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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Kodak

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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Funko Is Releasing a New Batch of Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" Pops for Halloween

Funko/Amazon
Funko/Amazon

"Treehouse of Horror" has been a beloved Halloween tradition for Simpsons viewers for almost 30 years. Now, fans of the specials can get their hands on new Funko Pop! dolls modeled after spooky versions of their favorite characters, Bloody Disgusting reports.

Each figurine in the new collection is inspired by a classic "Treehouse of Horror" Simpsons short. You've got Homer depicted as both the Grim Reaper and a creepy jack-in-the-box, from "Treehouse of Horror XIV" and "Treehouse of Horror II," respectively. There's also a version of him with a donut for a head exclusively from Box Lunch. Bart is available as a skateboarding zombie and a spaceman with an alien Maggie bursting out of his chest. Other classic "Treehouse of Horror" characters, like Vampire Krusty, Devil Flanders, and Marge the Witch, are also included.

According to Comicbook, this is the second time Funko has reimagined The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" specials as Pop! dolls. Last year it came out with a set featuring the five main characters as different monsters. This year's "Treehouse of Horror" collection will be even bigger and feature side characters for the first time.

You can pre-order your favorite Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" Funko Pop! today from Amazon for $11 each ahead of their release in October. Here are more rare Funko figures to add to your collection.

[h/t Bloody Disgusting]

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