There are regular backpacks and then there's the TYLT Energi+ Power Backpack. If you're toting a bunch of tech, this is bag to check out.
These days you never know how many gadgets you might need for an all-day trip to the office, or a flight across the country. Having a way to carry your essential tech while charging a few inside makes a bag like the TYLT Energi+ Power Backpack a no-brainer. There's a lot this thing has to offer, so let's touch on some of the key points that make it the ideal replacement for your typical backpack.
Storage. And lots of it.
The TYLT Energi+ provides 13 pockets to store your personal items and gadgets behind its 1680D ballistic nylon exterior, not even including the handy zipper accessory bag that's bundled inside. Each brushed metal zipper has an easy-grip tag attached to it, making it painless to open and close each compartment. Most of the spots designed for device storage have a soft lining inside that keep everything snug and scratch-free. The laptop compartment accommodates laptops up to 15.5 x 10.5 x 1.5-inches and is secured inside using a velcro strap on top.
There's still plenty of storage to be had aside from the basics already mentioned including a mesh holder for a sports drink or water bottle, tablet compartment, and even a battery recharge pocket for the battery brick inside that you could run a microUSB cable through and directly into a wall or car adapter. It's a good idea to keep track of what you store inside and where you put it, or else you'll be digging through zipper after zipper to find your gear.
How the TYLT Energi+ spreads its power.
There's a single 10,400mAh power brick that you strap inside the backpack which includes two 1A USB outputs and a single high speed 2A USB output. TYLT includes 2 microUSB cables and a 30-pin charge/sync cable for older Apple devices that can be run from the power brick through a series of cable straps throughout the backpack, depending on where you've decided to put your gadgets inside. There's really no shortage of opportunity here for how to manage your charging cables. If I had to nitpick, it would be nice to see a larger battery bundled with the Energi+ and designed so that it's not just a brick sitting at the bottom of the bag.
You can charge the power brick inside by removing it completely from the backpack or running a charging cable through the designated pocket on the bottom left side. Each cable that's provided should have enough length to get to any pocket without an issue. Unless the power bank is on all the time, you'll need to manually power it on yourself. There are a series of LED lights along the side that indicate how much life remains, which can be seen easily simply by opening that compartment and peeking inside.
Those bonus features, though.
Looking past all that storage, battery, and cable management are some cool extras that make the Energi+ Power Backpack even more unique. Along the left shoulder strap is an NFC tag if one or more of your mobile devices can utilize it, and on the backside is a trolley slot where the retractable handle for your carry-on slides through — providing a quick and easy way to tote the backpack along with your wheeled luggage.
The TYLT Energi+ is also TSA approved, so you won't have to go digging for your laptop or tablets each time you're going through checkpoints. If you're rocking a wired pair of headphones, you can keep your mobile device safely inside and route the headphones through the designated headphone opening at the top of the bag. The same goes for running any of your cables to the outside if you need to utilize your power-hungry device while walking.
Is the TYLT Energi+ Power Backpack for you?
The answer is simple. If you're someone that tends to carry a laptop, tablet, multiple phones or an iPod with you then sure. This backpack is designed for the techie who travels, whether it be on foot or in the air. There are some aspects of the bag that could be improved or included (battery capacity and chest strap), but its design as-is has been well thought out, and is comfortable to use once you get a grasp on how to best store all your tech. You can snag the Energi+ Power Backpack for $119.99 from Amazon or $169.95 from Windows Central Shop.