End Your Search for Outlets With Timbuk2’s Power Q Packs


Finally put an end to searching for wall outlets, or carrying a bouquet of charging cables and converters for all the electronics in your bag. World travelers, itinerant wanderers, and absent-minded electronics users: with Timbuk2’s Power Q Laptop Backpack you get Timbuk2’s best-selling durable ballistic nylon briefcase backpack with a no-fuss built-in power supply.

Timbuk2’s Power Q has the features that travelers need, whether your voyage is from home to office, classroom to library, or LAX toCharles de Gaulle. The side entry computer sleeve holds up to a 17" laptop, and the zip bottom compartment keeps your power brick and other accessories from getting tangled with the rest of your possessions. Two large pockets, plus a cell/wallet pocket, allow you to stash everything else, including the Joey T1 Power Supply.


This power pack, which is just slightly bigger than a computer mouse, will charge any USB-compatible device in your bag with no need to remove the power or the device. Charger cables thread through a port in the bag from the power supply pocket. Unlike other chargers, the Joey won’t overheat, and it’s button-free, so it won’t accidentally turn on when you don’t need it. Charge it pre-departure, and the Joey will keep your phone, point and shoot, GPS, iPad, and other electronics fired up for weeks.


On a two-week trip through South Africa, alternating between city and safari, the ventilated back panel kept our tester as cool as possible. Hiking over sand dunes, as well as through the airport, the bag was comfortable to carry, and multiple grab handles made it a cinch to hoist out of the jeep or into the airline overhead compartment.

Not a backpack kind of guy? The Power Commute is Timbuk2’s messenger style version. Both available now, $199; timbuk2.com.

—Berne Broudy

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