The SmallRig VB99 Pro represents an update or upgrade to the VB99. At its core, it’s a similar battery, but it comes with enhancements that, while not necessarily boosting performance, certainly add to its appeal. The addition of an extra USB Type-C port, a colour TFT with a beautifully designed percentage display, and an aluminium casing come with an extra $50 cost. It’s a significant increase, but this does feel like a more robust and professional version.
In this case, the ‘Pro’ label seems genuinely meaningful. The transition from plastic to aluminium for the casing, complemented by a rubberized surround, significantly elevates the overall quality. While the VB99 already looked great, and the quality was superb, it’s impressive to see how SmallRig has managed to advance the design and quality to this extent.
The VB99 Pro is very closely matched to the VB99 in terms of specifications, but its design has evolved. It’s not just a rehoused battery with a few extra features; this is a battery that has been enhanced in almost every way and clad in armour.