The Tylt Energi+ Backpack combines the ability to charge your gadgets with a quality backpack that has plenty of room to carry the rest of your stuff. There’s a removable battery pack with pass through cables leading to seven different compartments and you can even run a cable out the side of the bag so you can charge your phone and use it at the same time.
The battery is capable of charging up to three devices at once with a 10,400 mAh lithium ion battery that sits in a little interior pocket. You can charge your tablet and your phone, and even a friend’s phone if you’re feeling generous. The ample cables mean you can decide how you want to charge your devices, selecting the pockets and arrangement that works best for your needs.
• Input Voltage: 5V 1Amp (Micro USB)
• Output Charging Current: 4.75V – 5.25V – 1Amp
• Lithium Ion Battery – 10,400 mAh
• Battery Charge Time 7-8 hours
• Two 1Amp USB ports for charging phones
• One 2.1Amp USB port for charging tablets
It also means you’ll have plenty of room in the Tylt Energi+ Backpack left over for carrying other things so it really does double duty. And it does it in rugged style. The backpack itself is not an afterthought. It’s not just a flimsy way of holding the battery and your devices in one place, but a sturdy, functional backpack that would do just fine in its own right without the charging capability.
It has a trolley slot built into the back so you can slide the handle of your luggage right through for when you’re in the airport and I especially liked the amount of padding to protect not just your things, but your body. It starts with shoulder straps that have wedge-shaped pads at the top so the weight of your bag isn’t pressing down so heavily on your shoulders.
There’s additional padded mesh where the bag rests against your back, again taking the strain off your body and helping keep you from getting too hot. Then, throughout the bag—including the bottom— there’s padding to protect your devices from knocking into each other and from being damaged as you set your bag on the ground.
• 1680D poly material front panel
• 900D poly material sides & bottom
• Fly-through friendly
• Brushed metal zippers
• Laptop compartment will accommodate laptops up to 15.5in x 10.5in x 1.5in
• NFC tag in shoulder strap
• Recharges via any USB port
• 110 cubic in. see-through accessory bag included
It also has an incredible amount of well-though out storage. There are five exterior pockets and two internal pockets, some of which are lined to prevent your devices from being scratched. It even includes a top pocket that’s got a built in frame, making it perfect for sunglasses. I absolutely loved this since I’ve more than once crushed my glasses sliding them into the top of a full bag. All told, there are 13 pockets of varying sizes to store all your belongings.
Another feature that seems incredibly simple but that was a huge bonus is a small accessory bag. This little bag is perfect for the random cables, cords and tech accessories that we all carry around. It keeps them together so instead of fishing through your bag trying to find things, just grab the accessory bag and you’ve got whatever you need right at hand.
I found this backpack, overall, easy to use and comfortable. The quality of the construction makes it feel very secure and relieves a lot of the worry one often has about things inside being accidentally damaged if it’s likely to be bumped and jostled. It costs a bit more than other similar products like the Powerbag charging backpack but the quality of the bag makes up for the difference in price.
Weight-wise, this is comparable to other charging backpacks, although you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that feels as sturdy. The one drawback is that you can’t see how well your battery is charged just by looking at the outside of the bag — there’s no exterior indicator. You’ll need to dig into your bag and check the device itself which can be awkward with a packed backpack.
The Tylt Energi+ Backpack sells for $199 and is a great solution for those on the go who want the flexibility of charging several devices built into a durable, comfortable backpack.
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