The current PurePort Multi-Tool Kit available here is especially tailored to iPhones, iPads and their Lightning connections. We've focused on these devices first as the Apple Lightning connectors are especially problematic, due to their exposed pins.
We're researching the extent of similar problems on other devices. If you have similar issues with your Android devices, please LET US KNOW on our Contact Us page
, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
– with sufficient interest, we’ll develop a PurePort for Android devices too!
The current PurePort Multi-Tool Kit is designed specifically for Apple iPhones, iPads and their Lightning connectors (including cables and accessories). It’s also not ideal for the iPad Pro gen 3 and later, the only Apple mobile devices to use the USB-C connection.
If you have similar issues with other devices and port types, please LET US KNOW on our Contact Us page, or via email at email@example.com
– with sufficient interest, we’ll develop a PurePort for other ports and device types too!
We've experimented with every home remedy extensively (before we bothered to design PurePort). Although a toothpick or toothbrush can usually remove bigger clumps of lint, it doesn't get smaller debris fragments, can't reach the cavity behind the retainer springs easily, and doesn't wipe/clean the connector pins themselves - both inside your device, and on the tips/connectors of all your cables.
PurePort not only cleans but restores connectivity on connector pins damaged by previous arcing/oxide (the black marks you'll sometimes see on Lightning connectors). This means that all but the most severely damaged connectors can usually be returned to reliable use.
We certainly recommend you avoid any sharp metal tool (paperclips, pins) going in to your port - these can permanently damage the internal pins, requiring an expensive replacement of the entire port.
The charge and data pins on the Apple Lightning cable connectors are EXPOSED - you can clearly see and touch them at the end of each cable (the 8 thin metal strips). This means over time tiny particles of dust, lint, hair drop onto those pins and can obstruct a clean electrical connection when in your device. And any oil from your fingertips makes it worse, as dust adheres to that.
An imperfect connection leads to slight arcing of the electrical connection, especially on the power pin (4th from left), which progressively gets worse each time you insert/remove the connection.
By comparison almost every other phone or computer data connection has a metal 'shield' around the outside, that protects the actual power and data pins inside. This makes issues less common for USB, USB-C, Micro-USB, Mini-USB, HDMI, DisplayPort and other common connector types.
Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but hasn't exactly 'taken over' from the good old cable just yet.. A recent study found only 20% of iPhone users had used wireless in the past year.
But if you've managed to go totally wireless, well done! You won't need PurePort, or your Lightning port! Although if you still use it occasionally, it's still a good idea to keep your 'hole' clean.
Don't forget PurePort doesn't just clean Lightning ports, it also cleans and revives all connecting cables and accessories, and clears lint from the speakers, switches and headphone.
We recommend cleaning your Lightning ports and the rest of your iPhone or iPad every 3 months, to ensure you avoid issues before they occur - it only takes a minute.
If your devices are kept clean, you should only need to check cable and accessory connectors every 9-12 months, and clean or revive with Tools 4 or 5! respectively.
Of course whenever you experience connectivity issues you should clean your device immediately along with the affected cables/accessories.
Apple store staff typically use a toothbrush or compressed air to clean out larger debris in your port. Which only does half the job...
You can clean your device better at home with PurePort, without the need to go to a store and wait around, whenever you have issues. You can even avoid these issues before they occur.
If you have a phone case that covers your Lightning port entirely when not in use, and you always use that, your chances of contaminants entering the port are greatly reduced - so you may get away with not cleaning your port and cables. Other factors also affect how common these issues are, e.g. if you keep your phone in your pocket with lint/tissue, or handbag, etc.
Note however that small debris often enters the port because it falls on or sticks to the Lightning connectors on your cables and accessories, which can be hard to avoid.
The issues you may notice with certain cables have typically been CAUSED by contamination in the port. The black marks you'll often find on connector pins of intermittent/failed cables are caused by the arcing and oxidation across imperfect connections. Of course this may have occurred more for some cables than others, often those more heavily/commonly used.
To avoid further damage to cables, we recommend cleaning both the Lightning port AND your cables & accessories.
PurePort can usually revive the connectivity of damaged cable tips, returning them to full functionality.