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Old 02-04-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Solderless Pot Connections

Is there a quick, easy way to connect to pots without needing to solder (for prototyping pedals)? I basically want to be able to connect my pot to a breadboard, quickly and reliably.

Alligator clips are too unreliable
Soldering takes too much time
Crimps? Do you need a crimping tool to do it right?


are there pots where you can simply connect a female header to all 3 pins at once?

other alternatives?
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Have you tried wiring up 3 wires to the pots, then just tinning the other ends of the wires? I should think that ought to give you enough rigidity to get them to sit in the terminals of the breadboard.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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That's an awesome idea, but I'm looking for a way for the wire to pot connection to be solderless. I'd probably want the other end to be a breadboard jumper, so I could build entire projects without using a dab of solder.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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soldering doesnt take that much time
if you learn how to solder propery it shouldnt take too much

buuut i find that just wrapping the wire around the connection works fine enough for prototyping

or if you get breadboard jumper cables i forget what its called...anyway its a bit stiffer than normal cable you can put it in the hole of the pot connection and bend it it works for prototyping but for more permanent connections soldering is still the best


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Old 02-04-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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That's an awesome idea, but I'm looking for a way for the wire to pot connection to be solderless. I'd probably want the other end to be a breadboard jumper, so I could build entire projects without using a dab of solder.


It really isn't that hard to do what eddie said and just stick those wires in your breadboard. You only have to solder the pot once.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:35 AM   #6
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soldering doesnt take that much time
if you learn how to solder propery it shouldnt take too much

buuut i find that just wrapping the wire around the connection works fine enough for prototyping

or if you get breadboard jumper cables i forget what its called...anyway its a bit stiffer than normal cable you can put it in the hole of the pot connection and bend it it works for prototyping but for more permanent connections soldering is still the best


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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acce...entiometer-500k

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #7
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Grab some IC sockets and do this:
http://doctortweek.files.wordpress....jpg?w=640&h=390

The you can plug in whatever pots you want to play with for quick prototyping.
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just solder it, you'll never fully know until there's a solid connection going on
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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Grab some IC sockets and do this:
http://doctortweek.files.wordpress....jpg?w=640&h=390

The you can plug in whatever pots you want to play with for quick prototyping.


That's a sweet idea, a lot closer to what I want! Thanks a ton! I may be asking too much here but is there a way that's more secure than IC sockets, but similar to that solution?
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Get another, small, breadboard.
Plug pots into that.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:20 AM   #11
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That's a sweet idea, a lot closer to what I want! Thanks a ton! I may be asking too much here but is there a way that's more secure than IC sockets, but similar to that solution?


It's not quite what you want, but maybe it will help - I have wired a guitar of mine using wires soldered onto the pots and into terminal block, and then wiring the pickups into that. That must have been about 3 years ago and I've yet to have any trouble with it, and I've read online of a fair few people doing the same thing.

This picture isn't guitar wiring, it's just to show something similar to what I mean.
http://www.wiresncode.com/projects/...minal-block.jpg
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