You might found your charger adapter prongs a little bit bent after it falling quite harshly, or perhaps you receive a faulty product from shipping.
With that shape, the plug is impossible to fit into the power outlet. One prong would prevent the other to go inside the hole.
Luckily, you can straighten the prong with a simple tool; pliers.
Prongs are mostly made by nickel or brass — materials that can easily shape whatever you like, but in this case, we will try to straighten it.
I will guide you to fix the bent plug prongs and how to ensure the electrical components are not damaged after the prongs repaired.
How to fix bent plug prongs
Time Needed : 5 minutes
In this tutorial, we will straighten plug prongs using pliers. This method applies to various electronic devices and plug types.
- Examine the prongs to see where the bent is pointed. That way, you know the direction to straighten it.
- Take the pliers and slowly apply pressure to the opposite direction of bent until it looks normal again. Despite brass/nickel is considered as a “soft” material, you need to be gentle to avoid unwanted damage.Advertisement
- Now the prong has straightened. It does not have to be perfect, at least straight enough to fit into the socket holes.
- Bent plug prongs
In the tutorial above, I’m fixing a wattmeter prong which bent to the front side of the plug. I managed to fix that and the device is working perfectly fine.
- Is it safe to perform this action?
There is no clear answer to this question, but one discussion suggests they are doing that all the time and never encountered any issue. Just be gentle and careful when applying pressure to the prongs.
- What if the plug breaks off?
This rarely happens but if you broke the plug, you have to replace the plug by asking a technician. However, there are dozens of tutorials on the internet that can help. Still, the technician has better knowledge and experience to deal with this.
- I don't have pliers, what should I do?
Pliers are not a rare thing. There are tons of them within a few steps of your neighborhood. Ask them to borrow the pliers. But if you are afraid to interact with other humans, pliers are available on the Amazon for as little as $5.
So, that’s the guide to straighten any prongs. The key important factor is gentleness and a sprinkle of patience.
I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback.