Battery-Toting Smart Bag A ‘Phorce’ To Be Reckoned With

For those of us who are “at work” anywhere there’s a laptop and an internet connection, the fight against battery drain is one waged every day. There’s nothing worse than planning to crank out some emails before your flight leaves, only to find the gate clogged with outlet-hoarders charging every device they own.

For many, a dead mobile device is to be completely cut off from the world, so carrying a secondary power source has become common. While they come in many shapes and sizes, many backup batteries are unwieldy and difficult to access while traveling. Such inconveniences will be a thing of the past with Phorce. Billed as the world’s first ‘smart bag’, Phorce charges all your devices, communicates with your smartphone, and transforms from a messenger, to a backpack, or briefcase in seconds.

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Image via Phorce/Kickstarter

The secret to Phorce’s charging power is an integrated lightweight battery pack that’s powerful enough to charge an iPhone 5 over 8 times, a Galaxy S3 about 6 times, or an iPad Mini 2.5 times. For anyone who’s ever whipped out their solar-charged battery only to have it deliver 30 percent of your battery’s needs, this is music to the ears.

Phorce is constructed out of a durable, water-resistant, custom-coated fabric, and features waterproof zippers to keep your gear dry. Additionally, the laptop compartment, tablet, and smartphone pockets are lined with a special fabric that automatically cleans your devices, assuring that your gadgets will be full of power and fingerprint-free.

Phorce connects and communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth while the Phorce app (iOS & Android) shows you exactly how much power your bag has left and what you can do with it. You can also ask Phorce to send you notifications, for example a reminder to charge Phorce when its battery’s running low.

Despite all its features and technology, Phorce’s weight is comparable to other premium bags at just 3.7 lbs (1.7 kg).

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog