You are here:
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I separate two strong magnets?

Table of Contents:

Separating magnets safely

Separating small to medium neodymium magnets

Generally, there are three options for separating strong neodymium magnets:
  • Moving sideways over a table's edge (works with compact magnets)
  • Using a professional magnet separator
  • Twisting magnets (works with oblong magnets)
These three methods are introduced in the following video.
Medium to large magnets with spacers can be best separated on the edge of a table. Make sure you hold on to both magnets tightly, so you don't get your fingers caught.
As a professional solution for small and medium magnets up to a 20 mm diameter/length we recommend our magnet separator.

Separate huge neodymium magnets

The previous tips come up short when you have extremely strong neodymium magnets combined with each other or a ferromagnetic surface. In this case you need a little bit more imagination and protective gear (especially gloves).
The following customer video demonstrates how much effort it takes to separate a huge magnet (200 kg adhesive force) from a steel plate. It also shows that such strong magnets can cause serious injuries, even when handled with care and protective gloves.

Merging magnets safely

Customer application merging strong magnets (upper part)
This YouTube video shows a safe way of merging extremely strong magnets.
With less strong magnets you can use a small wooden wedge: You put it between two magnets and then you carefully pull it out sideways. Follow the instructions in the customer application merging strong magnets.