Veho Pebble P1 Pro review
Last Updated on by Daniel Osakwe
While we can discuss the differences between various power banks all day, let’s face it: not everyone is a geek. For some of us, a power bank is just another power bank. It charges your phone and fits in your pocket. That’s it.
Does it really matter how old the computer is if we ignore the differences in speed, capacity, and features?
Veho Pebble P1 Pro: Design
The Veho Pebble Verto is reminiscent of when we first began reviewing power banks. It’s also ultra-pocketable and dirt-cheap – just £12.95 at Amazon UK. And that makes it worthwhile for many people.
Next, let’s talk about what’s good. The Pebble Verto comes in a range of colors, including a refreshingly bright orange in our review sample. It features a funky design and a soft-touch rubber surface for a great grip.
It looks remarkably like a pebble, given its name. It makes a nice change to see this fun design in place of the usual black rectangular plastic slabs.
At only 99g and 63x89x14mm, the Pebble Verto won’t add much weight to your bag, and it should fit easily into your pocket. Besides a protective carry case, it comes with adaptors as well, so you can keep it together with them.
This is the first time we’ve reviewed a power bank that didn’t come with a standard Micro-USB or USB-C cable. The Verto instead comes with a USB-A cable to which you attach the appropriate adaptor for your device – there are Micro-USB and Mini-USB ports as well as Apple’s 30-pin connector.
Veho Pebble P1 Pro: Features
There is not a USB-C or Lightning port, though the user can provide their own cables if they need either of these. But don’t lose the adaptors, because you’ll need them to charge the power bank.
It is extremely rare for power banks to be recharged over DC. In places where it is available, it usually allows you to recharge the power bank at a faster rate than what can be done over USB, but here you are still using USB. Furthermore, it isn’t any faster than charging over a standard Micro-USB port. Passthrough charging is not supported by the Verto due to its slow 5W input.
Those are matched by a very slow 5W output, and charging is not automatic – you must plug in your device and hold down the power button. The battery bank must also be powered off manually once you have removed your phone from it.
With that in mind, things are looking less rosy for the Veho. However, let’s not lose sight of the big picture: assuming that a power bank will fit in your pocket along with your phone, does it really matter how long it takes to charge? With a relatively small capacity, even at 5W, it won’t take long to refill.
The Pebble Verto is advertised to have a capacity of 3700mAh. Due to voltage conversion and heat generated, all power banks lose some capacity, so the average energy efficiency is only 60-70 percent.
Your phone will likely have about 2200-2500 mAh available, and how many times it will be able to charge that device depends on that device’s own battery. Our Galaxy S8 gets a 70-80 percent charge from the Verto, but our iPhone will get a full charge.
On top of the Pebble, there are four blue LEDs. One flashes while it’s in use and the others show how much battery is left. At the capacity you have, that’s probably all you’re going to need – after all, if you’ve used it once, you’ll probably need to recharge it before using it again.