Last Updated on October 1, 2020 by builder Aaron Barnett
When searching for the best tool backpack you need to look for a work backpack that has a sturdy non-absorbant base, enough room for your tools, and durable stitching, and a durable built-in hock to hold your tool backpack on a wall at a good height to get out your tools. Look into the Veto Pro Pac and the Milwaukee, Stanley, and Klein tool backpack options for these features.
For electricians and service technicians and even a computer technician backpack, quality should be the primary way to transport and organize your hand tools, so you should get the best quality tool backpack you can get.
Best tool backpack
#2 Best tool backpack for builders
Klein Tools 55439BPTB tool backpack 25 pockets, laptop compartment
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Klein Tools 55421BP14 camo tool backpack with 39 pockets
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#6 Best sturdy tool backpack
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Best Milwaukee, Stanley, and Dewalt, tool backpacks
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Milwaukee Backpack, with 48 Pockets
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Milwaukee 48-22-8200 35 pocket Jobsite tool backpack with laptop sleeve
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Dewalt DGCL33 lighted USB charging tool backpack with 33-pockets
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If you are looking for a tool bag and you move from site to site often, you might want to consider purchasing a tool backpack instead. More portable, and convenient, than carrying a tool bag by hand, tool backpacks come in a variety of sizes and designs.
Some of the larger models have pretty generous storage capacities and can hold as much equipment as most tool normal sized tool bags, but in no way can they carry the same amount as a rolling tool bag or toolbox obviously.
Many old-school builders would probably scoff at the idea of using a backpack to carry tools to and from work. Most experienced builders, opt for the more traditional bucket, which has been the tool transport option for decades.
But more and more workers–particularly the younger ones–are opting for tool backpacks instead, many of which provide significant advantages over tool bags especially for electricians, technicians, and project managers that reply on an overfilled laptop bag.
Instead, there is a transportation benefit from a more professional trade looking backpack. That can easily fit testing and measuring equipment, just make sure the bag dimensions can fit your laptop as-well.
One of the main advantages of tool backpacks is that they are easier to move around than standard tool bags. They leave your hands free to carry power tools or other equipment, this is a more steady way to transport yourself on your way to work or as you make your way through a hazardous worksite.
Tool backpacks make it easy to transport your tools from one location to another. This is an especially important benefit for personnel that works for a contractor or a recruitment agency and moves from job to job. And if you take public transport or a bike to work, a tool backpack makes for a much easier commute than a standard tool bag.
There are dozens of variations on standard tool backpack design, from the simplest to the most complex. Some cheaper models don’t look that much different from the backpacks that students and hikers use.
Higher priced models usually come with a host of features and good construction that makes them better suited for the demands of the typical worksite and look more professional. With a laptop pocket, and an area to safely store your Leica, or bosch laser level.
Features to consider
Before buying a tool backpack …
What is the durability?
You will likely want heavy equipment in your backpack, many of which can be big and bulky with sharp edges. You should, therefore, make sure that everything about the pack is durable, from the material to the zipper, and even the fasteners.
A flimsy tool backpack is more than just an inconvenience. Durability is important because you want the bag to last a long time, also you can risk injury or property damage if you continue to use a bag that becomes ripped and tools falls out when you climb a ladder or are on a scaffold.
Consider the base of the backpack as well. The interior’s bottom is where most of the weight will be concentrated, so it should be made of durable rubber or plastic. A good base will also protect your equipment from the elements when a backpack is placed in mud or on a wet concrete slab.
What is the internal storage size?
You will need a backpack that has enough space to carry all the equipment you need for a specific task or project. If you have to go on the road or work in a remote location, it is especially important to make sure that your tool backpack is big enough for the job.
That being said, you don’t necessarily want the biggest tool backpack you can find. A good-sized backpack filled to the brim with tools and all the necessary accessories is quite heavy, and you might have to struggle to get it up flights of stairs and ladders.
A good rule of thumb is to get a backpack that is just large enough to carry essential equipment comfortably.
I strongly recommend getting a tool backpack with plenty of pockets. In general, I like storing my power tools and big and bulky pieces of equipment in the main compartment of the backpack, leaving the pockets free for smaller tools and accessories.
You should also make sure that there is a good variety of different-sized pockets for different tools and equipment. Large pockets are ideally suited for your drill and long-handled tools, while smaller pockets are better suited for screwdrivers and smaller tools and equipment.
Having a variety of pockets will help keep things organized and spare you from having to empty the entire pack to find specific tools.
