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Hero 6 - External Power Source

I am using my Hero 6 to take long duration Time Lapse Videos. Ideally, I would like to leave it outside for about 8hrs to capture a full day of material. The standard battery will last about 3-4hrs taking these time lapse videos. I have a large power bank that I have plugged into my Hero 6, but it does not appear to say it is charging while the video is recording (but when the video stops, the camera is magically at 100% battery again). I am still testing this to see if it will actually drain to 0%. 

 

What methods do others use for long duration time lapse videos? Do I need to remove the battery and power the camera for the duration directly from the power bank?

 

Thanks!


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Nomad
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Re: Hero 6 - External Power Source

Yes, simply remove the internal battery and power your camera on the external power bank and you should have no issues.

 

I also remove the internal battery and power the camera via a long USB cable and a wall socket, although I tend to do this only on night that's zero chance of rain.

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Re: Hero 6 - External Power Source

@coolflame43653, I suggest removing the battery if you will be using the camera for very long-term shooting (e.g. Timelapse) to prevent the camera from overheating – at some point, preventing potential damage to the battery as well. Other users have expressed similar suggestion when using external power source for continuous recording. 

 

On a side note, without the battery installed, the camera will eventually turn off the moment that the external power stops. 

 

Heads Up: Because the door is open, your camera is not waterproof when charging.

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Nomad
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Re: Hero 6 - External Power Source

Yes, simply remove the internal battery and power your camera on the external power bank and you should have no issues.

 

I also remove the internal battery and power the camera via a long USB cable and a wall socket, although I tend to do this only on night that's zero chance of rain.

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Re: Hero 6 - External Power Source

@coolflame43653, I suggest removing the battery if you will be using the camera for very long-term shooting (e.g. Timelapse) to prevent the camera from overheating – at some point, preventing potential damage to the battery as well. Other users have expressed similar suggestion when using external power source for continuous recording. 

 

On a side note, without the battery installed, the camera will eventually turn off the moment that the external power stops. 

 

Heads Up: Because the door is open, your camera is not waterproof when charging.

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Sightseer
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Re: Hero 6 - External Power Source

Excellent, thank you. I will remove the battery and get it set up!

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Sightseer
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Re: Hero 6 - External Power Source

Great to know, thank you! I will make sure there is no chance rain when operating it from a external power source with no battery.
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Re: Hero 6 - External Power Source

Stay stoked, and have fun capturing moments using your GoPro!