Anyone who owns an action camera would definitely notice that it flattens out pretty quickly and can be accelerated if you keep it switched on throughout the day.
Let’s just say you are using it at the most ‘battery efficient’ manner (we’ll discuss on that below). Most action cams would still last only for about 120 mins maximum, solely on recording. Even the best action cameras last for about 3 hours.
For the average person, that’s definitely not going to be enough. That’s why many have opt to purchase extra batteries and switch them on the go.
That’s why today, we are going to cover some of the battery saving tips that I personally use and also recommend some good batteries I know of, for your action cam.
Tips to Prolong Battery Duration and Improve Life
1. Firmware Updates
Although this can be troublesome at time, it is the most effective a lot of the times.
The results can be seen immediately after you update especially if you have never updated before, or have not updated for some time.
The update removes software ‘bugs’ which drain the battery, so your camera will be more efficient, resulting in longer battery life. Sometimes it is possible that it also brings in additional features and a new interface.
2. Choosing the Right Settings
There are many settings and customization you can change to lower the battery consumption.
Note that some may and may not apply to you.
Some examples would be:
- Switch off or lower beep volume
- Lower LCD brightness
- Turn off LED light indicators
- Decrease duration for auto power off (2 mins) and screen lock (30sec)
- Disable any screensaver
- Switch Off Wi-Fi
- Disable remote (Bluetooth)
3. Lower Your Shooting Resolution
The rule for resolution is quite simple. The higher the resolution, the faster the battery depletes. However, too low of a resolution and the video might appear blurry.
Thus, I feel the best resolution to be shooting at would be 1080p as most social media (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc) support it and it’s good enough for most of the displays we have.
4. Remove The Battery From The Camera When Not In Use For A Long Time
Most of us do not use it on a day to day basis. Hence, when not in use, remove them from your camera and store them in a cool and dry place.
This is a general tip for any electronic device you own, and thus applies the same for action cams.
Over a period of time, if the battery remains in the camera, it’ll still use a bit of power which slowly drains the battery, resulting in a complete discharge. This is not healthy for the battery and it can also result in leakage, which completely kills the battery.
5. Keep It At Room Temperature
The best temperature to use your batteries in would be room temperature.
Try not to expose it to cold weather or very warm weather for too long as that will hurt your battery in the long run.
6. Keep Remote Features To A Low
Most action cams have wireless capability (smartphone, Bluetooth remote), which of course makes navigation more convenient but at the same time, can reduce battery life.
Hence, whenever you do not need it, be sure to switch it off as it really consumes way more power than if it were switched off.
My Recommendations For Extra Batteries
What batteries should you get?
I’d personally recommend getting batteries that are produced from the original brands as they are your best bets and also it doesn’t cost a lot more, compared to 3rd parties ones.
To avoid you falling and ending up with bad batteries which could potentially ruin your entire trip, here are some recommendations I know that work well with action cams.
PG1050 (Most Used Battery in Action Cams)
There are as far as I know, 3 variations in battery capacity, 900mAh, 1050mAh and 1150mAh (only 3rd parties ).
They also do vary in size, but generally, the size difference would be negligible as they would still be able to fit in interchangeably, although some are tighter and looser than others. However, if you can, choose ones that dimensions are the closest to the battery you are using now.
Xiaomi MiJia (1450mAh)
Sony AZ16-1 (Yi Lite/ Yi 4K/ Yi 4K+)
Thieye (T5/T5e/V5s/V6 4K/i60/i60e)
Note that the 1100mAh battery is used for the Thieye T5/T5e, the 1180mAh battery is used for the Thieye V5s/V6 4K, while the 1050mAh is used for the Thieye i60/i60e.
That’s all for this quick action cams battery guide!
I hope you’ve learnt a thing or two!
If you have any questions or want me to verify any certain brand of batteries, feel free to leave a comment down below!
If not, thanks for reading and have a great day ahead! 🙂