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Pin or pin header

Hi,I'm no native speaker. I was wondering, what exactly is the difference between >>pin<< and >>pin header<<.Is a >>pin<< just a male pin header, so, an abbreviation for pin header?tiadoris

Question by dorisbehrendt  

Arduino Pins

Hi, I am wondering if someone can explain these to me..  My main problem is that I have no idea the difference between the Digital and the Analogue pins.. I know both these types can be used for Input and Output purposes, so what makes them different?. Also, why are there Ground pins?.. I have read that you should use them, but I don't understand why and when to use them.. Appreciate any help.. Thanks.

Topic by millie8508    |  last reply


Hi, I want to make a scanner, or maybe a "modeler". Background info keywords:   <- NOTE THIS PROJECT IS WAY WAY MORE ADVANCED, I WANT A HIGHLY SIMPLIFIED VERSION OF THIS.;=18c044d58272f31902c0c6194ba64eba   <- PICTURE OR JUST GOOGLE IMAGES:  PIN SCREEN Pin-screen. I want to make something that detects where each position is on a Z-axis (their x and y coordinates are fixed). So just a third number per-pin would allow me to map out the entire layout of the pins. I am not too sure if this has been done before or not. If anyone knows of a product that does this I would really appreciate more info. Anyways, THE ARDUINO PROJECT: - Something that takes feedback from each pin and maps it out in the computer. THE QUESTIONS: - How to read the feedback? (what sensor can I use, note that there will be hundreds of these sensors, so they have to be preferably small. Are there some very small linear position detectors? is an optical detector better? (I WOULD PREFER IT TO BE STURDY, i wanna play with it). Im thinking it should be something similar to how TVs work, with a pixel-matrix but instead this would be a matrix of position feedback, and I think it would be simpler than a TV since each channel only gives out 1 feedback (Z-position) instead of an RGB code (3 codes per pixel).  Anyone have some ideas on how to develop this project. Thank you!

Topic by david606    |  last reply

Is there a pin or safety pin shaped like this? Answered

I need  small pins shaped like this - a safety pin like thing maybe 3/8 to 1/2 inch diameter.  Do they exist?

Question by mole1    |  last reply

XS3868 Pin 7 Charge pin?

Hi. I have a XS3868 Bluetooth Audio Module. I found that pin 7 (7th pin on left) is being labelled as Charge. But in some other image,it is labelled as LED. Is it a pin that can light up an led if the battery powering it is getting low? Anyone with experience with XS3868 please tell me...

Topic by 5Volts  

Arduino Analog Pin?

Can a arduino analog pin be used as a output pin?

Question by Bot1398    |  last reply

&quot;Auto&quot; pin grounding?

Does anyone know how to ground pins automatically using the polygon tool and the auto tool in eagle (e.g. the black ovals in picture)?

Topic by p07gbar    |  last reply

Viking cloak-pin

Interesting - I just put up my instructable on making Viking cloak-pins, and now I see there's an SCA group. Ellie Lutemaker

Topic by Dr.Ellen    |  last reply

Capacitor Pin Extention

Good day everyone, I am sitting with a issue of changing a capacitor on a board but the factory default pins are to short to reach their holes. Is there a way to make them longer other then needing to get another new capacitor? I am using a 450V 150uf(M) capacitor. 

Topic by ChristopherC297    |  last reply

Bobby Pin Snapper

When I was a kid, we used to twist bobby pins around in such a way that if you pressed it up against someone's skin it would release and produce a quite painful but totally harmless sensation. Then you could just "cock" it and it would be ready to go again and again. I have destroyed many bobby pins recently trying to reproduce that devilish little toy but have not been able to do it. Does anyone out there know how this was done? I think it would make a marvelous instructable.

Topic by flingflicker    |  last reply

3 pin potentiometer

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

Question by zetuskid    |  last reply

Mini-book pin's

Okay, so I'm trying to make some mini-book pin's. Well actually I'm not sure it's actually called "pin's" in English... it's a thing that was popular in the 90's (in France at least), a decorative object with a pin on the back and a kind of clip to attach it to clothing. I've found a picture on wikipedia, but it's really, really bad quality and I'm not sure it will help : since I ruined my girlfriend's one when I put it with her clothes in the washing machine, I thought I could try to do one my self... shouldn't be too hard, heh ?But my problem is : I have some thin paper for the pages, and nice leather-like paper for the cover, but I have no idea how to glue the pages together, because the mini-book needs to be openable like a real book. I tried some "2 coat rubber cement" I got here but it just doesn't work... I don't have a glue gun but I think maybe it is the kind of thing I need. You see, the glue has to be solid enough to form the spine of the book.Anyone has an idea about what I should do (I hope I've been clear enough) ?One problem I'm thinking of, too, is that the book has to stay well closed unless you really want to open it.Anyway, thanks

