We aim to provide you with all the information you ever wanted to know about magnets; from how the strongest magnets in the world are made to the different grades available and how they can be used. Whether you share our passion for magnets, are seeking inspiration and easy to understand information for a project or want advice on choosing the right magnet for your application, you will find the information you need right here at your fingertips in our Tech Centre. Enrich your knowledge and browse our A-Z of definitions of over 70 magnet-related technical terms.
If you are looking for a more complex magnetic assembly, or for a part that we do not currently stock, we can manufacture a range of magnets to exact specifications in just a few weeks. Our team of experts are available to answer any queries or provide advice. And, of course we will always operate confidentially. Made-to-order magnets that have been manufactured by FIRST4MAGNETS are used by blue chip companies and industry leaders in some of the most demanding applications.
Why Choose FIRST4MAGNETS®:
Whether you know what kind of magnet you need or you are looking for inspiration and advice we have a wide range of unique tools to help you find the right product for your application as quickly as possible. Our shop by material section allows you to shop with ease starting with a raw permanent magnet material and working your way to the correct shape and size. If you have no previous knowledge of magnets we have created shop by ‘colour’ and shop by ‘shape’ options. These tools have been extremely popular with website visitors and we hope they create a great shopping experience for all our customers.
If you are looking for ideas and inspiration feel free to explore our customer reviews and applications. From the inventor and mad scientist to the crafting professional and classroom learner. We will aim to inspire you!
To help ensure you receive your order in plenty of time for your project we offer simple delivery methods for the United States. We aim to dispatch every order we receive before 12.30pm EST Monday – Friday the same day it is placed.
Everyone at FIRST4MAGNETS® has a great passion for both magnetics and our customers. We aim to offer the highest quality and customer service available from any retailer.
It is surprising just how many magnets are available to purchase online for your office, home, school or business. With literally thousands of different types, sizes and strengths which product do you choose? At FIRST4MAGNETS® we like to think that choosing the right product for your application is a simple and easy process, so how do we do it? We employ a specialist team of technical engineers that work round the clock to provide professional and detailed advice. Unless you ask us to, we won’t give you any complicated equations or ask you to calculate any big numbers, we’ll do all that for you. Simply tell us about your project and we will supply you with the right magnet.
This is a very common question often asked when people talk about magnets. The simplest answer we can give is that “they are used in almost every commercial application across the world, from industrial manufacturing and consumer electronic devices to sustainable energy and domestic power generation”.
They were first discovered by the ancient Greeks and originally called ‘Lodestone’, they have been the subject of re-engineering and industrialisation for many decades. As a result, high performance rare-earth magnets are now commercially available around the world. With the discovery of these small, high performance miracles came the development of new technologies.
The past decade has seen them form a fundamental part of consumer electronic devices. Without them the boom in computer hard drives would not have been possible, loud-speakers would not perform so well and new wind turbine farms springing up around the world would cease to exist. They really are simply an unnoticeable part of everyday life.
Neodymium magnets are often referred to “NdFeb” or "Neo". First discovered in 1982 and commercially available in 1984 Neodymium magnets have largely become the most widely used type of rare earth magnet around the world. They are manufactured from an alloy of neodymium, iron and boron (NdFeB). Although relatively small in size they are known for their incredible strength. Our wide selection of Neodymium magnets are all made using licensed material.
The main ingredients are Neodymium, Iron and Boron. The exact ingredients depend on the grade being produced. We also add a key ingredient called dysprosium to raise the coercivity of the material and increase the resistance to demagnetisation and corrosion.
Yes, they are. Neodymium (sometimes referred to as “rare earth”) magnets are the strongest commercially available. They possess an extremely high magnetic pull, and in some cases (the very strong ones) can cause severe injury. If you would like to know how some of our customers are using Neodymium magnets, please take a moment to view our Applications Page.
If you know what type of product you are looking for but need some help finding it on our website, we have created a guide below to help...
Here are our most popular materials...
Neodymium is the most powerful of all permanent magnet materials. They are often known as “Super Magnets”. They are used in applications where the strongest magnetic force is required from the smallest possible volume of material.
