Veho Pebble Endurance full review
We've seen sleek, compact metal power banks, big, bulky high-capacity power banks and no-frills cheap, plasticky power banks. But the rugged, rubberised Veho Pebble Endurance is built to impress, and is compatible with a life outdoors.
A 15,000mAh power bank, the Veho sits in the middle-ground between the smallest and most pocketable power banks, and those that will keep your devices topped up for days on end. It's in rucksack- rather than pocket territory, though it won't weigh you down as much as some of its rivals at 377g.
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There's actually a Carabiner loop should you want to fix it to the outside of your bag for easier access, while IPX4 water-resistance means it's splashproof and protected from the rain.
A grippy, rubberised casing is reassuringly tough, and the Pebble feels as though it would withstand any drops and scrapes without damage. Rubber flaps are used to protect the ports from water, which is fiddly solution but they're easy enough to prise open.
There's also an LED flashlight, activated with a double-press of the only button on the power bank's casing, which could come in handy at night when you're away from civilisation.
Veho claims a superior-quality lithium battery resides inside, and realistically you're looking at around three- to four charges of a typical Android phone. iPhones have lower-capacity batteries and the Veho may stretch to around five full charges for the current generation.
This is because no power bank runs at 100 percent efficiency, and the industry standard is actually between 60- and 70 percent. The marketing suggests it will recharge a Galaxy S8 five times, but given that device's 3000mAh battery this simply cannot be true.
The Endurance has a lot to offer, but before we move on with the review we need to address its price. The Veho Pebble is crazy-expensive, and will set you back £97.86 in the UK ($110.69 in the US). For that money you could buy yourself a high-capacity power bank with an AC outlet.
In fairness this is a brand-new product, and the PR assures us that while the SRP is set at £99.95 it should see a street price of around £59. We'd advise waiting a little while to see if the price comes down before you take the plunge.
If you can bag the Veho Pebble Endurance under £60, there's loads of stuff here we love. For starters there's an LCD display that details the exact percentage of power remaining in the bank. It's an infinitely better solution than LEDs, but it's still not common even in the most expensive banks.
There are also two inputs, one Micro-USB and the other USB-C, which ensures futureproofing and easy recharging with whatever cable you happen to have to hand (only a Micro-USB cable is supplied). But while it's USB-C, it's not any faster than the 10W Micro-USB input, and it's one-way traffic only.
The Pebble Endurance does appear to support passthrough charging with our LG G6, however, which means recharging is more convenient as you can run both power bank and device from a single power outlet.
To charge a connected device you instead need to use one of the two full-size (USB-A) outputs, which run at 10.5W. This is fast, but it's not Quick Charge-fast. And when you plug in a second device it becomes less impressive, since the max total output of the two ports combined is just 10.5W. Still, it's convenient to be able to charge two devices at once when you're not in a hurry.
Veho Pebble Endurance: Specs
- 15,000mAh power bank
- rugged casing
- IPX4 water-resistant
- Micro-USB/USB-C 10W inputs
- 2x 10.5W USB-A outputs, max total output 10.5W
- LCD display
- LED torch
- Carabiner loop
- passthrough charging
- Micro-USB cable