POWERING UP: Tracey Clarke from JKR Electronics.
POWERING UP: Tracey Clarke from JKR Electronics. Crystal Jones

Pokemon Go leads to electric type business boom

POKEMON Go is driving a new industry in Bundaberg - the sale of portable phone chargers.

JKR Electronics co-owner Tracey Clarke said their store was having to order in stock because of the number of players coming in and asking for the portable power sources.

Pokemon Go is an app game that's played on a mobile phone or tablet and often requires players to walk or travel a significant distance to catch virtual Pokemon.

"We're just trying to source them," Ms Clarke said.

"It's just hit."

Ms Clarke said JKR Electronics (a Jaycar Electronics authorised stockist) stocked a range of portable chargers but was looking to expand its range because of the level of demand.

Ms Clarke said at JKR their portable chargers went from a $29.95 model that could give 2600 mAh of charge, to a middle range 5000 mAh charger for $49.95 and a 10,200 mAh charger for $69.95.

Solar powered options were also proving popular.

"We can offer NewsMail readers a deal where we can give them our $49.95 power banks for $39.95," Ms Clarke said.

Other electronics stores in the region said they too had been swamped by demand for portable chargers in the wake of Pokemon Go.

JB Hi-Fi Sugarland's Matt Cooper said the sensation had been sweeping their outlet.

"It's been going nuts for us," he said.

"The sensation has been insane.

"We ask them if they're buying the chargers for Pokemon Go and they always say yes."

Mr Cooper said the game had been helpful for some children with autism because it encouraged them to get out and about and some parents were buying phones for them to play.

He said the store's chargers ranged from $39.95 to $99.95.

Did you know?

Battery capacity is measured in mAh which stands for milli Amp hour.

Phone battery sizes range from about 1440mAh for the iPhone 5 an up and up to 2915mAh for the iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6s has a battery capacity of around 2500 mAh.

Therefore, different portable chargers with different capacities will provide different levels of charging usually reflected by different price ranges.



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