Regularly I buy ICs from China so I know there can be differences in shipping. Mostly ICs are sent in either plastic IC storage tubes, and mostly stuck on foam. However, today I got them without any protection like this. I got one extra, but as can be seen at least 3 are quite badly bent. Although it seems bad, after straightening them with some pliers I could easily put them in a breadboard and after removing them from the breadboard they look more or less straight.
I am just wondering about the implications of bending (the only thing I can think of is because they have been bent, they might break when the legs are bent again I will prevent of course), but maybe I can get in trouble:
- When soldering them?
- Less conductivity?
- Heating problems?
- Anything else?