PEBBLE Portable Battery Pack Charger
Bit of a departure from my usual blog as I thought I would write a review of a product I have been using for a few weeks.
I decided to write about this product as I have been reading a lot of reviews and the one question that keeps coming up is “how to charge USB devices whilst cycling”.
With the new crop of lights, computers and GPS devices all taking up space on your handlebars and been extremely power hungry I decided to find a product that not only keeps my bike related stuff charged but could also be used off the bike.
Step forward “PEBBLE Portable Battery Pack Charger”
I suppose the name of the product really explains what it does, but it is an external battery pack that’s charges any USB device. So let me explain how easy it is to use. There are two connections on the Pebble, “DC IN” and “USB OUT”
To charge the Pebble you plug the supplied USB cable into a spare port on your PC, first time out of the box it took about 4 yours to achieve full charge. A simple system of lights lets you know the current charge, “Low” “Med” “Full”
When you need more power you simply plug in either one of the supplied USB cables or use the cable from your existing device. Turn it on and away it goes.
It’s claimed that it can charge your iPhone to full charge from flat 4 times. I can’t verify this as I haven’t had the opportunity.
I can tell you that I ran my iPhone with 4 different GPS apps running at the same time and after starting the ride with 50% battery I returned 90 minutes later with 100%
Prices vary and it is well worth shopping around, as I found the price difference on two sites to be nearly £20!
You also get a neoprene slip case with the Pebble to keep it out protected.
I have been using it inside its slip case and then inside a plastic bag. Leaving it in my seat pack I then zip tied the iPhone cable along the top tube and into my handlebar mount. Not the cleanest looking solution and so I was thinking about buying a top / head tube bag to shorten the cable run and protected it further from any dirt and water from the rear wheel.
Overall I’m impressed with its simple look and ease of use. Can’t fault it.