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. 923-2057
Mfr. Part No.054595
BrandERNI
kr 36,682
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SMC 1.27mm 26 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 774-6999
Mfr. Part No.054595
BrandERNI
kr 56,93
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SMC 1.27mm 26 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board, Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 767-6386
Mfr. Part No.244836
BrandERNI
kr 45,58
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SMC 1.27mm 12 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 170-6867
Mfr. Part No.244836
BrandERNI
kr 32,63
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SMC 1.27mm 12 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 170-6870
Mfr. Part No.244839
BrandERNI
kr 62,872
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SMC 1.27mm 68 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 767-6398
Mfr. Part No.244839
BrandERNI
kr 86,14
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SMC 1.27mm 68 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 923-2035
Mfr. Part No.154765
BrandERNI
kr 42,499
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SMC 1.27mm 50 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 613-3061
Mfr. Part No.154765
BrandERNI
kr 73,28
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SMC 1.27mm 50 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 170-6869
Mfr. Part No.244838
BrandERNI
kr 37,703
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SMC 1.27mm 50 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 767-6376
Mfr. Part No.244854
BrandERNI
kr 43,17
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SMC 1.27mm 12 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 170-6865
Mfr. Part No.244854
BrandERNI
kr 33,559
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SMC 1.27mm 12 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 767-6395
Mfr. Part No.244838
BrandERNI
kr 57,29
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SMC 1.27mm 50 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 917-5162
Mfr. Part No.224557
BrandERNI
kr 59,33
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MicroSpeed 1.0mm 50 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 923-1972
Mfr. Part No.214013
BrandERNI
kr 11,102
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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MiniBridge 1.27mm 6 1 Right Angle - - Shrouded Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 247-616
Mfr. Part No.214013
BrandERNI
kr 30,05
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MiniBridge 1.27mm 6 1 Right Angle - - Shrouded Wire to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 170-6899
Mfr. Part No.224557
BrandERNI
kr 58,322
Each (On a Reel of 400)
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MicroSpeed 1.0mm 50 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 923-2032
Mfr. Part No.154764
BrandERNI
kr 25,74
Each (On a Reel of 560)
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SMC 1.27mm 26 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 917-5150
Mfr. Part No.144680
BrandERNI
kr 50,47
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MicroSpeed 1.0mm 50 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 923-2039
Mfr. Part No.154763
BrandERNI
kr 43,683
Each (On a Reel of 560)
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SMC 1.27mm 12 2 Right Angle - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder -
RS Stock No. 170-6868
Mfr. Part No.244840
BrandERNI
kr 69,308
Each (On a Reel of 280)
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SMC 1.27mm 80 2 Straight - - Shrouded Board to Board Surface Mount - - Solder Copper Alloy