I admit it... I fell for one of those Instagram scams. You know the ones.... "get free gear, just pay shipping!"
And then shipping turns out to be $40.
This particular one wasn't too bad- I purchased 5 or 6 items "free" and the total was $40 or so, although I'm sure I could have gotten the whole load for $15 with free shipping from China had I bought it on eBay or similar, but what the heck. I paid a bit more for the experience of trying one of these things. The first item to arrive is what I call the Teeny Sling Bag of POWER. Why do I call it that? Simple- because it's a teeny sling bag.
The real brand on it, Mei Jei Luo is almost too big to fit on the bag, and is a lot less fun to say that TEENY BAG OF POWER
so I will stick to calling it that instead.
I thought the last cheapo sling bag I bought was teeny- in fact, I likened it to one of those tiny backpacks that girls wore in the 90's
. Well, this one is actually teenier- a little taller, but somewhat thinner than the camo one.
For those keeping track, that camo bag is pretty tiny as well.
At about 13 inches high and seven wide, the Teeny Bag of POWER certainly qualifies as teeny, but I am pretty sure we have covered that already, and so I will move on to other details about it. Details such as this- the Teeny Bag of POWER has a total of four pockets, two of which are accessible from the outside, one open top pocket that is accessible by releasing the buckle and the main pouch that is accessible by releasing the buckle and undoing the zipper.
The outside-iest pocket is quite small and would not fit even a relatively small smartphone. You could probably get a Wave or Charge or some other multitool in there, and maybe a bit set, but that is about it. I didn't get a photo with a tool for size reference as this is my very first forum post ever and I don't know about these kinds of things yet. Sooner or later I will learn...
The angled pocket (what I always call a slash pocket) is somewhat bigger- you can see in the photo that it is about 5 inches deep, and suitable only for flat things. It would probably work fairly well for a passport or something, since the opening is small enough that it's almost impossible for someone to get the item out easily.
Unbuckling the buckle we get into the first sizeable pocket. As you can see, it will swallow my whole hand and part of my forearm. It is also mostly useful for just flat items, but you could probably get a small tablet in here- not that you would want to as it is very wide open at the top and I wouldn't trust that anything put in there would stay in there very long. That kind of makes this pocket for show only- some velcro or something around the rim would have made this pocket quite useful, but when you are selling stuff as cheap as you can, why go to the effort of thinking stuff through?
Inside the main compartment things start working out a little bit better. In addition to the main compartment, which seems cavernous (at least in a teeny way) compared to the other compartments, and also includes two smaller pockets front and back for organization which is pretty cool, as you will probably ut just about everything in this one. But wait, what's that down in the corner?
It looks like a zipper? Is there some secret internal pocket? Given how small the bag is, it would have to go to Narnia or I can't imagine any use for a zipper that small in a bag this small. opening it up we see this:
But what the heck is it? It kind of looks like the inside of this bit I forgot (
) to show you on the outside.....
Yes, this is where the POWER part of the name comes from- the Teeny Bag of POWER comes with a USB extension cable so you can plug in a phone, tablet, GoPro or any other USB rechargeable device and recharge it right from the bag.
Well, actually the power bank in the bag...
Which is not included of course.
But it does simplify things by giving you a place to easily carry the battery bank, and an easy place to plug in when needed. To go along with this I have placed an order for a solar charging battery bank, although it's obvious the solar part won't work very well when tucked into the pocket of the main compartment, but hey, cut me some slack here, will you?
Getting back to business, the Teeny Bag of POWER isn't ambidextrous and is set up for carry on the right shoulder only, and I find tends to sag a bit, especially as there is no secondary strap to go around the other side of your torso as on other models. The shoulder strap is lightly padded and it reasonably comfortable, although even if you filled it with depleted uranium I doubt it would weigh much, given the ultra teeny size. I mean, I have almost had wallets bigger than this thing.
Did I mention it was small?