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A lightweight backpack that can charge your smartphone 4 times or an iPad one full charge, and recharge via a USB port

The Dream

Our backpack idea came from our friends and collegues.  We had friends using our TYLT portable batteries and they all said they carried the batteries in their backpacks and loved them.  We thought we could make a cool backpack that had a larger battery and could charge smartphones and tablets in specially made pockets.  We also wanted to make sure you could charge while you used your phone on the go.  We took our ideas to Axis Design in Austin Texas.  They gathered the best ideas and features available on today's backpacks and we even created a few of our own. 

If we build it..

After we spent a month finalizing the design from Axis Design we started our search for a factory to build the product.  Our expertise is in batteries so we flew to China to meet with factories that made backpacks.  It took us a while but we found the perfect factory in North China.  Three rounds of samples and two more trips and we have our final sample which is ready for production. We hope with your help we will be able to fund the first round of production.

The Energi Backpack features a protective sunglass pocket, Easy Routing of cables to 7 pockets for charging, a dedicated Tablet pocket, and a fly thru checkpoint friendly laptop pocket
The Energi Backpack features a protective sunglass pocket, Easy Routing of cables to 7 pockets for charging, a dedicated Tablet pocket, and a fly thru checkpoint friendly laptop pocket

The Technology

We pride ourselves in being battery experts, so we built the smallest, most powerful, most efficient battery on the market.  At 10,400 mAh it's powerful enough to charge a smartphone 4 times, or a typical tablet to one full charge.  It has 3 USB Ports, one that is rated at 2.1Amps to handle your tablets, and two that are rated at 1Amp if you use both at the same time, or if you only use one, that one will kick out 2.1Amps as well.  It's called a shared Circuit (techy talk).  It will charge just about anything you plug into it.  (No it won't charge your laptop)  The battery weighs just over 11 Ounces and is 4.6 Inches x 3.2 Inches x 1 inch.  You recharge the battery by plugging it into any USB port, simply unzip the conveniently located charging cable pocket, pull out the USB cable and plug it into any USB wall charger, Laptop USB Port, or even your USB Car charger.  It takes about 8 hours to recharge using a 2 Amp USB charger.

Re-Charge the internal battery with any USB port
Re-Charge the internal battery with any USB port
The Battery weighs just over 11oz and compared to a credit card...Not bad
The Battery weighs just over 11oz and compared to a credit card...Not bad

The Proprietary Cable Routing System

During the design process we really felt that YOU should be able to decide what cable YOU wanted to route and what pocket you wanted to use as a charging pocket.  This was very important to us and we think we did a pretty good job.  First we gave you the cables you needed to do the job. Then we designed the bag to have 6 Charging Zones that you can customize to your needs, and change whenever your needs change. Then we made easy pass thru ports and colored them blue so you could find them. Its kind of like lacing up your shoes..only cooler.

Included with Each Bag are Two Micro USB Cables and One Micro USB/Charge and Sync Combo Cable for Apple 30 Pin Devices
Included with Each Bag are Two Micro USB Cables and One Micro USB/Charge and Sync Combo Cable for Apple 30 Pin Devices

The Backpack

We never wanted to forget that this was a backpack and it should carry more than just your tech gear.  We also wanted to make sure it looked great and had great features.  A backpack is fabric so we started with hight quality 1680 Denier for front and 900 Denier for the main body. We used high density foam for the back vented padding and we used the same high quality foam for the shoulder straps.  The four main pockets (Sunglass, Easy access, Tablet, and Laptop) all are lined with soft velvety material.  There are so many features it's hard to list them all but here are some of the cooler ones:

