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Connector Plugs for Thin (Magnet) Wires

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Connector Plugs for Thin (Magnet) Wires
Posted by York1 on Monday, March 29, 2021 9:59 PM

I'm connecting some Arduino circuits using thin magnet wires.  I want to be able to connect and disconnect the wires using some sort of plugs.  These wires will be running under the layout.

I don't want to solder these wires, since I may be connecting or disconnecting different wires.

Does anyone know of some good connectors for magnet wires?

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, March 29, 2021 10:36 PM

The best connectors I’ve found for small wires are the 2.54mm/.1” Header Strips.  They can be cut to any contact configuration.





https://www.ebay.com/itm/Header-Strip-Connector-40Pin-2-54mm-Round-Male-Female-Single-Double-Straight-US/253823347087?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=553112779320&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

They end up about 2¢ per pin.
 

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Posted by gregc on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:04 AM

assuming you want to connect the wire into a header on an arduino mounted under the layout.

i've soldered thin 30g wires to cut off resistor leads and just pushed the soldered leads into the arduino header.

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Posted by woodone on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:38 AM

The pin & socket that Mel showed is based on a NEM 652 which has a pin spacing of 2.54 MM. There is also a plug and socked based on the NEM 651 which has a pin spacing of 0.05 between the pins. Some DCC suppliers stock these in 40 pin single row headers which you can cut to a length you need. Much smaller than the 652.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 10:10 AM

woodone

The pin & socket that Mel showed is based on a NEM 652 which has a pin spacing of 2.54 MM. There is also a plug and socked based on the NEM 651 which has a pin spacing of 0.05 between the pins. Some DCC suppliers stock these in 40 pin single row headers which you can cut to a length you need. Much smaller than the 652.

 

I was wondering about the .05”/1.27mm header strips, have you tried any of them?  I prefer the round pin .1”/2.54mm connectors mainly because you can easily swap the pins to make polarized connectors.

I do use the square pin (Arduino type) for structure lighting but really like the round pin for passenger car lighting.  All of my structure lighting is incandescent so polarity isn’t important.  I have cut over to LEDs in my passenger cars so polarity is important.

I have been kicking around getting some .05”/1.27mm headers and found a vender on eBay for the round pin but haven’t gone there yet.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5Pcs-Gold-Plated-1-27mm-50-Pin-Male-Single-Row-Straight-Round-Pin-Header-Strip/180882874665?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3D7e2d75d976cc485a80b5951044ff42f6%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D180882874665%26itm%3D180882874665%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2060778%26brand%3DUnbranded&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5Pcs-Pitch-1-27mm-50-Pin-Female-Single-Row-Straight-Round-Pin-Header-Strip/172251308630?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3Dd2734a80f4664030bceedc98b6e058f7%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D180882874665%26itm%3D172251308630%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2060778%26brand%3DUnbranded&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507

They don’t look like the pins are swappable for polarization protection.
 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 12:25 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your help.

I am going to order several different kinds and see which I like the best.  They are all very cheap.

At times like this, I wish we still had electronics stores nearby with products that one could pick up and look at.

Thanks again.

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Posted by woodone on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:05 PM

Mel, that is all I use. The round pins & sockets. 1.27MM. IF I need to index- I use one pin for indexing. Cut off the pin and solder close the matching socket-

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:30 PM

woodone

Mel, that is all I use. The round pins & sockets. 1.27MM. IF I need to index- I use one pin for indexing. Cut off the pin and solder close the matching socket-

 

That’s the way I did the larger connectors until I figured out I could swap pins.  I’m going to order some today.

Thanks for the info.
 

EDIT:

Expensive little buggars.  $20.34 S&H + State Tax for 3 each, 50 pin male & 50 pin female. 6.78¢ per pin.  The 2.54mm headers are 1.4¢ per pin.

EDIT 2:

There are 5 headers per package for $20.34 or 4¢ per pin.

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Posted by Renegade1c on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 3:10 PM

I use this company for all my connector needs. https://www.peconnectors.com/

They have a huge selection of connectors and they are pretty easy to sort through. 

most ardiuno stuff is .1" (2.54mm) spacing.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, April 9, 2021 10:28 AM

Woodone

I received the .05” header strips yesterday, 10 days is very fast from China.  I’m very impressed with the size.  I was able to remove the pins for polarizing the connectors.  The only things I don’t like are losing a pin for each cut and the price per pin is way up there, 4¢ per pin.



Thanks for the info!  The tiny connectors will come in handy for automation projects.  I think I’ll stick with the .1”/2.54mm headers for normal stuff.
 

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