Powerbag – part bag, part portable power source

Powerbag mobile powered luggage

The Holiday season may be over, but that shouldn’t stop you from paying attention to gift ideas (for yourself). If one of your New Years resolutions is to travel without landing at your destination with an empty iPad or phone, then we recommend checking out the assortment of bags from Powerbag. Their lineup covers everything from a basic sling, to a complete mobile office on wheels.

Now, a variety of luggage is definitely not newsworthy on its own, and what makes these bags worthy of a mention here is that they all come with an integrated power source. Inside each of the bags is a powerful battery pack, integrated battery indicator and power switch and a water resistant AC charger port. Pack your bag, then pop your tablet, phone, headset or other devices inside and plug them in.

The built in battery pack is rated at 6000mAh, which is more than enough to charge a phone 4-5 times, or charge multiple devices at the same time. The system includes power tips for Apple, MiniUSB and MicroUSB, though a regular USB port also allows you to use your own cable. Best of all, Powerbag will gladly sell you a second battery pack in a higher or lower capacity.

The bags start at $139.99 and are available directly from the manufacturer or a variety of (online) retailers. We’ll try and get a full review up on Gadling as soon as we can.

Daily deal – Black and Decker 20 Watt portable charger

Today’s daily deal is for the Black and Decker Pocket Power 20 watt charger.

This portable charger has an internal battery pack, and an integrated inverter that turns battery power into AC power and a standard USB port. With these 2 charging methods, you’ll be able to charge and power small gadgets using their own AC adapter or a USB charging cable. The device has enough capacity to power devices that draw up to 20 watts, which means almost any mobile phone,mp3 player, PDA or other small device. It will not power a laptop or any other high power appliance.

The Black and Decker 20 watt portable power charger is currently on sale for just $14.95 at Amazon.com. Amazon customers with a Prime account will get free shipping, all other customers will have to pay shipping or purchase enough to reach the $25 threshold for free shipping.

If you don’t already carry a gadget like this, I can highly recommend purchasing one. If you ever run out of power on your mobile phone or iPod, you simply plug it into this unit. The internal battery pack has enough juice for about 2-3 full charges on most small gadgets.

(via: Fatwallet.com)