I have an LED strip that is a little over 1 cm wide with 5 connectors on it, each about 1 mm wide I estimate. The wires on the left are the ones that were originally on this strip. It's supposed to be possible to cut this strip so I'm not doing anything out of spec.
My problem is that anytime I solder a wire to one of the copper traces on the strip, and then try the next one, the heat de-solders the existing wire. I sometimes manage 2 or 3, but then I invariably loosen one after which I have to desolder and clean all of them.
So far I have tried after the 'usual' technique (putting wire on the spot, apply heat to wire, push tin on wire until it starts to flow):
- Tinning wire, putting it on trace, apply heat
- Solder a solder copper piece first (the stranded wire has a tendency to 'fan out' to nearby wires), using all of the fore-mentioned techniques
- Drill a hole in the trace with a dremel, put tinned wired in there, apply heat to wire a bit away from the trace until tin starts to flow. Very hard to get hole right, plus once the tin starts flowing, it flows to the next trace.
I'm running out of ideas. I've tried the above with those tools with the two crocodile clamps to keep everything in place (not sure what they're called), and with magnifying glasses, and it's not just a matter of keeping steady or seeing everything correctly - it just seems that there is too much solder in too small an area (I've tried to keep it minimal, of course). Is this possible with only a soldering iron? Maybe there is a way to fab my own push-on connector so that I don't have to bother with soldering so close together anymore? I'm just a DIY amateur, I wouldn't know what sort of equipment this sort of thing is done with in a real lab (the connections that were pre-soldered look so near and precise).