looking at using this pin for a PCB test bed, can the end of the pin be soldered directly to a hold board then the pointed spring end be used to push against the board in test? Just making sure I understand how the pin works.
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Yes you can set up your pogo pins that way.
For a more detailed guide on Making a pogo pin test board, I linked a guide from Adafruit.
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The datasheet for that part indicates that it’s intended for use with a sleeve P/N S19-501, AKA 952-2614-ND. This sort of arrangement would probes to be replaced without having to unsolder stuff…