I'd like to know some general approaches to creating DIY connectors for a custom PCB or card. Mainly I'd like to know how to connect some flat SMD pads to standard jumpers that would connect to a breadboard or arduino header.
For example, here's the internals of a genuine PSX memory card:
It's worth noting that each pad is separated by 2.54mm (standard DIP header), although in 3 (non-standard spaced) distinct sections.
I've considered the following:
- Probes (Some of the pads are too far from the edge of the PCB for this to work)
- Hot glue DIP headers to the pads (Messy and unreliable connection)
- Solder some cables to the pads (I don't want to leave any solder residue as I want the device to remain in original condition)
- Alligator clips (too large)