Electromagnet? Answered

Hello smart People of Instructables. I want to build a very powerful Magnet, i planned on using a microwave transformer. Heres my question: Can i plug the Transformer into my house electric? Im in Europe so we got 230V AC. And will the Magnet get stronger or weaker if i wrap really thick wire around it? Thanks for you Answers

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Is there any difference between a coil and electromagnet? So, is saying that a dynamic speaker has coil as correct as saying that it has an electromagnet?

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Electromagnet Trouble

I'm in the development stages for my entry into the Launch It contest. Right now I'm just experimenting (or trying to) with scale electromagnets. I'm using solid core insulated copper wire from RadioShack, and a nearly fresh 9v battery. I tightly wound the wire around a finishing nail, which happened to already be magnetic, but am not getting any improvement in the magnetic field. It seems to be the same, weak size. Am I doing something wrong, or do I just need to step the size up? Thanks!

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Help with electromagnet

I have made an attempt to make an electromagnet.I got a 10 inch iron rod with insulated copper wire wrapped around (see image)I didnt have enough wire for the whole rod, so the wire is in two seperate sectionsI tried a AA 1.5v battery, two AA 1.5v, a 9v, two 9v and a big 6v plugged in both ways (negative, positive).None seem to work.I thought it may be the two sections connected together, so i tried all the above batteries again on only one section, and it still didnt work.Can anyone help me out here ?

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Prewound Electromagnets

I want to make a wind turbine but I suck at coil winding. Where can I get prewound coils?

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electromagnetic gun

Can anyone help me makig an electromagnetic gun, to shoot projectiles at high speed using magnetic wire, capacitor etc, from where can i get a 300 volt capacitor = not from camera =,,,,,,,,,please help guys.......

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Electromagnet Amp

I need to build an amp circuit for an electromagnetic signal, but I don't know much about amp cicuitry. I am goin to amplify a 7800 Hz siganl from an mp3 player through a coil. I'm making one of those cart locker things. Any ideas?

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Electromagnetic attraction

The site in exasperating to use. I tried to past my question but it doesn't work either, so I attached it. Please let me know. Thanks.

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Electromagnetism question Answered

Hi I just saw something weird, it's not an exercise or a problem but I still have a question :  Let's say we have 2 electromagnets of unequal strengths X and X+Y; between them we have a ferromagnetic bar  Let's say one has south polarity and the other one north if we change which one is stronger ex 1st is X,  2nd is X+Y than a moment after 1st is X+Y and  2nd is X the bar will have the polarity of the stronger one for a moment, right? ex for a moment the electromagnet with the south pole is stronger X + Y = the bar will become south pole than we return it to its normal strength X and make the north pole electromagnet stronger X+ Y= the bar will become north pole, right? How will such variations of the strength of the magnetic field on 1 side affect the entire device, will only the bar change its polarity and it will stop somewhere on the border of the second magnet or will the second electromagnet change it's polarity too if the first one's is very strong? (just wondering) If we fix a coil on the ferromagnetic bar will such variations in the magnetic polarities of the bar induce current in it and how much, as much as we used to produce the fields of both electromagnets or only for the field of the stronger one, or only the difference between 2? and the last question in the terms of relation between the strengths of both electromagnets (let's say in %) how much Y should be to change the polarity of the bar without affecting the polarity of the second electromagnet?  Thank you all in advance for your interest, assistance and time :)

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How to power an electromagnet? Answered

Is it better run an electromagnet of a bigger voltage(12V) with a smaller current(150mA) or with a smaller voltage 5V and a bigger current? Which will heat it up less? Does it even matter? The electromagnet will have to work for several hours so heat is my main problem. Also should I use thicker or thiner wire? I'm trying to build a electromagnet for a ferrofluid project.

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Help with making an electromagnet Answered

It’s not as simple as it sounds I need to make it pick up things ( screws maybe screwdriver)and I need to be able to hide it somehow under my sleeve so I can trick people in to thinking I have magical powers.

