SkullCandy is known for their high quality, reasonably priced headphones. These headphones are especially popular with athletes and people who commute on public transit.
As with anything else, your SkullCandy headphones will accumulate wear and tear over time. With this being said, they are an overall durable headphone brand but can stop working after a while.
If you have a pair of SkullCandy headphones that have stopped working, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can go through before you throw in the towel and buy a new pair.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Verify It's The Headphones That Aren't Working
Before you jump to conclusions, take a second to verify that it's the headphones that are the problem. Plug your headphones (or connect via Bluetooth) to another device.
Do you have the same issue? If so, you can conclude that the issue is indeed with your headphones and continue troubleshooting.
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Step 2: Check Connections
Whether you have wired headphones or Bluetooth, take a few minutes to check all of the connectors you can see. Wiggle any wires you see and make sure there's no crack or rips anywhere.
Make sure you do this gently. If you're too aggressive, you could do more harm than good.
Step 3: If All Else Fails, There's a Warranty
You know the old saying, if you have a warranty, don't fix it. Well, okay, that's not exactly the saying, but you get the idea. Many SkullCandy headphones come with a generous warranty, especially if you bought them directly from the manufacturer.
Before you give up hope or cause more damage to your headphones, see if they are still covered under warranty. There's always a chance you can get a replacement pair for free!
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Step 4: Break Out The Soldering Gun
If your headphones don't work, they aren't under warranty, and you've tried everything else above, there's one last thing you can try.
If you have a soldering gun, there's a chance you can repair any broken connections on your headphones.
The following is for use with wired headphones only. Bluetooth headphones are much less straight forward, and if they stop working, you're better off just buying a new pair.
Before you start soldering, see if you can figure out where the issue is. Look for any cuts, kinks or breaks in the wire. If you can see an exposed wire, this is a great place to start. You can also wiggle the wires and see if you get intermittent sound. If your headphones work only when you hold them
Take a sharp razor and slice through the rubber surrounding the wire, being extremely careful not to cut any of the wiring inside more.
Peel back the rubber to expose the wire and take your solder, and use it to strengthen the weak areas of the cable.
Trim off the excess rubber that was around the outside of the wire before and replace it with electrical tape.
Test the headphones and see if they work. If they don't, unfortunately, you probably need to invest in a new pair.
SkullCandy headphones are known for their inexpensive quality, but even great headphones will break eventually.
If your SkullCandy headphones are on their last leg, it may be time to invest in a new pair. Make sure you get a pair with a good warranty, in case you have issues in the future.
What types of SkullCandy headphones do you have? Let us know in the comments section below!