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    Recharging Compas Magnet
    From: Zvi Doron
    Date: 2004 Jun 20, 08:46 +0100

    I have a small emergency field compass that was kept unused in a pocket on
    my mountain bike for the last 10 years. I took it out recently and
    discovered it had become very sluggish.  I suspect that the magnet under the
    compass card has lost much of its power and canot overcome the friction
    between the compass card and the needle it floats on. I cannot open it to
    get to the needle and clean its tip.
    Is there a way to recharge the magnet? I tried placing the compass overnight
    on magnetized objects like my phone handset or a large screwdriver but I
    suspect I need a stronger source of magnetic field. A 220V wire leading to
    an operating house appliance perhaps?
    Any advice would be much appreciated.

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