Most phones, hard at work, would be hard pressed to go a full day on a single charge. The resolve? Carry an external battery pack on your person at all times. And that pretty much explains Timbuk2’s newest bags, the Power Commute Laptop Messenger and the Power Q Backpack. They both, as in each, retail for $199.
The Power Commute Laptop Messenger is the more hip of the two, though you’ll probably find greater comfort in the backpack version as weight is evenly distributed over the shoulders. Inside either bag is a battery pack that can charge most smartphones twice over, provided of course you remember to juice up the bag the night or day before.
Timbuk2 hasn’t set out to create their own batteries, and has in fact partnered with Joey Energy. Much like the Powerbag, the Timbuk2 Commute and Q include a set of slots for channeling cords to your wireless products. They say the bags have been designed with cooling in mind, in addition to a fair bit of storage that will vary with each model. Battery compatibility will be limited to USB based devices; anything 5V, and you’ll only get a partial charge on tablets which sport much larger batteries than any smartphone. That said, we don’t know how many mAh the Timbuk2’s batteries boast, but if we had to guess we’d say 2500-3000mAh.
Clearly you can outfit any bag with your own battery brick, such as Mophie’s 5000mAh Powerstation Pro. The sell here is the convenience, which is to say there are a host of pockets, slots, and an integrated “computer” that manages charging and shows how much juice is left via a built-in LED display.
Both the Power Commute and Power Q bags are available at REI as of November 8th.
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