mobile-menu mobile-menu-arrow Menu

Teenagers, their phones and broken chargers!

Blog Filters

Recent Posts


This post may contain some affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure policy.

Teenagers, their phones and broken chargers!

It can’t just be me that got fed up of searching “how to fix an iPhone charger” is it?

It seemed to be the bane of my life for months, even years! Once we all got iPhones, I thought that it would be great – we could all share chargers and it would make life easy.

Oh, if only it were that simple!

The 3 teens seemed to break cables on an alarmingly regular basis. They lost charger plugs. Cables got misplaced.  They lent them to their friends and forgot to get them back.  Sound familiar?

I was fed up with going to charge my phone only to discover that the charger was not working. AGAIN!  Constantly sellotaping cables, hoping that it would last long enough just to charge my phone. I was sick of buying various replacement cables. Genuine Apple ones, cheap imports, different lengths, different materials, all in a quest to find ones that would stand the test of teenagers!

Then they fought over chargers.  There weren’t enough for everyone.  They unplugged each other’s phones, so they could plug their phone in.

Even the type of charger plugs was a problem – we had some “big” plugs, some small ones, and some non-Apple ones. Everybody preferred the “big” chargers, and would swap cables, so that their phone was charging on a “big” plug.


The battles were constant and I was left trying to pick up the pieces. And trying to get my phone charged, by hiding it behind the sofa, on a “big” plug!

Please tell me it’s wasn’t just my house that this happened in.

Last summer holidays, after a particularly stressful charging day, I was at my wit’s end. I needed a solution. Thankfully I found one which has brought charging calmness to our household.

If this sounds appealing, then read on.


phone chargers

Step 1

We now have a “big” charger plug each, marked with our initials. Each person is only allowed to use “their” plug, and if they lose it, they must buy a new one.



Step 2

I bought anker cables, encouraged by the 18 month warranty that they offer, and have found them to be the BEST iPhone cables we have had. I bought them in a range of colours, so that each person has their own cable. Again, they are responsible for their own and if they lose them, they will buy a new one.  Over a year later, they are all still going strong.

Step 3

While I was at it, I treated them to new Snugg iPhone covers (prices start from £2.00),with a lifetime guarantee! They honestly look as good as new 12 months later.

Step 4

The kids are all thinking about upgrading their phones, and once they do, they will get another fantastic product with a lifetime guarantee. InToro are a UK based company who make tempered glass screens (from £5.99), which they say will withstand scratches, cracks and breaks and will last as long as the device.


None of the products cost a fortune, and with 2 of them offering lifetime guarantees, I think they all offer amazing value for money.
I would happily have paid 10 times the price, just to remove the constant battling over charging that we used to have in this house.

The other thing that I love, is now that THEY are responsible for replacing the cables, covers and plugs, they take much more care of them care. They are also pretty good at taking care of their phones, since I stopped paying for them.  Find out how you too can save huge amounts of money by comparing phone contracts with your children.

Now my next quest is to work out how to stop them nicking our socks! Comment below if you have any suggestions for that one.

Why not pop along and join my Your Money Sorted group, where I share other suggestions and have money related chat.

Eileen x

Eileen Adamson Your Money SortedI am Eileen, Your Money Sorted coach, working with UK based women helping them to become financially empowered.  Being calm, confident and in control of their finances, allows them to concentrate on the things that are important to them. Previous clients feel that they can spend more quality time with family, friends and having fun. That has to be a great thing doesn’t it?


Here's how to bring charging calmness to your household with a simple hack to charge your phone by Eileen at Your Money Sorted. #SavingMoney #PhoneHacks #BrokenPhone


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Blog Filters

About Eileen Adamson

I am Eileen Adamson, a Your Money, Sorted coach, working online with UK based women, helping you to develop a better relationship with money. I can help you to understand your money mindset and implement changes which will allow you to feel calm, positive and confident as you become happier, healthier and wealthier.

Get In Touch


How to manage your money better These freebies will help you learn how to manage your money better, and be happier, healthier and wealthier.  Please click on the relevant button to download. I promise not to bombard you with rubbish emails, or share your details with anyone else.

SHOMOs 2018

Coaching Services

Finance for Freedom - Master your money in 28 days

How would you feel if you had enough money to allow you to live the life you want? Work out your path to financial freedom and feel happier, healthier and wealthier

Learn More

Teachers' Pensions Retirement Planning

Imagine being able to put more money towards your retirement, while still creating wonderful opportunities for you and your family, today and every day.

Learn More

"lauraUp until now I didn't really take much of an interest in my finances... apart from spending! The group has opened my eyes to the world of money and just how much I can be saving with simple little changes in all areas of my life.  Eileen has been on hand 24/7 with advice and support which has been invaluable and I am continuing to make positive changes to my money situation. Thank you so much Eileen xx"

Laura - Dumfries
© 2019 Your Money Sorted | Web design by Creatomatic