PCB sockets, or Painted Circuit Board sockets, refer to a type of connector which is specially designed to enable the connection between two PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) without requiring cable. They ensure that the connection remains secure and stable.
PCB sockets are female components, whereas PCB headers are male components. Both the sockets and the headers are used in conjunction, as a pair. One remains mating and the other non-mating, and this cycle is referred to as the mating cycle. PCB sockets bring flexibility and simplicity where operation is concerned.
How do PCB sockets work?
PCB sockets work in a simple process. Each PCB socket possesses a housing, made from an insulating material, with a certain number of terminals, which are made from conductive materials and are often plated to facilitate antirust and conductive capabilities. They receive the male end of the PCB connector on one side, and on the other build a connection with a second PCB.
Where are PCB sockets used?
PCB sockets are widely used in applications that require PCBs to establish an easy connection and disconnection flow. More commonly, they are used extensively as soldering relay alternatives and enables the users to easily replace timers or relays.