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Welcome to Monederosmart! In the stationery section, there are minimal but very important items that facilitate daily functions in an office. Magnets are a clear example, and you should know which ones to buy to get the best results.

It is likely that, if you have not bought this product before, you will have many doubts about the selection process, as you will not know which of the many varieties of models is the most suitable for you. If this is the case, you don't have to worry, because we will teach you everything you need to know.




Summary

  • Magnets are excellent stationery tools, which allow documents or similar to be attached to a magnetic surface. This function is mainly due to the attraction between them, due to the combination of metals in their composition, and some are stronger than others, such as neodymium magnets.
  • In today's market, there are different types of magnet presentations, but there are two in particular that you should know, so that you can choose between them which one suits you best: flat magnets, which are minimalist but difficult to move, or grip magnets, which are eye-catching but easy to move.
  • Before you make your final decision, it is important that you take into account certain aspects, which will help you to make comparisons between your different options, making the selection process easier. Criteria such as design, type of use and strength are relevant to the decision.

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Buying guide: what you need to know about magnets

After learning about the most commonly recommended models, you will probably have a clearer idea about the product in question, and some of the options may even be a possible purchase for you. However, before you make a final decision, it is important that you take certain things into account.

With the right type of magnet, working and organising your work will be much easier and more convenient. (Photo: Roman Samborskyi/ 123rf)

What is the function of magnets?

One of the most frequently asked questions about magnets is their function. While the magnetism of magnets is their main property, the ways in which they are used, especially in stationery, can be a bit confusing. Because of their ease of attraction to surfaces, they work for holding.

Mainly, when posting notes, pinning information on boards or similar, magnets are usually the best choice, as not only do they have this ability, but the level of security is higher than any other method, as they are held in place by magnetic force.

Advantages
  • They are small and light
  • they are very strong
  • they do not deteriorate
Disadvantages
  • They can be easily lost
  • they can be broken by a fall or blow.

Flat magnets or magnets with grip or tip - what should you pay attention to?

There are various models of magnets on the market today, especially those intended for office use. However, there are two models in particular that you should be aware of, because depending on what you are looking for, one will work better than the other. These are: flat magnets and magnets with grip or tip.

Flat magnets: These are minimalist models, perfect for use in stationery and boards that are constantly exposed to the public, as these magnets maintain an aesthetic that makes them go unnoticed before the eye of the beholder, generating a more refined final appearance. They are very small and light compared to others.

Although they are very simple and elegant, the application is complex, because as they are flat, there is no point of easy grip that allows the product to move over the surface. This factor complicates a lot in case of continuous movement of the magnet. For this reason they are considered to be for display use.

Magnets with grip or point: When we talk about this presentation, we are referring directly to magnets with an inconspicuous shape, in contrast to the previous one. This means that they have a key grip point to move them from one side to the other, fixing everything that needs to be fixed and kept in place.

This type of magnets are very practical for everyday use, especially in conferences or meetings where new ideas are constantly being developed, as they allow a high level of freedom in movement and manipulation. They do not work in exhibitions, because they are very easy to perceive. The most common ones are "pawn-shaped".

Flat magnets Magnets with grip or tip
Use Normally in exhibitions In works with constant modification
Ease of movement Complex to move due to the shape Easy thanks to the tip it has in its structure.
Design Minimalist and unnoticeable Outstanding and prominent

What are neodymium magnets?

One of the most sought after types of magnets on the market today is neodymium magnets, and many potential customers ask the question "what is it", as they do not know the difference from generic magnets. This is mainly about the holding power, as neodymium magnets have a stronger attraction.

They are made of an alloy of iron, boron and pure neodymium, which generates a much higher percentage of magnetic strength and resistance, allowing things to be fixed to surfaces more securely. They are excellent when fixing large items to a magnetised surface.

While they have a different metal composition, it doesn't change in terms of lightness and size, so, because of the shape of a generic magnet, you get more strength. However, this comes with a downside, which is reflected in the price, as these models tend to be more expensive.

Purchasing criteria

As a final section, it is important that you take into account some aspects that will allow you to facilitate the selection process through the comparison. Each one is key to determine the main qualities you are looking for in the magnet, so they will allow you to better orientate yourself while choosing the one that best suits your main need.

Type of use

As a first element, it is essential to know clearly what type of use the magnet will be used for, because according to this you will be able to select models that go more in line with what you need, making the right purchase and with the right price. It is important then that you have in mind what you will mainly use the magnet for.

Display use. This use is mainly for billboards or huge boards that are displayed to an audience. The magnets are the point that holds the pieces to be displayed, but they should not stand out and should be strong but small, so that they do not alter the visual line of the display.

The best models, in this case, are flat magnets of neutral colour, usually metallic, similar to stainless steel. They have an elegant and very simple appearance, which allows them to be on the board without attracting attention or distracting the viewer from the main piece.

Practical use. If magnets are to be used as a tool for use during work, i.e. to distribute pieces on a board or surface, which will be constantly modified and moved, it is best to use models that make this task easier for users. Normally, the aim is for them to be eye-catching.

In this case, the best magnets are always those that have a grip or tip, and that have vibrant colours, as they help to locate the different pieces that are on the same surface, making it easier to arrange them in order. With the tips, they can be moved from place to place without any difficulty.

Size

The next point to analyse is the size of the magnet, because depending on this, you can consider the use in certain pieces or elements. Therefore, it is a good idea to have an idea of what things you need to fix or attach with magnets.

Small magnets: These are excellent for small and medium-sized parts. Depending on the strength and type of use, you may find them strong enough to hold large parts. Generally speaking, however, they work as long as the substrate of the part(s) is not too heavy.

Medium magnets: These are for fixing heavier substrates, with a heavier weight, and usually a more prominent size. Their use can be both for display and practical use, but they are only convenient if what is being placed on the magnetic surface is of considerable weight.

Large magnets: Finally, large magnets. They are usually used for fixing quite heavy or prominent substrates, which require wide magnet coverage to hold. They are quite uncomfortable if you are going to work with many elements, so they should only be used in very specific cases

The right size magnet will make your work better presented and organised, plus you will be able to give full attention to the piece, adding an eye-catching point to grab attention faster. (Photo: Roman Samborskyi/ 123rf)

Design

In the case of magnets, appearance also matters, so the design is a characteristic point that you should also take into account. Believe it or not, according to this element, the tasks where the magnet is used can be easier and more productive, so it is important that you keep it in mind while selecting.

Minimalist design: This is the simplest and most unobtrusive design, usually keeping the natural colour of the magnet, or a semi-glossy silver tone. They are designed not to stand out, but to fulfil their main function, which is why they are the most commonly used in exhibitions or any piece that will be seen by the public.

Eye-catching design: This type of design is basically designed to attract attention to it, and therefore to what it holds. They are usually in colours that stand out, such as red or yellow. Excellent for practical uses, where different pieces must be highlighted within a magnetic surface. They also visually help to maintain order.

(Featured image photo: lightfieldstudios/ 123rf.com)

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