Motorized Luggage

Lithium batteries charge electric motor to create rolling Modobag

I’d bet plenty of folks will see this idea and write it off purely on looks. I can already hear the immovable, disgruntled dad saying “that looks ridiculous” with a scoff. For those who aren’t skeptical—or embarrassed, for that matter…there’s quite the idea here.

Electric motors are now being installed into luggage. Chicago-based Modobag, the first name of a business that plans to manufacture motor-driven luggage and put it on the market, has already had successful mainstream feedback since launching its Indiegogo (a crowdfunding site similar to Kickstarter) campaign in September 2015. The product is currently priced at $995 for an early bird order, plus $69 for a tracking app in case your vehicle—sorry, luggage—gets misplaced. The company expects to make deliveries by January 2017.

Its product employs a 150-watt electric motor and lithium-ion batteries, and is designed primarily for airport terminals. When most hear “Caution…the moving walkway is ending,” someone with a Modobag can keep going without expending any physical energy. The new bags use a CAD-designed, lightweight aluminum chassis capable of carrying up to 260 pounds. Range and speeds vary by ‘driver’ weights, but most can travel up to 6 miles before recharging, are measured at 5 mph indoors, and rev up to 8 mph outside (please look both ways for taxis and limousines, and exercise caution if you use your luggage to cross to the parking lot upon exiting the terminal.)

Modobag batteries have more than 4,000 full charge cycles, which can be charged to 80 percent in 15 minutes and fully charged in less than an hour (that’s faster than a lot of smartphones). Charging appears to be simplistic, as it’s done through USB ports, 2 of which are available on each model. All systems, including the battery, Modobag claims are “compliant with Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United Nations (UN), and International Air Transportation Association (IATA) regulations,” according to’s Michael Buda.

The bag has a dimension of 22″ x 9″ x 14″ and weighs in at 19 lbs., with 2,000 cubic inches of interior storage space for your belongings. The side pockets have been designed to quickly put your laptop, tablet and smartphone in a protective casing for easy access. Have fun rolling! Just make sure you watch out for those traditional “walkers”…terminals are crazy enough as is.



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