Soldering iron not hot enough?
October 23, 2008
I've got a really crappy soldering iron so that very well could be the cause of my problem, but I want to be sure before I head to Radio Shack and drop some cash. See, I know that you're supposed to heat the connection and then apply the solder onto the joint, rather than putting the solder directly on the iron and letting it melt. But when I use the correct method, the joint doesn't get hot enough for the solder to melt! Even if I let the iron sit there for 15 seconds, the solder refuses to liquify unless it directly touches the iron. I'm tinning the iron and doing everything right as far as I know. Is this a problem with my soldering iron, or am I just missing something?