ISP Pogo Adapter Guide


A pogo adapter compatible with wider-spaced (0.3") surface mount pads. This comes in 2 versions - one compatible with a 6-pin cable connector, and one compatible with a 10-pin cable connector. Requires soldering and order of operations is important.

This is super useful for when you want to program a board with a surface mount ISP header footprint, but don't want to actually populate the connector.  There are lots of reasons for this - cost, the fact that it's bulky and protrudes, etc!  This pogo kit makes it possible to leave the connector off, but still program an AVR.

There are 2 versions of this board. There is a version that interfaces with a 6-pin header and version that interfaces with a 10-pin header. We tried to make is as easy as possible to solder by extending the pads around the pogos, so you can get at them from the side.  There are two boards with mounting hardware to space them apart - this makes the pogos more stable and straight.  The board is small but easy to hold, and there is a notch in the corner to indicate where pin 1 is.

Order is important! We suggest fully reading these before soldering up your kit. The 6-pin and the 10-pin kits interface either a 6 or 10-pin cable to a 6 pin ISP surface mount footprint on your PCB. There are only 6 pogos needed for each kit.

Solder the black connector

This will be either a 6-pin or 10-pin connector depending on the version you got. It is directional, so be sure to line up the notch in the connector with the notch lines in the silkscreen on the PCB. Solder the connector into one board - they're both the same, so it doesn't matter which one.

Assemble the boards and hardware

Using the provided standoffs and screws, screw the two boards together, making sure the notches line up on the same corner.

Solder the pogos

Drop the pogos through both boards, their smooth rounded ends should rest against the black connector. Make sure all pogos are resting at about the same height. Solder them to both boards, using the extended pads to get a nice fillet to each one. Flux helps solder flow to the pogos.


Line up the pogo pins with the exposed copper footprint on your PCB.  Press firmly and evenly then upload your code! The notch in the board indicated where pin 1 is.


Pogo pogo pogo! For those times when you don't want a through-hole programming header interrupting your artwork, or taking up precious space on the other side of your PCB, and also don't want a chonky SMT header on your board. These have 0.3" spacing between the two columns to interface between with SMT footprints, and 0.1" spacing between rows. There are 2 versions: one for interfacing with a 6-pin IDC programming ribbon cable, and one for a 10-pin cable.

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