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Meet Phorce: A powerful smart bag for smartphones and Macs

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Need a laptop bag that charges your Mac(s aapl) or various USB devices such as smartphones and tablets? I’ve seen a few of these before, but none have had their own application to check the bag’s battery or alert you if you leave the bag behind. That’s exactly what Phorce brings to the table in a new Kickstarter project. Making the bag even more attractive is how it can morph from backpack to messenger bag to briefcase.

PHORCE will cost $219 for the USB model and $299 for a Mac version once the early bird discount deals are gone. Here’s a detailed look at how it works:

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Inside the Phorce is a 54 Whr battery, which certainly adds a little weight to carrying around. But one of the biggest challenges we have yet to overcome with mobile devices is the power supply, as battery technologies haven’t changed all that much in the past few decades. So I’d be willing to tote along a spare power pack; in fact, I often do as I always buy a spare battery for devices when I can. And when I can’t, I tend to use a portable universal type battery system.

To give you an idea of the battery capacity, Phorce can add 4 hours of run-time to a 15-inch MacBook or 7 hours to a MacBook Air, for example. If you opt for the USB model, you can recharge an iPhone 8 times, a Galaxy S III 6 times, or full-sized iPad once. That new iPad mini can be charged 2.5 times with the Phorce. There’s also a mobile app or iOS and Android(s goog) that uses Bluetooth to pair your smartphone with the Phorce bag. With it, you can see how much juice is still available or be alerted when you (and your phone) stray too far from the Phorce. The bag has 3 USB ports for charging and can be recharged in about 4 hours.

Phorce bagAs if that weren’t enough, the bag itself is impressive. Basically, you can carry it in three different configurations based on how you attach the straps. Need a briefcase bag with handles? No problem. Prefer a backpack? Yup, you can do that too. Or change it to a messenger bag for over the shoulder travel. And the bag can expand an additional 240 cubic inches with one zipper pull.

If the project raises $150,000 or more — which won’t surprise me based on what I’ve seen so far — Phorce will be funded. As always with Kickstarter projects, you’re investing in a mini startup project, not necessarily a product itself, so keep in mind that the product itself could change slightly.

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