With more and more mobile devices in our possession, it can be a challenge to keep them charged while out and about. Our TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack review takes a look at the latest iteration of the company’s backpack with included portable power supply.
The TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack has the following features and specifications:
- Charge up to three devices simultaneously
- Cable routing
- Weather and fraud protection
- 12 pockets
- TSA-friendly laptop compartment
- 20,100 mAh Quick Charge battery with USB and USB-C ports
- 210D Polyester construction
- Dimensions: 13.5 x 19.5 x 9″
- Battery Cell: Li-ion Polymer
- Battery Capacity: 20,100 mAh
- Output Voltage: 5-20V
- Output Current: 6A
- Input Current: 4A
- Micro-USB Input: 5V/2A
- Type-C Input: 5V/3A
- Type-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
- USB-A Output: 5V/2.4A
- USB A QC Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A
- Battery Charge Time: 6hrs
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.25 x 0.9″
- Weight: 13.23 oz
What’s in the box
- TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack
- Portable Battery 10X (20,100 mAh battery pack)
- 2x USB to Micro-USB cables
- USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable
- Battery Quick Start Guide
- 1-year limited warranty (extendable to 2 years with registration)
The TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack is a solid, well designed, and well-constructed backpack. While some backpacks fold nicely, the ENERGI Pro Power Backpack holds its rectangular shape nicely, even when empty. Featuring grey 210D Polyester material, the backpack offers protection from the elements as well as fraud with its pockets designed for water resistance and RFID blocking.
In all, there are twelve pockets and compartments in the ENERGI Pro Power Backpack offering ample space and places for all your gear from a 15″ laptop down to your smartphone, passport, or other gadgets.
Starting from the outside going in, the very front of the backpack has a vertically zippered pouch with the TYLT logo embroidered in blue on the upper right. Just above this is an unzippered slider pouch which shuts somewhat with a magnet. Around these two pockets is a zipper that goes around both sides and the top. When unzipped, the first large compartment is exposed which features three smaller zippered pouches inside, two mesh pouches, a spot for pens and pencils, as well as two smaller pouches for USB sticks or other small items.
Behind the main compartment is another zipper which, when unzipped, opens up the laptop sleeve. The sleeve itself consists of a soft lined compartment and a Velcro strap, while the front area features another mesh pouch and lets you store more items in front of the laptop sleeve. In addition, the side flaps can be detached from each other to allow the front and back halves of the backpack to lie flat, fully opening the backpack.
On the left side of the backpack is another pocket with a zipper that travels from the top and down towards the front of the backpack. On the right side is a short zipper towards the front of the backpack which, when unzipped, allows you to pull out a mesh pouch which fits smaller sized water bottles. Towards the back, still on the right side, is another small zipper which allows you to store another small device along the side of the backpack.
Right against the back of the backpack is a pocket that is open on both the top and bottom. This Trolley Pocket lets you easily slide your backpack over the carrying handle for your suitcase for easier transportation through airports and hotels while walking. Just above this pocket, and on the pocket itself, are a number of nicely vented padded sections. These sections are very nicely padded and make for a very comfortable backpack while wearing it.
It doesn’t stop there. On the top section of the backpack is another pouch which is roughly rectangular in shape on the inside. Near the back of this compartment is a divider which would allow you to slide a smartphone or other thin device in there and give the screen a bit of extra protection. Behind this compartment is yet another zipper. Inside this slim compartment is where you’ll find the RFID blocking lining for storage of credit cards, passports, or anything else you’d like to keep an extra level of RFID protection on. Rounding out the top of the bag, just behind the zipper for the main laptop sleeve compartment, is a very sturdy carrying handle.
Not only is the back of the backpack nicely padded, but the shoulder straps have some of the thickest padding I’ve every seen on a backpack. Where the straps meet the backpack, the padding is nearly 2 ½” thick before tapering down to a more manageable thickness for the remainder of the straps. Coupled with the back padding, this is one of the most comfortable backpacks I’ve used — even when fully packed. The front of the left strap (when worn) has the TYLT logo embroidered in blue and both straps have a blue accent piece towards the inside. In the middle of these accent pieces are a pair of adjustable sternum straps which slide up and down and clip together to provide extra front support when worn. Adjustable straps are also located at the bottom of each shoulder strap to allow you to adjust where the backpack sits on your back. Finally, there is another small pocket on the side strap pouch as well.
Throughout the various compartments and pouches are small holes and elastic bands which allow you to feed the charging cables from the battery pack to your various devices. The zippers themselves are solidly constructed as well, with thick plastic grips on the ends for easier grasping while pulling them open and closed.
The Portable Battery 10X and included cables come in a triangular prism shaped removable pouch of their own. The pouch is constructed of the same lightly padded material as the rest of the backpack with the exception of one of the long sides which is a tight white mesh. The Portable Battery 10X is roughly 1 x 6.5 x 3.25″ and is constructed of a hard white plastic with a soft grippy silver finish on the top and bottom. The side and back edges of the top and bottom are tapered down for an interesting look. The top of the battery pack is where you’ll find the power/battery indicator button, four LED lights which report remaining battery life left (each LED indicates 25% remaining charge), and the TYLT logo engraved in the upper right corner.
Aside from one end, the three sides of the battery pack are smooth with one side displaying the specifications. The remaining end is where you’ll find your USB Type-C in/out port, a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 port, standard USB-A port, and Micro-USB in port. The included cables are your typical white USB-A/Micro-USB and USB Type-C cables.
The TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack is also TSA friendly allowing you to travel on airlines with ease. Overall, this backpack is not only well designed with plenty of storage space, it’s also well constructed with solid materials used, ample padding, and tight stitching throughout.
Each compartment and pouch feature ample padding which should easily protect your devices from minor jostling and bumping while walking around or on the bus or subway. The TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack should also protect your devices from low-height falls, but I wouldn’t want to risk dropping it from a greater height.
Aside from the padding, many of the pockets are lined with a water-resistant material for protection from the elements, and as previously mentioned there is even a pouch with RIFD-blocking material lining the inside for anti-fraud protection.
With 20,100 mAh of battery, you should be good to go for quite awhile depending on what devices you’re carrying with you. During testing, devices charged as expected, and smartphones reported fast/turbocharging if supported. The USB Type-C port is also capable of Power Delivery (PD) charging of up to 45W of power for tablets and laptops that support it. Unfortunately, we didn’t have one on hand to test with, but if other charging experienced by the Portable Battery 10X are any indication, I don’t see why it wouldn’t utilize PD properly for those supported devices.
Interestingly enough, you can use both the USB Type-C port and Micro-USB in port at the same time to charge the battery pack even faster which cuts down on the 6 hour recharge time significantly.
With an MSRP of $149.99USD, the TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack is very fairly priced. Solid design, solid construction, plenty of pockets and compartments, as well as the inclusion of a 20,100 mAh battery and three cables definitely add extra value.
If you’re frequently on the go with your various devices that require charging and are looking for a well designed and well-constructed backpack, the TYLT ENERGI Pro Power Backpack definitely has the space and juice to keep you going. It’s no surprise here at Techaeris that it is an easy shoe-in for a Top Pick of 2017 Award.