Dec 20 AT 12:11 PM Brooks Barnard 5 Comments

TYLT Energi+ Backpack: A must have for an on-the-go tech lover


It’s really a tech lover’s dream backpack. It’s got all the bells and whistles. It’s very well thought out and executed with top-end materials. It doesn’t cut corners. The Energi+ Backpack by TYLT is the portable charging backpack for the tech lover who is on the go.

What I like:

  • Screams premium build and materials
  • So many pockets
  • Device-specific pockets
  • So many mAhs
  • Cable organization

More specifically, the Energi+ Backpack has 13 pockets in total. One of those pockets folds completely open and cradles a whopping 10,400mAh Lithium Ion battery that can charge three devices at once. Within this large battery-carrying pocket there are many hook n’ loop straps to meticulously guide the three charging cables that come with the backpack. These cables can be directed to any of seven pockets specifically designed for devices: five on the outside of the backpack and two on the inside.

On the 10,400mAh power bank, two ports are specifically designed for phone charging with 1 amp outputs, and one port will output 2.1 amps for charging tablets. What that means for you is that any of the ports can be use individually or simultaneously, but one port will charge faster than the others. But with over 10,000mAh, you can charge your phone, your friend’s phone, your Nexus 7, and probably have enough juice to charge your phone a little bit more before the power bank needs recharging.

The TYLT Energi+ Backpack has pockets specifically for your different devices. On the top, it has a pocket for your phone and has holes for headphones to exit the backpack for use with your phone or MP3 player, if people still use those these days. Additionally, it has a pocket specifically for tablets. All of these previously-mentioned pockets are lined with a soft fabric to keep your devices protected and scratch-free. In addition to phones, tablets, and MP3 players, the Energi+ Backpack has a padded laptop compartment and is “fly-through friendly”.

One other fun item to bring up: the Energi+ Backpack has an NFC tag in one of the backpack straps. I haven’t thought of how I want to use the NFC tag yet, but I love the idea. I think it’s a great touch. Any good ideas for me on how to use it?

One other thing that’s worth noting for the traveler is that the backpack has a trolley slot hidden in the backpack panel to slip it on to your roller bag as you travel through the airport. It also comes with a nifty little travel bag.

What it’s not for:

  • Hiking
  • It’s not a big book bag
  • Using your devices while charging
  • Budget-conscious

Complaints about the TYLT Energi+ Backpack? I really have none, but I do think the buyer should be aware of what they are buying and what the backpack is not. A little part of me wishes it had more straps, like a chest and waist strap. You will probably argue that why would anyone go hiking with their phone, MP3 player, tablet, and laptop? And you’re right. But I just like straps. Don’t get me wrong, the two straps the Energi+ Backpack does have are very cushiony and comfortable, and it’s clear that they were not an afterthought.

The TYLT Energi+ Backpack does have 13 pockets and 110 cubic inches of space, but I don’t think it would make a great book bag. I initially thought this bag might be great for students who spend long hours on campus and can’t always be tied to a wall. While I do think the backpack would help a student through a long day, I don’t think it would comfortably carry many books, especially bigger ones. Depending on the amount of other stuff you carry around, I wouldn’t expect to comfortably put more than two large textbooks in the bag at a time. If you’re a student or you’re supporting a student, this bag could be a great gift if they often use ebooks. If you’re lugging around a lot of books, though, buying a battery pack for whatever bag is working for you now might be the better way to go.

One other thing to consider with the Energi+ Backpack over buying just a regular power bank is that with the battery strapped in the backpack and the cables organized and nicely directed to the different pockets, it’s not very simple to use your devices while charging. They’ll charge great while you’re on the go and they’re sitting in your backpack, but if you’re one who likes to let your phone’s battery die and wants to use the phone while it’s charging, it would be inconvenient to pull the battery and cables out of the backpack. Of course, an easy fix for this would be to buy extra long microUSB charging cables.

So I just told you about this awesome backpack that’s a nerd’s dream made from premium materials, and so you’re probably wondering how much it will set you back. Right now you can pick up the TYLT Energi+ Backpack for $169.99 on TYLT’s website. Remember, for that price you’re getting the backpack and the TYLT 10,400 mAh battery, which is $100 alone. It also comes with three microUSB charging cables, one of which has an old iPhone adapter (I would hope that will soon change to a Lightning adapter). So, the Energi+ Backpack isn’t cheap, but I think the price makes sense for what you’re getting. I’m definitely going to pull the quality card here; $100 isn’t cheap for a 10,000mAh external charger and $70 isn’t cheap for a backpack, but what TYLT offers is a high-end product that does come with a one year warranty. It’s a high-end product with a price to match.

Bottom line:

All in all, the TYLT Energi+ Backpack is a beautiful product. If I was on the hunt for a backpack with a built-in battery, this would definitely be on my list. It’s got everything you could ask for except a chest strap and a variety of colors. I can’t wait to use it while traveling. If you’re still trying to find a gift for that traveling tech lover, this could be a great buy. How do you feel about the TYLT Energi+ Backpack? Do you own one? Do you wish you owned one? Are you getting one for the holidays? Is the backpack missing something you wish it had? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: TYLT Energi+ Backpack

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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  • jeremy

    Start WiFi AP ON NFC touch maybe? Or start battery saver mode on lollipop to charge that much faster.

    • Brooks Barnard

      Great suggestions

  • Brook Marin

    I’ve had this backpack for over a year and absolutely love it! I travel 50% off the time for work and this makes it easy to travel. No searching for an outlet to charge my phone after using the hotspot for hours doing presentations. No fighting airport “wall huggers”!

    I do have a 6 ft USB extension cable in one of the pockets to make it easy to use and charge.

    I use the nfc chip to open my delta app for quick access to my boarding pass.

    There is plenty of pockets and space for all my accessories and cables. The hard case for sunglasses is a great feature!

  • Katy

    It seems great but bit of expensive though. I think I can exchange the portable charger with this that I recently purchased from Amazon . The device has 6 Port that can charge up to 6 Android as well as iOS based devices simultaneously with its unique auto detection feature.

    • Brooks Barnard

      Why would a battery need a unique auto detection feature? Any battery pack will charge Android or iOS or even Windows phones.