Makers, developers and electronics enthusiasts may be interested to know that a new 5 V electromagnet providing a 10 kg holding force is now available to purchase from the Adafruit online store. Priced at $14.95 the small electromagnet, Adafruit Product ID 3874 draws 0.4 Amps at 5V.
Adafruit explains a little more about the specifications and pickup load. “Please note: electromagnets are specified with “holding force”, say 10 Kg / 22 lb. This is not how much weight they can pick up! Divide the holding force by 5-10 to get a rough estimate of how heavy a thing it can pick up. So in this case, about 2 Kg / 4 lb max. Note that pick-up weight also depends on a flat surface and max surface contact, and the ferromagnetic metal content. A perfectly flat steel cube will work great, something oddly shaped or covered in rubber or plastic will not!”
– Nominal Voltage: 5V DC
– Current Draw: 0.4 Amps at 5V
– Holding Force: 10 Kg / 22 lb
– Diameter: 30mm / ~1.1″
– Center Diameter: 14mm / ~0.5″
– Height: 22mm / ~0.9″
– Lead Length: 280mm / ~11″
Jump over to the official Adafruit online store for more details and purchasing options. “Bring the ferromagnetic objects in the world under your control with an Electromagnet”
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