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Old 23rd June 2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default 6 Pin Potentiometer PCB

I have several small 6 pin pots I would like to experiment with. See pic:
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With the small pin spacing it is virtually impossible for me to solder a wire to each lug. So, I'm looking for suggestions on a PCB for them. Problem is all I can find on Ebay have the grounded lug connected together on both sides of the pot.

Example:

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I really need all 6 pins completely independent of each other. Do they make these types of PCB's (that are reasonably priced)?

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Old 23rd June 2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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You should be able to solder wires to those I would use a neoprene/plastic sleeve over each wire to take the strain off.

For some reason lately, ebay links don't work and just go to ebays "home" page.
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Old 23rd June 2013, 04:05 PM   #3
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You should be able to solder wires to those I would use a neoprene/plastic sleeve over each wire to take the strain off.

For some reason lately, ebay links don't work and just go to ebays "home" page.
OK, and fixed the link with a pic. I could bore you with the details on why I do not want to solder wires to the pot lol, but if I could just find a PCB for these as described above it would alleviate a lot of headache.
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Fair enough

Although I've never looked for such a PCB, I'm pretty sure I've never come across anything like that. As you say, having the ground pins connected together would be the most common arrangement (certainly for a volume application).

Could you use veroboard or similar ?
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Old 23rd June 2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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But why touse these boards,cant you just solder the damn wires directly to the pot?
But you want to have removeable molex connectors?
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Old 23rd June 2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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Fair enough

Although I've never looked for such a PCB, I'm pretty sure I've never come across anything like that. As you say, having the ground pins connected together would be the most common arrangement (certainly for a volume application).

Could you use veroboard or similar ?
As a last resort, I may have to. I am a little lazy tho lol, would hope for something easier.

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But why touse these boards,cant you just solder the damn wires directly to the pot?
But you want to have removeable molex connectors?
Yes, in a nutshell I would like to swap the pot in and out of the board using one of these (but a 6 pin instead of the pictured 8 pin), as well as many other options:

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These are simply for prototyping until I finalize my build. Then I still have my fresh new pots without soldered wires attached to them.
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Old 30th June 2013, 08:54 PM   #7
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well, why don't you just cut the ground thermal connections on the ebay versions, they look pretty well made. I'd do that. Or I'd etch a board myself.

Or you could try the connectors. Really you can do anything if you have the least amount of money.
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well, why don't you just cut the ground thermal connections on the ebay versions, they look pretty well made. I'd do that. Or I'd etch a board myself.

Or you could try the connectors. Really you can do anything if you have the least amount of money.
Ha, I did that already. One ground on top, the other on bottom side of the PCB. Seems to work well so far.

I was mainly curious if they made the version I am looking for, kinda surprised they don't actually.
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