Introduction: PCB Adapter Hack - Quick and Handy :)

About: An Enigineer by birth and hobbyist by profession :D

Hi e-Earthlings,

This instructable is for all the armatures and professionals in the field of electronics. Necessity is the mother of invention. This small trick is one of those inventions :D

I wanted to prototype one circuit which contained one SMD chip. It's was a SO8 package. And I suddenly realized that I'm out of SO8 adapter breakouts :(. But soon derived a way of doing it on a veroboard / dot board. Hope you like it !


List of items and tools

  • A piece of veroboard for your.
  • 1/4 watt resistor leads. (as per your IC pins)
  • Nipper (Wire Cutter)
  • Tweezers
  • Lens
  • Third hand tool (optional)
  • Soldering kit

Step 1: Lets Get Started...

First collect your items and tools as described(and shown).

Next plan the IC position on the board. Take one lead and thread thru one hole from the component side of the board. Try to keep about 5mm on the solder side of the veroboard and then bend it. Next bend the same lead on the opposite direction on the component side. as shown in the images.

I'v shown one image of the shape of the lead after it is bent. Solder each lead after bending. It's easier to manage this way.

Step 2: Solder the Leads...

After bending each lead, solder in such a way that it should use two pads (dots). Repeat this for all the pins. Keep in mind the size of the chip while doing so.

Step 3: Bend & Trim the Leads...(forgot to Take a Snap After Trimming)

Next bend the leads as per your chips pin pitch and then trim the pins to the required length. You can place the chip on top of the leads to get an idea for the length. I kept about 0.5-1mm overlap between them.

Now tin the leads ! Don't forget this step.

Step 4: Finally Solder the Chip

After tinning. place the chip on the leads and solder one pin each on both sides. This will hold the chip in place while soldering. You can take help of a third hand tool or a pair of reverse tweezers.

Step 5: Results

And voila ! You've a strong and reliable adapter holding your chip on to your board.

Hope this helps...

Thank you :)