Powerbag Messenger Bag with Battery for Charging Smartphones, Tablets and eReaders, Black (RFAP-0080F)
- On-board removable battery with built-in PowerVine System delivers a 3000mAh charge directly to where it's needed. That's enough to charge the average smartphone twice.
- Easily accessible pockets include dedicated Apple and M2 connectors with micro and mini USBs that allow you to charge Android, Blackberry, and thousands of other portable devices. Apple connectors charge your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
- The full-sized internal USB port allows you to charge almost anything.
- Battery can be charged easily in or out of the bag with the included AC adaptor
- Padded pocket safely transports a 15" laptop, tablet, or other devices.
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My problem with this bag is it could easily be so much better. Yes, as others said its got a lot of pockets, but they're all tiny!!! unless you need 15 little pockets to hold change, chicklets, etc, they are not all that useful. It would be great to have 1 big pocket on the back so you can have quick access to travel documents, reservations, etc. without having to open the bag. But there are no pockets bigger than a coin pocket outside the bag. And while the bag flap has a really cute little retractable clasp, I found it more of a frustration trying to dig the elastic clasp out of its sheath to open the bag to get at the inside of the bag. Again inside the bag there are no full size pockets except for the one to hold the laptop which is where I kept 8.5" x 11" documents. There is medium sized pouch attached to the laptop compartment divider, but that's it for pockets bigger than one that would hold a passport.
Nice to have when the battery on my kindle, touchpad, or phone gets low while I'm sitting on the train. Works as advertised in that regard. As other reviewers pointed out though, the power connectors are a little short. So I ended up ordering an extension cable for the micro USB connector. I'd also agree that the outside pockets on the bag have awkward shapes/sizes, but that hasn't really been a problem for me.
The only real problem I've had is with the shoulder strap. After about 10 months of daily use, the shoulder strap just broke apart and the bag fell to the ground while I was walking. (Before that happened, I was going to give a 5-star review.) The problem is the hardware has joints that allow it to rotate, but the parts are too small and grind down over time. Eventually the joint just comes apart -- and hopefully whatever you've got in your bag doesn't get damaged when it hits the ground.
I contacted customer service and the rep sent me a replacement shoulder strap at no charge. So no complaints there. Interestingly, the rep said she'd never heard of this problem before. After one day of using the new shoulder strap, I noticed the paint was already worn off in the same place it failed before. They should have made the joints larger and more rugged so they don't wear down so easily. I added some grease to the joint to hopefully help it last longer. If you don't do a lot of walking with this bag, you may never run into this problem. I problably average at least a mile per day with it.
Another problem with the strap is that the D-shaped rings on the bag tend to rotate out of position because the nylon loop has too much play in it.Read more ›
Now then - the bag. There are some design issues. The bag does not open flat - only a top zip. This is fine most of the time, but when one is taking the battery out, one needs both hands. Tough to do. And there is an additional USB port - but at the bottom of the battery compartment. Again, difficult to use.
If you are thinking it would be a simple process to re-route the included cords - nope. It is simply not doable. One of the pockets is clearly designed for your iPod. I do not own any Apple products - so one compartment is occupied by an Apple connector. Useless to me. The other "powered" compartment has both a micro USB and mini USB. The micro USB bent when I inserted it into my Android phone. It is no longer usable. I COULD return it - but I think I can get a little mini-to-micro adapter and be fine. If an adapter from Apple to micro exists, I don't know about it. I think this is flimsy construction, since I have never bent a micro USB before - though I know it does happen.
The construction of the bag seems solid. I like that the supplied charger cord (for the bag itself) can be used either while the battery is in the bag - or out of the bag. One could have more than one battery - and always have one charged. Due to the cost of batteries - I likely will not choose to do this.
The battery came charged - mostly. 3 bars out of 4 possible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this bag for almost two years, used it every day and guarded it with my life. Its been my constant companion every where i go. Read morePublished 14 months ago by garrett kaohelaulii
Love the bag but could use better placed pockets and easier and more secure way to open close the bagPublished 21 months ago by Drew Johnson