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Powerbag solves Android’s battery problem, charges phones and tablets in backpacks, messenger bags, etc. [Video]

January 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

Accessories, Chargers

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Android’s poor battery life is a common complaint from heavy users and critics alike. I even ran into a tech friend who made the shift to Windows Phone 7 of all things – shudder – and that was a major factor in his decision. But fear not, Android fans, because PowerBag has solved the problem.

Well, not directly, but it can be incredibly useful for the tech-savvy and gadget-happy traveler. PowerBag is a company that develops specialized backpacks and messenger bags that have a battery built into the accessory. It houses multiple ports that can then charge your phone or tablet while resting in the bag, allowing you to use your tech without fear that the Battery Trolls will secretly suck out all the juice and leave you powerless while on the go.

PowerBag has a removable, rechargeable battery that ranges from 3,000 mAh to 9,000 mAh depending on the model selected. It also has a range of options that are all appealing. I’ve been lugging around a giant military bag to house my gadgets that, while large enough to hold my stuff and take a beating, doesn’t offer the same level of convenience. Powerbag counters with several options that offer more style and function.

  • The Urban Collection supports pockets specifically designed to house tablets, cell phones, and MP3 players. It’s available as one of two backpacks or a messenger bag.
  • The Executive Collection has backpacks, messenger bags, cases, and rolling bags that are geared for frequent travelers looking to move quickly through TSA and need a larger battery.
  • The F?l Collection is the premium and fashion-forward branch available as a backpack, sling, messenger, or wheeled briefcase.

The bags start at $139.99 and are sold at Best Buy, OfficeMax, QVC, F.Y.E., WirelessZone, Amazon.com, select college and airport stores, and at www.myPowerbag.com.