Sometimes we want to remove header pins on a flight controller or circuit board in general, but it’s possible to damage the board if not careful. Here I will show you a couple of examples how I do it safely and easily, on a Naze32 board and a MinimOSD board.
The wrong way: many people would try to remove the solder first using solder sucker or solder wick, then pull the all the header pins out at once. However it’s not easy to remove the solder, and you might have to repeat the same process many times. And therefore it’s likely that you could apply too much heat on the solder pads and rip out the conductive copper surface.
So here is how I remove headers pins on a circuit board.
- Remove the plastic part that holds the pins, and straighten all the angle pins.
- Remove each pin one by one, by heating up the solder, pull it out with pliers.
- Clean up the pad and remove extra solder with a solder sucker or solder wick.