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Students keep breaking off headphones in iPads?

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SamEB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 8, 2013 9:44 AM

We have sets of iPads in carts at each of our schools for students to use. We are running into a frequent issue at one of our schools, where students are breaking off the headphone inputs inside the port on the iPads (the same happens with computers as well). We have been unsuccessful at removing the broken pieces without ruining the ports. I am just wondering if anyone knows of a device/adapter/whatever that could possibly help us avoid this problem in the future. The students are young, maybe 2nd grade and under, so we can't do much there to prevent it.

iPad, iOS 6.0.2
  • Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,775 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 9:56 AM (in response to SamEB)

    Bluetooth headsets would solve the problem but at great cost and with the added maintanance to keep batteries charged.


    Would it help if you had a short extender cable, one end connected to the iPad and the other connected to the headphone?  Maybe it would disconnect at the headphone-to-cable connection instead of the plug breaking off in the iPad. That is assuming these breaks are accidental.


    I don't know of anything else offhand but I'm curious so I'll be looking around.

  • Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,775 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 9:59 AM (in response to SamEB)

    Here is something I found. It is like a magsafe connector for an audio port.


  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,155 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to SamEB)

    and duck tape head phone wire to the back of iPad.  Maybe with an extender cable.


    a repair place probably can replace connector.



  • Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,775 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 12:03 PM (in response to rccharles)

    Modifying that suggestion a little, you can use adhesive cable tie mounts to secure the extension cable.  That would be a little more professional and robust than duct tape. With two of them placed on the upper or side edge of the iPad's back and with the cable attached to both of them with cable ties, you might be able to get them equal enough that the iPad will sit solid (i.e., not wobble) when placed on a table. 


    Someone could still knock the plug into something and break it off but it will eliminate the problem of pulling on the cable and breaking the plug.




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