Flexible (Sheet and Tapes)
A range of high quality flexible magnetic material and ferrous material, everything from sheets with adhesive to sheets with brightly colored vinyl facings.
Ceramic magnets do not give the power of Neodymium but creates deep depths of field and offers outstanding value for money.
Here are some of the most popular shapes available in our range...
Circular discs can be fixed in place using adhesive or can be pushed into circular drilled holes in wood or plastic. We have one of the biggest ranges of sizes and materials available in the United States.
Including products made from N42 grade and N52 grade Neodymium magnet material, many of these magnets have unbelievable magnetic performances. A magnet 10mm (0.39") x 10mm (0.39") and 5mm (0.2") long weighs only 4 grams (0.009lbs) and yet generates a force of over 2,800 grams (6.17lbs).
This range includes powerful neodymium discs with the convenience of super strong 3M adhesive with a peel away backing strip.
A range of ring magnets ranging from 6mm (0.24") dia to 157mm (6.1") dia including diametrically magnetized rings and cylinders.
A range with a central hole that is countersunk to allow fastening in place using a countersunk screw.
Pots consist of a steel shell with a magnet sunken into one face. They come supplied with a variety of convenient fixing methods.
High power clamping magnets with removable hooks or eyebolts that are ideal for holding portable lighting, POS signage, trailing cables among other popular applications.
Arc magnets can be magnetized through the thickness of their arc shape creating a unique magnetic field.
Here are some of the most popular product types available in our range...
Made from higher grade Neodymium material or in performance increasing assemblies, these magnets have the ULTIMATE magnetic pull force performances.
A range of products designed for retrieval applications ranging from telescopic retrieval pens for recovering small ferrous objects to large sweepers..
A range of stunning notice board magnets, ideal for notice boards, offices or simply super cool for your jazzing up a refrigerator!
Magnetic based products designed for science & educational uses. These are perfect for school science classes.
A range of super high power Neodymium Magnets including specially designed wedge shaped ones for serious wind generator projects.
Circular discs which are magnetized across their diameters. This range include not only discs but also rods and rings as well.
Magnets for therapy have been used by thousands of people to provide relief from long term chronic pain caused by a number of persistent ailments.
The perfect range for model makers and model making applications. You may also want to consider this range for arts and crafts!
Powerful magnets which are switchable ON and OFF by simply turning a switch though 90 degrees! This range includes a steel plate lifter, switchable magnetic bases and magnetic sweepers among others.
A selection including Neodymium, Samarium Cobalt, Ceramic and Alnico magnetic materials designed to work at elevated temperatures 120°C (248°F)- 500°C (932°F)
Here are some of our other popular ranges of products...
Our range of small, medium & large magnetic whiteboards and unique magnetically attachable whiteboards and flexible whiteboard sheets.
Ferrofluid is a magnetically responsive liquid that creates the most amazing patterns when placed near a magnet. We have also included some popular magnets here too.
Need to stick something in place, we have Araldites strongest ever super glue and industrial Loctite adhesive for bonding ceramic materials to most surfaces.
If you don't know what size you need and don't want to buy lots of packs to try... why not buy a selection pack? Choose from rectangular and disc.
High quality and great value magnetic products and kits designed to help organise workshops, warehouses, offices and more.
A Selection of circular steel discs suitable for use with our products like countersunk and pot magnets. These discs can be used as striking plates or also as keepers and back plates.
Each and every member of the FIRST4MAGNETS® team is passionate about magnets. It comes through with every customer we help, every problem we solve and every product we supply.
Our experienced and friendly customer care team will always provide you with no-obligation technical advice and support every step of the way. At FIRST4MAGNETS®, going the extra mile to help our customers is not something reserved for a chosen few. Whether your order is for one magnet, or 100,000 magnets, you will not get better service anywhere else.
We aim to provide the highest standards of delivery to all our customers and guarantee same day dispatch for orders placed before 12.30pm EST (Monday to Friday). View our delivery policy page for a full breakdown of our delivery options.
We like to know what our customers think about our products and services, that is why we use independent review site, Trust Pilot. If you stop by our website and purchase some of our products please let us know how we did.