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I too have this problem. I either take a new one or I use glue. Glue wont work for iong time, just a few days.

    On "without any damage for long time" - I dont know, we should use it with extreme care (like a fragile glass) ;-)

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