I'm at my wit's end trying to figure out methods to separate Dupont wires.

I ordered an 8 pin SOIC clip from eBay. Due to low funds I had to opt for the cheapest alternative. It arrived along with a 40 bundle of Dupont wires.

Initially, after attempting to connect the Dupont wires to the clip, I noticed that the Dupont connector is too large for the clip (4 connectors to a side) to fit all 4 sides of the clip. After stripping the clip's plastic fitting out of it to a barebones wire with the metallic adapter it fits.

photo of SOIC cip and wire connectors

Link to original large image on Imgur

Will the Dupont wire connector as a barebones metallic adapter short out my chip if I use it to connect it to a Raspberry Pi?

I'm trying to get it to a state where I can reprogram the chip with my Raspberry Pi without shorting it.

Would using paper in between be sufficient to stop it from frying? Nothing else will fit to separate it unless there is an alternative I could do with household items. There really isn't any alternatives for me as I can't afford a "Pomona" clip due to their expensive pricing.

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    \$\begingroup\$ As an alternative to of paper you might use tape, some leftover insulation of thicker wires or heat shrink tube (if available). But please post some photos so we will be able to help you better. \$\endgroup\$
    – StarCat
    Commented Mar 13, 2021 at 21:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah pics or it didn't happen. Electrical tape is relatively cheap and 300V/layer. \$\endgroup\$
    – K H
    Commented Mar 14, 2021 at 2:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you faking this one? pomonaelectronics.com/products/test-clips/soic-clip-8-pin. \$\endgroup\$
    – tlfong01
    Commented Mar 14, 2021 at 4:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ imgur.com/a/xrThniT image as requested \$\endgroup\$
    – m3troidman
    Commented Mar 14, 2021 at 11:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ @m3troidman - Hi, Thanks, I have added that image "inline" in the question. I can see you would be unable to do that, as the jpg file was about 3.5 MB straight from the camera (?), and a max size of 2 MB is allowed here. It is common that camera photos have to be resized before they can be uploaded, as original images are just too big and high-resolution to be added here directly. I proportionally resized your photo down to 700 pixels wide and its size went from 3.5 MB to 72 kB (!) so it could then be uploaded here. Hope that helps for future questions. \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson
    Commented Mar 14, 2021 at 12:40

2 Answers 2


Anything that is an insulator will work. Paper is about as inexpensive as you can get.

I will attempt to describe in words what I might do.

Cut a strip of paper that is somewhat taller than the bare part of the pins. Zig-zag the paper between the pins. Take the free ends of the paper strip and wrap around the full row of pins. Tape in place.


Bend the pins alternately up and down. If you want all the push-ons parallel then bend them again the opposite direction so they are alternately kinked.

1st pin    |_/
2nd pin    |_
           | \_______

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