Below we've a video showing you how to start a fire using a gum wrapper and a battery. The video shows this with a AA (double A) battery, but any battery will do, as long as you can connect the terminals as shown (small household batteries, don't try it with a car battery … but I'm sure you know that).
And kids, don't try this at home …
The important part here is the narrow ‘bridge' between the terminals (where the wrapper is cut thinner). Also, it doesn't have to be a gum wrapper, it can be any piece of aluminum foil. The benefit of using a wrapping paper is that it's covered with paper on one side, and the conducting metal on the other, so the paper will easily catch fire.
Other variations of how to start a fire with a battery includes using a 9V battery and steel wool — which we've also included below, for your viewing pleasure.
These skills may seem trivial or useless when you look at them now, but maybe one day you'll need them.
Starting a Fire With a Double A Battery and a Gum Wrapper
How to start a fire with a AA battery and a gum wrapper.
Starting a Fire With Steel Wool and a 9V Battery
Steel Wool can start a fire under ANY weather condition, even when drenched in water! Watch and see!
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