The Twelve South BackPack 3 is a sleek, sturdy shelf designed exclusively for your iMac or Apple Display. This slice of steel makes a perfect perch for hard drives, USB peripherals or action figures. Included vertical support pegs safely and securely prop up vertical-oriented drives, Time Capsule or even a MacBook Air. BackPack hangs on the back or front of your Mac using two clips and gravity. Built-in cable management rails hold your power cords in place for grab and go convenience. The shelf can support devices up to 1.6 kg. Vertical support pegs are coated in soft silicone to prevent scratches or marks on your device. The plastic mounting clips do not have any screws that come in contact with your Mac. Because it's height adjustable, you can hang two BackPacks on one Mac.
- Steel shelf designed for your iMac or Apple Display
- Hangs on the back or front of your iMac
- Perfect shelf for hard drives and other devices you would prefer to keep out of sight, but not out of reach
- Vertical support pegs securely prop up vertical-oriented drives or a MacBook Air; can be arranged in any formation along perforated base
- Built-in cable management rails prevent unplugged cables from slipping to the floor
- Supports devices up to 1.6 kg
- Perforations in shelf allow for maximum airflow and cooling
Did you notice?The BackPack 3 can support hard drives, a Time Capsule or even your MacBook Air.
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What's in the Box?
- Twelve South BackPack 3 adjustable shelf
- Four silicone-coated vertical support pegs
- Assorted fit inserts to accommodate various size iMacs and Apple Displays
- Owner's manual
- Non-slip shelf pad
- Height: 2.01 cm/0.79 in.
- Width: 17.78 cm/7 in.
- Weight: 181.44 g
- Length: 9.91 cm/3.9 in.
- Mfr. Part Number: 12-1302
- UPC or EAN No.: 851522002733
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
Ratings & Reviews
Good but not great.
Like most 12-South products, this looks the part of a proper Apple accessory and is well constructed. However, I was a little disa Like most 12-South products, this looks the part of a proper Apple accessory and is well constructed. However, I was a little disappointed that once installed it seemed a little flimsy. I bought the backpack to be a HDD holder on the back of my iMac 27". It installed OK, but the clips that attach the unit to the base of iMac pedestal are not tight enough. I had to shim them with a little piece of plastic to make a snug fit. YMMV. …
- Written by Joshua L from Seattle
111 of 117 people found this useful
Simple, elegant, effective
I purchased this item some three years ago and installed it for additional storage capacity on the rear of my 27" iMac. I have no I purchased this item some three years ago and installed it for additional storage capacity on the rear of my 27" iMac. I have not moved it about since installation and it has proven very unobtrusive and useful in keeping my desk organized in a very small space. I have used it to store a weather station monitor and hub for a peripheral device without problems. If you feel it is expensive, it is very worth the outlay as you will get years out of it, it can be taken to a future Mac and it will help with your aesthetic. …
- Written by Jeffrey B from New York
24 of 25 people found this useful
Enhances the iMac or Apple Display in ways you can't describe
In the past I have bought 2 older models, for an iMac G5 and an early Intel iMac. They have done a great job holding iPhones and i In the past I have bought 2 older models, for an iMac G5 and an early Intel iMac. They have done a great job holding iPhones and iPods, AirPort Express, Apple software on discs, even just wrapping some earbuds around them or hanging headphones off. Now that I plan to buy a new iMac, I will definitely buy the BackPack 3 for it, especially if it can hold up to a MacBook Air, so I can put heavier things on it. Unless, of course, the BackPack 4 with supporting capability for a Retina MacBook Pro comes out when I get the iMac! …
- Written by Michael C from Richmond
9 of 10 people found this useful
Great way to use a MacBook Air as your primary desktop
If you're looking to drive a Thunderbolt Display or two with a MacBook Air, but don't want the laptop (and associated wiring) out If you're looking to drive a Thunderbolt Display or two with a MacBook Air, but don't want the laptop (and associated wiring) out on the desk area, this is a great way to keep it concealed. You can do the same with a Mac Mini, too. Great quality and perfect color/texture to match other Apple gear, as has become the norm with Twelvesouth products. …
- Written by Darren M from Bath
Do not put a MacBook Air on top of this shelf
The max capacity for this little shelf is 3.5lbs, 2013 MacBook Air 13" is 2.96lbs. Twelve South's website says it can hold the Mac The max capacity for this little shelf is 3.5lbs, 2013 MacBook Air 13" is 2.96lbs. Twelve South's website says it can hold the MacBook Air's weight but there is no assurance that the inserts will not loosen over time, and potentially falling and damaging your MBA. I had to place a card deck vertically just so that it added some support to the shelf. While this whole setup can give your desktop a minimalistic look, its a mess to deal with if you have to restart the MBA from a shutdown. This means your MBA has be in Sleep mode at all times and hope it does not shutdown. I returned the shelf(BackPack) after a few days. Its a great shelf for your external HDDs and tidy's up your desktop, which is why I'm giving it 2 stars. Also $34.99 is a bit too steep for such a small shelf. …
- Written by Kamlesh K from Scarborough
I bought this BackPack Shelf many months ago to store my external hard drive in back of my iMac Desktop. I wanted it off my desk a I bought this BackPack Shelf many months ago to store my external hard drive in back of my iMac Desktop. I wanted it off my desk and out of the way. This small shelf does what it supposed to do and blends in very well with Apple's silver metallic finish. This practical shelf can also be mounted in front under the monitor. You can add as much as two shelves; one in the back and one in the front. The shelves are adjustable. Good quality and finish. A little bit pricey but reasonable. …
- Written by Christopher C from Pinehurst
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Will the twelve south backpack adjustable shelf hold a mac mini server
- Asked by Elizabeth M from Canfield
Yes it will
- Answered by Colin C from Moss Vale
Will this work on a late 2009 21" iMac?
- Asked by Paul F
Yes, please have a look at the manufacturer's site.
Compatibility listed here:
21.5" iMac (la Yes, please have a look at the manufacturer's site.
Compatibility listed here:
21.5" iMac (late 2012):
Use #6 inserts for high install
Use #1 inserts for low install
27" iMac (late 2012):
Use #1 inserts for high install
Use #4 inserts for low install
27" Thunderbolt Display/ LED Cinema Display:
Use #4 inserts
21.5" iMac (late 2009-late 2011):
Use #3 inserts
27" iMac (late 2009-mid 2011):
Use #4 inserts
Legacy iMacs/Apple Displays:
Additional Fit inserts that offer compatibility for legacy Macs may be available. …
- Answered by David A from Bountiful
Will this work on a late 2013 27" iMac?
- Asked by Peter I from Rock Hill
Yes it can. In the box are clips specifically for your model. It has a little leaflet in it telling Yes it can. In the box are clips specifically for your model. It has a little leaflet in it telling you what clips should be used for what device.
Hope it helps :) …
- Answered by Tom D
Can I attached two of these shelves to the iMac base - one pointing backwards behind the monitor, and one facing forward underneath the monitor?
- Asked by John M from Thornhill
Yes, you can do this. The BackPack 3 can be positioned at different heights on the iMac/Thunderbolt Yes, you can do this. The BackPack 3 can be positioned at different heights on the iMac/Thunderbolt Display/Cinema Display stand so you can have 2 on the back or one facing forward and one on the back. …
- Answered by Chris B from Rio Rancho