4 Uses for Cylinder Magnets
If you’re looking for a large pull force relative to the size of a magnet, cylinder magnets are the way to go. Their shape gives you plenty of space to grasp the magnet, which comes in handy in various applications such as these four below:
Find Metal Studs
Did you know ½’ x ½’ cylinder magnets can attract studs in the wall? These small but powerful magnets can be used to find studs by simply dragging them across the wall. You can also tie dental floss around a cylinder magnet and drag the string across the wall. This requires less effort on your part, as the magnet will find its way to the stud on its own versus you having to drag your hand to find the studs manually.
Apex tip: Add clear tape onto the magnet to avoid scratching your walls or chipping your magnet.
Determine if Coins are Fake
Silver, as well as gold bullion, are both non-magnetic. If a bullion coin or bar sticks to a magnet, such as a ½’ x 2’ cylinder, this shows magnetic properties of the coin, revealing it as fake. Fake coins that are produced with any iron or steel will give off some magnetic attraction and quickly identify itself as a fake when exposed to a magnet.
It’s important to note that metals that have a core of zinc, copper, lead, or other non-magnetic metal will not be detected by this test.
Demonstrate Axial and Diametric Magnetism
It sounds complicated, but you can demonstrate axial and diametric magnetism with just a few cylinder magnets! Axial magnetism means the magnets are attracted to each other on their largest flat surfaces. Diametric magnets are attracted to each on a smaller surface area or a rounded edge, like on cylinder magnets. Check out our video for demonstrations of axial and diametric magnetism.
Create DIY Magnetic Darts
Throwing regular darts is too simple. Instead, YouTuber Magnetic Games used the power of magnetism to load and shoot traditional darts. Swap out your dartboard with a styrofoam backing and grab some neodymium ring magnets and neodymium cylinder magnets -- the metric cylinders would be a good choice to fit inside the ring magnets as you can get them slightly smaller than the standard inch measurement. When you stack ring magnets on the cylinder magnet (not completely encompassing the cylinder, as you want some of it to be visible), you can then push one side of the cylinder magnet through the rings, which will create a repulsive force between the magnets.
When the cylinder gets pushed out, you’re creating a magnetic force that shoots the magnet in the direction of your choice. To make the dart truly stick to your target, you will have to attach a small nail to the end of the cylinder, which you should only attach after you have loaded the cylinder into the set of ring magnets and you’ve practiced with just shooting the cylinder magnet. Since the nail is magnetic, it should just snap right onto the cylinder magnet -- no hammers or other tools needed. After the nail is properly attached, take aim and push the magnet through to create a new way of playing darts!
Confused? Watch this video to see it in action.
Let Apex Magnets Help You on Your Next Project
We’re always working on ways our customers can use our magnets and other products, from hobbyists and crafters to manufacturers and business owners. Do you have an innovative use for cylinder magnets? Let us know!