I have a Jaguar motor controller that has a set of 5 inset male header pins to connect an encoder. The encoder has only loose wires coming out.

What type of connector should I be buying to solder/crimp onto the end of these?

Also, there're a couple of sensor boards with a similar arrangement of 0.1" male headers. The control board also has male headers. However, every compatible cable I can find is male to female.

Do servo cables with sockets at both ends exist?

This is what the controller looks like. Encoder slot is on the front, as the freehand-circling below shows


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    \$\begingroup\$ Any chance you could post a pic of the header pins to make sure we point you in the right direction? \$\endgroup\$
    – RQDQ
    Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 20:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RQDQ: Added pic of jaguar \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric
    Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 22:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Picture updated to show where cables go \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 15:47

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Are those jumpers beside the connector? Then probably the connector can be connected using the common jumper wires (available with up to at least 10 pins in one housing). Servo cables usually have a different kind of connector (rounded corners).

To make your own jumper leads, you can buy crimp connector housings from pololu. They also sell pre-crimped wires, if you don't want to crimp them yourself.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, those are jumpers. What I want to know how to do is turn attach the 5 loose wires that come out of the encoder onto a set of jumper cable ends, preferably without cannibalizing jumper cables. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 15:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm having difficulty finding multi-wire jumper cables that aren't polarized. Can you point me to some? Or is it not the done thing to use one large connector at each end? \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 15:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you don't want to crimp them yourself (tool needed), you can get pololu.com/catalog/product/1904 and put pololu.com/catalog/category/71 inside them. \$\endgroup\$
    – AndreKR
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 17:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Damn. I just ordered a bunch from farnell. I would have much preferred to buy them from polulu. Thanks anyway. Those are exactly what I was looking for. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 21:49

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