How to Magnetize a Screwdriver- The Step-by-Step Guide

Magnetizing screwdrivers becomes handy when it comes to screwing in or screwing off screws. It can get a bit difficult to pull out or in the screws. A magnetized screwdriver will help in holding the crews in position when screwing and unscrewing them.

Magnetized Screw Driver
Magnetized Screw Driver

You can magnetize a screwdriver using the following methods:

A: Using Magnet


You can magnetize a screwdriver using these easy steps:

Materials Needed:

  • Screwdriver
  • Strong magnet (e.g., neodymium magnet)

Step-by-step Process

  • First, you need to choose a strong magnet preferably a neodymium magnet. This is preferable because it provides better magnetization.
  • You need to rub the magnet on the screwdriver tip by holding the magnet firmly. You then need to rub the magnet along the length of the screwdriver tip in one direction. Rub from the base of the tip while moving toward the end. You should do this repeatedly for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Test the magnetization of the screwdriver by picking small metallic objects or even better pick up uncrewed screws. If you cannot pick the metallic objects, repeat step 2.

B: Using a Stick-on Magnet

Material Needed

  • Screwdriver
  • Stick-on magnet strip

Step-by-Step Process

  • Cut a small strip or piece of the stick-on magnet while making sure it is enough to cover the tip of the screwdriver.
  • Stick the magnet on the tip of the screwdriver and press firmly to ensure it is stuck well on the tip of the screwdriver.
  • Test the magnetization of the screwdriver by picking up small screws or metallic objects. If there is no magnetization, repeat steps one and two.

C: By Electromagnetism

Material Needed

  • Screw driver
  • Insulated copper wire
  • Battery
  • Small iron nail


Step-by-step Process

  • The first step involves winding the insulated copper wire around the shaft of the screw driver while ensuring you leave some wire at both ends of the screw driver.
  • You should then connect the wires at both ends to the positive and negative terminals of the battery. This process will create a temporary magnet.
  • The next step involves the placement of the small iron nail near the tip of the screwdriver. The electric current flowing through the wire will induce magnetism in the screwdriver.
  • Lastly, disconnect the wire from the battery and test the magnetism of the screwdriver. If it is not magnetic, repeat the whole process carefully.
Electromagnetic Screw Driver
Electromagnetic Screw Driver

D: Using a Battery

Material Needed

  • Screwdriver
  • AA or AAA size battery

How it Works:

  • Hold the screwdriver in one hand and the battery in the other hand and ensure the positive and negative terminals face the screwdrivers tip.
  • Gently rub the tip of the screwdriver against the battery terminals for around 20-30 seconds while at the same time ensuring that the terminals touch their tip.
  • Lastly, test if magnetization has been achieved by attracting small metallic metals. If not, repeat the process carefully.

E: Commercial Magnetizer Tools

Material Needed

  • Screwdriver
  • Commercial magnetizer tool

How the Process Works

  • Open the commercial magnetizer tool kit and read the manufacturer’s instructions. The step-by-step process of using the different commercial magnetizers varies from one manufacturer to the other. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the commercial magnetizer.
  • Most commercial magnetizers will need you to insert the screwdriver inside the magnetizer tool and follow the instructions.
  • Test the magnetization of the screwdriver.


As you can see, there are many ways to magnetize screw driver. So choose a method or technique that is convenient and works well for you.

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