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Are DIP sockets against overheating worth the cost?

Sockets allow easy replacement of a device and eliminates the risk of damage from overheating during soldering. [Wikipedia] I personally never (ever) replace these ICs. For programming ...
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Unplugging a router from the wall socket

When the internet appears to have crashed, the service provider invariably gives this advice as a first line remedy: unplug the router from the wall socket, then wait 5 minutes, then plug it back in. ...
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What kind of socket is that?

I found that socket on a music device produced around mid 1970s in GDR and I was wondering what kind of socket it is. Unfortunately, someone painted the whole device, including the contacts. Therefore,...
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Name for this type of connector?

Can Anyone help me to identify this board to board connector? 7 springs connector on top and 8 on the bottom. answer Found a Korean company producing it. Thanks. This is the plug on the other end.....
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Does it matter which way you plug stuff into the wall socket [closed]

I have a european socket and if you saw one you will know that you can plug stuff either way. But american sockets can only be plugged in only one way. So does it matter which way its plugged it ...
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Why is the upper hole in a plug point bigger than the rest?

In a plug point you can see that the upper hole is bigger than the other holes in it. Why is this hole bigger than the other two?
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Why AC socket polarity is important?

In North America sockets and plugs design makes sure you'll be able to plug only in a certain way: (source) Why is this important for AC? Moreover, many plugs, such as cellphone chargers, are in fact ...
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What are the uses for a water soluble IC socket?

I recently stumbled across water soluble IC sockets after being given a bag of them. While they do dissolve successfully from the board, I can't seem to come up for a valid explanation for why anyone ...
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Same type of jack - different current ratings [closed]

I'm looking for not expensive DC barrel female connector that can handle 8A of current. I found only barrel jack 5.5x2.1mm which can handle 3A, I couldn't find anything similar. But same type of ...
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Why were hobbyists advised to socket ICs before, but not now? [closed]

When I was little, the general advice for electronics hobbyists was to socket all their ICs. Indeed you would find the word must referring to the need for sockets. This was to prevent thermal damage ...
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Help with identifying a PCB header connector

I have scoured the Internet trying to locate what this is - I'd appreciate any information if someone recognizes this plug/socket combination. It is currently used to carry 5V DC power of about 1A. ...
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Hot and neutral have similar voltage to ground - finding the problem

I have an APC battery backup and surge protector for my computer. It has a light, labeled "Building wiring fault." This light is on, and my computer will not start. I am unemployed and my landlord is ...
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How to connect a relay to 220 Volts outlet?

I used relays before but just for simple 5V DC signals control using a Raspberry Pi. Now I'm quite cautious and would like to ask for some help from professionals because I'm not planning to set my ...
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Are PLCC Chips/Sockets always the same pitch?

I'm hunting down a socket for a PLCC-84 chip and none of them mention pitch spacing. Is that because PLCC is always the same spacing between pins?
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What is the purpose of these plastic “wings” on this power plug

The plug in the picture has plastic "wings", which seem to have no other purpose than to irritate when trying to insert multiple devices into a power board. The wings do not allow cords to be plugged ...
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Identifying a wall socket with 8 small, 2 larger holes in trapezoid/star configuration

What kind of connector is this? Country: Germany Location: University Building (Department of Computer Science) The logo in the middle rather looks like an "h" 6 smaller holes form a trapezoid 2 of ...
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need help identifing parts

The first Green bit is a thermistor out of a fluke 374 clamp meter, but cant find the manufacture from the logo or what the number means. The other is a socket pin from a single wire connector, its ...
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Are RJ45 jack sockets universal regarding CAT-X cables

I've noticed some trade/wholesale websites list CAT-X jack sockets separately as the individual numerical version, i.e., (CAT-3 jack socket). I'm aware CAT is a standard, and RJ45 is the socket ...
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How to repeatedly read and write a SMD EEPROM without unsoldering it each time?

I am doing a lot of reverse engineering on SOIC-8 Eeproms in automotive ecus. At the moment it requires unsoldering the chip, read/write, solder the chip back in, test, repeat. Most Eeproms have to ...
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Name of socketed PCB jumpers

What is the correct name for those little jumper cables, with a small socket each end, designed to go between header pins on PCBs. A bit like these, but singles http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-Pcs-30cm-...
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Smallest 2 Pin AC outlet socket [closed]

For a home automation project I need to source panel mounting electrical outlet sockets which are as low profile as possible and are rated at least 200 watts. Something like a female version of these ...
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General dimensions and recommendations for a USB dongle

I'm trying to create a device that connects via USB and sits in a users computers USB socket at all times, and I'm unsure of what the general dimension requirements will be. Ideally, this device ...
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A curious 433 MHz signal to decode

I bought a cheap set of remote controlled power sockets and I want to integrate them into my home automation system. So I got a 433 MHz receiver for 1€, connected it to my Arduino and tried to decode ...
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What is the difference between a 2 and a 3 solder terminals socket (coaxial jack dc)

I'm not pro with electronics and electricity and I want to replace my notebook socket so I'm looking for a coaxial jack dc socket but, as I only have two cables (a positive and a negative one) to ...
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How to socket 28-pin DIPs?

Recently I switched from the leaf-spring type of DIP sockets to the more expensive machined MIL sockets. The leaf-spring type were failing (by the spring parts pulling out of the socket) after a few ...
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which 2-pin Molex connector is this?

