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

3D Printed Quick Release Platform for your Tripod

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If you use a tripod and have more than one camera, you may have run into the problem of not having a quick release mount.  Sure, you can just buy one just buy one (Amazon), but what’s the fun in that?  If you have a 3D printer, there’s an easy solution!

Todd wrote in with his 3D printed quick release platform, which looks like it will work quite nicely with many basic tripods.  Per his design, you’ll have to provide your own 1/4 – 20 bolt, although I suppose you could print this too (not sure I would trust that though).

If you happen to have a higher-end MeFoto Road Trip tripod, Todd also has a 3D printed answer for this somewhat different platform.  He might not trust it with a bulky telephoto lens, but for light-duty applications, it should fit the bill.

The MeFoto tripod might cost more than my $20 rig, but like most things, it looks like you get what you pay for.  It looks really beautiful, but at at just under $190 on Amazon, it’s not cheap either!