A couple soldering problems

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by mslugx, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. mslugx

    mslugx Advanced Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    United States
    I was practising my soldering skills, but i encounter some difficulties, and I hope somebody can help me with it. Thank you.
    1. I heated up my solder iron, and applied a little bit of solder to it, tried to tin the wire. When I put the wire onto the iron and the color immediately turns kind of brownish color, and did not flow to the wire, but stick to the iron itself. did i do something wrong?
    2. I managed to tin the wire with that brownish color solder, and ready to solder it onto my old hard drive. I first applied some more solder, and try to tap the point for quickly since i have a 30 watt solder iron, but the solder still doesn't stick to the wire, why?
    3. I heard the turn flux, and i google it, but i couldn't find any answers to it, does that mean flux as well?
    4. When I solder it to the point, but there were some liquid that came out of the board? Does that mean I heated it too much and burned the board?

    Please help me with these questions, I will be appricated. Thank you very much.
  2. Takrin

    Takrin GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 7, 2006
    United States
    hmm did you tin the tip of the soldering iron? usually helps the heat transfer to whatever your soldering. if the solder turns brown its prob the flux burning, also the liquid from the board is the flux from the solder (if it cleans up with acetone or by rubbing on it with a paper town or qtip) if the circuit board looks black, thats when you overheated the circuit board and it burnt

    if the wires dont tin well try dipping the wire in flux should fix the problem also try heating the wire a little and adding the solder to the wire

    try searching for "rosin flux" never use corrosive flux on electronics


    tinned tip (dont have to overkill it like i did.)

    Paste flux.
  3. testicule

    testicule Member

    Jul 4, 2006
    I have a question too:
    on the PCB there is already solder on the soldering points.
    - Is it possible not to add solder to the soldering points?
    - What happens if this solder is removed? (if it stick to the iron or if I use desoldering tools). Will the contact work if I add solder again?

  4. Takrin

    Takrin GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 7, 2006
    United States
    there is just enough solder to solder a wire on wii, which i did myself but prob depend on your wire size, also if you remove solder just add it again and it should work fine, long as the pad isnt damaged
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