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Strange Electromagnet Observation

Hey everyone. I'm fairly new to the hobby electronics world, and today I decided I'd build an electromagnet. I wound my coil around a steel bolt, and I used 3 Duracell AA (1.5V) batteries for a power supply. When I turned on the switch, I found that my beautifully wound coil took a little bit of prying to get it off of the metal base I was working on. I thought "Let's try 9 volts!" So I grabbed a Rayovac 9V battery that I had around and hooked that up in place of the 4.4V (measured) bank. The Rayovac measured to be ~9V. The electromagnet was noticeably weaker. When I tested my magnet with just one of my 1.5V batteries, it felt like it had similar strength to the 9V battery.  Can anyone explain what might be going on? Short of that, could someone tell me how to measure the current coming off of each power source?

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Electromagnet battery options?

I am trying to power two dc electromagnets, the specs are: 5.5 lbs of lifting force 12vdc, 3 watts continuous duty what are my options for a battery power source?  Im having trouble figuring this out since i'm new to all of this. Any help would be great thanks!

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Electromagnetic and Magnetic Levitation

Hi! I am setting up a levitation system and need to estimate the amount of voltage and current that is needed for a 2" dia. coil to produce 4800 Gauss. I don't have any restrictions/requirements on the core, number of turns, etc as long as it would produce 4800 Gauss with a 2" diameter. How can this be calculated? (I have spent a lot of time googling for such information, but I am pretty confused and didn't find how to calculate this) Thanks!

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Microwave transformer electromagnet?

Hi so I was bored and decided to make an electromagnet out of a microwave transformer by taking the secondary off and keeping the primary. I hooked it up to some 9v batteries and stuff but it wasn't that strong so I researched it a bit and found out you can hook it up to the transformer input voltage (which was 240v AC) so I did but when I turned it on it made this very loud buzzing noise and I thought I saw what looked like flame in the socket. I turned it off imediately and unplugged everything. Whatever the magnet did must of been strong because it broke itself apart slightly. I tested the sockets with a multimeter and they still say 240v but I just want to make sure I didn't do anything bad to it. Also did anything actually go wrong or was this all meant to happen?

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2 Tesla Electromagnet? Answered

I need ideas for a 2 tesla electromagnet. I am trying to make the strongest magnet possible without additional cooling from a fan.. I don't know whether or not I can use high voltage, and low amps, or High amps, and low voltage. Or even inbetween.. Also, throw me that calculation for the electromagnetic strength. And if you could be awesome, explain to me how to use that formula, as I am not mathematically inclined. Thank you.

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Schematics to the Electromagnetic Floater?

Could anyone please send me the circuit schematics to the electromagnetic floater?(https://www.instructables.com/id/Electromagnetic-Floater/)

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Electromagnetic field generator

An electromagnetic field generator strong enough that can disturb the tv signal of your neighbour next door

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ElectroMagnetic Pulse Generator

Does anyone know how to make an electromagnetic pulse generator and im not talking about an EMP

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Need assistance with an electromagnet? Answered

Hi, let's say i have a permanent magnet and an electromagnet The permanent magnet is strong probably 50-100mt, the electromagnet is week less than 10mt, (the electromagnet being just a loop of wire, nothing inside, just air) I need the electromagnet to capture all the lines of the magnetic field of the permanent magnet and thus make my electromagnet  stronger, They can be placed at a distence of 3-5mm from each other I can isolate them and put them in an environement where once activated the electromagnet would offer to the permanenet magnet a path of least magnetic reluctance Since the electromagnet is weaker (and probably has less magnetic lines) will it still be able to capture all the  lines and strength of the permanent magnet and direct it with almost no losses to the other end of the electromagnet (cause the electromagnet is quite long ) How much weaker can it be untill it becomes useless in capture and directing the entire field of the PM (10 times, 100 times)? Any advice? Thank you in advance for your assistance

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Electromagnetic Floater/Levitator? Answered

Has anyone tried building this electromagnetic floater, and had it working? Because I'm trying to make it, except it doesn't work for me....I don't know whether it's the circuit, or just me. P.S; Are most of the circuits on this website reliable?

