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Solar Charger for Your GoPro | Anker PowerPort Solar Review



If you are like me, there are some adventures you plan where hydro will not be available but you still need a way to keep your GoPro’s and gear powered while off the Grid. Power banks are your best solution but they don’t last forever and can add a lot of weight to your backpack or camera bag which is not ideal if you will be doing a lot of hiking.

The best solution in this scenario is a solar charger for your GoPro. Anker makes the PowerPort solar and it is a lightweight, compact and durable solar charger for your GoPro that performs very well even in cool and cloudy conditions. During my testing on an overcast 1 degree (-3 with windchill) Canadian winter day I could get about a 23% charge every 30 minutes. You can achieve a full charge of your GoPro’s battery in about 2 hours on a cold overcast winter day, that is pretty impressive. I haven’t been able to test it on a bright sunny day yet, but even at 2 hours for a charge, I am extremely pleased with. Charging on a bright sunny day will only achieve even better results. The 3-panel unit outputs 2.4 amps per port or 3 amps overall in ideal conditions. Like all Anker chargers, it utilizes its IQ technology delivering the fastest charge your device will handle so you do not have to worry about damaging what every you are charging. It also has short-circuit and surge protection built in to keep your devices safe.

The Anker PowerPort Solar comes in two configurations with about a $10 U.S. price difference between the two. There is a 3-panel version and a 2-panel version. When folded both models occupy the same small footprint, they are extremely light (14.7 oz) and will not take up much room or add a lot of weight to your pack.

PowerPort Solar 3 Panel
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3 Panel Anker solar charger for GoPro

The Anker GoPro solar charger can be utilized in many different ways. You can lay it out on a flat surface or it can be hung on a backpack so you can charge your equipment while you are on the move. It can also be draped over rocks or hung from a tree to keep it out of your way. There is a handy Velcro pocket that contains the USB charging ports. This pocket can also be used to store your devices while charging.

Velcro pocket and charging ports on the Anker GoPro Solar Charger.

All in all I am very happy with the unit and it has now made its way into my top 10 must have GoPro accessories. This Anker solar charger is not only great at charging GoPro’s but it can charge any device that is capable of being charged via USB like smartphones, drones or tablets. In addition, this unit can be used with dual chargers to charge multiple batteries at once and when all your batteries are charged you can plug in your power banks and top them off as well. Think of the possibilities. With the Anker PowerPort solar you don’t have to worry about running out of power when on the go.

Update: The sun finally made an appearance were I live and I was able to conduct some tests on a partly sunny day. I found I could get an average of about a 38% charge in 30 minutes in my tests. Just amazing for an inexpensive solar panel. With these results it’s easy to conclude that you could easily charge your GoPro in an hour on a sunny day.

You can watch our YouTube video review below.

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Tips & Tricks For The GoPro Hero 7 Black



Every year I put together a tips and tricks video for the current generation of GoPro Cameras as a way to help new users get the most out of their GoPro. Some of these tips are similar to the older GoPro”s but there are some new tips that are unique for the Hero 7 Black. Some of the tips include:

  • Removing Protective Lens Cover
  • Removing Battery Door
  • Front LCD Navigation
  • Charing/Using With Power Banks
  • ISO Settings for Time-Lapses
  • Flat Colour Profile
  • Disabling LED’s & Beeps
  • Playback Footage In SlowMotion
  • Battery Saving Tips

Watch our YouTube tips and tricks video for the GoPro Hero 7 Black.

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Hero 7 Black Beginners Guide | How To Get Started



Every year when GoPro releases a new generation camera we always create a beginners guide to help those who are brand new and have or will be purchasing their very first GoPro. In September GoPro introduced the new GoPro Hero 7 Black and so we have created a newly updated beginners guide just for it. This beginners guide is created for those who have no experience and have never used a GoPro. In this beginners guide, we cover such topics including:

  • Unpacking your new GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  • How to mount your GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  • Install the battery in the Hero 7 Black.
  • How to charge the GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  • Best memory for the Hero 7 Black.
  • Powering on and setup of the Hero 7 Black.
  • Connecting the Hero 7 Black to the GoPro Quick app.
  • Shooting modes on the Hero 7 Black.
  • Menu tour of the Hero 7 Black.
  • Voice commands for the Hero 7 Black
  • How to use quick capture.
  • Essential gear for the GoPro Hero 7 Black.

This is part one in our beginners guide series for the Hero 7 Black. Part 2 will cover what to do next once you have filmed some great content. We will go over how to transfer your content to your smartphone or tablet so you can share it and even edit it for those who want to take their GoPro content a step further. We will also cover the GoPro app and GoPro Quik app in more detail.

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Other GoPro Hero 7 Black gear to consider.

GoPro Shorty:
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Silicone Sleeve:
Power Bank:
GoPro Backpack:
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