Actually the battery of the Gopro is a real shame. The camera costs a lot of moeny, and its battery lasts maybe for one hour (if you use wifi and it is operating).
I have 2 Gopro’s; the White and the Black +. The Black plus should have a better performance, but if you install the camera on the plane, you have to turn it on to see the right angle of the picture, so you are already draining it. Once all the preflight checks completed I used to turn it on to forget it and to be able to concentrate on the flight. On this manner it lasts for approximately 1 hours and something, so if you plan to make a longer flight: FORGET IT!
Unfortunately you cannot walk out during the flight and change the battery. A good solution would be the Battery BacPac. On this manner you will win some additional juice and power for your gopro. Unfortunately my bacpac dind’t arrived, so I was not able to try it out…
On my last flight we came with my pilot friend Daldo on a idea to use the Remote Control, to save the battery. The advantage of the app is that you can see that it works properly (however it happened that it freezes on the mobiles’s display, so you are not sure whether it works or not). The advantage of the remote is, that you can turn the camera off and you save the battery. You record certain moments you are interested in, then you turn it off. On this way the battery lasts longer; maybe up to 2 hours.
Anyway it is a shame that the camera is so expensive and has such a bad performance. The marketing is marvellous, so it sells very good. Maybe some other advise on good performance camera instead of gopro?
I have also discovered, that my battery lasts longer if I use my ipad charger; it seems that if you connect it to your PC doesn’t provide the battery with enough “juice” for charging. So I am charging my battery only using my Ipad charger.
I will share with you some of the pictures I’ve made on our trip to Gran Canaria, hope you will like them!