Several methods are available to connect wires to a circuit board other than soldering. They include using hot glue, alligator clips, or electrical tape.
The methods are simple and the tools are reading and available in most hardware and electrical shops. Decide on the strength level of the wire joint and then simply implement any method you deem feasible.
How to Attach Wires to a Circuit Board Without Soldering
There are several methods you can try out to attach wires to a circuit board without soldering. Some of them will be discussed in this section.
Method 1: Using Alligator Clips
This is one of the simplest methods to connect wires to a circuit board without soldering. Alligator clips are cheap and available in any hardware or electric shop.
To implement this method, at first, you have to strip the ends of the two wires and connect them using the alligator clips. Place the stripped ends in a parallel form and then use the alligator clips to join them.
However, alligator clips only give a temporary wire joint to the circuit board. Therefore, the connection is usually weak and you may require a stronger and more permanent wiring method later.
Method 2: Using Electrical Tape
Electrical tapes provide moderate level strength to the joint. It is specifically useful for permanent connections needing insulated joints. Besides, it is an inexpensive and effortless method of attaching wires to a circuit board without soldering.
You will need electrical tape and two wires with twisted ends to implement this method. All you have to do is to wrap the twisted part of the wires 5-6 times using the electrical tape and cover up all the wires. Make sure the connection is strong by tugging at it.
Method 3: Using Hot Glue
Aside from creating a strong joint, the hot glue method provides strong insulation to the wire joint as well. Another notable advantage is that it cools down quickly so you won’t have to clamp down the wires.
At first, get yourself a glue gun and heat it. Remove the coat off of the ends of the wires and twist the ends together. Then apply a glob of glue onto them. Swirl the glue around a bit using a stick or pencil. Once you are done covering the entire stripped part of the wire, let the hot glue cool.
Method 4: Crimping
Crimping is a pretty tricky method to attach wires, but it is by far the strongest one described to do the job. You will require specialized tools for this task coupled with a little bit of practice.
At the start of the task, the stripped part of one of the wires goes into the crimp. Then you have to place the crimp in the crimping tool. Squeeze the crimping tool and bend the crimp into a “U” shape. Continue until you have a rut going down the length.
If you see soldering as a hassling and tricky work, then you have the option of connecting wires to a circuit board using other methods. This article discusses some of the most affordable, quick, and simple ways to connect wires to a circuit board. All you have to do is to make sure that you have the right tools and have the basics of connecting wires covered.