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Hiker
Posts: 12

running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

Just got an external power core (20000 milliamp). I was wondering how long i would be able to power either a gopro 5 or 7? likely using the loop mode. Also, i am curious if it is better to take the origanl battery out while using an external power source. I have seen differing thoughts on that.

Nomad
Posts: 1,358

Re: running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

This will likely depend on your shooting mode, environment and what features you have enabled.  For instance shooting at 4K @60FPS with Stabilization, GPS, Wireless and Protune turned on could place a lot of stress on the camera and lead to overheating.  This is also true if you are filming in a hot environment or in direct sunlight.  You will also need to check the settings on your GoPro such as the "sleep" or "auto power off" settings to ensure you can do a long shoot and not have your camera automatically power off.  

 

Hiker
Posts: 12

Re: running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

Hey,

  my plan is to go maybe 1080 with WiFi,protune, gps turned off. I will be out doors in a boat in Canada. I am hoping to get at least 8 hours. With 5 minute looping. I am using an anker 20000 power core.

Hiker
Posts: 12

Re: running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

So I tested the GoPro 7 with the Anker power core.
I got 10 hrs of power before i stopped (anker still had 3 lights).
Made sure the GoPro battery was charged, hit record before plugging in the anker 20000. Gopro settings 1080 60fps, protune and WiFi turned off. Used original GoPro cord.
GoPro
Posts: 8,221

Re: running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

This is great! Thank you for sharing, @dperk15. How was the battery level after your recording?

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Hiker
Posts: 12

Re: running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

Mariustanya......I actually didn’t look. Something to look for next test. I do know on one test, the battery was low and the camera stayed on. I didn’t look to see if it had charged . Sorry.
I just got some anker cables and i will see how they work. They are longer.
GoPro
Posts: 8,221

Re: running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

No worries, @dperk15. Thank you for the quick response. Let us know how it goes when you test again. Other members who may have the same query would really find this helpful. 

Hiker
Posts: 12

Re: running gopro 5 or 7 with external power

So i tried to test the GoPro 5 with the anker power core. I kept getting an sd card error. I would format it and the error would pop up again in a matter of minutes. I have used the GoPro 5 tons of times and never had that error. First time trying recording with looping and external battery (first time for both) I was getting a card error.

  I looked at my card and realized it wasn’t on the recommended list from GoPro. It worked well for “normal” recording. I got a new card that was on the recommended list and so far it has been recording, on loop, with an external battery for about 2 hours no problem. Seems it was the card that was fine with “start record/stop record” but didn’t like looping recording. 

Just to be sure i ran the GoPro 7 for about 8 hours again with the anker battery and anker 6’ cord. That worked well.