Test probe jig's for expanding out the pins of IC chips ?

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DarthVolta

Joined Jan 27, 2015
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I want some little jig's that can sit over an IC on a PCB, like DIP-8, SOP-16 or what ever, and make good contact with all the pins and break them out for probing.

Surely people make such a thing for common packages, what would they be called so I can buy a few somewhere, even cheap on ebay.


I'm hands aren't too bad at probing TTH, but it's only a matter of time till I zap some IC again, trying to probe it. And tacking wires to SMD chips is hard too. And takes forever.
 

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DarthVolta

Joined Jan 27, 2015
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Ok I'll search DIP test clip, I can't see it without signing in. I have super glue, plastic, wood, foam/metal, I should be able to make a little jig for fitting over basics TTH chips at least. If I had kid's I could draw my idea's and have them make it. Just gluing a few leads through a piece of plastics and/or to the outside of some foam would be a good start.

I'm lazy ATM tho

I have a descent digital microscope, I've barely tried soldering with it. I'd like to have a test jig as simple as a tripod that could mount to a PCB over a chip, and precisely and rigidly extent a few needles to where ever you want.

I bet there's some descent hobby/repair model testbed that's the size of a laptop, and you clamp the PCB where ever you want and have finely controlled arm with a few test needles and lights, and even a camera.

What would such a thing be called ? If I had more tools/etc, I'd like to make little things for this. But I'd pay for that someday.
 

DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
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I Googled "dip clip" and got this (dip clip for chips?):
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But I think SamR meant clips like this:
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The prices on the alliexpress site to which SamR pointed strike me as very low prices.
 

SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
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Pomona products aren't cheap, but what they save you from in headaches and provide in quality make them worth every penny.
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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Pomona products aren't cheap
Mine came in a lot of misc IC's and sockets on eBay 10-15 years ago. Seller didn't know what they had, so they didn't cost much. They didn't even list part numbers for the IC's. I took a chance and it was a goldmine.
 

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DarthVolta

Joined Jan 27, 2015
509
I Googled "dip clip" and got this (dip clip for chips?):
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But I think SamR meant clips like this:
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The prices on the alliexpress site to which SamR pointed strike me as very low prices.
Yeah that's the stuff all right.

I get off to an ok start. I raided my garbage, I took plastic, foam and some sort of cardboard like material, and some leads. Then I taped some clear plastic to a breadboard and melted pin hole's for the IC's

I figured I'd glue a bottle cap on top, to place a weight in it, to help get a connection. I have to tin some wires to the leads, IDK if I'll glue them in rigid at just the right lenght, I don't have a good setup for precise work.

I gave up for now tho, I need a scrap of wood from the shed. Or maybe a floor joyce
 

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DarthVolta

Joined Jan 27, 2015
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Yes and FOR AGES, like LITERALLY 5 years(3 for sure), I have meant to get a lump of clay, to stick parts into when soldering or whatever

And no store close by had it, and I never think to look for it

TODAY I BUY A CHUNK OF CLAY ONLINE

BLU-TACK, I ordered some BLU-TACK finally, I even remember that name from the past 1-2years, that I've been remembering, that I need to order sticky clay, for soldering

but I've 1st tried to buy it at an art store years ago, I remember because I was getting over an artsy girl
 
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