How-to build the perfect Pokémon Go Machine: accessories, tips and more


Pokémon Go. Wow, what can you say? This craze has taken over and dominated news cycles for the past few weeks. So you’ve jumped into the game head first, now what? It’s time to maximize your experience by turning your bicycle into the ultimate Pokémon Go Machine. There are a few add-ons that will make catching them all just a little bit easier. You’ll be cruising your neighborhood in no time…

Just to get this out of the way, please make sure you’re safe when getting started with a Pokémon Go machine. Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for traffic, etc. And please, wear a helmet. Alright…on to the gear!

Let’s start with a bike mount. My personal choice is iOttie’s Active Edge Bike Mount for iPhone and Android devices. It retails for $35 over at Amazon and has everything needed to securely hold your device while out on the move. We loved it in our hands-on review and Amazon customers largely agree.

iOttie v. TaoTronics

If you’re after a more cost-effective alternative, give this $15 option from TaoTronics a try. It doesn’t have nearly the level of protection as the iOttie above but it still does the job. Features include a 360-degree design and a one-button release system. It’s the best-selling product of its kind at Amazon and has a 4.5/5 star rating from nearly 800 reviewers.

A saddle bag is perfect for storing your battery pack, snacks and more.

Next up, you’re going to need some storage for your gear. Something like this highly-rated Mesh Saddle Bag should do the job. The small size goes for just $10 and will provide enough room for a battery pack (more in minute), a snack and your other gear.

Now that we have some storage, it’s time to address the power situation. As avid Pokémon Go players know, battery life can drain quickly when you’re out trying to catch’em all. There are two options: either a battery case or an external power supply. Our top pick for the former is Spigen’s 3100mAh case for iPhone 6/s. It’ll give you plenty of juice and protection. Check out these Android battery cases for more ideas.

Our favorite external battery right now is Anker’s 5100mAh Astro E1. It’s the best-selling product of its kind and has a perfect portable design for Pokémon Go. Of course, you’ll want to grab some power cables to complete your setup. We recommend Anker’s Powerline options for Lightning or microUSB.

Finally, you’ll want some cable ties to keep everything tidy and out of the way. These velcro ties (which are also great for your desk) should do the trick. If you’re looking for something a little more rigid, these Cable Matters nylon ones should do the job.

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