Make Survival Tools From Mobile Phone Parts

You're lost in the wilderness and you don't have anything on you except your trusty mobile phone. What now? The Art of Manliness blog shows us how to use the phone's guts to make a bunch of tools, including a compass to help you find your way home.

Now, smashing apart your phone to make rudimentary survival objects may seem daunting, but if you really do get lost in the wilderness, you'd be shocked at how much you can make with it. The compass relies on just two small pieces of the phone: a magnet (which is usually part of the phone's speaker), and some wire (which is part of... everything inside the phone). After sweeping the metal wire across the magnet a few times, you can place them in a pool of water, and it should point you north.

Hit up the post at The Art of Manliness for lots more mobile phone survival tools, including (but not limited to) a snare made from your headphone cable and a spear cobbled together from sharpened pieces of silicon.

How to Use a [BUSTED] Cell Phone to Meet 5 Basic Survival Needs [The Art of Manliness]


    Quick question:
    How do you know which end is north and which is south?

      Haha good question! Maybe use a compass?

      "Sweep the magnet across the metal wire in the SAME direction 10 or so times. Make a mental note of the direction you are sweeping the magnet. This is the end of the wire that will point NORTH."

    I'd probably just use the GPS on my phone and then call 000...

    Then you aren't lost in the wilderness!

    Bend a little arrow in the wire. It will point north.

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