GoPro Hero Camera DIY GoPro Pole

I’ve been wanting to either purchase or build a GoPro camera pole. I’ve done quite a bit of research and have decided that I’m going to build my own GoPro pole.

If you’re not very handy, you can still build this reach pole. It’s actually so simple I’m not sure why I didn’t think about it before I saw it. Like I said after reading multiple forum posts, watching a ton of videos, and talking to some friends, I decided to build the GoPro pole in the video below.

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GoPro Power Pole Power Your GoPro All Day

There’s not another GoPro camera accessory on the market that is like the power pole. The power pole eliminates the need for constantly changing the batteries in your camera. It’s one of those camera accessories that you say “Why didn’t I think of that”.

The power pole has a 5200 mAh battery built into grip. The 5200 mAh battery is built into the handle and has a Usb connection near the top of the monopod where the camera connects. It not only has one Usb connection it has two. You can charge two devices at once or leave the camera on the monopod plugged in. PoloarPro PowerPole claims the power pole will extend the GoPro film time up to ten hours. That’s huge! We all know the one big downfall of the GoPro camera is the battery life. If you can get better quality video and not have to change the battery out every hour, this could be a win win.

The power pole serves two basic functions. It serves as a basic monopod and also a battery storage compartment. The power pole extends from the 17 to 30″ position to help get those awesome angles when shooting video.

The Usb connection has a splash proof cover that helps protect it from light rain/snow and any other water related activities.

Check out the video below for a more in depth explanation of the PowerPole.

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Making A GoPro Battery Last Longer

GoPro Hero batteries do not last long enough. If you are a Videographer or just use the goprohd for fun, you have most likely ran out of battery at some point during the day or shoot.

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GoPro says the Hero 2 and  Hero 3 have a battery life of 2.5 hours. That’s continuous recording in average temps of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are looking to get a little more life out of the camera you can purchase the battery back pack for around $40. I don’t know about you but after shelling out $400 for the new hero 3 I’m not trying to shell out another $5 $10 or $40 dollars.

Do you use the LCD backpack on the back of your hero 2 or hero 3? I do and the battery life is absolutely horrible. With the hero 3 and LCD back pack paired I get around 90 minutes of recording. I did use the camera this weekend in 40 degree temps and the battery lasted roughly 65 minutes. That is with leaving the camera in standby mode and not turning it off after every time I used it for video.

A couple things I’ve noticed to get my GoPro Hero 3’s battery to last longer:

1. Use a wall charger.

Using a wall charger will give the cameras battery a way better charge and the charge will last longer actually I’ve noticed with some of my test about 30% longer.

2. Charge the battery with a car charger.

I have noticed If I use the car charge the battery will last longer then if I charged with the usb cord. I’m not exactly sure why but the USB cord does not give the battery a very solid charge.

3. Charging the battery when it is “Empty” will also get you a stronger and longer lasting battery life.

I normally try to charge the battery only after it dies. There are times however I have charged it from a half or quarter charge. If I have somewhere to be or forgot the night before, I’ll throw it on the car charger until fully charged.

4. make sure you have downloaded the latest firmware. GoPro will often release updates to their firmware. Often times this can be and has been related to battery life issues. I always update my cameras to the manufactures latest firmware updates you should to especially if you want the camera to operate to its full capability.

5.If the battery has been cycled a few hundred times I will replace it. I use my goprohd a lot. Well 2 to 3 times a week and even twice some weekends. I constantly have a GoPro battery on the car or wall charger. If I know the battery has been charged over a hundred times I start thinking about replacement. I only OEM battery direcctly from GoPro to ensure my camera last the longest and doesn’t get damaged from Chinese made part.

Hope these Gopro tips and tricks have helped save you some time and frustration. Content is constantly being added to the site so check back often for more tip’s and how to’s.

