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Switronix DVGP3USB Battery Eliminator USB with 10-Feet Power Cable (Black) for GoPro 3/3+
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- Power GoPro from a USB Power Source
- Coupler Fits in Place of GoPro Battery
- Incorporates a 10' USB Power Cable
- Works with Skeleton Back Door
- For HERO3 and HERO3+ Models
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The DV-GP3-USB is a power extension cable allowing you to power the GoPro Hero 3/3+ from the OEM Wall or Auto adapters, or from any available USB
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It melted inside my GoPro and also melted the camera. Camera still works but is distorted and the mode button is very hard to use now. Also the shutter button and mode button have lost the "click" or "tap" you would normally feel when the button has engaged. Worked for a little while. I will buy another one but maybe they could add a internal fuse or a thermal disconnect to prevent damage to the camera?
The way it fits in the GoPro camera housing is a precise fit. The battery door is eliminated as the square piece has tiny recesses where the door lock tabs engage. The door latches retain the Battery Eliminator perfectly, no slop at all.
Second concern: Nowhere did I see any kind of power requirement for the GoPro. I own a new Hero 3+ Black and I used the cable while also having WiFi functionality turned on. I was shooting a time lapse that needed to last at least 4 hours. I tried using the cable with a USB plug adapter that was rated for 550mA at 5.0VDC. It was not powerful enough to power the camera. After a minute or less it would shut off. I tried a Apple USB A/C adapter rated for 2.1 Amps (2100 mA) and the camera hasn't encountered a single problem since.
In summary, the Battery Eliminator is a must have accessory for anyone who wants to shoot extended time lapse shots with their GoPro. It's construction, though solid, needs to be handled with care so that you don't break the wires while installing it in your camera or in the clear GoPro housing with the skeleton door. And make sure you are using a USB A/C adaptor that supplies at least 1Amp (1000mA) of current at 5VDC.
I also got to plug it into an outlet one day to do a time lapse of a cool storm that came through the area. I completely forgot I had it on and it wasn't till the camera beeped at me notifying me the memory card was full, did I remember I left it on. The cord is long enough to give you plenty of space to place your camera close to a power source and give you flexibility on where to place it.
This piece works like a charm!
Sometimes I don't like the extra length of the cord but, then again, sometimes I do.
Look for Velcro strips to hold it along a telescoping pole so you can utilize an extended battery pack.
Great for large events.
I received a replacement and am happy to say that it is operating as I had wished.
To make sure that there were no similar issues to the original order I tugged, lightly shook, etc., this battery eliminator and it stayed firmly seated and never lost a connection.
Thank you Amazon for your replacement policy!
OLDER, ORIGINAL REVIEW
It looked to be well built.
Seated well and snug in the back of my Hero 3+ Black Ed.
Powered up with something of a delay over batteries (I have an original and two Smatrees; they're awesome! (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K5LSA3I?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_47)
BUT, IF I BARELY MOVED THE CAMERA OR THE CORD, THE POWER WOULD CUT OFF.
I re-seated the unit multiple times. Traded it with batteries then this "Eliminator" to make sure that it was not something else and every time:
The batteries worked perfectly and the "Eliminator" failed.
Must be a short in the cord or a connection problem where the cord/wiring connects with the housing that seats in the camera.
ON A SIDE NOTE.
Amazon's Replacement option is wonderful in theory but in practice you may think otherwise.
After going through the simple steps I found out that the replacement would not be delivered for three weeks to a month.
Though the item was not Prime, it was from a Fulfillment center and I received it one day after my other Prime items from my order.
I called to ask why it would take so long and was given the option for a refund.
I told the Amazon rep not to do anything. I had to take a client's call and, again, ended our conversation with "Don't do anything!"
Then I received a refund for a lesser amount and my Replacement Order was cancelled.
The item is available again but at a higher price.
An extremely helpful Amazon employee tried to help me but the system will not allow the original order price to stand.
How much does Prime cost now?