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1 Comment

  1. scatterbrained2

    A few things I’ve learned over the years:

    If you want to use a part over time, in addition to selecting on in-stock, selecting ‘normally stocking’ helps you select parts that are more likely to be available long term.

    One thing to watch out for is how the SMT pins terminate – some of the fancier connectors have the pins mostly under the body of the connector and are not easy to hand solder.
    (ex Hirose FH26 series)

    I really like the back lock style (which you didn’t show) as it keeps my fat fingers away from the insertion slot for the cable.

    Another thing that can bite you is if you have an FPC tail with ‘ears’ you have to check the insertion depth of the contact as sometimes the ears will prevent the FPC from going all the way in to the connector body as far as you’d want.

    if you’re using FFCs as a jumper cable between 2 boards, triple check the top/bottom contacts and pin 1 – pin n correspondence. It’s easy to get flipped around and have 1-n and n-1.

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