 

GoProHD Wifi Backpack & Remote Thoughts

If you have a goprohd, then you most likely have seen the Wifi Backpack and Remote kit that is out for use with the hero cameras. The combo kit comes in at $80 dollars which is kinda of expensive. If you have the extra money laying around and it’s burning a hole in your pocket, then purchase the kit. If you do not have the money and want another accessory then look or wait for something else. We recently purchased the hero 3 so we decided to get the wifi backpack and remote kit.

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Below is a picture of everything that comes with the Hero 2 and hero 3 Wifi backpack kit.

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goprohd Wifi backpack

If you are really into making videos and don’t want to have to touch the camera to start taking video or to snap a still photo then this may be for you.  The Wifi backpack kit is not only a connivence but it also can enhance your safety. You don’t wan’t to try and press the on button then the record button at the same time your bombing down a black diamond run at your favorite ski resort do you? I didn’t think so. Having the wifi remote strapped to your wrist is a heck of a lot more convenient.

Once of the cons about the goprohd wifi backpack is that it needs updated as soon as it’s opened. If you have done any research on this issue then you will see that there are many other hero 3 and hero 2 users that have had a lot of issues updating the camera. I just did the update several days ago and luckily for me it went smooth and I’m up to date now. Phew.

Another con is now instead of just one thing to charge you will have three. Now for some this might not be an issue. For me its a hug down fall and If I had thought about this it may have even been a purchasing factor. I didn’t even think about having to charge the camera, remote, and backpack, while I hurried down to the local tech store to buy the kit. Well I have it and after using it several times its a minor issue for the convenience of having the wifi kit on hand.

A pro is that this kit will enable you to start recording or you can take a still picture without having to touch the camera. If you use the goprohd to make videos this is kinda a big deal. Not touching the camera prevents any shaking which can cause the video to be shaky obviously but it will also cause the still picture to be distorted.I really like the connivence of the wifi backpack kit and would highly recommend getting it if you ate thinking about it. The pros far out weigh the cons with this particular accessory.

One issue I did find lacking is the remotes wireless distance. Especially if you are using the waterproof housing or dive housing. On several occasions I thought the camera was recording but to only find out later it never started. I wasn’t very happy needless to say and lost what I thought was some decent footage of some downhill mountain biking.  You would think from the handlebars to the camera on your head it wouldn’t be a big deal but in my case this has happened several times.

Would I recommend the goprohd wifi backpack kit? Personally if you have the extra cash laying around then yes. I like being able to get myself into a still picture if needs not suing the timed function and to also be able to use the camera to get only the video I want. Being able to turn the camera on when needed saves a lot of editing time and allows me to capture only the frames I want. So between the safety of being able to turn the gorprohd camera on without touching it and the extra battery life for me this is a hero 2 or her0 3 must.

 

GoPro Tips And Tricks DIY Mounts

After purchasing the newest goprohd from my local camera shop I was about to put the box away and thought Hmmm.. what could I use that for. Then it hit me a tripod mount.. Yes that’s right a DIY goprohd tripod mount. You probably have all the pieces at your house to make your very own DIY tripod mount.

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All you need is a GoPro box the one it came in and a quick release. You can also get the grab bag of mounts or the pivot mount to be able to get a couple different angles from this simply DIY GoPro mount.

Take the box the camera came in yes the one you were going to throw away and simply remove the top. Once you have the top off you can simply put the buckle and pivot mounts together to create this DIY mount. Once all mounted together the goprohd mount should look like the picture below.

DIY GoPro Mounts

DIY GoPro Mounts

You can use this mount for various different things. I have used this DIY mount for several indoor photo shoots and I have also used this same mount for multiple time lapse shots. If you have never used your goprohd for time lapse, you really should try it. That’s a whole different topic so I wont get into it but you really should just play around with the time lapse option on your goprohd.

This mount is cheap, easy, very versatile. You can use this mount just about anywhere and don”t have to really worry about damaging it. I had a really expensive tripod last year that got totaled in the sand dunes. A sand rail came up over the hill we were filming on and ran it over. Not only did it get ran over but it got stuck to the under carrage and was dragged for over 100 yards. Needless to say it was totaled! If this DIY goprohd mounts breaks, you really are not out a whole lot.