My lovely wife CJ, who is in many ways even odder than I am, told me recently that when one of the 3 million or so iPhone charging cables we have bought over the last two years stopped working (as virtually all of them have after periods of service ranging from a few hours to a few months), she tried something weird, almost unconsciously. She began to pass the cable through her fingers, massaging it lightly as it made its way through. Almost like she was straightening out kinks, but it had no visible kinks.
When she plugged her phone back into that cord, it immediately began charging again. Say what?
Mind you, this cord was legally dead. It was bleedin’ demised. In fact, it was pining for the fjords. We had tried all our usual tricks (and believe me, we have a bunch of them!) to no effect.
So today, I had a cord that had been working fine for about a month suddenly decide to go on strike. I thought, “What the heck?” and began running it through my fingers.
Lo and behold, it is working fine again.
I have no explanation for this. I can’t find anything on the Web about it. It may not work for you (i.e., YMMV – your mileage may vary). But I’m a happier camper now than I was a half hour ago.