what are Solder pins?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by samh93, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. samh93

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    Oct 4, 2011
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    Hey everyone. I've just made my second PCB and I'm looking for a way to improve the soldering on my boards. I found these at Maplin:
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/type-2145-pcb-solder-pins-1933

    What exactly are they and how do they work?
    I put a printed board into ferric chloride to create it so the holes are really tiny and I want them to be perfect.

    Thanks

    Sam
     
  2. P-MONKE

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    Mar 14, 2012
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    These solder pins are for hobbyists, like yourself, who don't have the manufacturing capability to create through-plated holes on their double sided circuit boards.

    Basically, you'd use them when you want a track to jump to the other side of the the board to avoid components or crossing other tracks.

    Many people just use single strand wire or component lead off-cuts of the correct diameter - this works just as well and is considerably cheaper. Solder pins do have the advantage that, if the hole/pin size is correct, then friction will hold them in place during soldering.

    EDIT: I may be wrong about these - it would appear that they can also be used for making soldered connections to parts of your circuit board.
     
  3. samh93

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    Oct 4, 2011
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    thanks for the info p-monke. I think I'll skip buying them, I assumed they were little mounting holes for your components .

    Thanks

    Sam
     
  4. paulktreg

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    I also like to use these pins for connecting wires to veroboard and printed circuit boards.
     
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