Posted on Wed 28 June 2023

sacrificial jacks

If you have some sort of data or power cable that you tend to plug and unplug frequently, consider putting a sacrificial extender cable in between. The cost of replacing a jack on a motherboard or other fixed device is pretty high; the cost of replacing a plug on a device is often similar to the cost of the device in the first place.

For a headphone connection, for example, you can get a 6” extender for a cost less than the shipping. USB extensions are a little trickier - you need to match a bunch of different characteristics, but pretty reasonably priced when available. Power plug extensions are cheap, but it may take a little while to find one short enough to be reasonable.


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