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. 179-0140
Mfr. Part No.AXG254144
BrandPanasonic
€2.342
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S35 0.35mm 54 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0856
Mfr. Part No.AXG220144
BrandPanasonic
€1.45
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S35 0.35mm 20 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0964
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S40447YG
BrandPanasonic
€2.10
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P5KS 0.5mm 40 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0106
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S30647YG
BrandPanasonic
€1.003
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P5KS 0.5mm 30 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0851
Mfr. Part No.AXE610124
BrandPanasonic
€1.184
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A4S 0.4mm 10 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0891
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S70447YG
BrandPanasonic
€2.56
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P5KS 0.5mm 70 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0113
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S60647YG
BrandPanasonic
€1.751
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P5KS 0.5mm 60 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0141
Mfr. Part No.AXG260144
BrandPanasonic
€2.053
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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S35 0.35mm 60 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-1084
Mfr. Part No.AXE640124
BrandPanasonic
€2.53
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A4S 0.4mm 40 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0107
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S34447YG
BrandPanasonic
€1.022
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P5KS 0.5mm 34 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0873
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S60647YG
BrandPanasonic
€2.30
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P5KS 0.5mm 60 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0135
Mfr. Part No.AXG224144
BrandPanasonic
€1.265
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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S35 0.35mm 24 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0114
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S70447YG
BrandPanasonic
€2.024
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P5KS 0.5mm 70 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0875
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S24547YG
BrandPanasonic
€2.63
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P5KS 0.5mm 24 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0103
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S24547YG
BrandPanasonic
€1.361
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P5KS 0.5mm 24 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0133
Mfr. Part No.AXG212224
BrandPanasonic
€0.829
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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S35 0.35mm 12 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0958
Mfr. Part No.AXG260144
BrandPanasonic
€4.08
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S35 0.35mm 60 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0929
Mfr. Part No.AXK6S30647YG
BrandPanasonic
€1.52
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P5KS 0.5mm 30 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0153
Mfr. Part No.AXT424124
BrandPanasonic
€0.771
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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P4S 0.4mm 24 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 179-0869
Mfr. Part No.AXG224144
BrandPanasonic
€1.53
Each
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S35 0.35mm 24 2 Straight - - Shrouded - Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy