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Old 07-03-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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Default Is there a way to clean usb cable heads?

Most of my usb cables are old so the heads are dirty and kind of going rusted, and I can't image plugging those into my new tv. Now, I am trying to hook up my pc with tv for a family event and I don't know what to do besides spending money on cables.

If you have any tip, please share with me, thanks!

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You probably won't get all the rust off if you attempt to clean them. I'd just head to monoprice.com and buy some new ones.
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You probably won't get all the rust off if you attempt to clean them. I'd just head to monoprice.com and buy some new ones.
+1 don't be so cheap like they are
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Thanks, kegobeer and leevitalone! That's the way to go!
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If your in a pinch a pencil eraser does wonders.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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Good idea! Thanks, ShowMeCables.
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I actually just learned that there are also usb caps existed! Just checked on eBay and saw some options.

So basically, my final solution is to get some new usb cables and usb caps for a longer term protection. Before they arrived, pencil eraser is my buddy.

Thank you all, guys!
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Thanks, ShowMeCables.
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USB cable head cleaning process is straightforward. You can use your daily commodities like ear buds, cotton swab, wipes, etc. There are many methods for cleaning up usb cable head. Most useful assets for clean usb head are air compressor and alcohol. Both are the perfect option for cleaning your usb cable head. For more details visit my website.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:35 AM   #10
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Use higher quality cables, they should not rust if the plating is on the contact is "Gold Flash/Palladium Nickel" some really cheap cable manufactures only tin plate them, the tin will turn dark over time.

And be careful using an abrasive like a pencil eraser to clean the contacts as what ever plating there is on them is very thin.

Gold plating on most high quality contacts is around .50 to .75 microns, the cheap ones can be as low as .25 microns, repeated insertion and removal can scrape the corrosion resistant plating off the cheap ones, so if your using cheap cables it's best to leave them connected.

But even with not removing the cables the connections can degrade over time, this may be due to the location and environment, locations close to the Sea coast, or in large city's can have problems with salt, chlorine or even smog causing the connections to degrade over time.

Some of us in the broadcast industry used a scheduled connector maintenance to keep things flowing smoothly, a quick reset of the connectors every week or so fixes a lot of things, and in high air pollution area's we used some stuff called "Tweak" it was a very good spray contact cleaner, but I don't know if it's still around.

And if they are truly rusted then throw them out and by new ones.
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do not let the kids play with them in the rain
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