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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 matter if I am out doing photography, hiking or shooting time-lapses I never leave home without 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 times 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 sunrise.

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

 

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When And Why To Use A Polarizing Filter With Your GoPro

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Ever wonder what a polarizing filter is and what it does? In this video, we are taking a look at a couple of polarization filters also knows as CPL’s for the GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 6 Black. These will also be compatible with the GoPro Hero 7 Black which will be released later this fall.

What Is A Polarizing Filter For Your GoPro

A polarizing filter is a filter that attaches to your GoPro and its purpose is to cut back reflections from shiny surfaces such as water, metallic surfaces, glass, even plants, and paved roads. When reflections are minimized your GoPro can capture deeper more true to life colors with more saturation and vibrancy. Filming on water is a perfect scenario. The glare from water can really desaturate the video or photo you take. By adding a polarizing filter the camera can record richer blues in the sky and the water itself. It can also in some situation make the water more transparent so you can film what lies beneath. Another good example is when filming yourself driving with your GoPro. If you have a GoPro mounted on a car on a bright day, the asphalt can be quite shiny. Using a CPL will cut back the glare on both the vehicle and the road leaving you with a beautiful video with deep vibrant colors. Myself I even use one when taking photos of my garden. Plant leaves can have a sheen on them. Using a CPL allows me to capture all the beautiful colors of the flowers easily.

TIP: In order to use a polarizing filter you must use it 90 degrees to the sun. So filming with the sun directly in front of you or behind you will have no polarization advantages when using a CPL with your GoPro.

What CPL Filter Is Right For You & Your GoPro

There are many CPL filters on the market for your GoPro, In this video a take a look at two. The first filter is by SandMarc which has a rotating dial that sets the polarization. The second one by Telesin has to be removed and rotated to set the desired polarization. I have used both extensively and I have found that both provide similar results with the quality of footage that is produced. The SandMarc filter is easier to use as you can just dial and rotate the filter to get the appropriate polarization, whereas the Telesin CPL must be removed and rotated manually. There is a large price difference between the two the SandMarc CPL runs about $39 and the Telesin comes in at $12. Even though its cheaper the Telesin polarizer filter also includes a lens cap to help protect the lens for smudges and scratches. One other nice feature the Telesin brand has is the ability to lock the lens on the GoPro via an Allen key and screw. This is important as the large lenses have been known to fly off when being used at high rates of speed, the wind velocity can work the lens off. There is no way to tighten the SandMarc polarizer filter. Just keep in mind over tightening the screw can leave marks on the GoPros finish.

Watch our demonstration video where we show you how to use and install these polarizing filters on your GoPro. We also include some sample footage showing you the difference of using a polarizing filter and not using one.

Currently, the Sandmarc CPLS are on Backorder I will add a link to it when it’s available.

Telesin CPL for Hero 5/6 Black: https://amzn.to/2xsAf2j

 

SandMarc CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

Telesin CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

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Affordable YouTube Studio Lighting | FalconEyes SO-48TD Review

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If you are in the market for affordable lighting for you home YouTube studio you may just want to take a look at the FalconEyes SO-48TD, a high-quality light without a big price tag. If you are just starting out with creating YouTube content one of the most important thing besides your camera is lighting. If your filming outside this is not so much of an issue, but if your creating an indoor studio lighting is a crucial part of your setup.

There is a lot to choose from when it comes to lighting, some really cheap options, and some really expensive ones as well. If you’re just starting out you may want to choose some on the cheaper side, especially if you are just doing YouTube as a hobby and don’t want to invest a lot of money. I strongly recommend the FalconEyes SO-48TD. They can produce stunning results without breaking the bank. This series of lights come in 3 output sizes, a 28 watts, 48 watts and 68wattst. Anyone of these light would do the trick. There are many ways to set up the lights. Traditionally you would want at least one main key light and a second light for accenting.

The FalconEyes SO-48TD lights can be connected to one another wirelessly if you so choose. The benefits of this are allowing you to adjust all your lighting together. You can make an adjustment of color temperature or brightness on one and all connected lights will be adjusted automatically. The lights can be powered by both batteries and a wall socket. This makes the light very versatile if you would like to take it to a location where it can not be plugged into a wall. The unit has a nice touchscreen for controlling the brightness and temperature. The temperature range is from 3000K to 5600K and the brightness can be adjusted in 1% increments.

Another key feature of this light is that it replicates the use of a softbox and provides nice even soft lighting. This is achieved by a ring of LED lights around the outside of the fixture that point inward. The light is then reflected back out through a diffuser providing nice soft light without the bulk of big light boxes.

I think this is a great light for anyone looking to set up a YouTube studio in their home. The kit includes a nice travel case, however, you will need to purchase some light stands as they are not included in the package. I will include some links to the ones I use. They are good and solid and at an affordable price as well.

Three sizes of lights to choose from
FalconEyes SO-28TD: https://amzn.to/2Myhctr
FalconEyes SO-48TD: https://amzn.to/2vuzW6P
FalconEyes SO-68TD: https://amzn.to/2AY23QR

Neewer Light Stands: https://amzn.to/2OZSjsn

Batteries (2 different styles)
NP-F750/970: https://amzn.to/2vFx3jJ
or you can use the Sony V Mount style without an adapter
https://amzn.to/2ntBUQA

 


FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The removable wireless antenna of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

V-Mount adapter of the FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The touchscreen of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

Removable battery adapter for the FalconEyes SO-48TD. When removed it reveals a V-Mount connector that can be used with Sony V-Mount batteries as well.

 

Back view of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The FalconEyes SO-48TD comes with a nice carrying case.

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