Firstly, I'm sorry if this sort of question has been asked before/well documented, but I thought a new thread would be ok.
I'm a novice Modder and haven't done much soldering. I'm modding/recabling headphones and soldering plugs to wires. The concept is all fine, but I'm still learning the technical skills (soldering!)
I bought a cheap soldering iron (£10, Maplin in the UK) and I've used it a couple of times, but the tip doesn't seem to be getting hot any more. Other parts of the iron (sides) melt the solder, but I can't get the tip to melt the solder.
Sorry if this is a hugely novice question, but presumably I have to clean the tip of the iron quite frequently?
The tip is already discouloured, but I guess this is 'normal' (oxidation?).
The solder I have - I think - is 4% silver, 95.5% tin, 0.5% copper, which I was told has a lower melting point than 'standard'.
The solder is taking a long time to melt - which is probably bad news for the components (jack plug) and the heat is starting to melt the wire insulation.
I also cannot get the solder to stick to the iron to tin it. Any thoughts?
Is this my 'technique'/understanding, or should I look to get a better soldering iron? Should I look to get some flux?
I've read a few threads where brands of s-iron like Hakko, Weller, Circuit Specialists, Aoyue, Antex, Xytronic are recommended. Some of these (Hakko f'instance) are discontinued.
Would this be worthwhile to get? (I see it's for 'woodburning' hobbies?!)
Any thoughts would be brilliant, thanks.
Edited by DogandPonyShow - 6/22/12 at 7:39am