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Anker PowerCore 26800 mAh Time-Lapse Test | How Long Will It Last

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I have been using the Anker 26800 mAh power bank for a while now and have been really impressed by the amount of power it can hold. No mater if I am out doing photography, hiking or shooting time-lapses I never leave home with out it. For the amount of power it can store it still has a reasonably small footprint and can be easily packed in your camera bag or backpack.

Anker PowerCore 26800 Power Bank TimeLapse Test

How long will the Anker PowerCore 26800 mAh power bank last when doing a GoPro time-lapse? This is a question I have been asked many time and until now I was only guessing. I have done many 8 to 10 hour time-lapses using this incredible power bank but never pushed it to see how long it could actually go. I decided to film a time-lapse of some sunflower seedlings growing and just let it run until the power bank was empty to see just how long it would last. For this test I used my GoPro Hero 5 Black and the Anker PowerCore 26800 mAh power bank. I connected the power bank to my Hero 5 black via a 6 foot Anker USB C cable. The Hero 5  internal battery was at about 80% charge when I started. All services were enabled on the GoPro such as GPS and WiFi. I had my GoPro set to capture a frame every 30 seconds.

I started the time-lapse at 7:00 A.M. in the morning and when I checked on it 15 hours later the charge indicator on the Anker power bank had only gone down by one bar. At this point it had already acceded my expectations. I let the timelapse continue throughout the night and when I check on it in the morning (24 hours in) the power indicator had only dropped by 2 bars (out of 4). I let the time-lapse continue throughout the 2nd day and the Anker power bank finally ran out of juice that evening around 10 P.M. So my test showed that the Anker PowerCore 26,800 mAh power bank could perform a 39 hour time-lapse non stop. At this point the GoPro battery now had a power level of 100% so I could have pushed the timelapse another hour or two.

This power bank is definitely an essential tool to any GoPro time-lapse creator especially those wanting to shoot long overnight night-lapses. Another thing to note is the LCD screen on my Hero 5 Black stayed on during the whole 39 hour time-lapse at 100% brightness. This is important to know as the LCD screen draws a significant amount of power, this makes the 39 hours of run time even more impressive.

Things To Consider: Keep in mind I was shooting at an interval of 30 seconds, If you shoot at a lower interval rate say 5 seconds it will use more power. If you are shooting a night-lapse again it will draw more power as the shutter on the Hero 5 is open longer and is usually shooting at a continuous interval. However with these results you know you will have more than enough power to film all night from sunset to sun rise.

Equipment Used In This Test.

Anker PowerCore 26800 Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2pREuQC
Anker 6′ USB C Cable: http://amzn.to/2pkW3Y8
GoPro Hero 5 Black: http://amzn.to/2pR0FZm
MeFoto Tripod: http://amzn.to/2pQW1KM

 

Watch the video of this Anker power bank time-lapse test.

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The Complete Beginners Guide for the GoPro Hero (2018) | How To Get Started

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If you are a brand new owner of the new GoPro Hero 2018 or plan on getting one soon. Perhaps this is your very first GoPro and you are finding yourself a little overwhelmed on how to get started as GoPro includes very little documentation in the box. I have put together this very detail beginners guide for the GoPro Hero 2018 to help those who are new to get up and running quickly. This easy to follow beginners guide will help you understand the menu system and the different shooting modes. The new Hero 2018 is a great camera for beginners as it has a simplified menu with basic shooting modes. Watch our beginners guide for the new GoPro Hero (2018) on our YouTube Channel or below in our embedded video.

Our GoPro Hero Beginners Guide covers the following topics:

  • Unpacking the camera.
  • Installing the battery and memory card.
  • How to charge your GoPro Hero 2018.
  • Understanding the mounting system for GoPro’s.
  • Powering on for the first time and initial setup.
  • A look at the menu system and various shooting modes.
  • Basic settings for shooting video.
  • How to record video.
  • How to take pictures.
  • How to shoot bursts.
  • How to record a time-Lapse.
  • How to use the GoPro voice commands.
  • How to use quick capture.
  • GoPro gear for beginners.

Best Memory Card for the new GoPro Hero 2018

There are many types and sizes of memory cards on the market that will work with the new GoPro Hero 2018 but to keep things simple I recommend the Lexar 633x it is a great memory card at a decent price and I have always had good luck with them.  You can choose how much storage you would like the most common is 32 GB or 64 GB. This determines how many photos and videos can be stored on the camera.

Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2HClpuq
Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2JL8PK8

Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2vgdSiD
Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HBPLxr

If you are a first time GoPro owner I have put together a list of GoPro gear that I think every first time GoPro owner should have in their camera kit.

GoPro Hero 2018 (USA) https://amzn.to/2vdi3vz
GoPro Hero 2018 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qyoF1U

GoPro Camera Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2ENLeVq
GoPro Camera Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2IZ0DVF

GoPro Shorty (USA) https://amzn.to/2EN5NRW
GoPro Shorty (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vlGd7k

GoPro Floating Handle (USA) https://amzn.to/2JKQHQI
GoPro Floating Handle (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qztiZP

GoPro Dual Charger (USA) https://amzn.to/2GXeXkG
GoPro Dual Charger (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vj8dbD

Manfrotto Extension Pole (USA) https://amzn.to/2HAPfQ6
Manfrotto Extension Pole (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HAhFd8

RAVPower Power Bank (USA) https://amzn.to/2qBbmxJ
RAVPower Power Bank (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qz3A7B

GoPro Handlebar Mount (USA) https://amzn.to/2JNNvne
GoPro Handlebar Mount (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vga8xB

Don’t hesitate to ask question via any of my social media channels or right here on my blog!

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Must Have $10 Upgrade For Your GoPro

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If you own a GoPro this is a very inexpensive must have upgrade that everyone needs. One annoyance that I have had with my GoPro is having to remove it from the frame every time I want to charge it or plug in a microphone. With this 3rd party GoPro frame you can open and remove the charging door on your GoPro without having to remove it from the frame, saving a lot of time and aggravation. This frame also seems to be a better build quality than the stock frames, it has a nice rubberized coating. This is such a simple little fix, I wonder why GoPro has not implemented it yet on their official frames. Because they all have the same form factor this 3rd party frame is compatible with the Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and the new GoPro Hero (2018).

GoPro Upgraded Frame: https://amzn.to/2EI58kP

 


This 3rd Party frame allows easy access to the GoPro charging door.

 

You can see the difference in the cutout. Stock GoPro frame on the right and 3rd party frame on the left.

 

Charging door can easily be opened and removed without having to remove the camera from the frame.

 

Allows you to easily charge your GoPro or plug in a microphone.

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