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Inside Scoop: Inside Scoop: New bag lets you power on the go

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Inside Scoop: Inside Scoop: New bag lets you power on the go

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In this Inside Scoop, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Seth Rosenblatt discuss the one piece of equipment that kept Seth powered up while stuck in the middle of Hurricane Sandy. Nope, it's not a gadget per se, but rather a high-tech messenger bag that comes with its own power brick.

-Hey everyone. Welcome to the Inside Scoop. I'm CNET.com's Kara Tsuboi joined by Senior Editor, Seth Rosenblatt. -Hi. -Hey! And Seth, when we're on the go, we carry a lot of gadgets with us. -Absolutely. -And what you're about to show us today is not really a gadget-- -Uh huh. -but accessory that kind of saved your life last week. -It was a major help in getting my work done last week. I was stuck in New York during the Sandy aftermath and this is Timbuk2's New Power Commute bag. It looks like they're standard messenger bag. -Messenger bag. Yeah. -What's really interesting about it, you have, you know, your typical Timbuk2 three-panel design and it's TSA compliant which is really cool. -Definitely. -But the most important thing for me last week was that it comes with this battery pack. So, let's look that up. And inside-- -Especially designed pocket. -inside, there's a special pocket. -Uh huh. -It's got this battery pack from Joey. It's called the T1. And as you can see here, it has USB and micro-USB ports and you're able to plug in your devices on the go and it charges them pretty rapidly. I went-- -That is cool. -I got my phone from 5% to about 30% battery life in about 20 minutes. -Wow. So, the idea is that you charge this battery pack, say, overnight. -Exactly. -And then all day, when you're on the go, you can plug in your devices. -Precisely. -Okay. So, Smartphones,-- -Tablet. -Have you tried charging your laptop or tablet? -Laptop doesn't work unless it has a USB or micro-USB connection and laptops don't yet do that. Tablets, though, are great. Smartphones are great. Certain cameras will charge off of it. And what's really neat about the-- about the T1 is that it auto-detects the proper amperage for your device,-- -Wow. -so you don't have to worry about frying it. -Oh, that is a nice feature. -Yeah. -And something else I like about this bag is how smartly designed it is. -Uh huh. -I mean, they've obviously been in the business of designing messenger bags for a long time,-- -Yup. -but show off how it all kind of connects inside. -Sure. So, on the back, we have our TSA compliant section. You can put your laptop or tablets in here. The laptop section is up here. Tablets would go down here, but what's really cool is that you can feed the Joey cable through the back of the bag. So you don't-- If it's-- If there's bad weather out or if you don't want your devices to be exposed,-- -Sure. -you can have them charging without, you know, anybody seeing that you're actually charging them. And in fact, one thing I was doing was, on the New York subway, I would have the bag on my back and the cable running to my phone and my pocket. Phone was useless in the subway anyway. -Yeah. -And by the time I got off the subway, I had enough charge to go about my business. -That's great. -Yeah. -So this is the Timbuk2 Power Commute and it is part of that commute line. -Uh huh. -So all accessories, for example, we have the-- the camera insert, all of these-- -Yes, the camera snoop. -they're still compatible with-- -Absolutely. It will fit in. -That's great. -This is the snoop. -So this is the camera accessory that's-- -Yes. -that's padded for cameras, lenses, film, and that will slip right inside. -Yeah. -But this is the bag that debuts today. -This bag debuts today. It retails, I believe, for $199 and Timbuk2 is also doing a backpack version of it. -Oh, look at how nicely that fits. -And there you go. -Great. Well, thank you Seth and-- -Yeah, thank you very much. -I guess to get your hands on the bag, go to Timbuk2's website. -Timbuk2.com. -Awesome. Seth Rosenblatt. I'm Kara Tsuboi. Thanks for watching the Inside Scoop.

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