Want to Play More Pokemon Go? Grab One of These Batteries

Pokemon / Apple
Pokemon / Apple

The Pokemon Go sensation that's sweeping the country is getting people to exercise, forcing them to learn the metric system, and restoring Pikachu's pop-culture prominence. Unfortunately, by keeping trainers' phone screens lit, it's also draining their batteries at an astonishing clip. While there are a number of tricks players have found for extending their phones' battery lives, from lowering their screens' brightness to switching off the game's augmented reality feature, nothing is as frustrating as watching your phone die while you're tracking a particularly elusive Pokemon. No Pokemon Go player wants to miss a shot at Ditto because their phone pulled a Snorlax and conked out on them.

If you really want to pound the pavement to catch monsters and incubate eggs, you're going to need more than battery hacks. You're going to need more juice. By picking up a portable charger or a charging case, you'll be able to quickly top up your battery while you're on the hunt for that elusive Mew. Grab one of these gadgets and watch your Pokedex fill up.

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1. ANKER POWERCORE+ mini 3350mAh, $19.99

Anker's tiny charger packs enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 6 into a package the size of a lipstick.

Find it: Amazon

2. ANKER POWERCORE 5000, $21.99

The Ivysaur to the previous entry's Bulbasaur, this cylindrical charger is a little larger, which gives it enough oomph to charge an iPhone 6s twice.

Find it: Amazon

3. X-DRAGON 10,000 mAh DUAL USB SOLAR POWER BANK, $18.99

Any trainer who has been playing Pokemon Go long enough has probably dreamed of leaving the grid and heading deep into the forest to spend the rest of their days amassing an army of Vileplume. The only major hurdle? Keeping your phone charged where there aren't outlets. X-DRAGON's charger harnesses the power of the sun to keep your devices up and running.

Find it: Amazon

4. ANKER ULTRA SLIM EXTENDED BATTERY CASE, $42.99

If you're looking for a more streamlined solution to your power woes, review site The Wirecutter raves about Anker's battery case, which can boost an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s's battery life by 120 percent. It's slim enough that it won't affect your Pokeball tossing skills.

Find it: Amazon

5. ANKER A127 20,000 mAh PORTABLE CHARGER POWERCORE 20100, $55.99

If you're going to try to catch enough Magikarp to evolve into a Gyarados in a single Pokemon Go session, you're going to need patience and a lot of battery life. Anker's bigger charger only weighs as much as a can of soup, but it's capable of fully charging an iPhone 6s over seven times. Better yet, since it's got dual USB ports, you can lend a little juice to your fellow trainers.

Find it: Amazon

BONUS: MAKE YOUR OWN

If you want a battery that matches the Pokemon theme, consider making one yourself. This handy DIY guide will show you how to make a battery that houses your phone and looks just like a classic Pokedex. Paired with a trainer hat, it'll be like you're really in Kanto.

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Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

Instant Pot/Amazon

- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10) 

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $13 (save $14)

HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances

Roomba/Amazon

- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31) 

TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Home Office Shredder; $33 (save $7)

Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30) 

Video games

Nintendo

- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

The Sims 4; $20 (save $20)

God of War for PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

Days Gone for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

Microsoft/Amazon

- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inches with 32 GB; $100 (save $50)

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $379 (save $20)

- Apple iMac 27 inches with 256 GB; $1649 (save $150)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

Apple/Amazon

- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens; $549 (save $100)

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

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You Can Now Buy Your Very Own Baby Yoda Space Macarons

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When the hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+ last fall, executives withheld merchandise to make sure viewers were surprised by the sudden appearance of The Child, a cooing puppet that appears to be of the same species as Jedi master Yoda. Knowing demand for toys and other items for "Baby Yoda" would be high, Disney stood firm.

Those days are over. Now, fans of the series can buy everything from The Child plush dolls to the space macarons the goblin-faced tyke munches on in the fourth episode of the show’s second season. The blue macarons, dubbed Nevarro Nummies after the name of the planet Mando and The Child landed on in the episode, are available at Williams Sonoma for $49.99.

Nevarro Nummies.Williams Sonoma

According to the company’s site, the “ethereal French-style almond macarons” are perfect for “capturing the essence of this scene.” Bear in mind the “essence” of the scene involves The Child throwing a Force tantrum by using his skills to swipe the cookies from a student’s desk while briefly placed at a school.

The precocious creature’s voracious appetite has been a running theme on the series, with some viewers taken aback by a scene in an earlier episode in which he devoured the eggs of a critically endangered frog species. (“Baby Yoda Canceled Amid Accusations of Genocide,” read the Vanity Fair headline.) What will Baby Yoda eat next, and can you buy it? Tune in this week to find out.

[h/t Nerdist]