Pokemon Go is consumptive. It asks a lot of your time, but also drains your phone’s battery and chips away at your data plan. There’s now a clever fix for the battery life issue, if you don’t mind carrying a real Pokeball.
An enterprising Etsy seller has created a Pokeball phone charger, which is little more than a 5,300 mAh battery pack tucked inside a sphere. It has a single USB port for charging your phone, and a micro USB port for those times you need to charge your Pokeball.
While 5,300 mAh isn’t the largest battery pack you can get, it’s enough to charge your phone from nearly dead at least twice. You gotta catch ‘em all, right?
It’s a bit bulky, though. If you’re game to carry around something the size of a bocce ball, have at it. It’s a bit much for me, and calls a lot of attention to whoever is holding it — and you may not want that.
There are also better options out there. I really enjoy the Aukey 12,000 mAh pack, and if you’re really dedicated — there’s a quick-charging 20,000 mAh battery pack that can keep you catching Pokemon for days.
Or you can get an actual generator and stay outside for a month or so. But if you’re that serious about Pokemon Go, we suggest scheduling some counseling with a professional.
The Pokeball charger is $40, but don’t expect to get it any time soon; it’s handmade, and I’m sure there will be a ton of orders.
Published July 20, 2016 — 17:58 UTC