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Pokémon Go drains an unbelievable amount of power. Squeezing a bit more Pokemon-catching juice out of your phone 7 Ways To Boost Your Cell Phone Battery Life [iPhone, Android & Other Smartphones] 7 Ways To Boost Your Cell Phone Battery Life [iPhone, Android & Other Smartphones] By far one of the most disappointing features in just about every smartphone these days is the battery life, which for most of us requires at least one charge per 24-hour period. Are you a... Read More requires a backup battery or power bank. But what’s the best Pokemon Go power bank?

Unfortunately, no one makes a Pokedex yet. In reality, the best backup battery depends on your phone. There are two types of batteries that you might need: Highly portable battery cases, which are designed specifically for your model of phone, or hefty backup batteries. The prices range from as low as $20 to as high as $60.

iPhones 5, 5S and 5SE: Lenmar Meridian

$40 Lenmar Meridian: The best-reviewed battery case for the 5 series iPhone: the ~$40 Lenmar Meridian. While the iPhone 5 doesn’t have very many good battery cases, a few stand out from a relatively weak lineup. The Wirecutter rated the Meridian top dog within the available battery cases for the iPhone 5, remarking, “… against this sorry bunch, it’s the winner.” It scores roughly 3.9/5 stars on Amazon, making it one of the better-regarded battery cases available online.

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Overall, the Lenmar Meridian’s 2,300 mAh-sized battery allows it to fully recharge the iPhone 5 at least once (speed up a phone’s recharge 4 Tips To Increase Smartphone Charging Speeds 4 Tips To Increase Smartphone Charging Speeds Faced with a low battery warning right before you need to leave? These neat tricks can help you charge your smartphone faster than usual so you aren't left with a brick in your hand. Read More ), which should result in double the amount of Pokémon caught. While not the greatest backup battery ever made, it’s still the best among the misfits available for the iPhone 5.

iPhone 6 and 6S: Anker Ultra Slim (UK)

iPhone 6 / 6s Battery Case, Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case for iPhone 6 / 6s (4.7 inch) with 2850mAh Capacity / 120% Extra Battery [Apple MFi Certified] (Black) iPhone 6 / 6s Battery Case, Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case for iPhone 6 / 6s (4.7 inch) with 2850mAh Capacity / 120% Extra Battery [Apple MFi Certified] (Black) Media's #1: Recommended by Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. The '#1 iPhone 6 battery case' according to The Wirecutter. Buy Now At Amazon $42.99

$40 Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case: Hands-down, the best battery case on the market hails from Anker. The 2,850 mAh battery from Anker offers a winning combination of portability, durability, and battery size. The battery offers enough juice to fully recharge the iPhone 6 at least once, with a fifth of its power remaining. The Wirecutter regards it as the best backup battery, for most people, on today’s market. It scores 4.3/5 stars on Amazon, with over 1,000 reviews, making it one of the best-regarded cases on Amazon. 9to5Mac regards the Ultra Slim as a slimmer alternative to the Incipio OffGRID Express (UK). I should note, though, that the OffGRID received mediocre reviews from most other websites.

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Overall, the Anker Ultra Slim dominates on the competition around $40. It’s really a $100 battery case, available for less than half the price of its higher-end competition.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Mophie Juice Pack (UK)

mophie Juice Pack for Samsung Galaxy S6 (3,300mAh) - Gold mophie Juice Pack for Samsung Galaxy S6 (3,300mAh) - Gold Impact Isolation System Carefully-designed internal bumpers add extra cushion to the edges and corners of the protective case for unrivaled support Buy Now At Amazon

$50 Mophie Juice Pack: The Samsung Galaxy S6 of battery cases, but the best deal is the Morphie Juice Pack. For $50, you get both a high-quality case and a 3,300 mAh battery pack, with a passthrough feature, which allows the phone to charge both the phone and the battery pack simultaneously. The Juice Pack scores 3.9/5 stars on Amazon, making it the most highly reviewed battery case for the S6. Best Buy’s website rates it 4.3/5 stars.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: ZeroLemon ZeroShock (UK)

ZeroLemon Samsung Galaxy S7 7500mAh Rugged Battery Case with Soft TPU Full Edge Protection-Black(NOT FOR THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE) ZeroLemon Samsung Galaxy S7 7500mAh Rugged Battery Case with Soft TPU Full Edge Protection-Black(NOT FOR THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE) HIGH CAPACITY BATTERY CASE- The world's highest capacity Samsung Galaxy S7 Battery case @ 7500mAh. It offers up to 170% extra battery life. You don't have to worry about battery life any more. Buy Now At Amazon $2.00

ZeroLemon ZeroShock: ZeroLemon makes the best reviewed Galaxy S7 case out there, with an aggregate review score of 4.1/5 stars, on 700+ reviews, on Amazon. It includes Quick Charge and pass-through, which allows users to charge the phone at really fast speeds.

