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. 190-9282
Mfr. Part No.691322310019
MYR16.63
Each (In a Bag of 120)
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WR-TBL 3.81mm 19 1 Straight - - - PCB Mount - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 865-6932
Mfr. Part No.2-1586039-2
MYR3.723
Each (In a Pack of 210)
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VAL-U-LOK 4.2mm 22 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 161-2295
Mfr. Part No.TSW-108-14-G-D
BrandSamtec
MYR4.014
Each (In a Box of 790)
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TSW 2.54mm 16 2 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 167-1582
Mfr. Part No.26-48-1242
BrandMolex
MYR5.225
Each (In a Bag of 125)
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KK 396 3.96mm 24 1 Right Angle - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 182-2824
Mfr. Part No.71918-240LF
MYR8.20
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Quickie 2.54mm 40 2 - - - - - - - - Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 172-4917
Mfr. Part No.S4B-ZR (LF)(SN)
BrandJST
MYR0.409
Each (In a Box of 2000)
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ZH 1.5mm 4 1 Side Entry - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 855-0001
Mfr. Part No.1734478
MYR51.00
Each (In a Box of 50)
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CCDN 2.5/ 5-G1F P26 THR 5.0mm 5 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 167-1807
Mfr. Part No.502430-2610
BrandMolex
MYR1.958
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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SlimStack 0.4mm 26 2 Straight - - Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 179-8990
Mfr. Part No.QMS-026-05.75-H-D-A-RT1
BrandSamtec
MYR78.70
Each
units
QMS 0.64mm 52 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 166-5206
Mfr. Part No.DF13A-7P-1.25H(51)
BrandHirose
MYR2.681
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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DF13 1.25mm 7 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy Gold
RS Stock No. 175-0191
Mfr. Part No.ER8-60P-0.8SV-5H
BrandHirose
MYR26.20
Each
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ER8 0.8mm 60 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy Gold
RS Stock No. 854-9629
Mfr. Part No.1716108
MYR46.50
Each (In a Box of 10)
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DFK-PC 5/ 6-GF-SH-7.62 7.62mm 6 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 190-9382
Mfr. Part No.691334500018
MYR39.649
Each (In a Bag of 20)
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WR-TBI 5.08mm 18 2 Straight - - - PCB Mount - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 859-8035
Mfr. Part No.1914878
MYR11.628
Each (In a Box of 50)
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EMSTBVA 2.5/ 4-G 5mm 4 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Press Fit Tin -
RS Stock No. 923-4993
Mfr. Part No.09185346329
BrandHARTING
MYR14.89
Each (In a Box of 100)
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SEK 18 2.54mm 34 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Press Fit - Gold
RS Stock No. 820-1490
Mfr. Part No.S10B-PH-K-S(LF)(SN)
BrandJST
MYR2.03
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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PH 2.0mm 10 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 123-3923
Mfr. Part No.6-1971798-2
MYR1.897
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
Grace Inertia 2.5mm 6 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy Tin
RS Stock No. 188-8587
Mfr. Part No.206832-0401
BrandMolex
MYR4.764
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
- 3.0mm 4 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy Tin
RS Stock No. 182-2519
Mfr. Part No.61082-083402LF
MYR32.03
Each
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- - - - - - - - - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 468-1394
Mfr. Part No.55560-0307
BrandMolex
MYR10.30
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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SlimStack 0.5mm 30 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Brass Gold
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