How To Fix Headphones for Under $5


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Headphone Repair Made Easy

How To Fix Headphones for Under $5
Headphone repair involves cutting off the old headphone jack and replacing the wires onto a new one.

How many times have you found yourself purchasing a new pair of headphones every year? This post is for people who have a pair of headphones where one earpiece works but sounds has has stopped coming out on the other side. Repair should definitely be the 4th R after Reduce Reuse Recycle. Fixing an item instead of buying something new is a practice that not only saves money, but supports a more sustainable economy where items last longer and resources are preserved.

This is easy- you can do this!

If you already have some tools, a replacement package of two 1/8″ stereo phone plugs is available at RadioShack that costs around $4. Photo: StevenW.

If you do not have a soldering tool and a pair of wire strippers, they are available online for a combined cost of about $15. This cost is already less than a new pair of headphones, as some brands cost up to $30. If you decide to purchase these tools, consider it an investment. Otherwise, see if you are able to borrow them from someone you know and keep costs down to under $5.

Headphone repair involves cutting off the old headphone jack and replacing the wires onto a new one. Once they are cut, all you do is reconnect the red, green, and copper wires onto the new connector. The procedure for how to fix earbuds is the same for most brands including Skullcandy, Philips, Sony, or Apple.

There are times when repairing an item costs more than to buy a new one, such as the case with some electronics. This is not true for headphones, which regularly stop working and take a half an hour or less to fix.

Take a moment to watch this video now to learn the basics of headphone repair.

Reduce Reuse Repair

Tips and tricks: Watch other videos in this series if your headphones involve a microphone such as those for iPhones. You can tell because there is a third black or white ring around the headphone jack.

If you decide you would like to upgrade to another pair of headphones or different style of earbuds after all, remember that headphones can be recycled. In fact, a company called thinksound will give you a discount on a new pair if you send them your old ones to recycle, any brand.

Congratulate yourself on this DIY fix-it project! Soldering may seem intimidating at first but it is really not that bad. Share this knowledge of how to fix headphones with others. The feeling of accomplishment you get when you plug in your repaired headphones and sounds comes out of both sides just can’t be beat- plus, you just saved a ton of money not buying new headphones!

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