07-15-2018 03:09 AM
I experienced a problem when using a power bank with a fully charged battery in the camera. The power bank sences it had charged the battery and turns itself off, when the internal battery runs flat, the external one does not take over because it has turned itself off, hence only around 1.5 hrs of operation. The answer is staightfarward, remove the battery from the GoPro, so that it is only powered by the external power source. My camera showed a low battery warning, but worked happily until the memory card was full.
08-05-2018 01:26 PM
Just wondering, I have this Anker battery bank and it doesn't power my Hero6. It keeps freezing it up, like it's not providing enough power even though it outputs 3V. Do you have an internal battery in your GoPro while you're using the Anker, or do you take the internal battery out? I tried using the Anker both directly into the camera and while using the 3.5 audio adapter. Neither worked.
08-05-2018 02:03 PM
Hi, I removed the internal battery from the GoPro, the screen on the GoPro shows a low battery warning, but it works fine when running off the Anker External source (don't forget to press the button on the Anker battery to start charging). If I leave the internal battery in place, the Anker Battery bank does not take over when the internal GoPro battery runs out unless you press the charge button on the Anker Battery. I had to experiment a little to get the result I was looking for.
08-05-2018 06:14 PM
Since my initial update, I have attempted to do extended recording about 15 times.
All times I have had the GoPro Battery inside the Hero 6.
Here are my observations:
When recording and plugged in the GoPro dosent show it as charging, however it does maintain its battery level so I'm assuming its using the battery banks power to do something.
I record at 4K30 (EIS, Protune, SuperView) and I think it draws more power than the battery bank can keep up, as there was a time where my GoPro's battery was flat, and I tried to record when plugged into the battery bank, but it didnt record for long and kept turning off.
I have had multiple successful recording sessions when I've started with a 100% GoPro battery and a 100% Anker Batter. However I have also had some issues with it every now and then with it stopping recording, turning off, not seeming to use the battery bank etc..
So overall it is not really consistant and I can't pin point a reason to why it worked or why it failed everytime.
I might try on my next trip to remove the GoPro battery and see if i can get consistant recording just via a battery bank.
If it also helps I use my Anker's QC 3.0 port which is 5V I belive, and use a highquality USB-A to USB-C cable.
08-05-2018 06:39 PM
I also did a test early today with just my Anker and no internal battery. I made a post about it here (see my latest post for a Youtube link): https://community.gopro.com/t5/Cameras/Hero6-freezes-with-external-power-source/m-p/220366/highlight....
I'm using the supplied GoPro USB-C to USB-A cable, so you'd think that would be acceptable.
08-06-2018 01:22 AM
Hi, I get good results with no battery in the GoPro camera, just using the power from the higher rated Anker output - I record at 4K 30fps (no protune) in narrow vision. I use both Samsung and Scandisk Extreme memory cards. I also use a Sony FDR-X3000 action camera, that works fine with the internal battery in place although after an hour or so when using 4K it overheats and turns itself off, no problems in 1080p. It would be nice if both GoPro and Sony would either recomend or produce an external battery and supply easy to follow reliable instrustions on how to use the camera with an external source. Finding out the hard way by missing something you really wanted to record is not the best way to learn.