Introduction: A Simple Hack to Adapt an 8 Pin Male Dual Row Header to a Breadboard.

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The 8 pin male dual row headers on some of the small peripheral boards (for example NRF24L01 and ESP8266 boards) are not suited for a breadbaord - unless you are trying to short the pins out. A simple hack is to cut female pin headers, stick them together with hot glue, and bend the pins with needle-nose pliers. The photo above is self-explanatory, I think. A simple hack, but it works.


Eric Brouwer (author)2016-05-06

Great idea! Found out the hard way that I needed an adapter for the nRF24 modules. Had to make an Arduino shield first before I could learn how to use them.

Followed your advice, and ordered some headers with the loooong pins.

electronut (author)Eric Brouwer2016-05-06


SimonB73 made it! (author)2016-01-19

Thanks. Tip, if making 8 pins total, cut a 10-pin socket header in half. Reason is that it is difficult to make a cut without the compartment getting damaged and a pin on the edge popping out. 10 pin cut in half has some spare leeway. Otherwise you might have to repair the pin and it'scompartment with some hot glue or tape.

SimonB73 (author)SimonB732016-01-19

As you can see from the pic I was planning on making 2 sets of bent headers but i will have to repair the two broken ones using the cut off plastic and some hot glue.

TimK44 (author)2016-01-07


Simple, clever, I actually have a few of these headers lying around... thanks!

electronut (author)TimK442016-01-07


electronut (author)TimK442016-01-07


Akin Yildiz (author)2015-02-07

where did you find female headers with such long legs? can you post a link please

electronut (author)Akin Yildiz2015-02-07

element14, as far as I can recall. Sorry, I don't have a link.

Ganesh Selvaraj (author)2015-01-13

Although the photos are self explanatory, I would suggest you to do a bit of explanation for each picture. Everyone may not be a quick learner :)

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