This “AA” Prison Hack Now A Survival Skill?

Innovation is key in survival, and oddly enough some of the most ingenious people in the world are the very inmates inside our prisons.

Now, I’m not saying you should take all your advice from prisoners… but when it comes to improvising, we could all learn a thing or two from them.

One example is how to make a “prison lighter” using only a few basic supplies. This way, if you lose your lighter, your matches get wet, or if any number of other disasters should befall you… you will still be able to get a flame going.

This new video exposes how an age old “prison hack” is now a crucial survival skill. Watch the video below, then scroll down for a more in-depth tutorial.

1. Start with a gum wrapper and a battery.

NOTE: This trick will ONLY work with a foil-backed gum wrapper.

01 gum and flashlight

2. If you don’t have a loose battery on hand, remove one from your flashlight. (Don’t worry — you can put it back later.)

02 remove batteries

3. Cut the gum wrappers into hourglass-shaped strips.

03 cut gum wrapper

4. Your gum wrappers should look something like this:

04 supplies

5. Now, take one of your ignitors and hold the ends against the ends of the battery. After a few seconds, you will notice it starting to smoke.

05 ignite

6. After a few more seconds, you will see a flame emerge.

06 flame

7. You can now use your DIY fire starter to start a roaring fire in no time!

07 fire

The reason this works is because the foil in the gum wrapper acts as a conductor for the electricity produced by the lighter. The paper of the gum wrapper then ignites, and burns long enough to be used as a fire starter.

This is just one of many ways to start a fire with improvised materials. Learn more here.

Do you have any DIY fire starting tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments!

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