# IC test clip alternatives without soldering

I can't believe how much DIP IC test clips cost. But anyways, I'm looking for an alternate way of testing pins without buying the clip without using Solder on any part of the circuit, so the answer to this won't help me: Cheap alternative to 3M IC clips?

The IC I'm testing is a 20-pin IC that sits in a standard IC socket and I'm primarily interested in testing up to 8 pins at a time.

The only thing I thought of which isn't stable is to connect a bunch of low AWG solid wire to a separate test board with headers on it with the other ends of the wire touching the tops of the IC pins.

But then if there was such thing as ultra-miniature alligator clips with wire attached, I'd use them.

I also wonder if I could get better results if I inserted a special IC socket with long pins (with test wires soldered to it) in the regular socket on the board, then a regular socket in the newly inserted machine socket so I have my IC about an inch above from the board. (That is, three sockets total of which one is machine socket.)

Is there a disadvantage to this?

The IC in question is a microcontroller running at 22.1184 Mhz speed

And I'm open to better ideas without the use of solder on the main circuit board or on the main IC itself or on the main circuit board IC socket.

• There are ultra-miniature clips but they are more expensive then your 20-pin IC clip. Search for "micro measure clip" will produce clips in the range of about $5 to$60 each. Where the quality follows the price. – Oldfart Jun 26 '18 at 16:53