Removing header pins on a flight controller or circuit board in general could cause damage to the hardware if it’s not done properly. Here I will show you a couple of examples how I do it safely and easily.
The wrong way: many people would try to remove the solder first using solder sucker or solder wick, then pull all the header pins out at once. First of all it’s not easy to remove the solder completely, and you might have to repeat the process many times. By applying too much heat on the solder pads and connection, you could rip out the conductive copper surface and destroy the board.
So here is what i think the right way, how I remove headers pins on a circuit board more safely. Be aware this is going to break the existing header pins, if you want to put in new header pins you will need some new ones.
- Remove the plastic part that holds the pins together, and straighten all the angle pins
- Remove the pins one by one by heating up the solder, and pull it out very gently with a pair of pliers. Do not force it!
- Clean up the pad and remove extra solder with a solder sucker or solder wick. Again, do not leave soldering iron on the pads for too long to avoid damage
Example 1 – Removing Header Pins from Flight controller
Example 2 – Removing header pins from MinimOSD
- Jul 2015 – Article created
- May 2017 – Article revised