  • 10 Zippered Pockets, 5 elastic pockets, key loop, pen holder
  • Sunglass Hard Case pocket - Hard on the outside, soft on the inside
  • Dedicated Tablet Pocket with easy access 3/4 zipper - designed to fit a magazine if you're still reading them
  • Trolley Handle Pass Thru - slide the bag onto your roller bag
  • TSA Checkpoint friendly design- no need to remove the laptop at the airport
  • Accessory Bag to manage all your tech extra's
  • Easy Access soft lined front pocket
  • Easy access Tall Pocket for long items like plane tickets
  • Flat bottom design - keeps the backpack from falling over when placed on the ground or a table
  • Side Hydration Sleeve - hides away when you don't need it
  • Easy View Pockets - we used screen fabric on several of the internal pockets so you can see your stuff.
  • Headphone carrying pocket - on your hip for easy access
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) tag built into the shoulder strap - programmable using our free App (if you don't know what this is that's okay if you do, you know how cool it is).
  • Custom designed Brushed Metal Zipper Pulls - they feel good.
Example of Storage Space - Large Main Storage Compartment with 2 x Large 2 Liter Coke Bottles
Example of Storage Space - Large Main Storage Compartment with 2 x Large 2 Liter Coke Bottles
Example of Laptop Space -Laptop Compartment with a Apple Powerbook 17 Inch inside (39cmx26cmx2.5cm)
Example of Laptop Space -Laptop Compartment with a Apple Powerbook 17 Inch inside (39cmx26cmx2.5cm)
Example of Laptop Space -Laptop Compartment with a MacBook Pro 15 Inch inside(36cmx 25cmx2.5cm)
Example of Laptop Space -Laptop Compartment with a MacBook Pro 15 Inch inside(36cmx 25cmx2.5cm)
Protect Pocket is a hard case pocket designed for Sunglasses
Protect Pocket is a hard case pocket designed for Sunglasses
The routing system with 3 cables routed to pockets
The routing system with 3 cables routed to pockets
Dedicated Easy Access Tablet Pocket with velvety blue fabric liner
Dedicated Easy Access Tablet Pocket with velvety blue fabric liner
The battery is powerful enough to charge a tablet to almost full charge
The battery is powerful enough to charge a tablet to almost full charge
Trolley Slot allows you to slide bag over your roller bag handle
Trolley Slot allows you to slide bag over your roller bag handle
Close up of the back padding which is 50% more than most backpacks
Close up of the back padding which is 50% more than most backpacks
Close up of the "V" padding in the straps used to provide extra cusion and prevent sagging
Close up of the "V" padding in the straps used to provide extra cusion and prevent sagging
The Pass thru ports on the left and right side of the bag allow you to walk/text and charge your phone at the same time
The Pass thru ports on the left and right side of the bag allow you to walk/text and charge your phone at the same time
Backpack stuff with Giant textbook, 5 magazines, medium size notebook, and 2 medium sized hard cover books
Backpack stuff with Giant textbook, 5 magazines, medium size notebook, and 2 medium sized hard cover books
Backpack stuffed with giant textbook, 5 magazines, medium size notebook, and 2 mediuim sized hard cover books
Backpack stuffed with giant textbook, 5 magazines, medium size notebook, and 2 mediuim sized hard cover books
The "Cargo"
The "Cargo"
side profile
side profile
The backpack will stand when set on a flat surface
The backpack will stand when set on a flat surface

Video showing FLY Thru Capabilities of Energi Backpack

Video Showing how many books will fit in the Energi Backpack

BONUS PLEDGE PRODUCTS

$149 Pledge Bonus YCharge 2.1A USB Car Charger - you pick your color
$149 Pledge Bonus YCharge 2.1A USB Car Charger - you pick your color
Bonus Special Limited Edition Red Zumo available with $179 Pledge
Bonus Special Limited Edition Red Zumo available with $179 Pledge
Bonus TYLT Energi Wall Charger with 1800mAh battery and USB port with $199 Pledge
Bonus TYLT Energi Wall Charger with 1800mAh battery and USB port with $199 Pledge
BONUS TYLT TUNZ Bluetooth Speaker with $249 Pledge
BONUS TYLT TUNZ Bluetooth Speaker with $249 Pledge

What's next:

During the KickStarter Campaign we will continue testing and finalize the production process.

If we are funded  - We will jump on a plane immediately and head to North China for pre-production.  Batteries are complete (we built these with our own funds to ensure fast production).  The backpacks are ready to go into production once we know how many we need to produce.

April 15-19 - Pre Production Run - Battery Delivery and Quality Control testing review. Our team will be on the ground to supervise. We will produce a maximum of 500 units to ensure production is perfect.  Once approved we will move to full production the following week.

April 22-May 3 - Production of backpack in North China and shipment to Hong Kong for Assembly in our 3rd party warehouse. The battery and backpack are made in two different factories, we need to combine them at a 3rd warehouse in Hong Kong. Final quality control inspection before shipment.

May 4 - May 24 - Product is shipped to our US distributor.  To keep cost down we will ship the first production run via Ocean, that will take 20 days.

May 24 - May 31 - Our Kickstarter supporters products will be shipped for deliver in the first week of June.  We truly believe that we will be ontime, in fact we think we may be able to deliver early.

Schedule from Funding to Delivery
Schedule from Funding to Delivery

FAQ's

Q. How does it work?

A. Energi Backpack uses Lithium-Ion batteries found in most portable devices.  Those batteries output a 5V USB charge that is used to charge most typical portable electronics.  It's a portable charging station!!

Q. What size laptops will it accomadate?

A. Actual Laptop sleeve dimesions are 13.5 in x 11 in x 1.75 in but it will accommodate larger laptops as the top of the laptop sleeve has an open end and adjustable security strap.

Q: How much stuff will fit in the main compartment?

A: Interior dimensions of empty main compartment are: 11in wide x 12in tall x 4in deep

Q: What size sunglasses will fit in the Protect Pocket
A: Most sunglasses will fit, as we designed around some of the larger styles. The sunglass area of the Protect Pocket measures 1.6 in x 2.2 in x 5.7 in (4 cm x 5.5 cm x 14.5 cm)

Q: Will the backpack hold books?
A: The Energi+ Backpack has a large main compartment that can be used for book storage. When empty, the available book storage area is approx. 11 in x 10 in x 3 in (28 cm x 25 cm x 8 cm). The laptop compartment can also be used for book or laptop storage.

