Their approach to charging devices is different, however. The July has an ejectable 10,000 milliamp hour lithium-polymer battery with standard USB, Quick Charge USB and USB-C ports for flexible, simultaneous charging. The battery itself is charged via the USB-C port using the supplied cable, or via the micro-USB port. The Victorinox has a single standard USB charging port, which needs to be connected to your own portable charger via the internal hard-wired cable.
The July’s battery can simultaneously charge multiple devices and easily ejects so there’s no fuss if the bag needs to be checked in. It’s considerably cheaper, without any obvious shortcomings in quality. If you’re happy to BYO powerpack, the Victorinox’s tiny tools and slightly more stylish design might appeal.
Easily popped in and out of a discreet cavity, the battery has subtle LEDs indicating how well charged it is. The case’s external corners are reinforced with anodised aluminium, the user-friendly telescopic handle locks wherever you want and there are carry handles on both top and side. It’s available in five colours, including burgundy and navy, but can only be purchased online from July (a low-overhead approach that helps keep the price low).
The port is behind a tray with Swiss Army knife-style compact ingenuity: it contains an ID label, miniature pen and a tool for ejecting SIM cards – so there’s no hunting for pins on arrival during international travel. The lock combination recovery program is also handy, but the internal pouch designed for a Swiss Army knife seems odd for carry-on luggage. Available in black, grey and red, it’s arguably slightly more stylish both inside and out.
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