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hearing electromagnetic stuff

Well, I was going to plug my ipod into some old computer speakers. my thumb touched the tip of the jack (ground) and it makes a buzzin noise. Big woop. No, as I go to reach my ipod it makes a big buzzing noise. what I was hearing was the electromagnetic waves. I reach for my cell phone and then a loud really highpitched noise ccame out. I waver my hand over my computer's power supply, I here a loud buzzing noise. How to do this: press tip of thumb to tip of 3.5mm jack turn your speakers up pretty high waver hand over complex electronics boy, do i have fun mornings, lol, being sarcastic

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Electromagnetic induction questions.

OK, this is another one of those questions I should know, but don't.  Mainly because I have never done it before, I have a whim to build an electromagnetic launcher, something table-mounted with a range of around 3-5m (10-15 feet).  I'm not after launching nails through Coke cans. I have been browsing the web, and the designs all seem to be much more complicated than is really necessary for toy. The image below is a scan of my badly-drawn thoughts of how simple it should be. Have I got that right? I plan to use a bunch of capacitors harvested from dead electronics and connected in parallel.  Is there a recommended total capacitance for such a device? If launching a ring, must the ring slide over the ferrous core, or would there be enough umph to launch a ring balanced just past the end of the core?

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I want a powerfull electromagnet?

Dear friends, For my thesis, I need a strong electromagnet. How can I made it? It must be as strong as possible. Thank you so much. Best Regards. Reza

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Building an electromagnet. Help anyone?

Hi all. I'm looking to mess with ferro fluid but I'm wondering exactly what kind of magnet I'm going to want.  From what I've looked up anything under 3000 gauss and I might as well get a rare earth magnet.  So obviously we move to electromagnets.  Basically what I'm looking for is help to create an electro magnet with these three criteria maximum gauss, minimum effort, and moderate safety.  I'd rather not have it get hot and burn myself.?

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electromagnets to push objects without touching it

Hi, i want to make an electromagnetic coil which can push another metal plate without touching it from destance of approx. 50cm . max voltage allowed is 24 v.please suggest me way of getting electromagnet strong enough to push weight of approx 7kg without touching it.can you also suggest me material that can easily repel electromagnet?please help asap.

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I need to make an electromagnet that continues to turn on and off (on 20 seconds off 45 seconds)

Hello, I am trying to make an electromagnet that turns on and off on an interval. On for 20 seconds off for 45 second. It would continue to turn on and off until the power is turned off. Any and all suggestions as to how to make (or buy) this would be great! I am making this for an art piece.. I am a glass artist so I am not well versed in any of this electrical engineering Thanks! Maia

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HELP!! i am building an using the magnet on the back of a car speaker.

I am also going to try to channel the electromagnetic waves. where should i start? How much energy would i need? How can i contain the magnetic field? at what point does the energy become harmful to the human body?

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what will be the wire size ?if i would like to make a eletro magnet ?which length could be 1200 mm and core width 40mm?

Dear friends, I want to make a drum with magnetic bars, to capture max matal particals from amixture, size of magnet should be 1200mm*---- ,suggest me what would be the Diameter of wire Regards Nadeem

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Optical Image Stabilization

Hi everyone, I have a little awkward question here but I am sure someone who knows a little bit more about electronics can give me good advice. I took apart the lens from a consumer video camera and took out the Optical Image Stabilization module in an effort to figure out how it works and possibly hijack the signal so I can control the movement. In the camera this module is getting the signal from the accelerometer so it knows how to engage the two electromagnets and counteract the movement (shaking). What I have done is take the leads that go into it and try to fake what gyro sends to this element. So far I have noticed that when I short 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 the element goes to one side or up. So I put a potentiometer on it (2K ohm) and it gives me some control by turning the dial, but not good enough. Has anyone any idea how can I achieve a gradual movement of this lens element vertically and sideways with a slider or dial of some sort? Your help would be greatly appreciated!

