[sdiy] 0.100 pin header reliability.

Harry Bissell harrybissell at wowway.com
Mon Nov 15 15:25:19 CET 2010

A connector crimped with the proper tool probably does not benefit much from

A connector crimped with an improper tool benefits GREATLY from being soldered.

Solder need not wick up the wire much, if you don't use too much. for most
connector pins it should be only in the crimp area...

I solder when I really care about the connection... (my own preference)

H^) harry

----- Original Message -----
From: megaohm <megaohm1 at gmail.com>
To: Stewart Pye <stewpye at optusnet.com.au>
Cc: sdiy DIY <synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl>
Sent: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 18:49:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [sdiy] 0.100 pin header reliability.

I won't argue against 20 years of positives. But maybe your experience
would have been just as positive without soldering?
The reason I don't crimp-then-solder is because the Molex info sheets
for the KK series state specifically not to do so. They claim the
soldering actually makes it less reliable.
Regardless, I plan on switching to IDC type connectors. While the
crimp method is supposed to be a superior connection (Molex KK series)
the contact pins of the AMP connectors seem to sit more snug in the
housing and show less play when fitted to the header pins than the
Molex type.
  Also, I started using connectors as a compromise to the best
connections (direct soldering, no connectors or headers). The Molex KK
take a lot longer to do than the IDC method and I wasn't saving any
time compared to hard soldering the leads to the pcb.


On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Stewart Pye <stewpye at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
> We've been soldering crimp connectors without a failure for over 20 years so
> I'd be interested why you'd say that, especially considering the amount of
>  commercial "pro audio" products I've seen with failures of crimped pins.
> Cheers,
> Stew.
>> On Nov 12, 2010, at 06:57, Cary Roberts wrote:
>>> Failures:
>>> --------
>>> _ANY_ crimp connector that has been soldered.
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