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GoPro releases Battery BacPac for HERO actioncam

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March 2, 2011

GoPro has just released its Battery BacPac, which allows a second lithium-ion battery to b...

GoPro has just released its Battery BacPac, which allows a second lithium-ion battery to be added to the back of the HERO HD actioncam (Image: GoPro)

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Just last month, GoPro introduced the long-awaited LCD screen module for its viewfinder-less HERO HD actioncam. At the time, the company stated that the module was the first in a series of BacPac accessories, designed to extend the capabilities of the 1080p high-def camera. Now, the next of those accessories has been released, in the form of the Battery BacPac. It allows an included 1100mAh lithium-ion battery to be mounted onto the back of the camera (which already has its own identical battery), potentially doubling its run time.

As is the case with the LCD BacPac, this new one makes the total camera package thicker when attached. This means that the HERO's existing waterproof housing will no longer be big enough to hold everything, so the module comes with a replacement deeper back door for the housing. Actually, it comes with two – a solid waterproof model, and a lower-weight non-waterproof "skeleton" model.

Once in operation, three LEDs on the back of the module indicate the level of remaining battery life.

GoPro has just released its Battery BacPac, which allows a second lithium-ion battery to b...

As with any of the BacPac modules, it will only work with the 1080p HERO HD, and not the 960p version. It can serve as an off-camera battery charger for either model, however – in this scenario, users could shoot without the extra weight and bulk of the module, instead leaving it hooked up to the USB port of their computer to recharge one battery while the other is in use.

The Battery BacPac is available now via the GoPro website, for US$49.99.

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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