Fixing cheap female pinheaders

in hacks by DP | 4 comments

Lindsay lets us know about a problem he ran into with cheap female pinheaders:

I once had problems with a 0.1″ pin header connector – the sockets inside the female connector made extremely poor contact. It was for an LCD display and only about half of the pins were connected! Swapped it for a different style of connector and it worked fine.

Via the comments.

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  1. dieter says:

    picture on his website and in cv tells me that “she” is not she :)

  2. Mats says:

    I would have guessed that the tuning fork-variant was the inferior version. They don’t connect reliably with those Chinese breadboard jumper wires.

    • Yes, I initially thought that as well – surely four points of contact would be better than two. But half of the four points of contact weren’t actually making contact ;-)

      In addition, the plastic housing of the “tuning fork” connector is much better – seems to be glass-filled nylon, whereas the cheapo one is an unfilled polythene. Yeah, hardly a big deal, but it just feels more solid. The legs don’t get bent as easily either.

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