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How to power a strong Electromagnet?

I want to make a fairly strong electromagnet for general use but I also have a task in mind. I live in an apartment building near some students and someone egged my window. The egg dried in and now I can't reach it to clean it. I've see magnetic window cleaners before but they are cheap, weak and not up to task so I'd like to make an electromagnet to help with the scrubbing action. The windows are double glazed and the neodymium magnets I have are not strong enough. The only electromagnets I've ever made were the basic science experiment type, coiled copper around bolt with a battery to power. For this I assume I'll need a large battery or would it be mains powered? Any suggestions?

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Wireless circuit diagram needed for an Electromagnet.

Hey guys, i urgently need to build a wireless circuit using a simple on/off electromagnetic circuit that would drop a metal object when the circuit is switched off. i have a 12V dc powered electromagnet as well as RF receiver and transmitter pair. the receiver needs to be fitted with the electromagnet and i would be using 4.5v dc power supply for the receiver using 3x1.5V button cells. Kindly help me with circuit diagrams and/or a list of other components such as generic IC/ timer 555/ resistors, capacitors, etc. which would be needed for me to build the circuit. Thanks a lot.

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how to put into use some damage electromagnetic fan? Answered

I have a lot of ceiling fans that doesn't work anymore and i would like to convert it into something useful rather than giving it to recycle depots can anyone show what i can do about it.

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What can i do with non working electromagnet ceiling fans?

I've got a lot electromagnetic ceiling fans that don't work any more of which i don't what's the difference, if anybody can teach me of how will convert it to anything instead of throewing it

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What is the relationship between the range of an electromagnet and its shape/size?

I'm thinking of building a floating globe sort of thing. How do I determine what size of electromagnet I should build? The globe itself would be fairly light, so the strength at range would not be much of an issue.

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Any suggestions on a good power source for an AC electromagnet?

I am building an AC electromagnet as a part of a science project. I'm unsure of what to use for a power source that will safe and function properly. The end result of the project should cause a metal ring to "jump" off of a pole and into the air.. To do this, I need to be able to charge the coil (it only needs to charge for a second, literally). So, if anyone knows of a source with some type of on/off switch or button, that would be great, but I am open to any and all suggestions!

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Can someone help me? My electromagnet wont work ):<

Hello! i'm kinda new to instructables, so plz don't get mad if i post something wrong... Anyway, my magnet is misbehaving. It just doesn't wanna move anything at all. That first image up there is my electromagnet :D (sry for the low resolution, my camera is more than capable of HD, I don't know why its blurry) How i have it powered is i'm running it off of a 5 volt AC charger. I know, I know. AC wont work for electromagnets. Well, that second picture that i got up there is a set of 4 diodes that makes the AC power turn to DC. I've got both ends of the DC power going to both ends of my magnets. Then I turn it on, and was disappointed to see that my magnet didn't like the way i made it and decided not to work. I've also got the wire insulated and an iron core, and am also trying to pick up iron nails, but to no success. not even a budge! Sry if i'm making this long... i'm just trying to give you all the information I can ;D (The current is also running through)

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How can i make a (strong) electromagnetic wheel, so that when i give voltage it rotates? (in a bicycle)?

Plz refer me to some kind of web site that gives me this info.......

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Would it be possible to generate at least 9V with a small ElectroMagnet Generator?Please help!?

Im thinking of powering a 9V computer Fan with a little motor I pulled out of a old RC car. How much voltage do you think would it be possible to pull from that motor if say the motor uses a 12V battery to run at full speed?What do I have to do to pull max potential out of the motor. Its a science project that im doing for myself and maybe later on will become a fixture in my home. Thanks!

