Getting to Know Your GoPro: Charging Your GoPro & Battery Life

When I bought my GoPro I went ahead and bought an extra battery from Best Buy for $19.99.  I think it would be a great idea if you plan to use your GoPro quite a bit to always have an extra battery handy.  In order to charge your battery you have to take your GoPro out of the case, on the side there is a battery compartment, take the cover off of that and you plug in the USB cable then put the other end in your computer or you can use an adapter like you might for your smartphone and plug it in to an electrical socket. This will charge your battery and the light will flash red until it is fully charged.  To charge your extra battery open the battery compartment, take the original battery out, put your extra battery in and close the compartment. Plug it back into your computer or adapter and charge that battery.

When I first purchased my GoPro I had planned to take videos of my kids playing lazer tag at my oldest son’s birthday party so I got it all charged up and ready to go.  I spent some time getting the GoPro app downloaded onto my phone and connected to the camera via WiFi so I could see on my phone what was being video taped while we were running around playing lazer tag.

Well sadly I messed up and didn’t get the lazer tag video because I hadn’t used the camera yet, I had let it sit on my desk for two days before the birthday party, I didn’t bring the extra battery that I had charged and although I turned off the WiFi app on the phone I did not turn off the WiFi on the camera.  The camera battery is supposed to last about two hours according to the GoPro website’s comparison chart or an hour and a half if it’s on WiFi and you’re using the app.  It probably lasted on my desk for about that hour and a half and by the time we got to the skating rink to play lazer tag it was dead and I hadn’t brought the extra battery. Like most things I learn the hard way, that won’t happen to me again, I will always bring the extra battery and I will be checking to be sure it is charged before I leave the house!

Check out my YouTube channel for more GoPro videos on how to remove your GoPro from the packaging and how to get the best deal on GoPro accessories.

 

Getting to Know Your GoPro: Getting the Best Deal on Accessories

When I bought my GoPro I thought it would be a great test drive to try it out at my oldest son’s birthday party last weekend.  We were going to play lazer tag at our local skating rink, so I was trying to figure out what would be the best way for me to wear the GoPro while the kids are playing lazer tag and I was planning to play also.  My first thought was, there is no way that I’m wearing this thing strapped to my head.  I thought maybe a chest harness would work so I looked into that, then I realized that I would have a harness on while playing lazer tag so I couldn’t do the chest harness.

Then I found a clip, there is a quick clip that you can get and I thought that would be perfect so I bought a set at Best Buy that has a head strap and a quick clip in the package. I thought I could use the quick clip to attach the camera to my lazer tag harness. Well, I bought the set for $19.99 and I also bought a floating handle grip for the kids to use since they’re at the pool a lot and it will keep the GoPro from sinking. The Handler was $29.99, then when I got home from the store I realized that I’d probably need a case, something to protect the camera while we’re carrying it around and going places.

I found an accessory kit and case on Amazon for $45.99 and it came with 38 pieces inside. It came with a smaller case inside, a floater like the handler I bought, maybe not as pretty but it does the same job.  It also has a monopod or selfie stick, whatever you want to call it, it’s got a tripod and tripod adapter because the GoPro will not screw right onto a standard tripod so whatever kind of tripod you want to use you’ll also need an adapter. It came with a bicycle clamp, a suction cup mount to attach to the dashboard of your car, an extender piece to make any mount taller, it also came with the clip that I was wanting, a wrist strap, a chest harness and a head strap. It also included a whole bunch of other mounts, adhesive mounts, replacement parts, other straps, and anti fog strips. This kid for $45.99 was $4 cheaper than the two other accessories that I bought so I think I’m taking the first two back and keeping the accessory kit that I bought. It was a much better deal, gives me many more options, and it came with the case and the clip I originally wanted as well.

I’m thrilled with my purchase of the GoPro Accessory Kit, I’m sad that I have to go back to the store to return the other two things, but I’ll get more money back for those than I spent on the two original accessories that I purchased. Most stores have options like Best Buy’s Price Match Guarantee where they will match the prices, including online prices at places like Amazon, for an identical item, but I found that even though Amazon’s prices for the two accessories I originally bought were cheaper than at the store, it was cheaper still to buy aftermarket accessories than to get the name brand and I’m very pleased with the quality of the items that came in this accessory kit.

Be sure to watch my next video on GoPro batteries and battery life and you’ll see how I messed up my video of the kids playing lazer tag. You can also check out my post and video on the purchase of the GoPro and the problems I had just getting it out of the package.