Like a lot of people, I’ve been playing Pokemon Go pretty intensely since its July 6 release. The game is addictive, but also a major drain on my LG G4’s battery. I need to keep playing the game, but I also need to keep getting texts, phone calls and the stray Slack notice. So I put together a kit via Amazon that I’ve been using to make sure I’m not caught with a dead battery (links go to Amazon, but there are not affiliate links and are simply what I purchased after a couple hours of Google and Amazon searches).
1. Topoint Water Resistant Running Waist Bag
This is a thin waist bag designed for running that has a total of four pockets. There is a velcro pocket on the left, perfect for extra cell phone batteries, and a zippered pocket that fits the external battery pack I selected. Above the two front pockets is a zippered pocket that runs the length of the bag, where I store a USB cable compatible with my phone. Finally, there is another zippered pocket that runs the length of the bag on the back side of the bag, where I stick my wallet and cash while I’m out looking for Pokemon.
The other nice thing about this bag is that it is small enough that it can be worn over your shoulder so that the bag portion stretches across your chest diagonally. And that is how I use the bag exclusively.
2. Extra cell phone batteries and external charger. Typically I try to buy Anker replacement batteries, though I did go with a couple Trendon batteries for my LG G4 since they got such good reviews. A couple batteries and an external charged should run you about $25-ish depending on the phone. This is one area where most Android phones really shine over iOS.
3. Anker PowerCore+ 10500 Portable Charger
This is a compact, 10000mAh portable charger that goes for about $33 on Amazon. The “500” in the model number apparently indicates that it is compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 systems. This is a method of quickly charging some cell phones including my LG G4. Before you spend the extra money on a Quick Charge 2.0 compatible charger, you need to check and make certain that your phone implements the technology.
This is small enough to fit into the front zippered pouch on the Topoint. It stays fairly cool while charging, and I was able to recharge my LG G4 3 times from 5 percent to 100 percent without a problem. The fast charging worked as advertised. The only downside is that, as you can see in the photo, there’s just a single USB port. So you’re only going to be using this to charge one device at a time.
4. Nylon Braided High Charging Speed USB 2.0 Cable
I love these nylon braided USB cables from iSeeker. As the name suggests, they can accommodate the Qualcomm quick charging feature, and I ljust happen to prefer them aesthetically over non-braided cables. A pack of three is $11. (If you’re into iOS, I like and use Mribo’s nylon-braided Lightning cables.)