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. 900-4070
Mfr. Part No.PHP20-3.50
BrandAltech
€2.965
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PHP 3.5mm 20 1 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-4004
Mfr. Part No.PHP08-5,00
BrandAltech
€0.957
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- 5.0mm 8 1 Straight - - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3991
Mfr. Part No.PHP07-3,50
BrandAltech
€0.861
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- 3.5mm 7 1 Straight - - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-4014
Mfr. Part No.PHP10-5,00
BrandAltech
€1.14
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- 5.0mm 10 1 Straight - - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3907
Mfr. Part No.PDSV22-5.08
BrandAltech
€12.958
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PDSV 5.08mm 44 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3979
Mfr. Part No.PHP05-3.50
BrandAltech
€0.747
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PHP 3.5mm 5 1 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3881
Mfr. Part No.PDSV18-5.08
BrandAltech
€7.587
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PDSV 5.08mm 36 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3910
Mfr. Part No.PH04-5.08-K
BrandAltech
€1.706
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- 5.08mm 4 1 Straight - - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3878
Mfr. Part No.PDSV13-5.08
BrandAltech
€7.658
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PDSV 5.08mm 26 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3871
Mfr. Part No.PDSV14-5.08
BrandAltech
€8.245
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PDSV 5.08mm 28 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-4067
Mfr. Part No.PHP16-3.50
BrandAltech
€2.367
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PHP 3.5mm 16 1 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3828
Mfr. Part No.PDSH13-5.08
BrandAltech
€5.456
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PDSH 5.08mm 26 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3893
Mfr. Part No.PDSV20-5,08
BrandAltech
€9.206
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- 5.08mm 40 1 Straight - - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-4023
Mfr. Part No.PHP10-5,08
BrandAltech
€1.215
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- 5.08mm 10 1 Straight - - Shrouded - Through Hole - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3963
Mfr. Part No.PHP04-3.50
BrandAltech
€0.64
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PHP 3.5mm 4 1 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3904
Mfr. Part No.PDSV24-5.08
BrandAltech
€8.652
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PDSV 5.08mm 48 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3890
Mfr. Part No.PDSV19-5.08
BrandAltech
€7.673
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PDSV 5.08mm 38 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3941
Mfr. Part No.PHP02-3.50
BrandAltech
€0.32
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PHP 3.5mm 2 1 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-4042
Mfr. Part No.PHP14-5.00
BrandAltech
€1.834
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PHP 5.0mm 14 1 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 900-3840
Mfr. Part No.PDSH19-5.08
BrandAltech
€7.673
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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PDSH 5.08mm 38 2 Straight - - Shrouded - - - - Solder -