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I bought a 15 Watt soldering iron from radioshack and unlike all of the video tutorials I have seen where the people use the tip of their iron when soldering, the tip on this iron doesn't heat up and you have to put the entire top of the iron on its side to try to get it to work. I also got some 60/40 solder which was already used-not new. I am going to go to the store tomorrow and get a new soldering iron that actually works and heats at the tip. But, when I tried getting solder onto my lite-on circuit board, it wouldn't stick at all. What is the reason for that? Is the solder the problem and do I need to buy new solder?

I am completely new to soldering and I am following this tutorial http://www.360xtractorpro.com/360xtractorpro/downloads/VAMPIRE_WREBUILD_BOARD_INSTALL_GUIDE_V11.pdf
because I just recently purchased that and a 360 Xtractor. I cut the traces and I am on the part where I need to tin the board, but as I said above, I can't, because the soldering iron doesn't work like this guy's soldering iron does [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzBr1dT4vt8&feature=related]YouTube - PART 1 of 3 Easiest 93450c / 83850c LiteOn Dump and Flash With Complete Instuctions[/ame]
at 2:36 where he just puts the tip on the solder and it adheres easily. Instead mine can't stick at all to the board. (I am not following the youtube video tutorial, just watching it to see how he is soldering.)
Please help, thanks!
 
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thecfoa said:
flux is your answer!


You can try this. I also recomend you get a better soldering iron. 15W isn't going to do much.
 
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