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. 670-0355
Mfr. Part No.43045-0425
BrandMolex
MYR6.386
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Micro-Fit 3.0 3.0mm 4 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Gold
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RS Stock No. 200-1621
Mfr. Part No.TSM-110-02-S-DV-P-TR
BrandSamtec
MYR13.726
Each (On a Reel of 125)
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TSM 2.54mm 20 2 Vertical - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 180-4877
Mfr. Part No.QTH-040-01-L-D-DP-A
BrandSamtec
MYR46.50
Each
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QTH 0.5mm 80 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 881-6783
Mfr. Part No.1817848
MYR16.56
Each (In a Box of 50)
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MC 1.5/ 6-GF-3.81-LR 3.81mm 6 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
New
RS Stock No. 200-1725
Mfr. Part No.TSW-104-08-G-T-RA
BrandSamtec
MYR8.80
Each
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TSW 2.54mm 12 3 - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 180-1737
Mfr. Part No.TFM-107-01-L-D-WT
BrandSamtec
MYR14.29
Each
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TFM 1.27mm 14 2 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 182-2303
Mfr. Part No.98464-G61-08ULF
MYR6.14
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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- - - - - - - - Through Hole - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 797-8705
Mfr. Part No.22-10-2031
BrandMolex
MYR1.672
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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KK 254 2.54mm 3 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Gold
RS Stock No. 163-8390
Mfr. Part No.281695-6
MYR2.836
Each (In a Box of 4000)
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AMPMODU HE14 2.54mm 6 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 170-8816
Mfr. Part No.98414-G06-20LF
MYR5.929
Each (In a Bag of 250)
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Minitek 2.0mm 20 2 Straight - Shrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy Gold
RS Stock No. 853-9442
Mfr. Part No.1812911
MYR13.74
Each (In a Box of 50)
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GMSTBA 2.5 HC/ 7-G-7.62-LR 7.62mm 7 - - - - Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 865-6945
Mfr. Part No.2-1586041-2
MYR4.28
Each (In a Pack of 800)
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VAL-U-LOK 4.2mm 22 2 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 161-2459
Mfr. Part No.TSW-106-07-S-S
BrandSamtec
MYR3.08
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
TSW 2.54mm 6 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 175-5551
Mfr. Part No.B10B-PH-KL (LF)(SN)
BrandJST
MYR2.421
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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PH 2.0mm 10 1 Straight - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy Copper, Tin
RS Stock No. 729-3896
Mfr. Part No.FX2-60P-1.27DSL(71)
BrandHirose
MYR23.22
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FX2 1.27mm 60 2 Right Angle - - Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
RS Stock No. 702-0118
Mfr. Part No.811-S1-005-10-016101
BrandPreci-Dip
MYR13.07
Each
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- 2.54mm 5 1 Straight - - - Through Hole - - Solder Brass Gold
RS Stock No. 191-1299
Mfr. Part No.691311500014
MYR13.234
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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WR-TBL 5.08mm 14 1 Straight - - - PCB Mount - - Solder Brass Tin
RS Stock No. 200-1854
Mfr. Part No.QTH-020-04-L-D-DP-A
BrandSamtec
MYR68.55
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QTH 0.5mm 40 2 Straight - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 180-0204
Mfr. Part No.TLW-102-05-G-S
BrandSamtec
MYR1.02
Each (In a Pack of 1000)
units
TLW 2.54mm 2 1 Straight - Unshrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze Gold
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RS Stock No. 205-6261
Mfr. Part No.10129378-902002BLF
MYR0.18
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EconoStik 2.54mm 2 1 Vertical - - - - - - - - -
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