HOW TO – Make the simplest electric motor

HOW TO – Make the simplest electric motor

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MAKE Flickr photo pool member Oskay shows you how to make a super simple motor, he writes – “You have one drywall screw, one 1.5 V alkaline cell, six inches of plain copper wire, one small neodymium disk magnet, and no other tools or supplies. You have 30 seconds to make an electric motor running in excess of ten thousand RPM. Can you do it? Surprisingly enough, you can.”Link.


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6 thoughts on “HOW TO – Make the simplest electric motor

  1. shifzr says:

    i posted my version using a larger, square magnet on youtube in late july:
    i had come across this on the page where i buy my magnets ( and instantanously had to recreate it!

    this floating magnet experiment is also supercool, but you need a superconductor:

  2. dd says:

    i cannot do it!!
    the motor doesn’t work

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