It also includes a ridiculously large 7,500 mAh battery, which translates into at least two, and possibly three, recharges of the S7. Zero Lemon also produces a larger capacity 8,500 mAh battery case (UK) for the Edge version of the S7.

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LG G4: PowerBear

PowerBear: The LG G4 may be a little long in the tooth, but at present it’s still among the best smartphones around. Unfortunately, there are fewer battery cases available, compared to the iPhone or Galaxy series of smartphones. One of the best available comes from PowerBear.

PowerBear battery case offers a removable battery, along with multiple layers of protection. Its key selling point is its replaceable 6,100 mAh battery, which should recharge the G4 almost twice. It scores 4/5 on Amazon, which makes it the best-reviewed battery case available for the G4.

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Best Generic Power Brick

If no one makes a battery case for your phone, the best option is a brick-style backup battery. While heavy and unwieldy, a brick can provide outrageous amounts of power. Most bricks out there also support a lot of non-proprietary quick charging rebrands, like TurboPower or Fast Charge (both are really just renamed versions of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge specification What's a Quick Charger? Here's Why You Need One Now What's a Quick Charger? Here's Why You Need One Now Smartphones take less time to charge up these days and it's all thanks to a new technology called Quick Charge. If you don't have it yet, you'll want it soon. Read More ).

Don’t worry about matching your phone’s charging technology to the charger. Almost all fast charge schemes are inter-compatible with each other. For example, you can use a Motorola Turbo Power (or Turbo Charge) charger with a Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge device.

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On top of that, some power brick manufacturers (such as TronSmart and Anker) have their own proprietary technologies which automatically sense your device’s maximum charge speed and can deliver recharge speed custom-tailored to your device. To be honest, if the charger doesn’t possess some method of detecting the maximum charge speed of your device, the charger isn’t worth buying. That said, here are our two favorite picks.

RAVPower Xtreme Portable Charger (UK)

Portable Charger RAVPower 26800mAh (Total 5.5A Output,3-Port,2A Input) External Battery Pack Power Bank with iSmart Technology 2.0 for Smartphones and Tablets (Black) Portable Charger RAVPower 26800mAh (Total 5.5A Output,3-Port,2A Input) External Battery Pack Power Bank with iSmart Technology 2.0 for Smartphones and Tablets (Black) Mind-Bogging Capacity: 26800mAh of pure energy - charge an iPhone 7 over 9 times, for iPhone 7 Plus , iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy S6 over six times or an iPhone 6 ten whole times. Buy Now At Amazon $49.99

$50 RAVPower Xtreme Portable Charger: The best high-capacity backup battery comes from RAVPower, which is rated at 26,800 mAh. It’s relatively heavy, weighing in at slightly over a pound. It also includes a lot of features common to higher-end batteries, such as amperage detection (for charging your device as quickly as possible) and Quick Charge support.

Overall, you can’t find a better battery anywhere. The Wirecutter regards it as one of the best backup batteries around. iLounge and The Gadgeteer both recommend it on the basis of its extremely deep power reserves.  Reviews on XDA indicate it can even recharge a laptop! (Ways to power a laptop How to Keep Your Laptop Powered Even When the Battery Dies How to Keep Your Laptop Powered Even When the Battery Dies Have you ever had your work interrupted by a dead laptop battery? Don't let a lack of power put a damper on your productivity. Read More .) We’ve reviewed other high capacity power banks Intocircuit Power Castle 26,000mAh Portable Charger Review and Giveaway Intocircuit Power Castle 26,000mAh Portable Charger Review and Giveaway Read More before, and the RAVPower Xtreme comes out ahead.

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However, not everyone may want to throw down $50 on a battery pack. For those of you looking for a better-priced device, you may want to look elsewhere.

Anker PowerCore 10000 (UK)

Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More The Anker Advantage: Join the 10 million+ powered by our leading technology. Buy Now At Amazon $23.99

$20 Anker PowerCore 10000: Anker’s PowerCore 10000 model of backup battery offers a low-cost (as well as fast-charging) alternative to the RAVPower Xtreme. While it offers far less power at 10,000 mAh, it compensates with its extremely small form-factor, as well as a much cheaper price tag of less than $20. It also includes the latest Quick Charge standard (3.0). PCAdvisor regards the PowerCore as one of the best power banks on today’s market.

The PowerCore’s reviews on Amazon border on divine; it scores 4.8/5, making it one of the highest rated batteries, period. Frankly speaking, it’s massively better than other backup batteries Kinkoo Infinite One Portable Battery Bank Review and Giveaway Kinkoo Infinite One Portable Battery Bank Review and Giveaway The Infinite One's sleek, angular profile makes it easy to toss in a purse, backpack or even your front pocket. Read More we’ve reviewed in the past.

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Best USB Cables?

Not all USB cables that come with backup batteries are high quality. There are different amperage limits on each cable, and assorted features, for example, “ferrite core”. Most prospective buyers should look at the correct amperage and cable-length. Amperage should be at least 2.1 amps (21 or 20 AWG) and around 3-6 feet in length.

I recommend keeping the battery in a backpack or purse, rather than on your person because of the inherent dangers of carrying around volatile battery technology. My favorite USB cable comes from Monoprice (UK):

Monoprice USB 2.0 to Micro B Sync & Fast Charge Cable with Data Transfer Protection On/Off Switch - 30/20 AWG 4.5ft (1) Monoprice USB 2.0 to Micro B Sync & Fast Charge Cable with Data Transfer Protection On/Off Switch - 30/20 AWG 4.5ft (1) 4.5Ft Usb 2.0 To Microb W/Secur Switch Buy Now At Amazon $7.99

So What’s the Best Backup Battery for Pokémon Go?

There are two kinds of backup battery that work best for Pokémon Go: those designed to minimize bulk and those designed to provide as much power as possible. If you own a common smartphone, like a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone, then you can find a battery case for a fairly small sum. For almost everyone else out there, you are best served by a high-capacity battery that can charge your phone as fast as possible.

Anyone else looking for ways to increase their Pokemon-catching battery performance? Let us know in the comments!

  1. JamesD
    September 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I am playing this game using my rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 with (https://www.oneclickroot.com/) and still i need more long lasting battery power even rooting make my device to have longer batteries. Can you share a link were i can buy this backup battery pack.

  2. paulsen
    August 16, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I think the best way to figure out which power bank is ideal is to go on Amazon and look at the reviews. Ravpower, Easyacc, Anker are the three dominating brands there and they are really roughly the same. Of course you could also try your local retail store but I found that they are far more expensive than on Amazon (just look at Mophie, Griffin, Belkin etc)

    If you want to get the best deal for your buck: Amazon sellers change their prices frequently, sometimes several times a day (I have seen them doing that) I guess the best way is to observe for a few days and wait for a lucky moment and also to check-out Slickdeals.
    Sometimes you find real great promotions there like this one (already over, just an example)
    http://slickdeals.net/e/8094742-ravpower-26-800-mah-3-port-black-portable-external-power-bank-with-5-5a-output-ismart-technology-rp-pb41-for-52-99-ac-free-shipping-amazon-com?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1

    One promotion I just saw that is currently running is for the Askborg 20800mAh @ Amazon. (Code WXGTCOUD for 3 USD discount). Just ordered one, will see how that works.

    In general, avoid brands that sell for less than half of the prices the three brands above are selling for. They use cheap battery cells, wrong capacity information and are often rated below 3 stars.

  3. Edger Goldmen
    July 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Kannon, thats what I was thinking as well. However, it charges faster then some Q.C. 3.0 portable charger I already own. The PowerGo SS 5000 portable charger I own recharges itself, not my phone from zero to full charge is 18 minutes on my timer and total capacity is 5,500mAh. I even asked the manufacturer and they said its there own technology and has nothing to do with Q.C. 2.0 or 3.0.

    • Kannon Yamada
      August 17, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Do you have a source for this? If it's their own technology and charges faster than microUSB then they are potentially out of spec with the standard, which is potentially dangerous.

      • Edger Goldmen
        August 17, 2016 at 6:25 am

        I purchased it from techgetgo.com and the product name is PowerGo SS 5000. I have been using it for a month and a half or so and I haven't really experienced any problems. It's actually better than the previous portable chargers I have. It has two separate input ports to recharge my unitThe first input port you can use to recharge the device is a standard micro USB port. I don't actually use this port because the charges the unit much slower. The second recharge port is the super fast charge port which I use to fully recharge my device in 19 minutes or so.

        • Kannon Yamada
          August 18, 2016 at 12:33 am

          Oh I misunderstood. It's possible to quickly charge a battery using a barrel jack with a thick cable attached to a power brick. I would still prefer the chargers listed in this roundup based on their lower prices, established reputation, or high capacity.

  4. Edger Goldmen
    July 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I would recommend the powergo ss 5000 portable charger because of its insanely fast charging speeds and you won't have to be stuck to the wall after you portable charger dies.

    • Kannon Yamada
      July 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      In truth, there isn't much difference in charging speeds, PROVIDED that you have a Quick Charge compatible charger. If it's Quick Charge 3.0 and your phone is only Quick Charge 2.0 compatible, then it will charge at 2.0 speeds. Unfortunately, all of the manufacturers rebrand their devices so that people are unaware their device is Quick Charge compatible.

  5. powerweb16
    July 20, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Nice post

  6. ash
    July 18, 2016 at 6:42 am

    TP-Link PB10400 is THE best powerbank to take with you. After my phone started to deplete past 10% while playing (around 3 hours on a Galaxy Note 4), I plug in the power bank, and it lasts me for another good 7 hours of solid gameplay.

    • Kannon Yamada
      July 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      It's really nice, but the RAVPower Xtreme has several times more juice and costs less. And the Anker PowerCore 10000 is much cheaper and provides roughly the same amount of power.

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