Attaching Headers & DigiSpark

There are four ways to attach the DigiSpark to the board, with these choices:

  • Permanent or Removable
  • Top or Bottom

The recommended attachment is “Removable Top” with the female headers attached to the DigiSpark and the male headers attached to the board. Skip to your desired attachment section.

Removable Top

This attachment style ensures compatibility with the cases we’re making and allows you to easily swap out your DigiSpark if needed.

Use your diagonal cutters to split the male headers into a set of 3 and a set of 6. Use the extra headers in other projects!

Cutting Headers

Place the male headers into the board.

Male Headers

You can bend the outer pins on the underside of the board to help you hold the headers on while you solder. Or, you can use masking tape to hold them.

Masking Tape for Headers

Solder all nine pins! The ground pin will take a little longer to heat up.

9 Pins Soldered

Stick the female headers onto the male headers and place the DigiSpark on top. Solder the female header pins to the DigiSpark.

Soldered DigiSpark

Next Step: Programming the Controller »

Permanent Top

This attachment style gives your controller a lower profile.

Use your diagonal cutters to split the male headers into a set of 3 and a set of 6. Use the extra headers in other projects!

Cutting Headers

Place the male headers into the board.

Male Headers

You can bend the outer pins on the underside of the board to help you hold the headers on while you solder. Or, you can use masking tape to hold them.

Masking Tape for Headers

Solder all nine pins! The ground pin will take a little longer to heat up.

9 Pins Soldered

Place the DigiSpark onto the top of the male headers and solder the pins.

Permanent Top Cut the excess pins with your diagonal cutters.

Cut Pins

Next Step: Programming the Controller »

Removable Bottom

This attachment style gets the DigiSpark out of view, but is not necessarily compatible with the cases we’re making.

Follow the directions for Removable Top, but do everything on the opposite side of the board.

Next Step: Programming the Controller »

Permanent Bottom

This attachment style gets the DigiSpark out of view and gives the board a low profile, but if you need to replace the DigiSpark, you will have to desolder it.

Follow the directions for Permanent Top, but do everything on the opposite side of the board.

Next Step: Programming the Controller »