Getting lost in the wilderness is a very scary occurrence.
Losing contact with the outside world can put your life in serious jeopardy if you don’t have the resources to survive.
But here’s one prepper trick that could save your life if you’re stranded somewhere.
Two common tropes in horror movies are that the car won’t start at the most inopportune time, or a cell phone dies at the worst possible moment.
While these instances are cliché, they actually do happen.
For better or worse, society has become completely reliant on electricity for survival.
This is why the threat of an EMP is so devastating.
So much relies on the electrical grid staying functional.
Most people aren’t even equipped to handle a power outage that lasts longer than a couple of days.
These problems are only exacerbated when you’re away from civilization, and you’re reliant upon a few devices for your safety.
Losing power to your cell phone can put you in all sorts of danger if you’re lost in the woods or some other remote location.
You lose the ability to make a distress call or look up your exact location.
However, here’s one survivalist trick to help you charge your phone even if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere.
In addition to your phone and charging cable, you’ll only need four items: a 9-volt alkaline battery, a car charger, a coil spring (such as one found in a click pen), and some tape.
Once you have these items, follow the simple steps below.
- The spring
Take the coil spring and attach to the negative terminal of the 9V battery.
One side of the battery will have a plus sign indicating the positive terminal.
Another easy way to distinguish is that the negative terminal is larger.
- The charger
Make sure the spring is touching the metal part of the charger’s side near the tip.
Use the tape to make sure the spring stays in place.
It needs to be touching both the metal part of the car charger and the negative terminal of the battery.
- The battery
Connect the charger to the positive terminal of the battery.
Once you’ve done this, you can tape the charger and battery in place to ensure a constant connection.
- The phone
Connect your phone to the car charger using the phone’s USB charging cable.
The charge light on the car charger should come on, and your phone should begin charging.
A 9V battery won’t give you a full charge, but it’ll give you enough to get out of a jam, which is all that matters.
As you can see, these steps are all very easy.
There’s no excuse not to have these items in your bug-out bag to make sure you can make an emergency phone call if need be.