Use thermal paste/grease to mount buck/boost converter and arduino nano, etc.

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us202000

Joined Jul 5, 2011
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All, I am having difficulty mounting some of the small pcb pieces such as buck/boost converters (see attached figure), arduino nano, etc. My question is can I use thermal paste/grease to use as glue to mount them on the casing since they are supposed to be electrically non-conductive. Any potential issues? Thanks!
 

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ericgibbs

Joined Jan 29, 2010
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hi us201,
I use a hot melt glue gun for those awkward modules.[ or an old solder iron with a hot melt glue stick]
Just a spot of melt is enough, which with an old solder iron can easily be detached if required,

The thermal paste will dry out with time.
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DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
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I have used hot melt glue on things that get warm and found that sometimes they go so warm that the glue became un-glue.

Another way to hold something to a heatsink that was designed to be easily held onto a heatsink is with a spring clamp like the one in the picture.
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In the case of your power supply module, you should probably insulate the back (circuit side) of the board with a silicone sheet (expensive) or Kaptan tape (cheap).
 
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