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Light a fire using your mobile phone

With a phone battery and scouring pad you can make fire. Photo: Wilderness

For this little survival trick you’ll need:

  • Mobile phone
  • Scouring pad
  • Tinder
  1. Take the battery out of your phone (yes, you may have to destroy it) and locate the positive and negative points on its base
  2. Tear off a piece of scouring pad and roll it up so it’s around 4cm long
  3. Place one end on the negative point and the other on the positive point – it will start to smoulder
  4. Hold the smouldering pad to the tinder until it catches – this could take a long time, but in a survival situation it may be worth the effort!