Review: Powerbag Business Class Pack - We have 3 to give away!

PowerBag Business Class Pack
By Adam Zeis on 16 Feb 2012 03:02 pm
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"The Powerbag Business Class Pack is an awesome backpack with built-in battery power. You can keep up to four devices charging on the go which is a tech geek's dream!"

In Short:
"Awesome bag that will keep you charged."

Should I Buy?
"I love it, but it's not right for everyone."
BUY NOW

Right after the hectic days of Christmas die down and the New Year comes, tech bloggers, journalists, press and any other interested geeks start gathering their toys and packing a bag to head off to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I have a stash of travel gear tucked away, so when I start packing for any conference it's never too much of a chore. My cables are tucked away in my Skooba Cable Stable, all my devices (phones, tablets, iPod) are in one drawer for easy access and my "conference bag" is pre-stocked with my Moleskine, some pens, business cards, power cords and my retractable USB cables so I never have to worry about forgetting them. Now typically I just toss my gear in my bag and I'm ready to roll -- but this year I had a slight change of plans before heading off to Sin City.

Not two days before leaving for CES I had a visit from UPS who dropped off a larger than normal box for me. Upon opening I saw a backpack inside. I immediately checked my Amazon history (I order a lot of stuff and sometimes forget what's coming) and noticed nothing unusual. As I pulled the contents, a quick note let me know that I was now the proud owner of a Powerbag and was welcome to stop by the booth at CES to pick up my battery. Intrigued and excited (and somewhat disappointed that I had no battery) I hopped over to mypowerbag.com to check out the details on my new toy bag. Keep reading for my expierence and real life use of the Powerbag Business Class Pack.

The Review

The Powerbag Business Class Pack looks pretty much like your standard backpack. Black all around, a few straps here and some pockets there. Once you pop a zipper open however, you'll notice that it's far from your average backpack. The specs/features on the Powerbag Business Class Pack are pretty sweet off the bat: a removable 6000mAh battery (which I would have to pick up), one-touch battery level indicator and power button, water-resistant AC adapter charging port and "checkpoint friendly" design. The bag itself measures 12"x8"x18" which is a pretty good size for carting around your goods. You can fit up to a 15" laptop in the dedicated compartment and there are various pockets throughout for fitting in tablets, phones, notebooks or whatever you need. 

PowerBag Business Class Pack

Inside you'll find a battery/power pack nestled in the bottom of the bag. It sits away in its own little space, so it's easy to ignore once you have your battery in. The battery itself gets charged via the included AC adapter. Plug it in to the nicely covered port on the bottom of the bag, and the front LEDs illuminate to let you know you've got some juice. I'm not totally sure on the actual time to fully charge the battery, but if you're like me you'll leave it plugged in overnight before you need it. 

PowerBag Business Class Pack

 

PowerBag Business Class Pack

Now the fun part. In the front pocket of the PowerBag you'll find what I like to call "tech central". Here is where all of your devices will sit and you'll have access to the cables from your bag's battery. There is a standard iPhone 30-pin cable, microUSB cable and miniUSB cable. You also have the option to plug in an additional USB cable straight to the battery box, giving you the ability to charge up to four devices at once. Awesome sauce. 

PowerBag Business Class Pack

Simply plug in your device(s), hit the power button on the bag and you're up and running. The front LED will tell you how much power you have so you never have to worry. Tech central has two lined pockets that nicely fit pretty much any small portable electronic device that you will be carting around.

The next pocket in the bag is what the power supply calls home and it also sports a zippered mesh pocket as well as a lined pocket for your tablet(s) or books/magazines. Here is where I ran an additional microUSB cable just because I wanted to. I don't have a use for it at the moment, but I like knowing it's there in case I need it. 

Next in line is a very cool pouch/pocket that the folks at PowerBag call a sunglass pocket, but I call a super awesome schwag pocket. Here is where I keep all my retractable USB cables, thumb drives and other little stuff I need quick access to.

The main compartment of the bag is your typical laptop bag fare - pen holders, a small pocket for business cards and two larger pockets for notebooks or other items. This compartment also houses the power cables for my Mac and any other items I don't have a better place for.

