Now that I have recently backed a Kickstarter (The PaperLike iPad Pro screen protector) and an Indiegogo campaign (The Love Notes to Newton Documentary), I am now getting emails from both more than ever before. I typically don’t bother looking at them, but I noticed one recently for a product that looked like it was specifically designed for me. The Power Packer from Side by Side, which has already been fully funded and completed on Kickstarter and is also in the midst of a very successful Indiegogo run, is an accessory and cable organizer designed with the gadget-obsessed in mind.
I have been dealing with carrying a ton of cables, adapters, chargers, batteries, hard drives, SD cards, and other assorted small technological items for years now with varying levels of success. I have carried a mobile bag just for iPads, other tablets, and all of my cables and other items in the past. It is the Mobile Edge Mini Messenger, which I still have and use occasionally. It is an excellent choice if you are ever looking for something to hold an iPad along with a small laptop or Chormebook.
A few months ago, I reviewed the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior from eBags, and came away VERY impressed. So impressed, in fact, that I made it my daily computer bag, since it will fit my laptop, iPad Pro, work documents, a few hand tools (11-in-1 screwdriver, 4-in-1 precision screwdriver, wire strippers and a small crescent wrench) and all of both my work accessories, dongles, and adapters, as well as most of my aforementioned mobile gear. However, the one drawback of using the Weekender Junior as a daily laptop bag is that it only has a limited amount of what eBags refers to as “structured storage space.” Since it is designed primarily as a travel bag, most of the bag’s storage space is open so that you can pack lots of clothes and larger items. Just check out my video review if you want to see just how much it can hold.
The Weekender Junior works so well in every other respect that the relatively limited about of pocket storage is a minor issue. However, it has gotten me looking for alternative ways to get better organized to make better use of the bag’s “unstructured space.” As soon as I saw the Power Packer, the wheels started turning.
This isn’t a new idea, by any means. There are plenty of cab;e organizers out there. However, they tend to fall under one or more of the following headings:
- Cheaply made
- Too small or limited
- Poorly designed
- Too expensive
I haven’t bothered looking for something like this in ages because I had given up finding anything that would fit the bill and wouldn’t break the bank. However, as I look at the Power Packer, I can see that it was designed with someone like myself in mind. It can hold a lot of gear, but what set it apart to me was that everything enclosed is very organized, logically laid out and easy to get to. With the Power packer (assuming it is good as the pictures and video describe), I will be able to free up some pocket storage space in my backpack and keep all of my mobile gear in one place. This is an especially valuable feature for anyone who travels, as it makes transferring all of said gear between bags or suitcases a snap.
The question with any crowd-funded product offering is the viability of the product, and whether the person or company running the campaign can deliver. Thankfully, this one looks to be a sure thing. If you look at the their Indiegogo page, Side by Side has posted pictures of Power Packers that have already been mass produced for their Kickstarter backers. So, they already have the deals and production in place thanks to their already completed Kickstarter. Now gadget addicts like myself can rest assured that our money is in good hands. I have backed the Power Packer on Indiegogo, and will do a video review when I receive the product. Hopefully it functions as good as it looks.
The Power Packer from Side by Side is available on Indiegogo for $29 plus $7 shipping in Black, Bordeaux, or Camouflage. Tentative delivery time for the Indigogo backers is in September.