Powerbag Instant Messenger review – my tech diaper bag
The Powerbag Instant Messenger
(converted into a baby bag)
When I knew I was going to have a little baby coming along soon I knew there would be things that would be required to carry. While Kim is with Maggie quite a bit, there are two days a week that I’m the primary and I work from home, or occasionally scoop up my child and go on site to deal with something.
While I personally have nothing against the Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel that Kim totes around to carry the hoary host of stuff that is required to keep Maggie from smelling like a ripe onion in a car on a hot sunny day, I did feel I required something a bit more akin to my particular bent and profession, and so I converted a Powerbag Instant Messenger tote that I picked up at a party before the International Consumer Electronics Showcase 2013 into a baby bag with cell phone and iPad charging capabilities.
Powerbag Instant Messenger specs
- 4 charging options (Micro USB, Mini USB, 30-Pin apple, and USB)
- Rechargeable replaceable/upgradable 6000mAh battery
- Laptop (up to 17″) and tablet compartments
- 2.74 pounds
- 18.2″ x 6″ x 12″
- Total USB output to 2.1A
- Wall adapter to recharge your bag
Why you might want a Powerbag Instant Messenger
- Doesn’t look like a diaper bag
- Can recharge your phone so you don’t miss an important call
- Can recharge your Tablet or iPad so you can power your kid’s enjoyment of Baby View Light or the Artsee Studio
- USB connector lets you recharge most devices
- Plenty of external pockets to keep liquids away from iPad, notebook, diapers
- Keep your picture taking device charged to capture once-in-a-lifetime events
Why you might not…
- Not designed for handling wet substances, you’ll need to carry some plastic bags along
- Not easily washable (see above)
- Does not have hard bottom and feet to prevent it from picking up germs
The price for what it does is a bit steep(Amazon’s selling them for $130 off)
- Clips that keep the satchel closed are hard to open if hands are wet
I received my Powerbag Instant Messenger as branded swag from Samsung Mobile, but I’ve dealt with a the Powerbag line for a while now on their own. The battery and charging capabilities are excellent on all the devices (and the same as a note.) You can get bigger batteries if you want to have even more power, but I’ve found even with my absurd battery draining capabilities I generally push it to drain a 6000mAh battery.
I guess if you were going into the woods for a couple of days and needed to you could stock up on batteries and carry them, but I don’t think this is really set for long outings like that.
The short of it is the Powerbag Instant Messenger will keep you looking neat, fully charged, and capable of diffusing a dirty diaper situation without looking too girly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
You can get the Powerbag Instant Messenger at Amazon for $49.99, which is $130 off of the MSRP.