Topic by SeeSchloss    |  last reply

ultrasonic sensor convert 4 pin to 5 pin

Hello there, Is it possible to convert a 4pin ultrasonic sensor to a 5pin? I have this sensor with 4 pins: and this display module with "5 pins": How do i get the display module and sensor module, to talk together? BEST :) Regards Lasse

Topic by dmor  

diy shoulder axle/pin/shaft/dowel pin?

I would like to - create a shouldered pin* in order to glue gearwheels** to it - ask you for any advice or link that may hint me towards a solution any ideas are highly appreciated: i already had a look at misumi, conrad, rscomponents, alibaba, ebay, amazon "small parts" … but could not find any suitable solution. * pin's dimensions:                        left                   center                 right                   --------------=================--------------- diameter        1 mm             2.5 mm                1 mm length            2 mm             13 mm                 2 mm **made from delrin & brass. These gearwheels are spinning at a speed of ca. 4000 rounds per minute (a prototype*** worked well with superglued-gearwheels ) ***my prototype: 1mm steel wire surrounded by heat-shrinked tube

Question by marc_is_curious    |  last reply

Webcam module pins layout

Which are the pins of this camera HP PN 692893?thanks!

Topic by christ479    |  last reply

Webcam module pins layout

Which are the pins of this camera HP PN 692893?thanks!

Topic by christ479  

Troubling Flyback Transformer Pins

Hello,       I'd like to request someone to share their knowledge about their "flyback" knowledge or experiences with me since I'm having trouble finding the primary coil pins with my flyback transformer. I'm constructing my own HV power supply and I decided to go through this tutorial.       I've read much on the web and found the 0v output pin of my flyback. The problem is .. I couldn't find the primary and secondary since I'm using an analog multimeter and the tutorials on the web are all digital..       When I test the pins with my multimeter set to ohm range of x1, I do not get a pair of 1 ohm pins but instead I got the result of "Continuity" when I test on following pins, they seems to be connected but none of the pins show to 1 ohm.. and thus I've adjust the Ohm Adjustment. The results are Continuity 1 : 1,2,6,8 Continuity 2 : 3,4,7,10 No Continuity: 5,9 Pin no 5 is 0v output..  I've attached the pin number diagram at photos... my drawing and actual pins.. Have you got any idea to find out the primary coil? I've also attach my driver from CFL.. Thanks

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How to make a pin board?

Well i'm trying to make a pin board to add more pins to power my extra fans. The thing is i can't think of a schematic and im no good and making them. But i can get a hold of alot of electronic components I'm aiming for a usb powered or usable for my power supply.

Question by anarbiter9    |  last reply

Knex key pin lock

Im search for a key lock with pins thats can slide.

Topic by DubbelgamingInstructions    |  last reply

Knex Gun With Sideways Pin

Hello is there any gun on this website that's a ramrod action with a pin on the side? As in, one with a pin guide in such a way that I load by pulling it from the side.

Topic by DracoUltima  

ipod classic pin out? Answered

I saw a link for the i-pod plug pin out but didn't copy the link (duh). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Question by flaco1    |  last reply

Frictionless firing pin lock

This is something I came across whilst working on my RBG just now. A blockade that stops a firing pin from leaving a potential gun which is nearly frictionless. The grey rod would be the firing pin. The gear placed close to the barrel ( grey connectors ) stops the pin from leaving the barrel, but it can still move freely very smoothly. Just thought I would share it with you guys. To think this came up by accident ;)

Topic by Dutchj    |  last reply

what is the AREF pin on the arduino? Answered

I have been wondering what the AREF pin on the arduino is all i know is that the A in AREF stands for analog please help me thanks PS. sorry for the led in the picture

Question by thegriffy100    |  last reply

Giant pin impression panel

My son has one of those multi-pin impression toys where you press your hand on one side and the pins move and you see your hand impression on the pins on the other side.  He loves it.  I've seen some large ones at Childrens Museums but it seems like there needs to be an instructable on how to make your own, preferably a giant one. I've found some steel sheets online that would make good holders but couldn't come up with possible items for the 'pins'.  What are your ideas? Mazelady

Question by mazelady    |  last reply

use a pin from instructables

There's a pin of a gumball machine that was used for 'how to make chewing gum'. I'd like to use it for a community poster I'm designing. How can i contact the source?

