• August 30, 2019 at 3:42 pm #13074
    TexTex
    Participant

    I have an HJC Max-II modular full face helmet with my Hero 4 mounted on the right side. It was the only place I could mount it without interfering with the modular face protector. I’ve been using GoPro batteries with the battery snap-on backpack, but those only last about 1.5 – 2 hours. Plus, they generate enough heat to overload the camera in its housing causing the camera to shut down (common known problem). I’ve decided to go with an open GoPro frame, eliminate the battery back-pac, and go with an external 6000 mAh (Ubio Labs model PWB1026) battery to constantly charge the GoPro internal battery.

    I’m looking for suggestions on how and where to mount the external battery. I’ve run out of ideas.

    TIA

    Tex

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    NAVY
    in-country '68-'70 PBR-759
    GM3/ FTG2
    SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
    Retired Senior Software Manager
    Retired A&P
    ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
    FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

  • September 10, 2019 at 12:59 pm #13118
    Jim McCrainJim McCrain
    Participant

    The over-heating issue is because the internal battery is constantly being charged.  This generates heat.  The Hero 4 has a “battery eliminator” that lets you run the GoPro directly from an external USB supply.  No battery being charged = no overheating.  Check Amazon for the Hero 4 Battery Eliminator.

    Once I started using the battery eliminator, my heat issues were gone and the camera would run for hours!

    Cheers!

    Hoofer

    Jim "Hoofer" McCrain
    Photographer, Midway Route (2019)
    Road Guard, Midway Route (2017, 2018, 2019)
    Road Guard, Southern Route (2016)
    Tail Gunner, Southern Route (2015)
    FNG, Southern Route (2014)

    • September 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm #13139
      TexTex
      Participant

      I’ve never tried it, but, with an external battery (plugged in to the left side of the unit with that mini-USB connector) can you run the GoPro without ANY battery in the internal battery compartment ? Is that GoPro battery eliminator required for external power ? I just have a 6000 mAh battery that I am putting in a compartment on the back of my helmet and running a short USB cable up to the side mounted cam.

      NAVY
      in-country '68-'70 PBR-759
      GM3/ FTG2
      SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
      Retired Senior Software Manager
      Retired A&P
      ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
      FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

  • September 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm #13177
    PawkeePawkee
    Participant

    I have mine setup with a battery eliminator which is connected through to the motorcycle battery.  I also wired in a microphone which is mounted near my ear speaker so the video would capture all the CB comms while filming .

    Pawkee
    RFTW Southern Route FNG 2007
    RFTW Southern Route Road Guard 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
    RFTW MIDWAY Road Guard 2015, 2016, 2018 (remote), 2019 (remote)

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