Timbuk2 Power Commute: Keep Your Gadgets Juiced on the Go

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Your gadgets just beast through their battery life. That can be a real pain if you're on a flight or just generally out and about. But at least in the span of about a day, you don't have to worry about it thanks to Timbuk2's Power Commute messenger bag.

What Is It?

A $200 TSA-compliant Timbuk2 over the shoulder bag with a waterproof Joey T1 power source.


Who's It For?

People who travel a lot, or have a long commute, or have severe anxiety about being able to find a plug during the day.


A black and grey bag with hunter green trim that has one big, lined compartment for all your stuff and a separate quilted section for your 15-inch laptop. On the back, it has a sleeve so you could stick it on the handle of a rolling bag, and the strap is removable, in case you want to carry it as a briefcase. Plus it has a bunch of internal and external pockets to organize all the things you tote along, though that makes it a little bulky.


Using It

When the Joey is all juiced up, it gives you about two full charges on an iPhone 5.


The Best Part

Not worrying about running out of power.

Tragic Flaw

Essentially it's just a good bag that happens to have a charger. There's no groundbreaking benefit here over another Timbuk2 bag with a different portable charger.


This Is Weird...

The style is a little boring—it only comes in one design, even though Timbuk2 traditionally has loads of customization options. It really doesn't look like anything special.


Test Notes

  • Commuted with the bag for a week.
  • Joey takes a few hours to charge from fully depleted to full.
  • It's a little hard on the shoulders, but that's more of a personal preference. Generally, I prefer using a backpack because it distributes weight more evenly.
  • The Joey works for about a day of use, if your plugging your phone on and off.

Should You Buy It?

Only if this specific bag looks exactly right for you. It's basically a run of the mill charger bag, but it's TSA compliant, meaning you don't have to remove the charging element when you go through security. If you're willing to put up the money, it's a good bag, and it has Timbuk2's lifetime warranty. But you could just as easily buy any Timbuk2 bag you want, customize it, and carry around a portable power pack.


Timbuk2 Power Commute Laptop Messenger Bag

• Price: $200
• Dimensions: 20 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches
• Volume: 18 cubic inches
• Pockets: 15-inch laptop, one iPad pocket, miscellaneous compartments


Photos by Michael Hession

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Can anyone recommend a nice looking (as in can be used in a professional setting) messenger bag that can not only carry a laptop, but also has compartments big enough for accessories/lunch? Most of the bags I see don't have room for a thermos once the computer is in, or they look deformed. I want to ditch the backpack, but haven't seen anything worth it