Question by Jenny Armour    |  last reply

Pin-Pressions/ Rotation Sensor

I'm trying to build a sensitive pinpression device: one that can see 3d digital images. The device would be able to read, record and organize the depth of each pin. I think the first problem to overcome is figuring out a cheap way to measure pin depth. I think it will be best to do this with rotation sensors. Does anyone know how to build or where to buy cheap rotation sensors?

Topic by yes    |  last reply

lcd pin out help

Hi, I have a quasar model:vml458 camcorder and I would like to repurpose the lcd screen w/sound. If anyone know the pin outs (power,video,etc) for it that would be a great help. thank you in advance, James

Topic by logout1    |  last reply

High Amp MOSFET pins?

I have bought two 75N06 MOSFET's rated a 75A that I am intending on using in an inverter circuit I will build the inverter will be powered with a 9v battery that will only trigger the MOSFET's that will lead to a modified microwave oven transformer and a car battery (65Amp). With the car battery I intend to draw about 200Amps from. At 50-60Hz the MOSFET's( I'm guessing) will be able to take that current but I am not sure if the pins will be able to handle that current the pins are only 0.34mm(0.01339Inches) by 0.6mm(0.0236Inches) thick so will it be able to handle 200Amps? If not could you suggest how to do this possibly with a few lesser current MOSFET's (lesser will equal a bit cheaper) in parallel? Thank you for any suggestions.

Question by The MadScientist    |  last reply

how are the pins on a ic numbered?

I have been trying to make cylon light bar thing. but it isn't working, all the wires an connections are done according to what is said and i asked my neighbour to have a look he is a electrician and he was surprised it didn't go as well. its the NE555  i put it togther. looking down on the plastic.     ______ 1-| o  U    |-8 2-|            |-7 3-|            |-6 4-|_____|-5 was that the wrong way? i have seen other circuit diagrams and the pin numbers where not like that. thank you oh and also is some solder non-conductive? and can you burn wires and make them useless? i don't think i could have fried the chip i getting pro at quick soldering.

Question by Scotty3000    |  last reply

Strongest 3V LED with pins?

I'd like to build a LED into an empty light bulb that can run on 3V (from button cells). So I can't use the normal screw-in leds that are sold because they are all 12V at least. I'm planning to build the LED into the lightbulb myself, and connect it manually to the batteries. I'd like my LED to be as omnidirectional as possible. So what LED would I be able to use for this, and would I need some sort of diffuser or something to make the light shine in all directions? Would I be able to get up to about similar lumens as a 40W incandescent bulb?

Question by reinhardtsmit    |  last reply

Sequential Loops for Pin Activation?

