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


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      If you're like us, every one of your mobile devices could use a performance boost in one crucial area: battery life. Timbuk2 saw the exigency to keep phones, tablets, PMPs and cameras in the juice, and aims to meet that need with the Power Commute messenger bag
      announced earlier this year. And now you, dear reader can pick one up starting today for $199 from REI or through Timbuk2's website. Before you rush off to part with a pair of Benjamins for the bag and its waterproof Joey T1 portable power source, however, read on for our hands-on impressions.
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      The Power Commute sports a form factor that's familiar to any Timbuk2 fan, as it's essentially a Commute Laptop TSA-Friendly messenger bag with a couple tweaks to set it apart. That means you get sturdy weatherproof construction, padded compartments for your 15-inch laptop and tablet and a pair of faux-fur lined pockets for storing phones and PMPs. Plus, there are myriad internal options for holding cables, peripherals, pens, drinks and anything else you find yourself lugging around on the daily. The new version differs from Timbuk2's standard laptop messenger in its coloration (exclusively black and gunmetal gray with green accents) and exchanges one of the interior water bottle pockets for a power pack pouch.

      In our brief testing, we found that the Joey's 13Wh cell could only recharge our Galaxy Nexus a bit more than one and a half times. That's less than promised, but more than enough to get us through a day at even the most hectic trade show. Because it's a 5V unit pushing a single amp of power, it's not the speediest of charging methods, but it provides more than enough oomph to keep a gadget or two flush with electrons even when there's no outlet in sight.

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