Magnets causing issues with credit cards

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    Has any one had any problems damaging credit cards
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    How often do you put your iPad on top of credit cards?
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    The magnets are not nearly strong enough to wipe a credit card.

    And yes, I have folded the cover around my CC, swiped it across the hinge and it still works.
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    LOL, good question but I cringe at the prospect of some of the replies you might get :0
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    I worry a little that it will damage my portable HDD I carry in the same bag, but from what I know magnetic field has to be very strong or very close to media to do some damage...
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    Unless you're referring to another kind of magnet, neodymium (NdFeB) magnets are amongst the strongest kind of magnets in existence - strong enough that you can incur serious injury if parts of skin or flesh are caught between two magnets. I would never let any magnetic-sensitive device or item near an NdFeB.

    More info -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neodymium_magnet
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    Yep. +1 on this.

    The only time I've ever had an issue with magnets wiping cards was when I forgot to remove my wallet from my back pocket before entering an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) imaging room to off-load a patient onto the imaging unit table. Normal procedure is to remove all metal items, like hip tool pouches, stethoscopes, badges, pens, glasses, jewelry, and-of course-wallets. During the process of scooting this person into position on the table, my rear came close to the MRI unit several times. Not a single card in my wallet left the building unscathed, as I found out later on when I attempted to use them. Now THAT'S a magnet!

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    I have seen credit cards and magnetic parking tickets get wiped by the anti-theft demagnetizer at checkout counters, but I have no idea how strong the field strength is. (I would have guessed on the low side.)
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    I keep mine in my purse, but have been trying to keep my wallet and iPad at opposite sides.

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    If your purse is like most women's purses than credit cards and magnets, it seems, would be the least of your worries. LOL
    I'd NEVER put my iPad in my purse, with all of those items :0
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    i've had credit cards, train cards, bus cards etc etc all wiped clean of magnetic info on numerous occasions in the past just by constantly carrying them together in the same pocket with my mobile phone. so yes, in my experience, the magnetic charge is enough to wipe some sensitive cards.
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    As mentioned before, the magnets in the SmartCover are too weak to cause any damage to CC's.

    I have already tried it with my Visa card by moving it directly across the magnets and then afterwards testing it's functionality with a card reader.
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    If your card expires how will u know if it works or not?
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    This discussion is leading nowhere without actual tests. So here is a short clip of running a Visa card over the magnets and afterwards testing the cards functionality with the help of a card reader.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhRJ7GcRLG4[/ame]

    Just a side-note: Don't expect any sound, I haven't yet figured iMovie out.

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