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🤧😞🤣 Are you trying to figure out what to do with some old speaker magnets? If you've salvaged the magnets from some dead speakers or have stumbled upon a trove of rare earth magnets, you're probably wondering if they're worth any money or can be reused. This wikiHow article will give you idea for ways to reuse, upcycle, sell, and dispose of ferrite, alnico, and neodymium speaker magnets.

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Store and handle them properly.

  1. Speaker magnets are far more powerful than your average magnet, so handle them with care. While you're deciding what to do with your speaker magnets, there are a few things to keep in mind:
    • Keep speaker magnets separated to avoid collision, which can happen quickly (and with a lot of force). A quick collision of two large speaker magnets could not only pinch the skin, but also cause the magnets to break into fragments that can wind up in your eyes.[1]
    • Don't allow children to handle speaker magnets.
    • Assess nearby metal objects, especially with neodymium speaker magnets. If close enough, metal objects could come flying at the magnet without warning.[2]
    • Magnets will interfere with your GPS and smartphone and can also demagnetize your credit card strip.
    • Never bring a magnet around someone with a pacemaker, as magnets could cause implanted medical devices to stop working.[3]
    • Avoid drilling into magnets, as magnetic dust can be highly combustible.
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Sell them (or give them away).

  1. Depending on the type of magnet, there may be a market for it. Most speakers have one of three types of magnets: ferrite, alnico and neodymium.[4] While ferrite is a ceramic-like material common in cheaper speakers (and not worth trying to sell), both alnico (aluminum, nickel, and cobalt) and neodymium are rare-earth magnets that are considerably more expensive.
    • Check the rate per pound at your local scrapyard for alnico or neodymium magnets, or list them on eBay to put some money in your pocket.
    • If selling your speaker magnets isn't your thing, try listing them on your neighborhood freecycle group.
    • It's difficult to identify which type of magnets you have by sight, so look up the speaker model to find out for sure.

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Teach kids about iron.

  1. Use rare earth magnets to create a fun science experiment for kids. Because iron is magnetic, you can use a neodymium speaker magnet to show kids that their breakfast cereal contains iron particles. Crush up one serving of iron-fortified cereal into a fine powder, pour it into a resealable bag, and fill the bag halfway with warm water. Seal the bag, swish around the cereal until dissolved and then open it and place the magnet inside. When you pull the magnet out, you'll see black particles on the magnet.[6]
    • Don't allow your child to handle the magnet, and keep the magnet away from other magnets and metals during the experiment.
    • Another fun idea for magnetic science is to make a simple compass using a paperclip, cork, and a bowl of water.

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