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Brand new soldering iron tip turns black, solder won't stick [duplicate]

I have a brand new soldering iron, the tip turned black while heating on my first use, and now solder won't stick to it, it just rolls off. All the answers in similar questions here tell me to stick ...
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Solder won't stick to iron [duplicate]

So, I bought my first soldering iron. (I used trafo until now..) It was pretty cheap, wasn't expecting much from it. Wanted to try it out, but the tip turned black. (Picture included, sorry for the ...
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Soldering Iron Maintenance

How often should I tin my soldering iron? It doesn't seem to pick up the solder quickly any more; I have to hold it there for 10 seconds before it melts.
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How to clean my soldering iron tip or how to determine that it's beyond repair?

First, I've read though questions Soldering Iron Maintenance and Going through Soldering tips quickly and was unable to solve my problem. I have recently (as in less then a month ago) obtained ...
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Why does solder turn dull grey on my iron and exhibit poor wetting?

I have a relatively new soldering iron. I can't remember when this started(and I've only used the iron 5-10 times) but I stopped being able to tin the tip. When I stick soldering to it it just balls ...
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Going through Soldering tips quickly

I seem to be going through soldering tips at a breakneck pace. Four or five hourly sessions, and it's corroded all to hell. Does this sound about right, or is there something I should be doing ...
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Soldering Iron Tip Tinning

I recently purchased a new soldering station (Aoyue 936). This is my first relatively good quality soldering tool, so I want to ensure I maintain it properly. My question relates to tinning the tip ...
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Damaged soldering iron tip

I am totally new to soldering. But I tried to gather as much information on this topic as possible (e.g the guides by CuriousInventor). My soldering iron is a simple, unregulated Weller SP 25. For ...
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Solder does not stick to iron after cleaning

I have read many articles regarding this subject and none have worked - otherwise I would not have made a thread that is surely a dupe of many others on this site. I purchased this 25W soldering ...
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I messed up the tip on my soldering iron. Is there any saving it? [duplicate]

I accidentally left my soldering iron, an XYTronic 258, on all night last night, set to a pretty high temp setting. Today I found that the tip was all oxidized and pitted looking. I tried cleaning it, ...
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Recovering Dead Soldering Tip That's Not Tinned

Situation Breakdown I've seen multiple posts regarding this certain topic, but, using all of those posts confirmed answer, the results never showed to be significant, long lasting, or even remotely ...