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/Unshrouded Connector System Mounting Type Tail Pin Length CAD Drawing Termination Method Contact Material Contact Plating
RS Stock No. 189-6111
Mfr. Part No.1757255
SGD1.618
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MSTBA 2.5/ 3-G-5.08 5.08mm 3 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 189-6199
Mfr. Part No.1755736
SGD1.01
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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MSTBVA 2.5/ 2-G-5.08 5.08mm 2 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-4995
Mfr. Part No.1766770
SGD2.30
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GMSTBVA 2.5/ 2-G-7.62 7.62mm 2 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 357-9600
Mfr. Part No.1881574
SGD2.878
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MCV 0.5/ 4-G-2.5 2.5mm 4 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-4743
Mfr. Part No.1803280
SGD1.974
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MC 1.5/ 3-G-3.81 3.81mm 3 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-5005
Mfr. Part No.1766783
SGD3.316
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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GMSTBVA 2.5/ 3-G-7.62 7.62mm 3 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-5011
Mfr. Part No.0707248
SGD3.686
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DFK-MSTB 2.5/ 2-G-5.08 5.08mm 2 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Panel Mount - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 189-6127
Mfr. Part No.1757268
SGD2.194
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MSTBA 2.5/ 4-G-5.08 5.08mm 4 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-4737
Mfr. Part No.1803277
SGD1.292
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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MC 1.5/ 2-G-3.81 3.81mm 2 1 Right Angle - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-4888
Mfr. Part No.1803484
SGD5.336
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MCV 1.5/ 8-G-3.81 3.81mm 8 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 853-5220
Mfr. Part No.1728882
SGD3.171
Each (In a Box of 50)
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COMBICON GMSTBA 7.62mm 5 - - - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 802-0368
Mfr. Part No.0707235
SGD29.14
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DFK-MSTB 2.5/16-G 5.0mm 16 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 889-8802
Mfr. Part No.1897283
SGD7.602
Each (In a Box of 50)
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EMC 1.5/ 6-GF-3.5 3.5mm 6 - - - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Press Fit Tin -
RS Stock No. 192-2844
Mfr. Part No.1753550
SGD3.15
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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MSTBV 2.5/ 8-G 5.0mm 8 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 220-4866
Mfr. Part No.1803455
SGD3.244
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MCV 1.5/ 5-G-3.81 3.81mm 5 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 170-3792
Mfr. Part No.0707235
SGD26.481
Each (In a Box of 50)
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DFK-MSTB 2.5/16-G 5.0mm 16 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 220-4872
Mfr. Part No.1803468
SGD4.148
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MCV 1.5/ 6-G-3.81 3.81mm 6 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder - -
RS Stock No. 853-4839
Mfr. Part No.1707081
SGD6.668
Each (In a Box of 50)
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MCV 1.5/10-G-3.81 P14 THR 3.81mm 10 - - - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 853-9115
Mfr. Part No.1792423
SGD5.875
Each (In a Box of 50)
units
GMSTBVA 2.5 HC/ 9-G-7.62 7.62mm 9 - - - Shrouded Wire to Board - - - Solder Tin -
RS Stock No. 292-9363
Mfr. Part No.1786006
SGD14.018
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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COMBICON ICV 5.08mm 8 1 Straight - Shrouded Wire to Board Through Hole - - Solder Tin -