Q: What are the exterior dimensions of the Energi Backpack?
A: Width: 13.5 in (34 cm) / Height: 19.5 in (49 cm) - Including handle / Depth: 9 in (23 cm) excluding shoulder straps or 13 in (33 cm) including shoulder straps

Q: How much does Energi Backpack weigh?
A: The backpack and battery together weigh about 4.5 pounds (2 kg)

Q: How many devices can the ENERGI battery charge at once
A: It can charge up to 3 devices at once

Q: Will the battery charge my laptop?
A: No, it is designed to charge tablets, smartphones, music players and other mobile devices

Q: How long will the backpack's battery take to recharge?
A: About 7-8 hours using a 2 Amp USB charger (Using lower amperage chargers will increase charging times)

Q: Is there any harm in charging the ENERGI battery without fully discharging it first?
A: There is no harm charging it without fully discharging it. We use excellent quality lithium-ion cells which do not have the memory effect.

Q: Is there any harm leaving it charging overnight?
A: There is no harm to continue to charge our products even though it's fully charged. The ENERGI battery will tell the charger it is fully charged and the charger will stop charging it

Q: Do I have to register the product for the warranty to take effect?
A: No!

Q. Are there other colors available?

A.  For the initial production run we are going with Black with Blue highlights and zippers

Q. How fast will my device(s) charge when plugged into the Energi Backpack?

A. Just as fast as plugging your device(s) into the wall.

Q. How long will the Energi Battery stay charged?

A. The battery will stay charged for at least 6 months

Q.Will the battery get hot and will I feel it on my back?

A. The battery will generate heat when charging, but it only gets warm. The battery was placed in the middle of the backpack so you will never feel the warmth.

Q. Is the Backpack waterproof?

A. No, the Energi Backpack is not Waterproof. 

Q. Can I use my own charging cable with Energi Backpack?

A. Yes you can use your any USB cable,  any device that can charge via USB can be plugged into the Energi.

Q.  Does the Backpack come with Apple Lightning Cables? 

A. No, it comes with 2 micro USB and one Micro USB/30 Pin cable as shown above.  We do show Lightning cables in the video, but we do not include them with the backpack.  You can use your own lightning cables with the backpack.

Q. Is the backpack MFI (Made for iPad/iPhone) approved. 

A. Yes it is, we are a member of MFI and have Apple Approval

Q. Can the Energi Battery be removed and replaced?

A. Yes, the battery can be easily removed, and it can be replaced.  We will sell replacment batteries on our website.

Q. Can I charge two devices at the same time?

A. Yes, you can even charge 3 items at the same time.

Q. What is the best way to charge my devices using the Energi Backpack?

A. For optimal charging speed, use the 2.1Amp ports to charge tablets. Smaller devices may use either of the 1Amp ports.

Q. When does the Energi Battery begin to lose capacity?

After 500 FULL cycles, not just 500 charges to another device. We’re talking full drains. The Energi Backpack contains a premium lithium-ion  battery. There are cheap imitators out there with cheaper components that do not really hold up to what they say.

Q. Do you provide international AC adapters?

No. We found there are too many types of adapters to include for this project alone. Instead, we built the TYLT Energi Backpack to be universal via USB. This means that you can use any country’s AC adapter with a micro USB connector to charge the battery

Q. Do I add the shipping fee to the pledge amount or is it charged later?

A. Please add the shipping fee to your pledge total.

If you did not do so, click the "Back this Project" button again and it should take you to a screen where you can edit your original pledge amount to include the cost of shipping.

Q. Why don't your offer the "Energi Wall Charger Bonus" Pledge for International customers?

A. The Energi Wall Charging product has US Plugs and therefore cannot be used easily in other countries.

Q. When is my bank account charged for pledging?

Only when our project is successfully funded.

Side Profile of TYLT Energi Backpack
Side Profile of TYLT Energi Backpack

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We feel 100% confident that we can manufacture this product. Our expertise in battery manufacturing is second to none and we are partnered with one of the top backpack (soft goods) factories in China. We have travelled to their Xaimen facilty 2-3 times during development. We have final samples of both the battery and the backpack. We just need to know if the world will love this product as much as we do. We are prepared to fly to China and coordinate production if we are funded. The funding will be used for the production of the bags.During the KickStarter Campaign we will continue testing and finalize the production process.

If we are funded - We will jump on a plane immediately and head to Xaimen, China for pre-production. Batteries production is complete (we built these with our own funds to ensure fast production). The backpacks are ready to go into production once we know how many we need to produce.

April 15-19 - Pre Production Run - Battery Delivery and Quality Control testing review. Our team will be on the ground to supervise. We will produce a maximum of 500 units to ensure production is perfect. Once approved we will move to full production the following week.

April 22-May 3 - Production of backpack in North China and shipment to Hong Kong for Assembly in our 3rd party warehouse. The battery and backpack are made in two different factories, we need to combine them at a 3rd warehouse in Hong Kong. Final quality control inspection before shipment.

May 4 - May 24 - Product is shipped to our US distributor. To keep cost down we will ship the first production run via Ocean, that will take 20 days.

May 24 - May 31 - Our Kickstarter supporters products will be shipped for deliver in the first week of June. We truly believe that we will be ontime, in fact we think we may be able to deliver early.

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