What happens when you drop an ordinary iPhone into molten aluminum? If you don’t know the answer, relax. Most of us could only venture a guess but two YouTube personalities decided to actually do something about it. The Backyard Scientist and GizmoSlip are two individuals who have each amassed significant fan followings on YouTube for answering questions along the lines of the one just mentioned. They answered this one, too, and the end result is going to prove to be something truly impressive.
Using a DIY foundry, the two YouTube stars melted down the necessary amount of aluminum, waiting until it turned black, and became pliable. After dropping the phone into the aluminum, the soupy materials will overwhelm the electronic device, burning off some of its components almost immediately. This includes the battery, as well as the plastic.
Eventually, the phone came back to the surface of the molten aluminum. After turning black, it became pliable. You could even bend it by poking it with a rod. Keep in mind that 1, 221 degrees Fahrenheit is the melting point for aluminum. However, even at that extraordinary temperature, the two YouTube stars found that with the exception of the bend from their earlier prodding, the iPhone more or less retained its original shape. The end result is a fascinating example of the durability of these products. At the same time, it is also important to understand how the concept of durability can work sometimes. To be sure, the iPhone they dropped into the molten aluminum is never going to work again. Still, the fact that it retained its shape even after all of that is something that you can’t help but be impressed with.
It would be interesting to see what would happen with other devices under the circumstances outlined in the actual experiment.