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. 891-0012
Mfr. Part No.CNXH01NTP
BrandVCC
HK$1.339
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CNX 2.54mm 1 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0126
Mfr. Part No.CNXV12DRT
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HK$6.942
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CNX 2.54mm 12 2 Straight - Unshrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0015
Mfr. Part No.CNXH04NTP
BrandVCC
HK$4.254
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CNX 2.54mm 4 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0141
Mfr. Part No.CNXV16DRT
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HK$9.58
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CNX 2.54mm 16 2 Straight - Unshrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0028
Mfr. Part No.CNXH08NTP
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HK$8.333
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CNX 2.54mm 8 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0113
Mfr. Part No.CNXV06NTP
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HK$6.829
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CNX 2.54mm 6 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0097
Mfr. Part No.CNXV01NTP
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HK$1.288
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CNX 2.54mm 1 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0100
Mfr. Part No.CNXV04NTP
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HK$4.357
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CNX 2.54mm 4 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 890-9220
Mfr. Part No.CNXV02NTP
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HK$4.367
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CNX 2.54mm 2 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0021
Mfr. Part No.CNXH10NTP
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HK$10.403
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CNX 2.54mm 10 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0034
Mfr. Part No.CNXH14NTP
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HK$14.626
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CNX 2.54mm 14 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0104
Mfr. Part No.CNXV06DRT
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HK$5.346
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CNX 2.54mm 6 2 Straight - Unshrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0129
Mfr. Part No.CNXV10DRT
BrandVCC
HK$6.417
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CNX 2.54mm 10 2 Straight - Unshrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0019
Mfr. Part No.CNXH06NTP
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HK$6.324
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CNX 2.54mm 6 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0116
Mfr. Part No.CNXV08DRT
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HK$5.871
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CNX 2.54mm 8 2 Straight - Unshrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0138
Mfr. Part No.CNXV14DRT
BrandVCC
HK$7.529
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CNX 2.54mm 14 2 Straight - Unshrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 890-9223
Mfr. Part No.CNXV03NTP
BrandVCC
HK$2.905
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CNX 2.54mm 3 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0110
Mfr. Part No.CNXV08NTP
BrandVCC
HK$7.303
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CNX 2.54mm 8 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 890-9236
Mfr. Part No.CNXH03NTP
BrandVCC
HK$3.966
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CNX 2.54mm 3 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -
RS Stock No. 891-0144
Mfr. Part No.CNXV28NTP
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HK$30.406
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CNX 2.54mm 28 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Phosphor Bronze -