PCB Headers

PCB (Printed circuit board) headers are a type of electrical connector that allows you to join connections to a PCB using a single block. Typically headers have one side that is designed to be surface mounted and soldered onto the board with the other side allowing connections. Pins on the header can also be surrounded by a shroud to make the unit more secure, prevent pins from bending and allow locking.



Why use PCB headers?


PCB headers enable the user to make multiple electrical connections to a PCB using one connection block or cable. They're also easy to use. Simply solder a PCB header onto your board and you'll be ready to make connections to multiple pins. Typically each pin can be used for varying things such as data or power.


PCB headers also make a great introduction to learner electronics since they're simple to understand and have one primary function of allowing wire-to-board. Incorporating them into learning boards, kits and other accessories is popular with the likes of Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other single board computers.



Types of PCB headers:


PCB headers are made in both shrouded (where the connections are housed in a plastic case) and non-shrouded pin header types. Shrouded connectors are more robust and less likely to cause short circuits, but do take up more space on the PCB. Pin headers, by contrast, are easier to work with and suit a wider range of applications.



  • Single or double-row pin headers: The most commonly used types of PCB headers are single- or double-row pin headers. These are produced in matching male and female versions and are made from folded sheet metal with a square cross-section.

  • Machine-pin headers: Machine-pin headers have a circular cross-section, which fits more precisely into round PCB holes, providing a better electrical connection, greater durability and an increased lifespan.

  • Angled connectors: Headers can come in a variety of different angles. Some of the most common angles are straight, 90° and 180°. Angled headers can be useful if you need to reduce strain on a cable or need more room on your board verticall/horizontally.


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RS Stock No. 254-6182
Mfr. Part No.ESQ12037GD
BrandSamtec
MYR34.61
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ESQ 2.54mm 40 2 Straight - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 451-708
Mfr. Part No.MTMM-105-14-T-S-590
BrandSamtec
MYR2.67
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MTMM FleXYZ 2.0mm 5 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Tin
RS Stock No. 767-6878
Mfr. Part No.IPT1-110-01-L-D-RA
BrandSamtec
MYR11.57
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IPT1 Mini Mate 2.54mm 20 2 Right Angle - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 451-461
Mfr. Part No.TW-07-09-T-D-170-SM
BrandSamtec
MYR5.59
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Flex Stack TW 2.0mm 14 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Tin
RS Stock No. 767-1123
Mfr. Part No.TSW-116-08-L-S
BrandSamtec
MYR5.11
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TSW 2.54mm 16 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 277-9708
Mfr. Part No.FTE-120-01-G-DV
BrandSamtec
MYR24.29
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FTE 0.8mm 40 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 277-9736
Mfr. Part No.DW-50-14-T-S-1200
BrandSamtec
MYR13.208
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Flex Stack DW 2.54mm 50 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Tin
RS Stock No. 765-6455
Mfr. Part No.TSM-103-01-L-SH
BrandSamtec
MYR13.32
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TSM 2.54mm 3 1 Right Angle - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 481-4780
Mfr. Part No.TMM-115-01-L-D-SM-N
BrandSamtec
MYR19.974
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TMM 2.0mm 30 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
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Mfr. Part No.SHF-110-01-L-D-TH
BrandSamtec
MYR12.65
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SHF 1.27mm 20 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 765-6004
Mfr. Part No.TFM-130-02-S-D-WT
BrandSamtec
MYR40.92
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Tiger Eye TFM 1.27mm 60 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 765-6114
Mfr. Part No.TLW-102-05-G-D
BrandSamtec
MYR3.15
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Flex Stack TLW 2.54mm 4 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 767-1066
Mfr. Part No.TSW-112-08-L-D
BrandSamtec
MYR6.88
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TSW 2.54mm 24 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 507-7364
Mfr. Part No.TFM-120-02-S-D-A
BrandSamtec
MYR33.53
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Tiger Eye TFM 1.27mm 40 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 277-9720
Mfr. Part No.DW-50-10-T-S-600
BrandSamtec
MYR11.76
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Flex Stack DW 2.54mm 50 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Tin
RS Stock No. 765-6461
Mfr. Part No.TSM-103-02-L-DV
BrandSamtec
MYR3.13
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TSM 2.54mm 6 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 767-1270
Mfr. Part No.TSW-150-17-L-D
BrandSamtec
MYR28.07
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TSW 2.54mm 100 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 767-1268
Mfr. Part No.TSW-150-08-L-D-RA
BrandSamtec
MYR25.73
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TSW 2.54mm 100 2 Right Angle - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 767-1139
Mfr. Part No.TSW-116-14-L-S
BrandSamtec
MYR4.93
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TSW 2.54mm 16 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 767-1173
Mfr. Part No.TSW-120-08-L-D-RA
BrandSamtec
MYR12.02
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TSW 2.54mm 40 2 Right Angle - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold