Friday, January 7, 2011

The manual wire wrap tool: a microelectronics hobbyist's best friend for solderless connections

Tired of soldering? Tired of breathing in potentially toxic fumes? Then the wire wrap is just for you. Look it up on Google for pics and how to use it (and where to buy!). It's awesome. I just discovered it. It allows you to effortlessly strip and coil thin wire (I was using 30 gauge, for PIC pin outputs) tightly around a thicker pin (DIP extensions, those common square-cross-sectioned headers, etc.). Surprisingly (to me) strong in tension; could not pull it off without breaking whatever it was attached to first. If you venture away from PCB boards, this is a must have, especially since it is a simple and cheap tool.

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