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3 pin potentiometer Answered

I want to know if there is such a thing as a plastic connector where you can “plug in” a 3 prong potentiometer without having to solder them to wire. I am connection a 3 wire connection from my mc-60 power control board to a 5k potentiometer. It would be nice if there was some type plastic(or other) connector that you could plug in the potentiometer without having to solder the wire to the prongs. Thanks zetuskid

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Ashraf Minhaj

1 year ago

You may try Connecting with Female Pins. Not sure.

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zonkerharris

1 year ago

It depends on the potentiometer... the one shown doesn't have an easy-on connector. Those larger pons are meant for soldering (and the threaded collar is made to mount the pot on a panel). It wiould be difficult to find a barrier strip with the correct spacing for these leads (unless you are skipping ever other screw position...)

But, for devices meant to plug into a protoboard with 0.1" centers (like this one; https://www.adafruit.com/product/356 ) you can use a servo cable (or QWIC cables, or GROVE cables...) for quick connections to your breadboard.

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throbscottle

1 year ago

Yes and No. I don't think there's a specific connector for the task, but you can use a connector intended to connect PCB header pins if you can find one with suitable pin spacing and construction. There are many, many different types. Use parametric search to find a suitable one.

I think I've also used "chocolate block" type of connectors when I've lashed up a pot to something in the past - this may be your best option.

Check the distance between the pins of the potentiometer. They quite often have 5mm spacing between the pins, or 0.2", depending on the manufacturer. Others may have 0.15" spacing. Anyway, find out the spacing and get a connector which has the same spacing and big enough holes for the pins to go into.