When it comes to charging your phone, tablet or laptop on the go — whether you’re traveling or just heading to the nearest coffee shop to get some work done — there’s portable power and then there’s portable power. Sure, you could bring a standard portable power bank with you, but then again that can be a bit of a hassle. Or, if you’re looking for something more convenient (and more powerful), you could look into getting a backpack with built in power and/or charging features (like those I’ve handily listed for you here).
Over the last few years I was a constant traveler and just as constant was my need for power while on the go: at the airport, in a cab or shuttle, at a meeting, in the hotel. Finding enough juice to power a trip can be a real struggle. If you’re like me, a trip might entail watching a movie, playing some games, reading, checking flight apps, making calls, typing, working on a presentation and taking lots of photos or videos. In other words: portable power is crucial.
And lately I’ve been feeling like the best portable power option is a bag with a built in battery. I’ve covered the best smart luggage already and I recently did an in-depth review of the new Bluesmart Black Edition smart carry-on suitcase and after today’s list that conviction is stronger than ever. A bag that can hold your gear and charge it too is the most convenient option. There’s less to “remember” and I like that: remembering to charge one thing before heading out is hassle enough.
So without further ado here’s my picks for the best backpacks with built-in power and/or charging. Which one would you choose? Let me know down in the comments!
So the brand new HP Powerup backpack is pretty great all around. It’s got a large battery (22,400 mAh) that can charge your phone up to 10 times, your tablet up to 3 times or your laptop fully (it’s unclear to me at this point whether it can be used to charge non-HP laptops). But this bag has some extra smarts beyond just integrated battery and cable management: it can proactively sense the temperature within the backpack and adjust accordingly. That, combined with the side vent, will prevent overheating issues. It’s great that the Powerup comes with 2 micro-USB cables ...