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Tourist
Posts: 8

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

I'm going to fully charge this and take it out today for a bit just to mess around. I'll report back on battery life, but if this thing drains super fast after like 10 mins of recording I'll have to give GoPro a call and ask for a replacement I guess. 

 

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Hiker
Posts: 33

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

I’ve owned the hero seven black since day one and have had this random issue as well. Occasionally I will shut the camera off with 100% charge and by the next morning it will be completely dead. All Wi-Fi settings Bluetooth settings in voice settings are off. Not sure what makes this bug reproducible but it is annoying and unacceptable.
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Hiker
Posts: 74

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

I thought it was reproducable at first, but it isn't. I tried pressing the power button very long, shaking the camera while turning off, auto orientation off/on, low light mode, stabilization on/off, different resolutions and frame rates, different batteries, firmware versions, sd cards, chargers. Now I'm at my wits' end. It happens once a week under all circumstances. Must be a hardware issue and can't be fixed since there isn't even an announcement from Gopro. The only thing they can't communicate is "We are unable to fix it", so that must be it. 

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Hiker
Posts: 39

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

or... they simply don't give a f**k.
In normal Galaxy company like gopro would stand upside-down to fix any problem with their flagship product. We would have announcement of new firmware, questions and something that is called "we care".
Instead of this we hear nothing, no signs of human life.
Anyone form usa? Can you confirm that there wasn't any asteroid impact?
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Explorer
Posts: 12,961

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

Peace out!

Tom,

former gopro costumer....Who just can't let go.

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Hiker
Posts: 39

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

Yup,

 

Sold it - this was actualy my "peace out". Cheaper than when it was new. Still have some accesories that couldn't sell.

Lost money, lost time and enthusiasm for action cameras (allready have cheap china cam only for some wide angle photos).

My friend just bought one... I told him why he shouldn't... well, he will be happy soon :P.

 

I still see many commercials and YT adds with GoPro... closing/cancelling, And they still keep spaming me. YT influencers, video thumbnails with words like "awesone", "best", "quality"... Tell me, why I should let it go? I'm not a GoPro support to just... let it go.

They keep ignoring, I keep telling (and exclusively - all the truth). Show must go on ;].

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Hiker
Posts: 74

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

I'm afraid of selling it since it's a device with a major flaw. I'm back to my Gopro Hero 4, Hero 7 (and accessory, sigh) is in a drawer. When my daughter is older she'll get it as first camera to play around with.

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Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Hero 7 battery drain

I just got the gph 7 and read the issues with the battery and firmware.

 

So first thing out of the box I did a manual firmware update to 1.70 followed by factory reset.

 

Then I charged it up and played with the settings for a bit. The battery kept falling by 1% every minute even while not recording.

 

1080p 60fps

Hypersmooth on, linear view

Wifi, voice, Protune etc all off

 

I powered it off and charged it up to 100%, removed the SD card, powered it on and just let the unit sit on my table doing nothing.

The battery fell to 90% in 10 minutes, even when not doing anything. No record, not moving it around, nothing. Just powered on with no SD and sitting there.

 

I'm going to try with a second Vietnam battery I got. Hopefully it fixes things.

 

Also, I noticed something weird : If you power it on then immediately start moving it around - as in 1 second after the display comes on, the unit may freeze intermittently. Got around it by just keeping it still for a bit.

 

Tried with the Vietnam battery - charged it up to 100%, powered it off.  12 hours later, slightly drained to 97%

 

Did a recording test for 20mins (1080p 60fps) - battery drain not too bad at 75%.  The unit is very warm but the lens area feels like a car out on a hot day.

 

All, in all, I'd say the battery origin of manufacture makes a difference.