When checking up on something for yesterday’s post about Dewalt’s new roller tool bag, I came across another new – and rather odd – Custom Leathercraft tool bag. The CLC Techgear 18″ Power Distribution tool bag, model P235, comes with a removable 4-outlet surge protector.
That’s right, this is a tool bag with a surge protector. CLC doesn’t mention its surge protection rating, but basic surge protection is better than nothing. They do say, in the instructions, not to exceed 125V and 15A, which is a better amperage rating than I would have expected.
Attach an extension cord to the top of the outlet box, and the 4 outlets (all 3-prong) are ready to go. This makes the Power Distribution tool bag a convenient option for powering corded power tools and cordless battery chargers.
There are 4 side clips that serve two purposes. First, they help with cord management. Second, they help to prevent tools from being unintentionally unplugged.
Tool storage and organizational features include a wide open main compartment, 10 inside pockets, and 24 outside pockets. The bag measures about 18″ long x 9.75″ wide x 12″ tall. It comes with a padded shoulder strap and webbing carry handles.
The power distribution accessory can be attached to the inside or outside of the bag, and can also be removed.
The tool bag doesn’t have a hard-shell bottom, but there are thick plastic feet that should provide some level of abrasion resistance.
More Info(via CLC)
This CLC bag does look to offer some nice conveniences, such as the ability to use longer or shorter extension cords, and I suppose it would be nice to have an anchor point for the outlet box. The 15A rating is also better than I’ve seen for many multi-outlet extension cords, but the extension cord used with this bag would have to be rated for 15A as well to make the most of it.
The CLC P235 Power Distribution tool bag looks like a novel idea, and I like the sub-$100 price point.
Alternatively, since you still have to carry an extension cord, you could opt for a regular tool bag and extension cord or cord reel with multiple power outlets, such as Bayco’s 10A 4-outlet reel ($25 via Amazon). There are plenty of options available, although having a separate 4-outlet surge protector that you could use with any outdoor or construction power cord provides added flexibility.
Here’s a CLC promo video that features the new bag: