I'm familiar with pin headers, but I have trouble finding a connector type where a 4-lead connector can fit through a 4 mm round hole.

The standard pin headers with a pitch of 2 mm and 2.54 mm are too large, a 2x2 pin connector has a diagonal larger than 4 mm.

The next smallest type, 1.27 mm, would barely fit through and might get stuck in the 4 mm hole.

The next smallest type, 1 mm, would fit, but I couldn't find long enough male pins to reach the top of the casing my PCB is inserted in (pin headers of larger sizes have plenty of "double decker" variants)

So my question is, are there any other connector types (possibly) unrelated to pin headers, which could fit through a 4 mm round hole?


To not make this into an X-Y problem, here is my original problem I would like to solve: A central device is connected to multiple smaller devices, to each with a 4-lead connection (5 V, very few mA). I would like to find a connector, so that for example the male is soldered to the PCB of the central unit, and the females are soldered on cables which are coming from the smaller external devices (or the other way around, with the females on the PCB). However, each cable, with the connector mounted on it, has to fit through a 4 mm diameter round hole, this hole is not on or near the central device. The ideal solution would be for the cables to be plugged into the top of the central unit, this is why I considered a "double decker" pin header, with appropriate square holes on the top of the casing.

long male on board

A much less optimal solution would be to have holes on the side of the casing, so the pin headers or sockets on the PCB would be angled 90°.

90degrees on board

This is when I started thinking: maybe there are completely different connector types which I never heard about, which would solve my problem much better.

I though of audio jacks, there exist some in 4-lead variants, but the plastic casing is much thicker. Also, they are expensive compared with the pin strips.

the problem with most very thin multi-leaded connectors (used in laptop computers, for example), is that although they are very thin, they are also very wide, they are not designed to fit through round holes.

  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Really stupid question from me: Why 4mm round holes? \$\endgroup\$
    – JRE
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 15:44
  • 4
    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know who voted to close, nor why. This looks OK to me, as you are not asking for a product recommendation but rather a type of product. \$\endgroup\$
    – JRE
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 15:54
  • 2
    \$\begingroup\$ The reason is because there is a wall (or a wooden panel, etc.) between the central unit and the small devices, and the 4 mm round hole was made due to "aesthetic design" choices. \$\endgroup\$
    – vsz
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 15:54
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Ah aesthetics versus practicality - use two round holes. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 16:57
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ They make 2.5mm dia 4 terminal headphone plugs as well I think. showmecables.com/product/2-5mm-Jack-TRRS-Connector-Plastic.aspx has a socket for a wire tail. \$\endgroup\$
    – KalleMP
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 17:06

1 Answer 1


As KelleMP mentions you probably could use a 4 pole 3.5mm jack and socket to fit through the 4mm hole with 4 connections.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.