[sdiy] IDC connector reliability?

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Wed Apr 3 08:29:31 CEST 2013

> What is your opinion on IDC connectors and reliability? I'm 
> wanting to use these to carry power, audio and control 
> voltages between boards to save some time wiring and make 
> things a bit cleaner. 
> I do see that there are gold plated options, but I'd really 
> like to hear about the long term reliability of these 
> connections in actual use.

I've never used IDC connectors, but I use the sort of crimp-pin connectors
shown here:


and I love 'em!  I've never had a single problem with them.  I use a tool a
lot like the one shown here:


(I never solder them or use needle-nose pliers on them.)  I've never had one
fail or lose its connection.

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