Powerbag Business Class Pack: The PS3 Attitude review
If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been searching for the perfect messenger bag, sling bag, or backpack to carry all your gadgets for a long time. I have officially crossed the line of someone collecting imperfect bags to somewhat of a bag whore, and I’m openly admitting that now. But I may have finally found that perfect bag. It’s a tech lover’s dream, but how well does it perform for the portable gamer?
The Powerbag Business Class Pack is quite literally business in the front and party in the bag. Its looks are simple, clean, and elegant while packing an onboard 6000mAh rechargeable battery with integrated charging system. The integrated charge cables will provide four full charges to an Android smarphone or iPhone. Most other USB devices can be charged through the available USB port. But there are some limitations, as you’ll soon discover.
I’m used to OGIO design and quality. They must have some sort of deal with Sony because anytime there was a big corporate meeting or post-E3 Sony party, OGIO bags with a lovely PlayStation logo were the take-home gift. Either that or odd kitchenware. While the OGIO bags fit my needs at the time with their beefy oversized zippers and plenty of pockets for my gadgets over the years, they did not offer a charge.
With Powerbag, carrying a charger for every device is a thing of the past. The quality is there with well built reinforced construction throughout and a sturdy frame when it sits upright. The laptop zone at the very back of the bag is accessible from one exterior zipper that runs along the left side of the bag. My laptop now sits in the lap of luxury. The only thing more padded than the laptop compartment of a Powerbag is the white padded cells crazy people get locked up in. (Do they still use those anymore?)
WHAT’S IN THE BAG
Inside, there are separate pockets for one or more cell phones, an iPad or an Android tablet, or even gaming devices; each nicely padded and most are lined. A single charge cable with a two-headed micro and mini-USB connector is available as well as an iPod connector that works with iPods, iPhones and the iPad. Connecting all these devices at once is possible, but iPhones may need to be powered on to receive a charge.
I found the Powerbag backpack to be extremely versatile and fit my lifestyle perfectly. A commuter traveling by train or plane is definitely the target consumer due to the bag’s “fold flat” design. A zipper in the middle splits the bag nearly in half enabling you to pass through security checkpoints without taking your laptop out of the bag.
For me, taking the kids to park, to the library, or to Disneyland is much simpler and more organized. I’m no longer worried about finding a rogue outlet to tap into when my cell phone runs low. I can keep the iPod charge, so my daughter can watch a video or play one of her educational apps on long car rides, or during the occasional meltdown.
Charging my devices is as easy as plugging them in and holding the power button on the front of the bag for three seconds. The lights will illuminate and charging will begin. Simply tapping the button will show how much power the bag has left. In most cases, the bag will shut down on its own.
There is an included power cord for charging the battery. This can be done with the battery remaining in the bag or by taking it out and plugging it directly into the wall. The whole setup is simple and convenient, right down to the wires.
But here’s the crux of the matter for all excited portable gamers: unfortunately, I had no success charging the PS Vita or PSP Go with the Powerbag’s battery system using USB. I tried charging the portables while they were on standby and while they were powered down completely. Vita requires 5V and 1500mA, while the Powerbag battery outputs 5V at 2.1A through its single USB port. Apparently it still doesn’t work. Or I just don’t know enough about how batteries work.
What I have yet to try is charging a Nyko Power Grip or similar accessory through the bag. This would gain extra power to the Vita and solve the charging-on-the-go issue. It seems as though Sony’s first party battery pack is the best solution for adding extra mileage on your Near travels.
Despite the rather detrimental short comings with charging my Vita and PSP Go, this bag has quickly replaced the three other bags I was switching back and forth between. My Powerbag keeps all my portable toys neatly organized while providing four extra cell phone charges. But even my new favorite bag could be better.