New Timbuk2 messenger bags feature internal chargers
By C.C. Weiss
July 6, 2012
Timbuk2, a manufacturer of bags and packs of all shapes and sizes, has announced a new line of packs with gadget-charging capabilities. The San Francisco-based company has teamed up with Joey Energy to deliver the Power Commute messenger bag and Power Q backpack, which include Joey's T1 power supply.
The charger, which Timbuk2 says is not available for individual sale, has a rugged, water-resistant case and a corded satellite USB for charging. To make life a little less complicated for busy commuters, it has no buttons and simply begins charging when you plug in. It sits in a dedicated pouch in each bag, offering simple on-the-go charging of laptops, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets.
The Timbuk2/Joey packs do not include solar panels or other eco-friendly charging hardware. Instead, the Joey T1 is charged by a standard wall outlet, and a pass-through feature allows you to simultaneously charge the T1 and an external device.
The Power Commute is a TSA-compliant laptop bag. In addition to the Joey charger, features include a removable shoulder strap and faux fur-lined phone/gadget compartments. The Power Q is a backpack with a "Swing Around" laptop compartment and ventilated back panel. Both packs will retail for US$199 when they launch on Timbuk2's website in October. They'll find their way to select retailers beginning in February.