Poke Home Connectors have been featured on a number of our boards over the last few years by providing a simple screw-terminal-type connector for easy wire connection purposes. Similar to screw terminals, Poke Home Connectors grasp a wire entered into the receiving area of the pin-out by pressing down on the small plastic strip at the end of the housing. Doing so raises the internal clamp and, upon release of the button secures the wire in place without any soldering required.
Poke Home Connectors work better in environments with a lot of vibrations (i.e. automotive applications) or when a wire is expanding or contracting due to temperature cycling. Additionally, the tension in the connector is automatically adjusted to the wire gauge (assuming it is within the accepted wire thickness) as opposed to variances in tension when a user tightens the screw terminal.
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Skill Level: Noob - Some basic soldering is required, but it is limited to a just a few pins, basic through-hole soldering, and couple (if any) polarized components. A basic soldering iron is all you should need.
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A comment (tip? bit of wisdom? bit of wizDUMB?) for folks wanting to design with this: It is a surface mount device (SMD), and can be subjected to mechanical stress. My experience with SMD devices that are (or can be) subjected to mechanical stress is that when you're designing the printed circuit board (PCB), put pads on both sides of the PCB with small "vias" (the more the better) between the two sides. This will mean that you're not relying entirely on the copper's adhesion to the PCB substrate for mechanical strength. Be careful to NOT put solder mask over those vias, as filling the vias with solder will significantly improve the mechanical strength.