DIY custom header connector cable
Today I will show you how to make a cable like this.
It’s a female to female multi-pin connector cable for standard headers. You can use same technique for making male to male or male to female cables with as many pins as desired. It’s a real “ghetto” way to make a cable, but will do in a pinch.
- Heat-Shrink Tubing of 3 various sizes (from really small for sing wire, to large one that can cover 4 pin connector). You can it at RadioShack or Home Depot.
- Pieces of wire (I got mine from CAT-5 cable I had)
- 2.54 mm Single Row Female Pin Header (eBay)
- Wire cutters
- Wire strippers (24 awg)
- Soldering Iron
- 3rd hand tool (optional)
- Heat Gun or hair drier
With wire cutters carefully break pin header row to the size you need. I found it’s better to brake on the next pin, so if you need 4 pins, break at 5th.
Very important, know which color goes to which PIN. Use paint, nail polish to mark one side, this will be your Pin #1.
Cut shrink-tubing of the smallest diameter (mine was a bit too large) and slide over each connector. If you using 3rd hand tool angle connector so tubing stays put.
First end of your cable is ready!
Before you start soldering second end, slide shrink-tubing pieces in reverse: medium, large, small pieces.
You did take note of which color wire goes to which pin, right? 🙂 If not you can find out with a tester. Repeat process of soldering wires to the other end, and heat shrink-tubing.
Congratulations you just made one ugly, but functional cable! 🙂