I recently tried to use a soldering iron for the first time, but I don't seem to figure out how to use it properly.
In the articles I've read about how to solder properly, it is commonly stated that the process is quite short: you touch the connection you want to solder for a few seconds, then you apply the solder for another few seconds, and that's it.
This, however, is not what is happening in practice. When I apply the solder, nothing happens: the solder wire (provided with the soldering iron) just stays solid, and if I keep touching the solder with the soldering iron for, say, a minute or two, at some point it may start melting, sticks to the iron, and remains there in a solid form, then melts again a minute later.
I was thinking that this is due to the fact that the soldering iron is not hot enough, but the manual of the soldering iron says that the melting point of the solder wire is 215 °C and the general operating temperature is 270-320 °C, while I've set it up to 370 °C, and tried even a few times to push it up to 400 °C, even if the manual claims that “the temperature for general use should not exceed 380 °C.”
Since the problem is not the temperature, what am I doing wrong?
- The soldering iron is new. The tip is clean.
- The temperature of the tip is reported on a small LCD screen (i.e. this is not the temperature I've set, but the actual temperature of the tip).