Rare earth magnets, such as neodymium iron boron magnets, are known for their remarkable strength and durability. These super-strong permanent magnets find applications in various fields, from engineering and manufacturing to hobbies and science experiments.

In general, when packaging magnets, we use various spacers as needed to separate the magnets from each other, making it easier to handle them when needed. However, in cases of excessive magnetic force, these spacers may dislodge.

And when it comes to separating magnets, especially if they are particularly large or thin, it can be a challenging task.

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In this article, we’ll explore the intricacies of separating rare earth magnets, offering practical tips and techniques to make the process safe and straightforward. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast, a science educator, or simply someone dealing with powerful magnets, understanding how to separate them properly is essential to avoid accidents and damage to the magnets.

When dealing with powerful rare earth magnets, safety should be your top priority. For safety precautions, please read this page ARE MAGNETS DANGEROUS? – HANDLE RARE EARTH MAGNETS WITH CARE.


When it comes to separating rare earth magnets, you have several methods at your disposal. The choice of method depends on the specific situation, the size and shape of the magnets, and your level of expertise. Here are some common techniques:

For Small Magnets:

Automatic Magnet Separator: For the separation of large quantities of small magnets, such as gift box packaging, toy products, electronic products and other industries; manual processing is too time-consuming, we can choose to purchase professional small machinery. This automatic electric separator can separate magnets accurately and quickly, saving time and effort and improving production efficiency.

The Sliding Technique: Place the magnets on a flat surface and slide them apart horizontally. This method is effective for magnets with flat, parallel surfaces. Be sure to apply consistent and steady pressure to avoid sudden movement.

For Large Magnets:

Using the Edge of a Table: This method involves placing the magnets on the edge of a sturdy table or workbench, allowing part of them to hang off the edge. Then, carefully push down on the overhanging portion, creating a separation between the magnets.

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DIY Wooden Magnetic Separator: The Greek philosopher Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” Similarly, given us a fulcrum and a wooden stick, we can also separate two large magnets. Here is a strong magnet splitter from KJ Magnetics for your reference.

The Heat Method: For oversized magnets or magnet equipment, the huge magnetic field makes any tool helpless. When there is no other way, we can only use fire to make the magnet completely lose its magnetic force to achieve the purpose of separating the magnets. This method is also a common way to recycle magnets.

Each of these methods has its advantages and limitations. The choice of technique depends on the specific magnets you are working with and your comfort level in handling them. Remember to prioritize safety and take your time when attempting to separate rare earth magnets.

We hope you found this article informative and helpful for your magnet-related endeavors. If you have any other specific questions or need guidance on magnet separation, please feel free to ask, and we’ll do our best to assist you.

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