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Hiker
Posts: 25

GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

I have a hero 4 black That I use with An external battery pack and an 8 foot USB cable to run for extended periods of time. I think the port going into 4 Is a USB mini configuration. What is the Port going in to the hero7 black that I just purchased. Can I assume that I can use it with the same battery that I did before. I know I will have to buy different cable, either a USB extension to plug into supplied cable or an 8 foot or a cable that long, but I shouldn’t have any problem, should I? By the way, not related to charging But related to media transfer is the USB in the hero7 black usb 3.0??

Thanks!
Explorer
Posts: 11,206

Re: GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

The external battery pack should be fine, but you will most likely have issues with any extension plugs or USB-C cables that are not high quality and with 56k ohm pull-up resistor. You can usually tell the cheaper cables as they will have a clamp seal on the end of the USB-C instead of being smooth all the way around the connector. Also, the length might give you issues. 6 foot or less is best, but you might be OK with 8'.

The HERO7 Black has a Pericom PI3USB9281 chip which is new for GoPro cameras. This chip protects against bad chargers, detecting power, and usb pin muxing. If it detects surges or drops in power it will turn the camera off to protect the device.

The HERO7 Black supports fast charging with the GoPro Supercharger so I assume it is USB 3.0, but I haven't verified this.
Adventurer
Posts: 8,944

Re: GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

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USB type A to Tyoe C Blue  connection one the type A, any type of After market will work fine  the supplied one  is thicker but all others are ideal if asked I  HAVE A TEN FOORTER IT WORKS. I used quite a few with no issues at al.  side. the battery you never told us if it is a  powerbank. the supplied voltage of the Hero 4 differs from the hero 7 by a point or two and a littler higher cap.  Hero 4 internal batteries are different so newer one's are needed.  good luck

Hiker
Posts: 25

Re: GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

Thanks. Ordered a c to a!
Explorer
Posts: 11,206

Re: GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

Best of luck with that. Hope it works out for you.
Hiker
Posts: 25

Re: GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

As a backup for the particular type work
I do where I need maximum stand by time and then long record sessions, I’m still going to test it with one full GoPro battery. But for that other stuff I do, external
Is essential.
Hiker
Posts: 25

Re: GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

I need to see if I can do standby for 50-60 minutes and still record 50-60 minutes 1080P60
Hiker
Posts: 25

Re: GoPro 7 black and external battery compared to my old hero 4

Now that I understand that standby shuts down WiFi and relies on BT to wake up and re/initiate WiFi, this could be done no problem! I was mis-understanding that. External battery is now no longer needed in one of my recording scerios because I have over an hour wait time after I set up before beginning recording. Hero 7 sails thru this!