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Survive With Your Cellphone


Learn to dissect a cellphone to make a spear, snare, signaling device, compass, and more in this how-to guide. Photos by Creek Stewart, willowhavenoutdoor.com
  • Stewart destroyed and dissected a wide variety of cell phones to harvest survival parts.
  • Regardless of the make or model, they all have similar internal components.
  • Snap the circuit board into an arrow shape, then abrade it on a rock until you have smooth, sharp edges.
  • Lash the arrowhead firmly onto a stick and use it for hunting fish or small game.
  • Or use the already sharp edge of a circuit board to create tinder shavings for your fire.
  • Hopefully you packed the headphones because the supple wires can be useful cordage.
  • Headphone wires can also be used to fashion a small game snare.
  • Speakers include tiny magnets inside. Magnetize a small piece of wire by rubbing it in one direction across the magnet.
  • Then float the magnetized wire on a leaf or wood shaving in a still puddle of water and the magnetized end will point north.
  • Behind every screen is some sort of shiny surface, which makes for a great signaling device.
  • Use your two fingers to frame the reflected sunlight and direct your signal accurately.
  • Short curcuit the battery and create a red hot wire that will ignite good, dry tinder.
  • Tampon cotton quickly starts smoldering when touched with the hot wire.
  • Plenty of little tidbits inside make great fishing hooks and lures.
  • This slide shows a homemade gorge (it lodges inside the mouth of a fish) baited with a worm and ready to go.
Stewart destroyed and dissected a wide variety of cell phones to harvest survival parts.
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Stewart destroyed and dissected a wide variety of cell phones to harvest survival parts.

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