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. 189-6212
Mfr. Part No.1755749
MYR4.124
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MSTBVA 2.5/ 3-G-5.08 5.08mm 3 1 Straight - - Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 189-6105
Mfr. Part No.1757242
MYR2.656
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MSTBA 2.5/ 2-G-5.08 5.08mm 2 1 Right Angle - - Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 493-2620
Mfr. Part No.1755859
MYR19.97
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MSTBVA 2.5/14-G-5.08 5.08mm 14 1 Straight - - Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 859-8378
Mfr. Part No.1924091
MYR12.733
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MSTB 2.5 HC/ 3-GF-5.08 5.08mm 3 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 189-6155
Mfr. Part No.1757284
MYR7.648
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MSTBA 2.5/ 6-G-5.08 5.08mm 6 1 Right Angle - - Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-4866
Mfr. Part No.1803455
MYR8.284
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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MCV 1.5/ 5-G-3.81 3.81mm 5 1 Straight - - Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-4995
Mfr. Part No.1766770
MYR5.518
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GMSTBVA 2.5/ 2-G-7.62 7.62mm 2 1 Straight - - Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 853-2625
Mfr. Part No.1706157
MYR24.757
Each (In a Box of 315)
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MCV 0.5/12-G-2.54 P20THRR56C2 2.54mm 12 1 - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Gold -
RS Stock No. 889-8802
Mfr. Part No.1897283
MYR19.371
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EMC 1.5/ 6-GF-3.5 3.5mm 6 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Press Fit Tin -
RS Stock No. 189-6199
Mfr. Part No.1755736
MYR2.574
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MSTBVA 2.5/ 2-G-5.08 5.08mm 2 1 Straight - - Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 853-2659
Mfr. Part No.1706166
MYR9.31
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MCV 0.5/ 4-G-2.54 P20THRR24C2 2.54mm 4 1 - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Gold -
RS Stock No. 881-0252
Mfr. Part No.1810395
MYR29.992
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IC 2.5/ 8-GF-5.08 EX 5.08mm 8 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 189-6183
Mfr. Part No.1757349
MYR14.972
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MSTBA 2.5/12-G-5.08 5.08mm 12 1 Right Angle - - Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 883-1354
Mfr. Part No.1879337
MYR24.54
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EMCV 1.5/ 7-GF-3.81 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 855-4476
Mfr. Part No.1779488
MYR13.196
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MCV 1.5/ 8-G-3.5 P26 THR 3.5mm 8 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 853-4908
Mfr. Part No.1707450
MYR9.49
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MCV 1.5/ 5-G-3.81 P26 THR 3.81mm 5 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 882-0041
Mfr. Part No.1825802
MYR55.50
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ICV 2.5/13-GF-5.08 5.08mm 13 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 853-2690
Mfr. Part No.1706180
MYR18.08
Each (In a Box of 315)
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MCV 0.5/ 8-G-2.54 P20THRR44C1 2.54mm 8 1 - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Gold -
RS Stock No. 856-2714
Mfr. Part No.1936144
MYR24.05
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MSTBVA 2.5/15-G-5.08-RN 5.08mm 15 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 292-9240
Mfr. Part No.1786462
MYR35.73
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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IC 2.5/ 8-G-5.08 5.08mm 8 1 Right Angle - - Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder - -