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Great looking, feel well made, but not a great value...
on June 26, 2015
After using my original older Wasabi single battery charger a few times, I didn't appreciate the 3.5 hr charge time (battery was not totally dead either).
And it's bulky and charges only 1 battery at a time.
( http://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Power-AHDBT-201-AHDBT-301-AHDBT-302/dp/B00AAIPT76/ref=sr_1_3?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1435348061&sr=1-3 , Item model number: KIT-BTR-Hero3-LCH-Hero3-01 )
So I went looking for a faster charger , and a dual charger.
I found this OEM GoPro, dual charger.
And also found a newer dual Wasabi charger.
The newer dual Wasabi's published their ratings for the currents (higher than the older single one)... but the GOPRO didn't.
(the more current, the faster you can charger a battery - to a point , too much cause too much heating = destroy a battery)
so wasn't sure which would be better.
So bought the GOPRO dual the the newer Wasabi dual.
I did a test comparing this OEM GoPro with the Wasabi newer dual charger I bought from Amazon at the same time..
The "Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Dual Charger" Part Number KIT-US-AHDBT302-01.
Look and feel of this GOPRO is top rate OEM quality stuff.
There is a dull grippy feeling coating on it's surfaces.
BUT For the price, you do NOT get a AC USB wall adapter for 12v USB adapter, and no battery.
You only get the charger body shown, that holds the batteries, and an annoyingly short usb mating cable.
The Wasabi hardware feels well made as well.
All bright shinny black hard plastic, and feels solid.
For my testing below:
I used the AC USB adapter Wasabi supplied with the Wasabi kit.
For the GOPRO, I had to find one, I had a SAMSUNG AC USB adapter with the same ratings as the Wasabi.
5V @ 2.1a .
So Game on...Apples and Apples for a power source.
(NOTE: The Wasabi AC USB adapter actually has two outputs, A 2.1A one and a 1A one, of course I used the 2.1A one for the test, and did not plug anything into the 1A USB output.)
So yea the GOPRO works and looks and feels well made, they both work, but who's the fastest charger?
I used the two NEW Wasabi batteries that came with the new Wasabi kit I just bought.
(I've been having great luck with the 2 Wasabi batteries I already owned... I only have 1 OEM GOPRO battery).
(I now have a total of 4 Wasabi batteries)
Each time I took the time to allow the battery to fully discharge in my Hero3+Black, till the camera shut off.
Typically saw 1hr and 5mins thru 15mins, camera sitting recording at 1080p/60frames, I had WIFI on too.
After discharged, I let the batteries cool down before charging, and cleared the data card (using the GoPro battery)
No matter the charger, the Run times were constant, within 5-10minutes of each other, close enough.
Charge times is what I was really interested in.
With only 1 battery in each dual charger.
The Wasabi took 2hrs.
This GOPRO took 2.5hrs (still a lot better than the 3.5hrs on a ~85% discharged battery with my original Wasabi single battery charger)
With two batteries in each dual charger...
The Wasabi took 2hrs (yes, one or two batteries didn't change the charge time) (batteries finished within 5mins of each other).
This GOPRO took 4.25hrs (what I feared) (both batteries finished at Exactly the same time).
So, if you bought this GOPRO charger, it'll do the job well enough with 1 battery at a time, but poor charge time with two totally drained batteries at the same time.
For about 40% less on cost, the Wasabi dual charger kit gives a TON more value over the GoPro dual charger....
- A very powerful AC USB adapter.
- A very powerful 12V USB adapter.
- A longer USB cable (compared to the GoPro dual charger).
- And apparently a much better dual battery charger (compared to the GoPro dual charger).
- AND TWO batteries.
- Dual battery charger.
- Short USB Cable.
The Wasabi kit is the total package , ready to roll dual battery package..
("Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Dual Charger" Part Number KIT-US-AHDBT302-01.
The GOPRO OEM dual charger isn't ready to roll , and it's more expensive, and a slower charger..
(GoPro Dual Battery Charger for Hero 3 and Hero 3+ , Item model number: AHBBP-301