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.

 

Getting to Know Your GoPro: Purchase & Removing from Packaging

I just recently purchased a GoPro and I did a bunch of research online to figure out which was the best one for my family’s needs. The online deal at Best Buy was $399 for a GoPro Hero 4 Silver edition, plus you’d get a $50 gift card back when you buy one. When I got to the store to check it out in person it was on sale for $379 but no gift card. I mentioned the online deal and was told that this was a better deal because if I bundled some accessories with my purchase I’d get 15% off the accessories. Well the accessories were cheaper at Amazon so I asked about their Price Match Guarantee and ended up getting the GoPro for $349 and the accessories for a better deal than if I had bundled them and got the discount.

I’m kind of late getting on the GoPro bandwagon because I have plenty of things to take videos with.  I used my iPhone a lot for videos, I have a Canon DSLR camera that I use for videos and I have an old Flip video camera that still takes excellent videos so I didn’t think that I needed a GoPro but I recently talked myself into getting one because I thought it would be the best way to action videos of the kids, especially in moist environments like the pool, the water park and at the beach.  So I went to Best Buy and I bought a GoPro Hero 4 and it’s the coolest little thing!

I got it home and I really just wanted to take it out of the box and play with it but I learned that just getting it out of the box was a challenge.  I have a Masters Degree in eBusiness and Technology, I have an IT job that I love and I consider myself to be technically savvy, but just getting the GoPro off the packaging was difficult.

It comes with an outer sleeve that you have to take off, then you can get the top clear part off and you’ll see that it’s attached to the top of the inner box.  I could not for the life of me figure out how to get the GoPro off the box.  Now inside the box there are instructions, not a very big instruction manual, but they encourage you to go to their website for the rest of the details that you might need.  I read the instructions three or four times and nowhere in here does it tell you how to get the camera off the box.

I didn’t want to break the plastic part on top of the box because I thought it would be a great way to store it maybe, or the mount might be good for something else.  Eventually I figured out that there are two tabs in the front, you squeeze the two tabs together and then the camera will slide right off.  Once I got it all apart and took the inner box out of the inner box I saw the removal diagram right on the back, of course I was in too big of a hurry to play with it to even see that!

Check out my YouTube channel for more GoPro videos on how to get the best deal on GoPro accessories and how I learned the hard way about battery life.

 

Record Your Adventures with a GoPro Hero Camera

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

Whether you are into extreme sports or if you just take your family to the amusement park on occasion, you could really use a GoPro Hero camera to record all the action! With five young kids and a full time job I feel like I’m constantly on the go and never have enough hands. The kids are growing up so quickly though, and I really enjoy getting to do stuff with them so I love the idea of getting to record all our fun activities with a GoPro.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

We are saving up for a Disney trip in the not too far future, but in the meanwhile we have a local water park and a small local amusement park that the kids absolutely love to visit, in addition to our beautiful beaches. Being able to wear or mount a GoPro action camera is huge when you don’t have your hands free, plus they’re super easy to use – you can just view, tap and swipe the screen. There is even a GoPro app that allows you to control the camera remotely from  your phone, as well as view and share your content.

GoPro Hero4 Black

This GoPro HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever. It features improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

GoPro Hero4 Silver

The GoPro HERO4 Silver is the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. It makes controlling the camera easy so you can play back footage and adjust settings quickly and conveniently – just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a whopping 30 frames per second, the HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality image capture with the convenience of a touch display.

GoPro Hero

The original GoPro HERO features high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps. HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

I love to shop at Best Buy because they have such a huge selection of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a wide assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life. Learn more at www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.