What You Need to Know about Backpacks with Built-in Batteries

When you need to charge your phone on the go, a backpack with a battery is a lifesaver.

Smiling man wearing backpack
Long trips require a lot of battery life, so it helps to have a backpack with a built-in charger.Shutterstock

Smartphones tie us to the world. We use them to do everything from square away work emails to pay bills while we’re on the go. That means keeping phones charged is crucial, and keeping a power bank on you is a smart idea. So why not combine two needs and have a backpack with a built-in battery? Here’s what you need to know about backpacks with power packs.

Protect Your Investments

Oscaurt Anti-theft Travel Backpack
Oscaurt Anti-theft Travel Backpack.Oscaurt

Most important is that it's a good backpack. It should fit well, have padded straps to make long hauls more manageable, be able to carry all the stuff you plan to haul with you whether you're heading to work or into the woods, and be made of rip and tear resistant materials that can handle your day to day. The pocket for the power pack should be well-designed, with the pack easy to connect, remove, and secure.

Portable Power Plant

Voltaic Systems OffGrid 10 Watt Rapid Solar Backpack Charger
Voltaic Systems OffGrid 10 Watt Rapid Solar Backpack Charger.Voltaic Systems

Depending on the backpack, they'll either have a pocket for a battery pack you already own, or it'll come with one. If it comes with, check the battery capacity to make sure it can fully charge your phone and other device. Also check to see if it's removable if you plan to take this pack on an airplane. Since batteries are a fire risk, all batteries need to be in checked bags.

Stay Plugged In with Ease

Outjoy Backpack for Men Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack
Outjoy Backpack for Men Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack.Outjoy

Consider your day-to-day charging needs. If you need to keep your phone in your pocket, not tucked in your pack, check for an external USB charging port that will let you plug in without missing a call. If you're more inclined to leave your phone in your bag, look for an internal charging port that will let you disconnect until you're recharged yourself.