PowerBag Business Class Pack

Last but not least is the lay-flat laptop compartment. Lined for your protection, it fits up to a 15" laptop. The fun part of this compartment is that it lays totally flat from the rest of the bag so you don't have to remove your computer for airport security. Like a dummy I still take mine out, but if you're not as weird as I am you'll be fine just laying the entire bag on the belt. 

I never had an issue with killing the battery in my Powerbag, but depending on your needs you may want to opt for the larger 9000mAh battery. I used the bag to charge my spare batteries during the days on the show floor at CES and juice up my iPhone a time or two. If you have more devices you'll obviously kill the battery faster, but if you're selective about what you charge when, you should be able to manage with the 6000mAh battery.

The bag itself looks sweet too. Its plain black design matches nearly every other bag I've ever owned, and the padded shoulder straps never gave me an issue. There is also a nifty water bottle pocket on the side that came in more handy than I would have expected (yes, just for water). 

PowerBag Business Class Pack

Would I recommend a Powerbag? Of course. I think it's a great combo for any tech geek. You have cables and a battery nicely tucked away and ready when you need them. There are pockets galore for stashing all your devices while they charge. The bag itself is great - it's roomy enough for everyday gear, doesn't scream "I'm a Powerbag" and it's totally comfy to wear.  The lay-flat design is a great feature, but in most cases you can probably get by without it. 

Should you run out and buy one? Well that's up to you. I personally would have no problem spending the money on one of these bags (the retail price of the Powerbag Business Class Pack is $179.99) but that's certainly a lot of money for a backpack. You can most definitely get by with a standard bag (my old Targus bag was $49.99) and an inexpensive external battery like this one from New Trent, and you're still saving yourself $80. While it won't be as pretty or easy to charge multiple devices as a PowerBag, it still gets the job done.

So overall I say yes to the PowerBag. If you're on the go constantly (or even semi-constantly) and need to keep more than once device charged, this bag is awesome. Just remember to charge it at night (I've worked it into my routine) and you'll never have to worry about dead devices on the go.

Business Class Pack
by Powerbag

The Good

If you're on the go constantly and need to keep more than one device charged, there is none better than Powerbag. Its built in battery will let you charge nearly any device while you're out and about.

The Bad

The Powerbag is a laptop bag and external battery in a nice package. In most cases you can achieve the same while spending less if you just get creative.

Conclusion

I personally love my Powerbag, but it's not right for everyone. If you have the means and will put it to good use, then I say go for it. If you're more of a "weekender" or will only use it occasionally, I think you can definitely get by without it. 

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More information and Purchase
of the Powerbag Business Class Pack

Contest: We have 3 Powerbag Backpacks to give away. To enter to win, just leave a single comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. The bag comes in red and please note it's a different model than the one reviewed here.

Altrotiroaltroregalo

Nice bag! Count me in, please! :)
Thanks for the chance.

token44

Now that would be cool to have

pccdromaw

enter me please looks v good.

pccdromaw

enter me please looks v good.

mokkasins

Good luck everyone to get extra power for your Bold :D

gabrriel

It sounds really good!

bwgreen

I would love one of these - send one (I hope) to Ottawa!

blindgeekuk

If you can ship to the UK, then I'd definitely love a chance to win that.

kcorey

Looks like a great accessory!

aureliengb

Count me in for the contest!

Dinadivas

i Wish I can won one of power bag, It will be very Usefull for me,
sometime I have to follow Charity Golf Invitation, going to The Golf park and there is no Electricity to Plug In my Blackberry oN charger, and I am in Senior Semester in college need to Bring My Laptop and Note everywhere I go, Reading and browsing about new Journal and keep is as My disertation Material, so With Powerbag i dont have to worry about My device getting less charger or Dead bc Of the battery runned out..

This bag will really support My Actvities study and Social life..
hope i can Win one of the power bag, with My favorite color and RED..
yay.. Yay...

thanks for chance

Frankie-V

Works for me; how heavy is it?

dispatcher307

I'd love to have one of these, especially when I'm on the road and I have my phone, laptop and Playbook. Yeah, I need one.

bouc01

ColettePB
haHa I had to laugh when I read the words On the go in the description for the bag. When I leave the house for an outhing I have to think of : 1charger for my cell phone, 1charger for my bb tablet,1charger for my laptop, one charger for the video camera, one charger for my SLR camera and guess what ..... I have two kids with each a cell phone, a blackberry tablet, DS light, Playstation, WII and point and shoot cameras....oops last but not lease....hubby ! So I could put that bag to good use. Forgive my English I'm French speeking!!

serversdude

Want it, short and sweet.

KiNGCiTY14

I would love to win this! Count me in!!

babytf

Would love to have this!!!

ekz13

this would be so great to win ... count me in on this one.

lang007

Now that would fit my lifestyle just right

aloomis76

Nice...with all the hustle and bustle I do this sure would come in handy...hint hint ;)

ugotme

As a mobile guy this would be really nice.

hunkytoe

Add in some tools and a flare and that's the batman utility belt of the backpack world! Tony wants :)

rfig

I need one!! Give it to me!!!!

Nelis

Don't really have a quirky comment

noodle3288

Ohhhh, I need one of those!

m4ndee

WOooo. Please and thankyou =)

makoui22

This sounds really good. Count me in..Thanks

DarkKnight08

This would be sweet for two playbooks and two BBs.

misskalunji

Really nice bag, I'de love to win it:).

BillyChocobo

I think it would be cool!!!!

tr1ad

would come in pretty handy for me

rculver

Sweet. What better way to completely prove what a geek I am, but to have my backpack charge my devices!

Voelker45

Count me in for getting one too.

Voelker45

Devices: Blackberry Playbook

Leopardmech

Would be great for the times I'm on the road.

justjasu

Very nice indeed. Totally want one.

91300zx

Sounds like I could get some use out of one of these. Never had any experience with one. Good time to start

eve6er69

Ohh red would be awesome!!!!!!!

daggus

Now this will bring it all together ! Do let me grab one of these please.

whyaskus70

I would love to win something please. This would be perfect.

Thanks!

scotts9219

I'm game for one of those! My current backpack is getting old. Sign me up!

Serkle K

I like this idea. I don't know if I'd pay for it but since I have a swiss army bag that I paid about half the price of r the business class bag I'd be willing to pay that much, LOL.

mohdyuri

Wish I could win this. Am fedup with carrying 5 chargers around all the time.

asifj

I would love to get one of these bags.

M1L2

Yeahhh give me more Power with this Bag :D

tliolos

oh oh pick me pick me oh oh

BlueRocks

Red is best! I wonder how the model is different. I hope I find out!

ravageur1972

nice bag
i want one please :)

nexuss23

Man I really wish I came up with that idea on Shark Tank!

rcab

Great looking and very efficient bag. I would love to have one of these. Good review

sendtosmith#CB

This would be awsome for traveling with work!

Elric_Edward

Wow it is really nice, it will be great to have one as I am always on the go.....

brodcaster

In the eternal words of The Cars:

Just What I Needed!

One my way, please

Pearl 8100 > 8800 > Storm > Storm 2 -- Call me Oldie :)

jeanettes1

with 5 kids and numerous electronic devices...this would be awesome!

deucegroup

I would love one, so many devices need charging on the go!

Lobout

w00t a nice crackberry giveaway. This would be a nice win.

west65

Please let me win this awesome backpack, this would complete my back to school accessories.

mooshka360

Ya this would be awesome for being on the go so much, my phone and other electronics wouldnt die so much then!!!! And being on a long plane ride would be no problem!!!

jimread1949

yes please could really use one of these, laptop, playbook and curve all in one portable charging center. sign me up

vodomustng2000

How awesome is that! Yes plz.

EeyoreFan75

Can't decide between Android or Blackberry. Guess it will depend on what I win :)

poppingman

This looks like a sweet bag! I would love to win one so I could have an excuse to get more devices to fill it up. (Like I'd be able to convince my wife of that.) Thanks CB for the great contests!

jessup88

This bag would be perfect! I just bvroke my latest backpack, and am always running low on battery in my Playbook, Bold and Curve phones/tablets. I never seem to have enough power with me, and I've even contemplated putting some sort of battery pack in a normal backpack to tide me over lol.