Hi, I am starting with Arduino and I am in need of some help. I am trying to sequentially activate 5 pins. I need each pin to be active for 20 seconds in a PWM manner. During their active period I want an arduino sensor to read out the signals emmited by each pin effector. So far I have no problems with the PWM or sensing module code. However I am not able to find how to correctly sequentially activate the pins. I used millis(), etc, but so far I was able to only activate / read the signals from the first pin effector. The sketch doesn´t proceed to the 2nd --- pins. I really very much appreciate your help....Here goes the code so far... const int greenPin = 11; const int redPin = 10; const int irPin = 5; const int bluePin = 6; const int yellowPin = 9; const int outputLDR = 12; const int ldrSensor = A0; int brightness = 0; int increment = 1; int readingoutputLDR = 0; void setup() {   pinMode(greenPin, OUTPUT);   pinMode(redPin, OUTPUT);   pinMode(irPin, OUTPUT);   pinMode(bluePin, OUTPUT);   pinMode(yellowPin, OUTPUT);   Serial.begin(9600);     setup_parallax(); } void loop() { digitalWrite(outputLDR, HIGH); readingoutputLDR = analogRead(ldrSensor); while (millis()<5000)                 {                                       if(brightness > 255)                    {                     increment = -1; // count down after reaching 255                    }                    else if(brightness < 1)                    {                    increment = 1; // count up after dropping back down to 0                    }                    brightness = brightness + increment;                                                        analogWrite(greenPin, brightness); digitalWrite(redPin, LOW); digitalWrite(irPin, LOW); digitalWrite(bluePin, LOW); digitalWrite(yellowPin, LOW);                    Serial.print("Reading Green"); parallax_output();                                     } delay(1); while (millis()<5000)                 {                                       if(brightness > 255)                    {                     increment = -1; // count down after reaching 255                    }                    else if(brightness < 1)                    {                    increment = 1; // count up after dropping back down to 0                    }                    brightness = brightness + increment;                    delay(1);                    digitalWrite(greenPin, LOW); analogWrite(redPin, brightness); digitalWrite(irPin, LOW); digitalWrite(bluePin, LOW); digitalWrite(yellowPin, LOW);                   Serial.print("Reading Red"); parallax_output();                                  }   while (millis()<5000)                 {                                       if(brightness > 255)                    {                     increment = -1; // count down after reaching 255                    }                    else if(brightness < 1)                    {                    increment = 1; // count up after dropping back down to 0                    }                    brightness = brightness + increment;                    delay(1);                    digitalWrite(greenPin, LOW); digitalWrite(redPin, LOW); analogWrite(irPin, brightness); digitalWrite(bluePin, LOW); digitalWrite(yellowPin, LOW);                     Serial.print("Reading IR"); parallax_output();                                  } while (millis()<5000)                 {                                       if(brightness > 255)                    {                     increment = -1; // count down after reaching 255                    }                    else if(brightness < 1)                    {                    increment = 1; // count up after dropping back down to 0                    }                    brightness = brightness + increment;                    delay(1);                    digitalWrite(greenPin, LOW); digitalWrite(redPin, LOW); digitalWrite(irPin, LOW); analogWrite(bluePin, brightness); digitalWrite(yellowPin, LOW);                    Serial.print("Reading Blue"); parallax_output();                                  } while (millis()<5000)                 {                                       if(brightness > 255)                    {                     increment = -1; // count down after reaching 255                    }                    else if(brightness < 1)                    {                    increment = 1; // count up after dropping back down to 0                    }                    brightness = brightness + increment;                    delay(1);                    digitalWrite(greenPin, LOW); digitalWrite(redPin, LOW); digitalWrite(irPin, LOW); digitalWrite(bluePin, LOW); analogWrite(yellowPin, brightness);                   Serial.print("Reading Yellow"); parallax_output();                                  } } void parallax_output() {                    Serial.print("DATA,DATE,TIME,");                                                                Serial.println(readingoutputLDR);                    } void setup_parallax() {     Serial.println("CLEARDATA");     Serial.println("LABEL,Date,Time,Green Response, Red Response, IR Response, Blue Response, Yellow Response"); }

Question by aureta    |  last reply

how can i increase the number of pins on a given IC?

I am planning to make a project.i wanted to know how for the IC i am using,i can increase the availaible pins. there is an existing IC,so for each of its pins,i want two more pins using just that one IC. so how do i go about it?

Question by prachi.d    |  last reply

Why do cloths pins have a small hole and a big hole? Answered

As you can see on the image, there are two holes on cloths pins. Why ?

Question by Quest for Questions    |  last reply

Dr. Who memorabilia

I think my wife payed WAY too much for this......what do you think ?  ($10 us or a little over 6 £) BTW:  the bottom reads:  Fan Club of America     Although it CAN be had on Amazon for about $7-$8   

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply

Will a 50 pin LCD work with any 50 pin driver board? Answered

Although I know the answer is probably no. I am trying to see if I can conjure up a $50 HD projector. I am close right now with some other parts. I am trying to get it down to about $50 though. For example: and

Question by knexpert1700    |  last reply

Which pins are which on a shift register? What pins on a 74HC595 shift register are the data, clock, and latch pins? Answered

I just bought an arduino and was trying to do this tutorial . I have hit some trouble though and I am confused when it comes to the shift registers. When he says to connect to the clock pin, do we connect to the SCK (Shift Register Clock Input) or the RCK (Storage Register Clock Input)? When he says to connect to the data pin, do you connect to the SI (Serial Data Input)? Also what does he mean when you say to connect to the latch pin? The data sheet for the Digikey shift register I am using is in the link below.

Question by Stoned    |  last reply

How to correct bent cpu pins on motherboard in CPU socket? the pins are of motherboard not on cpu...(INTEL)?

