Neodymium magnets, also known as NdFeB magnets or rare earth magnets, are considered the strongest magnets available today. Made from neodymium, iron, and boron, neodymium magnets are essentially a source of energy or power and are known for their long-lasting strength and durability.
As a result, they are widely used in virtually every industry and application where a magnet is required or preferred.
Here is a list of the most common places you’ll find neodymium magnets in use today:
- Arts, crafts, and jewelry.
- Audio speakers.
- Bicycle dynamos
- Burglary, fire, and earthquake sensors and alarms.
- Custom boxes for premium products.
- Electric guitar pickups.
- Electro-dynamic bearings.
- Fishing reel brakes.
- Health bracelets, bandages, and other medical devices.
- High-performance AC servo motors.
- Industrial, educational, scientific, and testing/quality control applications such as verifying and maintaining product purity and equipment protection and integrity.
- Integrated starter-generators in hybrid and electric vehicles.
- Leather purses, bags, garments, and holsters.
- Linear motors used in maglev trains and other motorized model equipment.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices.
- Magnet toys.
- Mechanically powered flashlights, which use magnets to generate electricity from a shaking motion.
- Miniature figures and models.
- Permanent magnet motors in cordless tools.
- Presentation folders and scrapbooks.
- Retail signs and counter displays.
- Roller coaster and other thrill ride technology.
- Scientific applications such as diamagnetic levitation experimentation, the study of magnetic field dynamics, and superconductor levitation.
- Traction motors.
- Trade show booths and staging structures.
- Vacuum cleaners and other motorized household appliances.
- Window coverings and blinds.
- Wind turbine generators.
- Wood doors and cabinets as door latches.
Why are neodymium magnets so popular for so many applications?
Neodymium magnets are popular because they are extremely strong for their size and weight. They are made from an alloy of neodymium, iron, and boron, which makes them up to 10 times stronger than all other types of magnets including ceramic and alnico.
In addition, neodymium magnets are considered permanent magnets. This is because they are resistant to demagnetization and they can hold their magnetic properties for very long periods of time, even indefinitely in many cases. Neodymium magnets are also relatively inexpensive to produce, which has also contributed to their tremendous popularity.