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Hi, I need to make a 2&quot; x 2&quot; strong electromagnet, enough to pull a 0.5 kg body placed about a meter away from it?

I want to know the core and the wire to be used?. And the minimum battery rating, I can use upto 12 v or 2 batteries of 12 v. Please help me.

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Magnetic Field for hollow core?

I am working on a project in which I have to control a small setup at the end of a motor shaft using an electromagnet. The electromagnet needs to be around the shaft inbetween the setup and the motor. So I have used a metallic ferromagnetic spool(image attached) and wound 32 gauge wire on it to make it an electromagnet and put the shaft through it. Since this core made out of spool is hollow, I'm not sure how the magnetic field will behave. I tried powering up the one I made and it' seems to be both attracting and repelling a magnet's pole (edges attract while centre somewhat repels). Anyone got any idea about this?

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creating movement- pulsed coil magnet? other ideas? and how to accomplish?

I'm wanting to swing a small pendulum around (randomly would be nice).  I'm figuring something like is inside this candle would be the best method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM1c9Ny3X8E However, I don't know where to buy or how to make this (I can make a wire coil, but not program a chip to turn power to it on and off).  The candles are too expensive to buy to take apart.  Does anywhere happen to sell just that piece?  It would be great if I could just buy it, hook it to my 3v power, and I'm all done. Or does anyone have other ideas? Thanks.

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Electromagnet Help! How to Make a Small but very Strong Electromagnet???

I need you help smart people of Instructables!I need to make a small Electromagnet, that uses minimum power (by that I mean the battery), but still has to be very powerful. I have a couple of questions that I need you to help me answer:Does the number of coils that is wound to the metal bar effect the strenght of the electromagnet?Does the wire gauge (20,24,28,30,34,36 wire gauge) make a difference is the strenght of the magnet?Does the voltage I supply to the coil effect the Electromagnet?What type of battery is best for an Electromagnet (AA, AAA, C, D), and what voltage (1,5V, 3V, 4,5V, 6V, 9V) ???Here is the thing, I need to make the Electromagnet super strong but taking up the minimum of energy, for example, just 1,5V. The things that are not important to me (doesn't play a factor in my device) is the number of wire winds to the metal rod and the wire gauge! So is it better to just make 1 or more (3,4,5,6...) layers of wire winds???Is it better to use thinner (36 gauge) or thicker wire (24 gauge)???Thank you a lot!Stanislav

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Maglev Train using Electromagnets

I have made a simple maglev train, using Electromagnets. It uses repulsion. and everything is working....except Propulsion. How can I propel it? I can remake the project if required.

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Electromagnetic pulse generator plans?

Does anybody know where I can find plans for an electromagnetic pulse generator?

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Earth magnets vs Electromagnets ? Answered

If I have an earth magnet in my pocket but I want a more powerful magnet would an electromagnet be more stronger?? Thanks. AL.

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How to measure electromagnet by Tesla?

I will be doing an experiment how powerful the magnetic field of an electromagnet, and my guess is the more you twist the wire the more power it generate. But i don't know how to measure the magnetic field by using the unit Tesla.

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Electromagnet using permanent magnets

Hi All, I'm attempting to make a very small strong electromagnet using permanent rare earth magnets. I want to boost the magnetic field and increase the magnetic force. The magnets are 10mm in length by 5mm in radius. I have 0.4mm2 enamelled solenoid wire for the winding. My questions are, Is it possible to increase the force of a permenent  magnet? Will the induced flux into the magnet compile the force or will the EMF have to be greater to see an effect? Will paralleling two windings make the EMF stronger? As the magnets are small I have limited room to wrap windings so is there a more effective method? Any help would be great!

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Earth Magnets vs Electromagnets?? Answered

I have an earth magnet/ neodymium magnet that is pretty strong as far as pulling power is concerned but would an electro magnet have more pulling force or power. Its a small enough earth magnet that fits in my pocket. Thanks. AL.

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