I've been looking at Molex's website for hours and I can't identify this connector. It's the motor connector on a cheap quadcopter. Does anyone know what connector it is? Thanks for your help.
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How would a chip socket affect the chip?

I have a little habit of socketing all DIP chips used in my circuit (so at least if the design failed I can recycle the chips easily). Now since I am trying my hands at multimeter DIY'ing (with a all ...
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Alternative to ZIF socket and alligator clips

As we know ZIF socket holds ICs and enables us to add or remove easily. Is there anything for axial elements such as resistor or diodes for holding them without bending those elements? The problem ...
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What kind of JTAG connector is this?

I have two circuit boards that are almost identical. One has a JTAG socket, and one does not. I want to add a socket to the one that doesn't have one, but I don't know which part to get. This is the ...
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IEC vs. UL current rating

I was doing a search on Digikey for some power entry connectors and noticed that many of the connectors are rated 10A by IEC standards and 15A by UL standards. Why is there such a large difference ...
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Neutral and live holes/wires

Is the neutral hole socket on the left or the right side? Is this universal to all countries and most houses? The neutral wire is usually at 0V relative to earth right? Or 0V RMS? HYPOTHETICALLY, if ...
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RJ11 socket in Eagle libraries?

I am trying to add RJ11 (telephone wire) sockets to my PCB on Eagle but am having trouble finding it in the libraries. Is this a standard socket that is included or do I need to install some external ...
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mbed Socket Thread

I need to establish an ethernet connection between a host and mbed, where the host can send commands to the mbed (e.g. move forward, move backwards, stop, etc). As there is no telling when these ...
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Car plug from batteries

I've recently bought an air compressor with a cigarette lighter socket cord. It plugs into your car. The specs say that it takes 12V dc at 14A but I want to power it with small batteries (AA, AAA, 9V)...
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PCB mount socket for 1mm diameter pin

I have a module that I want to be able to plug into a custom PCB (i.e. not solder directly). The pins of the module are 1mm diameter and would be inserted perpendicular to the custom PCB. What sort of ...
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Chassis punches for IEC C13 sockets?

I can't believe I'm having trouble finding chassis punches for the IEC C13 socket. This has to be the most common way of getting 120VAC into a box, yet I can't find any chassis punches. How do most ...
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Strange PCB Connector I haven't Seen Before - What is it?

I'm trying to determine what connector this guy is, but I've never seen it before. It has two rows of seven pins, and they are offset a bit. More importantly, does anyone have any tips on matching ...
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Testing a connection to a TCP socket through SIM5320A cellular module

I'm using a SIMCOM 5320A module like this one to try to establish a TCP connection. I'm going through SIMCOM's application note on TCP/IP as a reference. The AT commands I'm using may very well be ...
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Proper thickness of different copper items normally used in Electric switch and socket?

When i open the plastic casing of electric switch and socket normally used in household like (250 V AC 16 A Switch , 250 V AC 13 A Socket) then i found different shaped copper bar. copper rod, copper ...
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Smart Phone's camera socket

I just want ask how the socket in the image is called? I couldn't really find and the closer I could get is only Raspberry's module.
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Safely use 10A Laptop charger Plug?

I have got an HP laptop charger who's plug has a marking "Linetek 10 A 250 V" over it. On the other hand, the labeling says: Input: 100-240V ~50-60Hz 1.6A Output: 19.5V 4.62A At home, I have got ...
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Putting Linux on a Lattice ECP3 FPGA

On my Xilinx Zedboard, I booted Linux from an SD card and then ran a Linux application (written in C) from the SD card. This application created a server using sockets that would return whatever is ...
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Best way of connecting ATMega32 to LCD with 16 pin

I am trying to control LCD ADM2004D with ATMega32 AVR microcontroller. This type of LCD is 20x4 character, has 16 input and I am going to connect the main board to this LCD. I may need to disconnect ...
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Drill hole size suggestion for this pass-through socket

I'm considering using this pass-through socket for a project. Since I'm newer at this, I was wondering what size through-hole would be best? This socket will solder in, so I understand that I can go ...
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What are the brass contacts inside domestic AC power plugs and sockets called?

I've been hunting high and low across the internet, but I haven't had any luck so far. What I need: Brass terminals/contacts that can be soldered on a PCB and will receive electrical plugs. I want ...
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mbed OS 5 TCP Socket

I have a few question regarding mbed OS 5's new TCP API: Some background: I will have multiple mbeds linked via Ethernet to a PC. The PC, whose IP address is fixed and known by each mbed, initiates ...
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Part number pin for socket programming

I'm developing a board using the Omega2 and I need a socket for the software uploading. I found this great video: https://youtu.be/aoYadArVJPw I need these pins at 0:25 sec ; does anyone knows the ...
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How far away can DDR3 memory be placed from the SoC?

I thought of an idea where i have a pcb with a soc on it, and a seperate one with the DDR3 memory that can snap into each other. This way i can replace or debug specefic parts of the system and have e....
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Identification of a plug

I found this cable in a box of old bits. It is 4 wire and has test clips on one end and a barrel type plug on the other. I am trying to find out what the plug is called and I hope to locate a ...
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Installed 555 timer socket backwards - can I reverse the chip in the socket?

I installed the socket for a NE555 timer ic backwards on a PCB. Can I just reverse the chip in the socket to cure the mistake?