How to Make a Magnetic Hoverboard?

How to Make a Magnetic Hoverboard?

Admittedly, a hoverboard is a pretty expensive possession and not everyone can afford to comfortably part with several hundreds of pounds just to own one. Luckily, there’s a way you can join in the fun by making your own improvised hoverboard. Learning to do this by yourself can help you a great deal to avoid the hefty expense of buying one. This article is about to show you just how you can achieve this. Read on and find out the detailed procedure of making a hoverboard, however if you just want to skip this and buy one, you can find the best ones here


The following things will be required for you to make a magnetic hoverboard:.

  • A minimum of four permanent magnets
  • Cardboard pieces
  • Duct tape
  • Ruler

These are the basic requirements for making a hoverboard. Remember, there are many designs and procedures out there that one can follow to come up with a magnetic hoverboard but in this article, we are going to focus on a simple procedure that does not involve a lot of technicalities. Here’s the step by step procedure:

Step one:

The first step involves gathering the above mentioned equipment.

Step two:

Once you have gathered the materials required for making the magnetic hoverboard, start by taking the cardboard and draw a sketch of the board you want to make. Now cut the sketch out ensuring that the board measures at least 15cm by 7 cm. The next thing is to attach the magnets on the lower side of the board. Use the duct tape to do this and make sure the magnets are approximately 1o cm apart.

Step three:

In this step, you are going to make the magnetic platform to be used in the hoverboard. This involves using a cardboard that is slightly longer than the one used in the previous step. Attach tow magnets to this piece of cardboard ensuring that they are 10 cm apart just like the previous step. After you have attached the magnets on the platform, check their firmness and then try repelling them with the ones taped on the platform. To improve levitation, attach as many magnets to the platform as possible. Once you have attached all the available magnets on the magnetic platform, try balancing the hoverboard over it and if you did everything right, the hoverboard should float over the magnetic platform.

As you can see, this is just a simple hoverboard, which cannot really be practically used. However, using the principles that have been used to make this magnetic hoverboard, one can actually make a larger one that can be used in a practical hovering. For a larger hoverboard, you need to use magnets and superconductors. The good thing about superconductors is they work well with a magnet to create a current through induction. What happens is that the currents produced form separate magnetic fields that repel the magnet thus causing it to be suspended on top of the superconductor.

The movement of the hoverboard is influenced by the changes in the position of the magnet suspended on top of the superconductor. It is worth noting that the flow of the supercurrents is not hindered by any form of resistance. Therefore, the movement of the magnet is instantaneous.

Making a magnetic hoverboard is as simple as assembling the required materials with the magnets and the cardboard being the main ones. The process is simple and can be done right from the comfort of your home thus saving you the high cost of buying one. It is however worth noting that you cannot really count on a homemade magnetic hoverboard because it cannot be as effective as a commercial one. So, the procedure will only help you to make a magnetic hoverboard for fun and not to use it for actual hover boarding.

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About the Author Dale Barrett

I've always been a bit of a health nut. Lifting weights since I was 16 and managed to achieve a PB of 190kg doing a deadlift. I've also tried multiple food plans, of which for me I think I have felt my best when not restricting myself to one way of thinking.