Make a Programming/test Clip by PCB




When I designed some small stuffs such as tiny robot, binary watch and so on. The program interface(e.g. ICSP) occupied much more space on the PCB and I have to unsolder the program socket or pins after debug done. So I made the CLIP to solve the problem.

The clip named by eClip has the follow features:

  • The eClip is made by two parts: the Base and the Function-board. You can design and use your own Function-Board.
  • Adjustable clamping range and force.
  • Here I designed 2mm and 2.54mm programming interface (2x4) with golden pogo-pins, which can be applied to ICSP and FTDI.

I think the eClip is an innovative programming/testing tool for electronic Makers.

The eClip is compatible with low-power controller(uHex) I had designed. Now, you can try to program uHex by eClip.

Step 1: Prepare Materials

There are many materials for make the eClip.

First you should make the PCB, you can use the attached file( eagel, in the zip).

Than you should buy other materials listed in the attached BOM file(libreoffice, in the zip).

Step 2: Prepare Tools

  • Abrasive paper
  • Small phillips screwdriver (M2 Screw)
  • Soldering iron
  • Soldering tin

Step 3: Make the Base - Prepare

Step 4: Make the Base - Solder

Step 5: Make the Base - Assemble

Step 6: Make the Function-Board - Prepare

Step 7: Make the Function-Board - 2.54mm

Step 8: Make the Function-Board - 2mm

Step 9: How to Use

Step 10: Design Your Special Function-Board

You can design your special Function-Board based on the template. See the attached files( one is eagle, one is DXF).

Step 11: Where Can Get It

You can get eClip from DFRobot (

Enjoy DIY, Enjoy yourself.



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    Question 10 months ago

    Hi - I now have two of these - thanks for sharing! Quick question: do you have a recommended/preferred PCB pattern to use this on?

    My first board used a standard through-the-hole pattern for a 0.1" header, but the holes are a little large and the pogo pins don't make a reliable/robust connection. Can you suggest something that works well?


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Wow - that is superb.

    I recently made some simply by sticking 0.68mm shaft pogo pins directly into the IDC header ... but they can be hard to hold on the PCB. You have certainly solved that problem!

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