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An iPhone Gets Dropped Into Molten Aluminum And It’s Incredibly Captivating

If you were a user of the first few generations of iPhones, you probably had an urge at some point to completely destroy it after an ill-timed update or crash. Well, prepare to live out your wildest destruction fantasies through this video.

The Backyard Scientist is a YouTube channel that does some of the gnarliest experiments you’ll ever see in the safety of his suburban backyard while wearing Hawaiian shirts and cargo shorts. Basically, the greatest thing to ever happen to the internet.


In his latest video he continues his obsession with molten aluminum, pitting it against an old iPhone 5 (no, it’s not a 6 plus – they’re not savages). Paired with GizmoSlip, a channel that comes up with creative durability tests”, the Backyard Scientist drops the phone into a vat of bubbling molten metal.

The iPhone doesn’t stand a chance, as it immediately bursts into flame. While it continues to float, it becomes completely malleable and chars black.

The two amateur scientists (who conduct the whole thing in shorts and t-shirts with only minimal safety equipment), marvel at the bubbling metal corpse before pouring it into a pan and cooling it off. As they douse it with water it bursts into a cloud of steam, boiling off the water as quickly as the hose can deliver it.  

In a sister-video over on GizmoSlip’s channel, the pair put a phone directly in a foundry to superheat it to 2600 degrees. In even less time, the iPhone is reduced to a molten mess.

The Backyard Scientist has over 2.3 million subscribers and has collected over 236 million views over his three and a half years. While this one has almost hit a million in just a few days, it doesn’t even rank in his top 50 videos. Be sure to check out his whole channel if you’ve ever wanted to see what molten aluminum does to, well, pretty much anything.


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