Pick me :)

MrTaz32

they look sweet, sign me up!

Driver1914

I want this bag! I'm more of a weekender but I would seriously consider purchasing this.

dabomb54321

thats such a cool product. it would be swell if I one

bazjeepers

Definitely make traveling with the wife on vacation a lot more enjoyable when I don't have to run around trying to find a open ac outlet.

kart38

Wish I had one of these for the trip I am taking this weekend!

scuebydue

I would love to in this. been along time since i won something from CB.

shankeith

holy macro this is amazing! i want one!

Nikfox

Love to have one of this :)

bruteforce037

Count me in! Nice way to start a three day weekend! Thanks CB!

Atakan

OH GOSH I WANT THIS !!

dwain77

Very cool..count me in for this one.

mkerbow

Please add my name to the list.

MondoB

Pretty cool. I'm in.

chatkiller

Sure why not. I could use one.

Bigpoint

What a sweet prize. I would like to win one.

lionstan

Sounds like something I could use.

choo5440#CB

would love to get one, good luck all!

Omahahaha

This would be awesome for my upcoming trip overseas!

Erievon

Can I haz? I travel a lot for business, this would be a god-send (or a crackberry-send if I won!)

dannyb1301

sweet - now i'll have to go more places

cherimoya

marvelous idea - who wouldn't want one. hoping the red model is discrete looking and at least as awesome as the one you describe. good luck everyone

xinutel

this is a great looking bag. I like the choice of ports. is the battery compartment watertight?

gritsinct

That bag would be awesome for the trade shows I'm constantly attending! Please enter me.

RoboticGolem

Who wouldnt take one? I know I want one.

LeeEang

Take me to this bag. I'm so gonna use it. You're always the best Crackberry.

Dtown1590

Oh man this would be amazing to have!!!

fragabas1

this is incredible? i want one

aliencds

wow this is a SWEEEETT bag

Steven Friedmann

This is almost as good a solution as making better batteries! Hope I win!

sinjo

I would really like to win this!

chisler

I need one of these! getting stuck at the bus terminal with dead batteries after classes would be a thing of the past. please pick me!

danishmemon19

would be very lucky to win this one from crackberry

bdubs15

Yes please. That pack would be awesome to win.

balenax

i would be very happy to win :)

theDoctor78

i hope.....i hope to win 1...thx 4 opportunity

jkviz

Count me in on this one!

M0na713

I Love it. . . I need it for sure. . . Please Crackberry pick me.

zaidyboy

BLACKBERRY FAN FOREVER!!!!!! PLS CRACKBERRY :(

browniet87

this would be awesome for my long trips to and from work im always worried about losing battery power. Can i have one?

kano2864212

This would be perfect for the day trips to Boston with the wife!

Dominyk

would be interesting to have one...it´s really cool

RobBryar

Very cool! It would be an awesome accessory for the tech on the go!

gregerator

I'm in to win! The PowerBag is a great accessory for any device junkie! Thanks for the contest CB and PowerBag!!!

dzegers

This would be great for long hikes where low signal strength kills power on a phone

wobly

This would be perfect!

ratsui

I would love one of these....just awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJayme

It'd finally get my 9900 through the day, I'd take one.

MousePad

Sweet! Good luck to all!

gonzotwins

Been a LONG time since I have won anything here, so I am throwing my hat in for this most generous giveaway!

parked

I'm in. I'm a sucker for accessories.

jonleung

This bag looks great. And this was a comprehensive and balanced review.

Likwit213

Awesome backpack!! Would be great to win this!!!

freeyo

I'd love to win. So please. ...

dem0707

I would really like to have one of these...

Thanks in Advance...

sihproma

Great The Powerbag Business Class
Pack!

ndthuytrang

With many picture I have seen in your topic, I have a question: "The Powerbag Business Class Pack" have any waterproof layer inside it?

ericwilborn

I'm CHARGED for a chance to win

casey.callaghan

CrackBerry Isaac told me about this bag today, definitely want!

