Thursday, November 8, 2012

Timbuk2 Power Commute carries your gadgets, keeps 'em charged for $199 (hands-on)

Timbuk2 Announces Partnership with Joey® Energy to Launch the First Series of Purpose-Built Bags with a Power Supply to Charge a Variety of Electronics while on the Move

The San Francisco-based pioneer of the laptop bag unveils Power Commute and Power Q for the most innovative technology portage yet

SAN FRANCISCO - Timbuk2, the San Francisco-based manufacturer, announces a partnership with Joey® Energy to offer the first series of purpose-built bags with a power supply to charge a variety of electronics while on the move. As a result of this collaboration, Timbuk2 will unveil two new bags – the Power Commute and Power Q on November 8, 2012.

"There are a few 'battery' and power bags on the market, however none are from existing or trusted manufacturers in a lightweight, simple and compact format that also charges different brands and types of technology while on the go," says Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels. "Timbuk2's core consumer has a nomadic lifestyle. It made sense for us to partner with Joey Energy to offer the most innovative charging capabilities designed to keep consumers moving in two of Timbuk2's top selling bag styles."

Not for individual sale, the Joey® T1 power supply is designed with rugged electronics and a tough, water resistant case. Offering a very slim design and wire with a satellite USB port, the Joey® T1 unit features include:

Energy on the Move – Consumers can charge the T1 before a business trip or vacation to provide up to weeks of charging while in the bag. No more searching for power outlets while on the go. One Source for Power Supply - Charges virtually any technology that charges via a USB cable, including smartphones and phones, iPads and Kindles, iPods and other MP3 players, GPS units, tablet computers, etc., eliminating the need for multiple cords.

Purpose-Built for Life Integrated in a Bag - It's USB ports and LEDs are built into a "satellite" unit in a dedicated compartment inside of the Timbuk2 bag with ports to thread the charger cable to the iPad/tablet compartment or smartphone pocket inside the bag.

Extremely Efficient Cooling Capabilities - Ensures longer life of electronics and Joey.

Button-Free – It's powerful computer simply does what is needed without input from the user and won't run the risk of accidentally turning the unit on or off.

Convenient Pass-Through Mode - Both Joey and the user's device can be charged from a single wall outlet cable.

Recyclable - Designed to be recycled at any of the many thousands of electronics recycling points throughout the U.S. and the world. Recycling information is available with bag purchase.

"We're passionate about developing innovative solutions for people's frenetic lifestyles," said Joey Energy Co-founder and Outdoor Industry Veteran, George Farkas. "Timbuk2 customers are highly mobile people who don't want to spend their days searching for wall outlets, nor do they want to carry multiple wall charge cables for the electronics in their bag. We're pleased to be partnering with Timbuk2 as they align with our mission to keep people moving and do so in a smart, stylish and functional way."

Available November 8, 2012 on and REI stores across the country and in February 2013 at select additional retailers, Timbuk2's new Power Line includes the Power Commute and the Power Q:

Timbuk2 Power Commute - A TSA-compliant messenger bag with a Joey® T1 Power Supply.

Available in Black/Gunmetal/Algae Green

Size: Medium

Retail price: $199

Power Commute design features include:

· Joey® T1 charge unit fits in a dedicated pocket on the inside with weather proof ports to thread the charger cable to the iPad pocket or phone pocket
· TSA-compliant quilted/tricot lined laptop compartment fits most 15" laptops
· Removable shoulder strap so you can carry as a briefcase or messenger
· Separate dedicated pockets for your iPad, laptop power brick, etc.
· Napoleon side-entry pockets with faux fur lined phone/iGadget pockets

Timbuk2 Power Q – Timbuk2's best-selling pack with a Joey® T1 Power Supply.

Available in Black/Gunmetal/Algae Green

Size: Medium

Retail price: $199

Power Q design features include:

· Joey® T1 Power Supply fits in a dedicated pocket on the inside that charges virtually any device that charges via USB cable – while in the bag
· Swing Around tricot-lined side access compartment fits most 15" laptops (and 17" MacBook)
· Ventilated back panel to provide breathing room
· Custom-fit strap design for truer, more comfortable fit
· Dedicated pocket for laptop power brick and accessories
· Multiple grab handles and compartments
· Refined weave 840 ballistic nylon

For more information about Timbuk2, visit


Timbuk2 is a San Francisco-based company that pioneered the messenger bag.
Born and bred in 1989 in a San Francisco garage by a bike messenger named
Rob Honeycutt with an old sewing machine, Timbuk2 has been building bags and
accessories for urban adventurers with a simple philosophy – create
good-looking, durable bags you can truly make your own. They're sold at
specialty retailers and online at

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