How many times have you actually missed the
important shot of the day because your action camera’s battery
Okay, probably not an awful lot. But if something really
important is just right there and can’t shoot, well, let’s be
honest, we use our cellphones. Unfortunately, you don’t want
your expensive smartphone mounted on a helmet, bike handlebar,
or worse, a surfboard. Even if you had a waterproof phone, it’s
just not built for it. It’s the reason why you got yourself an
action camera, remember?
Another point to consider: higher resolutions, higher bitrates,
and higher framerates use more battery power, you’ll run out of
juice faster if you want better quality videos. What to do now?
Do what the pros do: go buy some extra batteries. Yes,
Until they figure out fuel cells for all the gadgets we use
everyday and make it available to the public, you need extra
You’ll probably need at least three in total, if you’re a
One in the camera, one for backup, and another one just in case.
Batteries are cheap. That video of you doing something new for
the first time and pulling it off perfectly, that’s just
Get a charger. And get one that can accommodate those two
batteries should the need arises.
A good reliable power bank stashed in your bag is an awesome
idea too, just make sure it’s also charged.
Don’t go cheap on power banks, the better ones usually have an
overcharge protection, have lab-tested batteries, and a
pass-through technology where you can charge it while you use
it. That way, if you’re around a wall socket you can top it off,
charge the extras, and not worry much. One good thing about
Lithium batteries is that they don’t have to to be fully drained
before you plug them in for charging. Gone are the days of the
Ni-Cad batteries that require you to fully discharge it,
otherwise the memory-effect that plagued Ni-Cads will eat into
Not with Lithiums. Lithiums are a happy bunch. They’re more
forgiving. You can take them off the charger even if they aren’t
Although, it is best to never leave them fully discharged for