Rideless

This would be great for my 2 berries, lappy and playbook. Let's roll.

theispas

I'm a loser, i never win anything

Toxic

sweet! I would love to have this!

omaralfa

Sweet accessory but a little too pricey to buy. I'll take a free one though...

Daniyal

this is like a gadget geeks wet dream comes true..

AceXMachine

I'd love to get one of thse!

KiraSaint

i could really use this!

AnneO

I would love to since for my devices.

SixYearBlackberryUser

PICK MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! :)

power1aj

I need a backpack for school.....

hal9000

Oh my! Geek tech is so sexy!!!

jwsnj3rd

wow thats awesome id love one

SaltySnack

Cool would love to try one out :-)

baysed408

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...hook it up!

JBoz

This bag would be awsome, would definately make ones life a bit easier..

vanman65

Nifty bag. Airport friendly?

BBbrodyBB

I've been checking these out & winning one would be super!
Thanks CrackBerry :-D

iSkorp

This would be so helpful and awesome to have!

Bold9930trooper

I would definetly love to win this gear. Pick Me. I want in for this Big Time.

shamoo711

I would LOVE one of these!!

jojo212

I definitely need one of those. Especially for my 9900.

vidurmayor88

I wish i get this as my birthday gift :(

tindoeshek

please count me in :):):)

bill15

I travel alot to nascar races and were at the track all day and this would come in handy

arbarry85

This would be very useful as I am consonantly away from a power source

wocampb

I would love to have this for all of my traveling coming up. This will be great to charge my phones and Playbook. Pick me please!!!

Mail4dez27

wow technology is amazing, this is the perfect gift for sending your child off to college!

joesworld

this would be great, thanks!

lklim

i would like one please

khl

Looks like a great product. I'm always looking for ways to keep my devices charged. This product will come in handy.

cwlee

Great for power runner!

lilaberry

wow this is nerd tas tic!!! I love it!!

jordan559

This is a great bag!! I could really use this since I'm always on the go. Please pick me. Thanks for the chance.

eugene1979

grazie,I wish to win..

bevin1

This would be great!

romanno

I'd like to have one of those!

MobileTrekker

I need this now! This would solve my battery woes.

MellyNorth

Oh wow! This looks like an awesome idea! I'd love one!

brown-berry333

wow 0_o
this looks awesome!!
would love to have one

McTryk

Yep, I need more power for all these hungry beasties.

flamedsvt3

i'd love one of those. great way to keep everything charged and safe while on the go.

bllyrdrgz

Omg perfect for college student like me!

storm_fan2009

This is GREAT! would love one!

plokij10

This backpack would be a life saver! my 9900 runs out mid-day /:

Kemotaha

This would be nice to have.

JhonGerald

It's a great & nice bag.
Please give it to me.
˚Ʈ♓ªƞƘ ♧ ƔoƱ˚ CrackBerry.

MikanX

This will be awesome to have!

RaspBerry9100

Pick me plz! I was gonna buy it before this contest lol

BlackberryIsAwesome

Ooooooooooh, I would love to win!

flashop

This should help keep everything charged I carry with my on a daily basis. I feel like I need to carry a power strip with me right now just to make sure I have enough outlets wherever I go.

dragons9sons

Ill throw my hat in as well. Between work, life and dialysis I could use this handy beauty.

BLACKBERRY FOREVER!!!

Bjblondie58

I SOOO need one of these! Especially on my long trips.

fyreball

This would be perfect!

Good luck everyone! :)

R-Ten

Forever mobile! Please gimme some.

kellu

I doubt it that you won't run out of juice for a laptop and a bb in an entire day with the 6000mAh battery pack...but I'd love to have one for free and check if I'm right :)

rosecity1980

That's amazing! Would love absolutely love that!

linkkoriri

OMG I've been looking for these in Canada with no luck! I totally want one of these

WI_BB_Fan

Now that would be a nice thing to travel with!

sherwoodhere

This freaking awesome. must have one..

SCrid2000

This would be really handy, my laptop bag is starting to wear out.

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