Guides for soldering?

I'm kind of surprised there are no stickies about this, but i recently purchased a pwm board for arduino and i need to solder the headers on.

Ive got about ten minutes soldering experience, and it didnt go well. So, im hoping there is a good guide or walkthrough i can use.

Also, i bought a weller pen solderer and .010 solder. Is that right? I dont want to spend a lot of money on a solderer, no more than $50 ideally if my weller wont work.

The first time i tried to solder it seemed like the solder wouldnt flow, but the led strip i was soldering melted? I bought a "helping hands" welders tool, but thing is tiny and doesn't seem convenient...

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated!

Lots of videos on YouTube teaching soldering.
Some of the examples:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=soldering+circuit+boards

Show us a link to your soldering iron.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B3SG7F0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DHHAZ3A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A 40 Watt iron is fine. However this iron looks quite cheap. Use the middle sized tip, make sure the screw is tight. Let it get hot before you start soldering. If the solder doesn't melt when the iron is up to temperature you may have a bad iron.

If the solder would not flow it sounds like you did not have the right sort. You need 40/60 lead tin solder with a rosen flux multi core. Do not use any plumbing flux as that is corrosive.

I have the correct soldier, so that is good to know?

Can anyone recommend a good solder for <50, or is that too cheap?

My iron cost me far less than $50.

I'd have said that 40W is a bit high for this work but it should work OK. Just don't hang around too long when you solder things.

What you need to do is sit down with a piece of PCB and a load of old/cheap components and/or bits of wire a practice soldering them before you start on anything valuable. Ten minutes isn't a lot of practice to be giving up.

So is the soldered I have worth while or should I get a better model?

Get a better model. Save up some money, get a temperature controlled iron. NOT a power control, temperature control. $100 to $150 will get you a decent soldering station.

I bought this one with a digital readout when I updated from a Weller with fixed temperature tips:

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WESD51-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B000ARU9PO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1408032974&sr=8-7&keywords=temperature+soldering+station

Here is one a little cheaper with a calibrated dial and no digital readout:

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WES51-Analog-Soldering-Station/dp/B000BRC2XU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408032974&sr=8-1&keywords=temperature+soldering+station

Do NOT buy one like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Soldering-Station-Features-Continuously-Variable/dp/B0029N70WM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1408032974&sr=8-3&keywords=temperature+soldering+station

http://www.amazon.com/Soldering-Station-Features-Continuously-Variable/dp/B00IOVN0SQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1408032974&sr=8-8&keywords=temperature+soldering+station

Note that those say variable -power-. Waste of money. Our makerspace at OlyMEGA bought 6 of them. In less than a year, 4 of them are nonworking, the other two are working only because they were repaired with parts from the others.

I'm not saying that you can't solder with a simple pencil iron. I used one for decades. But why not use a decent tool? I went through cheap irons every few years, then I bought a good used Weller WTCP and have used it for a couple of decades. It still works, I bought a new digital control iron mostly for lead-free solder.

As for solder, again, don't cheap out. A good name brand 63/37 will have a better rosin. A pound will last you a really long time, why save $5 on poor solder?

Qdeathstar: So is the soldered I have worth while

There's nothing wrong with it.

Qdeathstar: should I get a better model?

Of course a full soldering station would be nicer to have, but it won't magically make soldering any easier!.

A bit of practice with the one you have is all you need.

PS: Use the sharpest tip for soldering. Screwdriver (flat) tips are more for desoldering where you have to touch multiple pins IMHO (YMMV - I know people who solder with them but I personally hate them)

// Per.

Zapro, that makes things more clear.

So you don't pretin on electronics?

I think for now I will keep the pin, the get the weller one when I can. Thanks.

Is there no way of having a faq or sticky for this, i does seem to be a fairly common question.

Is there no way of having a faq or sticky for this, i does seem to be a fairly common question.

Send a request to the moderator.

I always look at YouTube and Google though. The search function here is good.

See also: https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-guide-excellent-soldering?view=all

Qdeathstar: So you don't pretin on electronics?

Pretin?

// Per.

Qdeathstar: So you don't pretin on electronics?

Most component leads are pre tinned. However if you solder something like multi stranded wire then I twist them together and then tin the result before placing it through the hole and soldering it up.

Qdeathstar: So you don't pretin on electronics?

Nope.

(not unless it's a multistrand wire that you have to poke through a PCB hole...)

I think it went well.

I attatched a picture.

I accidentally put the pins for sda and scl upside down so I had to take them out and flip them…

The tips really helped. For some reason the YouTube vids didn’t help as much.

Qdeathstar: I think it went well.

I attatched a picture.

I accidentally put the pins for sda and scl upside down so I had to take them out and flip them....

The tips really helped. For some reason the YouTube vids didn't help as much.

When posting pictures, resize them, so they are no more than 1000 pixels on the longest side. Even here on my 27" monitor, this image is simply un-watchable.

From what i can see (a small section of your image) you are using a bit too much solder.

// Per.

sorry, updated.