Another DIY programming pogo pin connector

in DIY by DP | 5 comments


Lately we’ve been experimenting with pogo pin connectors for programing our boards. Beth designed another DIY ICSP pogo pin connector using two PCBs to align the pogo pins properly. One board holds the pin connections, and the other stabilizes everything for alignment.

In the end I decided to use two pcbs to make the pogo pins more stable and straight, using as you can see in the pictures two pc case screws (I don’t have any kind of spacer over here).I was lucky because I left in the board a series of 3.2mm mounting holes, eventually letting me use this screws to space the boards nicely.

Via the forum.

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  1. vimark says:

    That’s a good way to keep the pogo pins straight Great work!

  2. ken says:

    Nice job. That technique can probably be used if you want to do something like what the tag-connect people have done for jtag connectors too….and cheaper to do.

  3. mossmann says:

    I’m surprised that I don’t see more people soldering pogo pins horizontally across PCBs. It works great and doesn’t require a second PCB. I did this for the GIMME for IM-Me programming. I also have a design for an FTDI board with pogo pins mounted this way called Pogoprog in the Ubertooth repo.

  4. Beth says:

    Hi mossmann, I agree with you, nice idea. However for some things like car ECUs and test rigs I think that is easier to attach an horizontal pcb than a vertical one, maybe just a taste preference.

    About using two pcbs, well, they’re so cheap that I don’t care, as you know SeedStudio and others send to you at least 10pcb’s in a row for one order, so instead of nine spare, I have eight ;), not a big problem.


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