'Power up' button replaced with 'Trainer level too low to power up'

When I tried to power up my Pokémon I got the above error:

Trainer level is too low to power up.

How does the trainer level effect powering up Pokémon?

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As you level up your trainer level by catching pokemon, hatching eggs, stopping at pokestops, etc. You will find out that this will also increase your max CP for your pokemon. For example I was level 12 and my max CP for my pidgeot was 744, now I am level 13 I can boost him to the next MAX CP that I have obtained.

TIP: However this can be bad because you will use more resources than needed (seeing as the more you power up the more it costs every boost). You might want to evolve the pokemon with the highest CP and just keep replacing the pokemon until a respectable MAX CP can be obtained and you have higher CP pokemon to catch(so you boost while the cost is low on a higher level CP).

  • Do higher trainer levels also result in larger CP gains when you power up Pokemon? For instance, if I power up a Pokemon at trainer level 10 and it's 20 CP, will training the same Pokemon at trainer level 15 result in more CP per power up?
    – Ellesedil
    Jul 14, 2016 at 17:00
  • @Ellesedil no i think think so
    – Kiwu
    Jul 14, 2016 at 18:15
  • @Ellesedil dont*
    – Kiwu
    Jul 15, 2016 at 13:44

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