There are several pins that are bent on the new INTEL MB that i recently purchased and found it to have some bent pins. I tried to get an RMA but they deny it. However the pins were not so much damaged as they are now. I've read a post here abt correcting CPU pins that are on CPU. But this one is even trickier. Its on the board, in the socket, the pins are thinner than that of CPU and its hard to take a knife or a smart  card in that area... I really need help on this topic as this is a new Board and I dont know how to react. Please help...

Question by safarneo    |  last reply

What are the pins called that you use to break out of a board?

I plan on buying a board that does not have breakout pins. Instead of just soldering wires right onto it I wanted to solder on my own pin headers. What are the pins called to buy them as individual items? I have only found them bundled with stuff. Granted I haven't searched long and hard, but I'm at work and I can't :( I'm gather supplies and brainstorming my CNC project.

Topic by Phoenix17    |  last reply

Laser Diode Pinout. 4 pins??!!

Hi, I got a DVD Player at an auction, in fully working condition, for $10. So, since I already had one, I decided to remove the insides, and extract the laser diode within. I did so, expecting to have just a normal 50-200mw 3-pin red diode. Instead, I have a 4-pin diode, of unknown wavelength, color, and power. Would anyone happen to have a pinout for it? The pins are arranged as below in the picture.

Topic by metrogdor22    |  last reply

Acess all 23 arduino pins?

I have an arduino project that is pressd for pins, and I remembered that on Jameco, it mentions that it has 23 I/O pins.  I am wondering if anyone knows how to use these pins within the IDE (can I just address pin 20-22?, or is it more complicated), and which pins on the chip itself are they? 

Question by jduffy54    |  last reply

Pin it Button! Did you see it!

The Pin It Button is back!  You may not have noticed, but it is there. It is pretty simple to use. To see the button, hover over the image you want to pin.  Don't open the image.  You can pin the big images, and the images that are in rows of two.  Any more images in a row than that and it doesn't look like you can pin them. Click the Pin It button. This will open a new tab the same as the bookmark bar Pin It button works. Pin the image. Close the separate window. You are done! Please, PIN AWAY!

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick    |  last reply

I broke a pin on a barrel jack

I think it is the ground pin. Looking at specs I found online , the ground is connected to the (+) pin(?). It was the pin at the base, not the big center pin. Is my assumption correct? Thanks.

Question by phillyj    |  last reply

Is ATMega644A a pin-equivalent substitute for ATMega16A?

Like are the in/out pins the same (On the TQFP)?

Question by 16zzundel5    |  last reply

What are motherboard pin connectors called? Answered

What is the trade name of those grouped pin posts you see on motherboards - the ones you set CMOS settings with using jumpers.... The kind that the front USB cable plugs into. Under what name can that be looked up commercially, say, in a parts catalog?

Question by Cheyyne    |  last reply

red 8x8 matrix with 26 pins?

I received this matrix in the mail and I'm having problems trying to get it wired, as you can see it's it has 26 pins, the schematic has 8 pins for the rows and 8 pins for the columns but the other 10 are sitting at the bottom with the words "no pin"? I tried to wire up the rows and columns but had no success. My main goal was to have it hooked up to a couple 74HC595 shift registers (via 16 pins?) on some protoboard. Any help on how to get this wired would be appreciated!

Question by whiskey_14    |  last reply

convertin a 10 pin joystick to a usb ?

So i came across the sidewinder pro 3d pro joystick, at a local recycling depot it is the old ten pin connection , i would like to know if it is possible to convert the connection from the ten pin to usb. any suggestions would be helpful. many thanks

Question by scottys1972    |  last reply

4-Pin XLR power supplies

Does anyone know what the connection pins are on those 4-Pin XLR power units commonly used for video cameras or camera mounted lights? I know it's 12V 1.2A but I'm not sure which pins are used for what (i.e. pos, neg, 0V, +12V) I want to turn a normal adapter into one with a 4Pin XLR connector to be used with a camera light.

Topic by mrshow555    |  last reply

5 pin strip to power source

Hi, I accidentally ordered a 5 pin LED strip and am having trouble finding a way to connect it to a power source. Is there an adapter?

Question by heather.walls    |  last reply

2 pin motor with r/c?

I am doing a lego r/c car but I've run into a problem; I only have a 2 pin (+,-) motor for the drive, but the receiver is 3 pins (+,-,signal), is it possible to connect the 2 together, and if so how. Thanks

Question by alexw2150    |  last reply