I'm fairly new to electronics and am having some issues with soldering and could do with some advice:
from what I have read the solder shouldn't directly touch the soldering iron when solding the component. However, I find the component I.e. a diode, gets incredibly hot before the solder has melted and I'm worries this will damage the component.
the solder won't stick to the circuit board material (I'm using a brown board which has lots of holes already in place (I'm sorry I don't know what it's called) the other issue with this is the board also looks like it starts to melt or discolour a bit when I'm soldering.
the soldering iron I'm using is a kit from Maplin, it is 40w and includes a lead free solder.
I also have a 12w iron which appears to be useless.
- I seem to get a big blob of solder off which just bonds the wires together and doesn't bind to the board!
Any advice, tips or tricks or if you could signpost me to a video etc about how to best get started is me most greatful as I'm really struggling to get off the ground and it's very disheartening.