Are you getting a reputable brand?
Companies such as DeWalt and Milwaukee make some pretty good tool backpacks, which is hardly surprising given the excellence of their tools in general.
But lesser-known companies such as Veto and Klein make especially high-quality backpacks that are better suited for heavy-duty use. Although backpacks from these brands do cost a little bit more than those from other companies, the durability and professional look make them better deals all around.
Is it worth the price?
The best tool backpacks can be expensive, and nearly all of them will cost way more than your typical campaign backpack. I always recommend getting the best equipment you can find in your price range, and that goes for tool backpacks as well.
Trying to save money by buying the cheapest backpack you will find will likely end in tears. Get the best tool backpack that looks professional that you won’t have to replace it any time soon.
Tool backpacks vs. Rolling toolbags
When choosing a carrying solution for your equipment, the choice often comes down between a tool bag and a tool backpack. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
What you choose depends on the work you regularly do and the type and amount of equipment that you need to carry. But tool bags are generally bigger than tool backpacks, so they can more easily hold bigger and heavier equipment such as a worm drive saw.
But tool backpacks are much easier to transport over long distances and from site to site and if you only need a basic tool kit for the job. if you need to work in a remote location a specifically designed tool backpack will beat a standard bag in terms of durability.
On the other hand, tool bags can be heavy and awkward to carry, although totes bags with wheels are an option for heavier portable tool kits including power tools.
Rolling tool bags can be harder to move when you encounter stairs or ladders and you may have to weave in and out of all the things that are in the way on the ground on your way to your working area on the construction site.
A tool backpack also frees both of your hands, which is always a benefit when maneuvering your way through a hazardous job site, tool backpacks also give you the option to also have a tool bag with wheels as well to carry the rest of your power tools.
Choosing the best tool backpack for Electricians and Technicians
Tool backpacks are ideally-suited for technicians and electricians, who typically have to carry a lot of tools and equipment with them. With a sizeable backpack, there is enough room for all the equipment an electrician would generally need, as well as extensions cords, electrical testers, and other accessories like screwdrivers.
The Veta Pro Pac Tech Pac is designed specifically for carrying heavy tools and equipment up ladders and over long distances. Boasting of heavy-duty construction, the Tech Pac has features that make it ideally suited for transporting equipment safely, such as a rugged center panel and an injection-molded base that keeps tools protected from moisture.
The Tech Pac also has 56 interior and exterior pockets, and a unique design that prevents it from tipping over.
Also from Veto Pro Pac, is the Tech LT a more compact and cheaper option that doesn’t compromise on features at all.
Like the Tech Pac, it also has the same rugged center panel, molded waterproof base, and heavy-duty construction. If you don’t need as much storage capacity as the Tech Pac, the Tech MCT is a great way to get the same Veto Pro Pac quality at a lower price.
Choosing the best work backpack for a Builder
Tool backpacks can be valuable for builders that have to move to different worksites frequently. By tools and equipment in a backpack, everything is ready to go at a moment’s notice, and you can easily see if you have left anything behind.
You can even carry your equipment easily if you go overseas on a working holiday, you can simply check the backpack in along with your other luggage, and easily get around a city on public transport with-out awkwardly lugging a toolbox around.
The Klein Tools’ 25 pocket tool backpack has more than enough space for all your tools and equipment. It even has a laptop compartment, making it an excellent choice for building and construction professionals that need to keep in touch with other personnel or bring plans along to the worksite.
The ballistic weave material and molded front and bottom ensure durability for most work environments.
Do DIY’er need a tool backpack?
Tool backpacks can be beneficial for builders and construction professionals, but mostly technicians and electricians that don’t have as many tools to transport around but do need to move from location to location daily.
The best backpacks can store a lot of equipment and keep tools well-organized, so you can quickly reach in and grab what you need without having to fumble around.
DIY’ers probably don’t need a tool backpack, as DIY’ers are generally only in one location the garage, depending on what you do. Backpacks are better suited for those times when you need to help a buddy out with home repairs or renovations.
If you do most of your work at home and rarely take your tools out, you might be able to make do with only a sturdy tool bag.
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A tool backpack can be tremendously useful for professionals and sometimes a DIY’er. A plastic base will make your bag last a lot longer as this is where the wear-and-tear will happen.
A plastic base will also stop moisture from entering your bag from the ground. The Veto Pro Pac’s Tech Pac and Tech LT are the most professional and durable looking backpacks for electricians and technicians that provide excellent value for the money, as does the Klein tool backpack.
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