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.

Find it: SparkFun

Family Game Night Just Got a Lot Cozier With This Inflatable Twister Game

Hammacher Schlemmer & Company
Hammacher Schlemmer & Company

With the potential for strained muscles and painful tumbles on your living room floor, Twister doesn't have a reputation for being the most comfortable board game. This unofficial version of the activity should hopefully lead to less bruising. As PopSugar reports, Hammacher Schlemmer & Company has upgraded the classic Twister mat to become a giant, inflatable play-board.

The inflatable game has all the elements of the original Twister: There are red, green, yellow, and blue dots (16 of each color) lined up on a white surface and a spinning wheel that shows you which limb to place where.

Normally the board is a flat sheet, but this one resembles a super-sized blow-up mattress. It measures 15 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 15 inches tall. A 1-hp air blower is included, and you can keep it running as you play so you don't have to worry about the board deflating and throwing off your balance. The game, which is capable of supporting up to 1500 pounds, is the perfect outdoor party accessory.

Contorting your body in relative comfort will cost you: The inflatable game costs $2000—about 100 times the price of a regular Twister board. If you can't resist adding it to your game collection, you can order it from Hammacher Schlemmer's website.

[h/t PopSugar]

This Damn Fine Twin Peaks Box Set Is the Only One Fans Will Ever Need

Amazon
Amazon

Fans of David Lynch’s three-season drama Twin Peaks know there’s quite a lot to excavate. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC and returned for a one-season engagement on Showtime in 2017, has been a perpetual source of ambiguity, red herrings, and the downright inexplicable.

Now there’s a centralized hub of all things Peaks to dwell on. Twin Peaks: From Z to A is a Blu-ray box set containing all episodes of the original series; 1992’s feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return; an international version of the 1990 pilot with additional footage; as well as an abundance of new and archival material totaling 20 hours in length.

The box for the 'Twin Peaks: From Z to A' Blu-ray DVD set is pictured
Amazon

Inside the package, which is illustrated with the Douglas firs that are part of the show’s iconography, are mini-figures of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, played in the show by Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, respectively. The box acts as a diorama of sorts and opens to reveal the Red Room, a location where many of the show’s most surreal moments took place. A series of three-by-five index cards provide backdrops of key scenes. The only thing the set doesn’t have is Lynch’s hand-drawn map of the show’s Washington location, but you can find that here.

The set is limited to 25,000 copies. It retails for $139.99 on Amazon and is due for release on December 10.

[h/t Newsweek]

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