Connector Pins / Female Wire Heads?

Bit of a daft question here, but I can't find these things for the life of me - Where do you find female wire heads and male pins? Up until now, i've rolled my own by cutting thick-gauge wire to jam in the holes and directly twisting wires on, but it feels so much like a hack. What do i need to buy to be able to plug things in like this:

Sparkfun has 'em: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?c=141

Your picture looks like this one:

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=9140

I think Adafruit has them, too. Probably many Arduino resellers stock something like them.

-j

Oooh look, a back to front Arduino....... ;)

I think everywhere has them.

Just do a search for .1" pin headers

Every electronics supplier seems to sell them.

Depends on where you are as to where to recommend.

Mowcius

I have the sparkfun ones, they are total crap, as the pins pop out every time I plug one into the female headers and breadboard that I also bought from sparkfun

also they are a rip, when I bought them they were the same price as the ones at maker shed, now they are 2$ cheaper

the problem is maker shed sells them in bundles of 70 sparkfun does 10, do the math

http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKSEEED3

The ones with heatshrink on the ends seem to be the best in my opinion. I have some from here (http://stores.ebay.com/GravitechEstore) and have had no problems.

I have the sparkfun ones, they are total crap, as the pins pop out every time I plug one into the female headers and breadboard that I also bought from sparkfun

I'm surprised to hear you say that. (Well maybe not. ::))

I found quite the opposite to be true.

The jumpers I bought from Sparkfun have square plastic ends and square pins. The pins are larger than the cheaper ones and make better contact. The wires are more securely attached to the pins. I've been using them daily for 3 years now and never had a wire come loose.

On the other hand, the jumpers with the round plastic piece have just a dot of solder holding the wire to the pin. The plastic piece is just a sleeve and offers no strain relief. I have these too and have had several wires come off.

Could you be confusing the two?

no, the ones I have are neither, And its the only set I own, and the last thing I bought from sparkfun

the pins are crimped to the wire, and the pins themselves look like flat metal folded over, which is why they get stuck, or wont go in, and you can bend them by looking at them funny (like a U or V shape)

they are housed in a square molex type connector, but the plastic tab barley makes contact with the sheet metal all crumpled up pins, it is very common for me to pull one out of the bag and have both housings of the wire free floating on the middle of the wire

also the ones I got from sparkfun the pins are less than 0.25 inches long and wiggle out of whatever socket you force them into sometimes, which is better than the 2 I have gotten stuck in sockets I guess

out of the 10 I got, about 4 remain less than 6 months later, If I had bought 70 crappy ones for ~ the same price I would not be critical but its just kind of a double blow

I've gotten some very versatile female-ended jumpers from Schmartboard. When I need male I stick a bare male header in one end.