GoPro Magnet Mount Holds Entire Accessories “Bag”

Just how powerful is the hard drive magnet mount featured on DIYTripods here? As seen in the GIF above, powerful enough to not only hold a GoPro camera securely, but also an entire “bag” of accessories on a vertical surface of this toolbox. I wasn’t planning to make this video (shown after the “read more”), but after seeing this happen decided more people would like to see it.

Although I don’t honestly remember, I believe my Hero 4 Session is in the bag—actually, not really a bag, it’s a “roll” as seen here—as well as various other accessories that I keep in it. I should note that what’s seen in the video isn’t my most powerful mount; the rare earth magnetic fixture that I made, seen in the static picture above, seems to be even stronger, and you don’t need to take apart an old hard drive to make it! Continue reading

How-To: Ultra-Powerful GoPro Magnet Mount

Neodymium disk GoPro Magnet MountIf you’d like to mount your GoPro or other device to a metallic surface, there is nothing better that I know of than neodymium magnets. I previously made one using a hard drive magnet, which worked well, but it had a few disadvantages which this addresses:

  • You need a hard drive to get that kind of magnet – these disks are easily available.
  • When set on a flat surface, this mount is long and wide enough to allow it to rest there without toppling over.
  • Plasti Dip means that a sensitive surface shouldn’t be scratched, though I’ve found that parts of my coating have been flaking off (Idea per Ben Nelson in the other magnet mount post).

The video below shows how to make this GoPro Magnet Mount. To summarize: buy magnets, stick them on the adhesive pad, then coat with Plasti Dip.

If you’d like to build your own, here are some parts from Amazon that should work, though what I used may be slightly different:

It’s been a good mount so far. Perhaps the only problem (besides some Plasti Dip coming off) is that it can be hard to remove!

Powerful GoPro Magnet Mount from Computer a Hard Drive

If you have something metalic (ferromagnetic that is) to attach your GoPro to, there is nothing better that I know of than using rare earth magnets. An excellent source for these super-powerful magnets for a GoPro mount is a computer hard drive. Undo the screws on the outside with a Torx screwdriver (here’s a review of the set I use), then pry it open.

Edit 1/14/2017: Published a new version that doesn’t require taking apart a hard drive, and has a few other advantages, including a protective coating so as not to mar the surface it’s on (Ben, thx for the suggestion about the coating).

Hero4-session-GoPro-magnet-mountOnce inside, you’ll see a lot of interesting parts, but buried somewhere in a corner is an extremely powerful magnet. You’ll have to pry this out as well. It sort of reminds me of getting the good meat out of a scallop, or maybe even a pearl out of an oyster. There’s a lot of waste, but the payoff is something quite uncommon, an unbelievably strong magnet.

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After the cover is opened the powerful green magnet, indicated by a red arrow, is taken from the area indicated by the red arrow

As for how to use it with a GoPro quick-release adhesive mount, it’s quite simple. Place Continue reading