This soldering headers guide is intended for those with no soldering experience.
When prototyping and building projects, it is often a good idea to attach header pins to your chosen board. In this way, you can easily use them with a breadboard or Dupont cables in a non-permanent way. This guide takes you through the very basics of effectively soldering pin headers. Although we use a Raspberry Pi Pico, the information is relevant for any board.
Using a breadboard to hold the headers in place ensures that the pins will be soldered straight which is very important.
While soldering can often seem like a dark art, for the purpose of just soldering headers things like flux are not necessary. Just ensure that both the pins and Pico’s contacts are clean. This should be the case if they are both unused.
Whenever soldering always ensure that there’s appropriate ventilation to avoid inhaling the solder’s fumes.
Prolonged contact with a hot soldering iron can damage components. If things don’t work as expected, it is best to let things cool down and try again rather than persistently insisting with the soldering iron.
Now that your Pico is ready for breadboarding, you might want to add a reset button to your Pico.
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