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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Description Price Series Pitch Number of Contacts Number of Rows Body Orientation Mating Pin Length Shrouded Shrouded/Unshrouded Connector System Mounting Type Tail Pin Length CAD Drawing Termination Method Contact Material
RS Stock No. 437-095
Mfr. Part No.TX25-40P-LT-H1E
BrandJAE
kr 6,128
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TX25 1.27mm 40 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-1229
Mfr. Part No.TX25-30P-8ST-N1E
BrandJAE
kr 10,618
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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TX25 1.27mm 30 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 437-099
Mfr. Part No.TX25-120P-6ST-H1E
BrandJAE
kr 32,202
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TX25 1.27mm 120 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-0986
Mfr. Part No.WR-40SB-VFH30-N1
BrandJAE
kr 47,341
Each (In a Tray of 50)
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WR 0.5mm 40 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 490-6722
Mfr. Part No.IL-G-8P-S3L2-SA
BrandJAE
kr 4,496
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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IL-G 2.5mm 8 1 Right Angle - - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass
RS Stock No. 183-1056
Mfr. Part No.TX24-50R-12ST-H1E
BrandJAE
kr 15,155
Each (In a Tray of 30)
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TX24 1.27mm 50 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 490-6542
Mfr. Part No.IL-G-6P-S3T2-SA
BrandJAE
kr 3,759
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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IL-G 2.5mm 6 1 Straight - - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass
RS Stock No. 690-8950
Mfr. Part No.MX34024UF1
BrandJAE
kr 20,04
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MX34 2.2mm 24 2 Straight - - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass
RS Stock No. 183-1024
Mfr. Part No.TX25-30P-8ST-N1E
BrandJAE
kr 9,219
Each (In a Tray of 30)
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TX25 1.27mm 30 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 175-6485
Mfr. Part No.PS-10PE-D4T2-M1AE
BrandJAE
kr 26,85
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PS-MIL 2.54mm 10 2 Straight - - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 690-8947
Mfr. Part No.MX34032UF2
BrandJAE
kr 23,73
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MX34 2.2mm 32 2 Straight - - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Brass
RS Stock No. 437-178
Mfr. Part No.IL-WX-10PB-HF-HD-S-BE
BrandJAE
kr 12,033
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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IL-WX 0.8mm 10 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 437-241
Mfr. Part No.TX25-60P-6ST-H1E
BrandJAE
kr 18,962
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TX25 1.27mm 60 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-1233
Mfr. Part No.WR-40S-VFH05-N1
BrandJAE
kr 36,64
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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WR 0.5mm 40 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-1330
Mfr. Part No.TX24-100R-10ST-N1E
BrandJAE
kr 25,325
Each (In a Pack of 2)
Units
TX24 1.27mm 100 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-1068
Mfr. Part No.TX24-30R-6ST-N1E
BrandJAE
kr 13,684
Each (In a Tray of 30)
Units
TX24 1.27mm 30 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-1466
Mfr. Part No.WR-30P-HF-HD-A1E
BrandJAE
kr 42,92
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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WR 0.5mm 30 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 175-6525
Mfr. Part No.PS-60PE-D4T1-LP1
BrandJAE
kr 41,71
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PS-SEN 2.54mm 60 2 Straight - - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-1059
Mfr. Part No.TX24-40R-LT-N1E
BrandJAE
kr 20,144
Each (In a Tray of 30)
Units
TX24 1.27mm 40 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 183-1389
Mfr. Part No.TX25-50P-6ST-N1E
BrandJAE
kr 17,288
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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TX25 1.27mm 50 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Through Hole - - Solder Copper Alloy