Imagine this situation:
You're camping in the wilderness. In the area where you have your tent, there live carnivorous man-eating scorpions which are active at night because they are afraid of light. So in the evening you are testing if your flashlight is still working, because you need it to scare off the scorpions. You see that the battery is empty.
Is this a reason to panic?
Because you have read this instructable!
You don't have a working battery anymore, but you probably do have: some coins containing copper, aluminum(from a can or a lightweight cooking set), sour body liquids(urine, or even better, puke), something that can absorb(like toilet paper but just some earth will also work), some leaves from a tree(the bigger the better), and some tape or rope.
In the last step I will tell how you can use the battery in the wild, first I'll demonstrate how to make the battery with kitchen products. Try that at home as a practice! You'll need it in the wilderness, it works the same there. For example, we'll use vinegar or lemon juice, instead of urine or puke, but it will all work(So if you find a lemon tree in the wilderness I recommend to make use of that instead of your body liquids, so your battery won't be so disgusting.)
Let's go on to the next step!
Step 1: What You Need
For this experiment, we need:
- vinegar OR lemon juice
- aluminum foil
- strong paper
- paper towel
- a bowl
- coins(you won't lose them!) containing copper, or copper-plated(these often look red-brown, and are mostly the coins with the smallest values, like 1,2 and 5 eurocent coins. I believe the USA one penny coin is copper plated, and maybe the 5- and 10 cent coins aswell. You can look it up)
you also need something to test the battery, like a bycicle light, or a multimeter.