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. 186-4836
Mfr. Part No.5103309-3
MYR7.889
Each (In a Tube of 90)
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- 2.54mm 16 2 Straight - - - Through Hole - - - Copper Gold, Nickel
RS Stock No. 195-7492
Mfr. Part No.1714934
MYR16.59
Each
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FP 1.27/ 12-MV 1.27mm 12 2 - - - Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy -
RS Stock No. 739-4305
Mfr. Part No.SC-SMT 3.81/06/180G 3.2SN BK BX - 1863020000
MYR9.458
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OMNIMATE SC 3.81mm 6 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy -
RS Stock No. 670-0860
Mfr. Part No.70553-0036
BrandMolex
MYR3.93
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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SL 2.54mm 2 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Tin
RS Stock No. 880-9628
Mfr. Part No.1795954
MYR28.96
Each (In a Box of 50)
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GMSTB 2.5/ 9-GF-7.62 EX 7.62mm 9 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 175-0633
Mfr. Part No.DF13E-40DP-1.25V(51)
BrandHirose
MYR7.604
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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DF13 1.25mm 40 1 Straight - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Brass Gold
RS Stock No. 151-2673
Mfr. Part No.874370343
BrandMolex
MYR1.058
Each (On a Reel of 8000)
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Pico-SPOX 1.5mm 3 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 881-7654
Mfr. Part No.1840052
MYR37.22
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MDSTB 2.5/ 8-G-5.08 5.08mm 8 - - - - - - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 190-9283
Mfr. Part No.691322310020
MYR17.84
Each (In a Bag of 120)
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WR-TBL 3.81mm 20 1 Straight - - - PCB Mount - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 167-1583
Mfr. Part No.71436-2164
BrandMolex
MYR16.61
Each (In a Tube of 588)
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PMC Mezzanine 1.0mm 64 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 161-2508
Mfr. Part No.TSW-102-23-S-S
BrandSamtec
MYR1.18
Each (In a Pack of 50)
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TSW 2.54mm 2 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 923-4980
Mfr. Part No.09185106924
BrandHARTING
MYR5.786
Each (In a Box of 100)
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SEK 18 2.54mm 10 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder - Gold
RS Stock No. 882-2173
Mfr. Part No.1768066
MYR19.67
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MSTBA 2.5/14-G-5.08-LA 5.08mm 14 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 719-4742
Mfr. Part No.1-178297-5
MYR10.59
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Dynamic 3000 3.81mm 8 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy Tin
RS Stock No. 605-6510
Mfr. Part No.DF11-16DP-2DSA(08)
BrandHirose
MYR1.159
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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DF11 2.0mm 16 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy Tin
RS Stock No. 706-8135
Mfr. Part No.292206-4
MYR2.29
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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AMP Mini CT 1.5mm 4 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 900-4036
Mfr. Part No.PHP13-3.50
BrandAltech
MYR9.836
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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PHP 3.5mm 13 1 Straight - - - - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 166-5207
Mfr. Part No.DF13A-8P-1.25H(21)
BrandHirose
MYR1.703
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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DF13 1.25mm 8 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy Tin
RS Stock No. 180-1856
Mfr. Part No.FTSH-117-01-F-DV-K
BrandSamtec
MYR25.01
Each
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FTSH 1.27mm 34 2 Straight - Unshrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 423-3018
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MYR2.208
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475 2.54mm 6 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
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