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I intend to use wire wrapping for a project involving an Arduino, and a Time of Flight sensor (https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-vl6180x-time-of-flight-micro-lidar-distance-sensor-breakout/overview).

The sensor comes on a separate, headerless board, and the recommended approach is to solder a header to the board. I would like to avoid soldering a header, if possible.

My current thought would be to use a long pinned wire wrapping header, from underneath the breakout board, and wire wrap to it, but I am unsure if this approach will work correctly (I do not have the supplies to test it currently).

Is there recommended, non-soldering approach to attaching a headerless breakout board, using wire wrapping?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Wirewrapping need pins to wrap around. No header - no pins - no wirewrapping. \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Jun 29 '18 at 15:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wire wrap wire is very thin (30AWG), and not suitable for insertion in a breadboard. \$\endgroup\$ – Jack Creasey Jun 29 '18 at 15:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EugeneSh. The OP wants to use a header, they just don't want to solder it. \$\endgroup\$ – Elliot Alderson Jun 29 '18 at 15:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JackCreasey The OP is not talking about inserting WW wire into a breadboard, they want to use a WW header without soldering it to the breakout board. \$\endgroup\$ – Elliot Alderson Jun 29 '18 at 15:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ I see... I don't think any of the methods in the answers is reliable enough for anything more serious than just one-two time testing setup. \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Jun 29 '18 at 15:35
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As I understand your question you are not opposed to using some kind of header pins, you just don't want to solder them to the breakout board. It's difficult to get a good connection between the pin and the board without soldering, but a press fit pin might work for you. The pin shown below is from Vero Technologies. You can wrap on both the top and bottom of the pin. The pin must very tightly in a plated-through hole, and I used to have a spring-loaded tool that would insert them.

enter image description here

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Is there recommended, non-soldering approach to attaching a headerless breakout board, using wire wrapping?

If you don't want to use solder you can either wirewrap it, which has its drawbacks, or use a 0.1" header. For a board that doesn't move wire-wrapping is great, but for a board that does, it creates problems if you don't wirewrap properly. You need to make sure wrap the wire properly or it will break from lack of strain relief: enter image description here

The wires need at least 1 turn of insulation, preferably 2 or 3, why? Because when you cut the insulation, you nick the wire (even with the tools) this creates a weak point and if it is moved it breaks at that point. If the wire insulation is wrapped, this creates strain relief (essential to all cables) at that point.

Then you wire wrap the other end of the wire to another header to put in your board, I've done this a few times.

Another way to do this would be to use 0.1" headers with a male and female end such as these which are available at every place that sells cheap Chinese stuff and electronic hobbyist suppliers: enter image description here

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I think this is the product you need: Solderless headers

You can find them here or here or search google for solderless headers.

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