Forever power for your
(at least it feels that way)
destroy your POV-1, POV-1.5, or POV-HD by using the below
procedure, it's not my fault. I took a calculated gamble and it
[ Monday - June 13,
Having owner the VIO POV-HD for a couple of weeks now, I find myself
frustrated that I can't seem to be able to power the unit for any
of time. Either that or I'm tethered to the bike power and I
film away from the bike. Not only that but the Lithium AA
batteries are expensive for 5 hours of life. This is defeating
the purpose of having
a POV system. Fortunately for me, I have enough VIO equipment
that a light bulb ignited in my head. I did a
quick test. Next thing I know, I'm once again untethered from the
bike and treating the POV-HD like the POV-1 with rechargeable
batteries. Below are the steps that I
took to do this. I don't know if you have the same equipment, but
I'm sure you can find an equivalent Li-Ion battery source.
To start with, I went ahead and ordered one of these for the
POV-HD. You'll definitely need one of these power adapters
for you POV-HD to allow for use of a different power source other than
4 x AA batteries. Trust me, you don't want to use NmH batteries
as they don't have the capacity needed for the POV-HD. Even
freshly charged, my NmH lasted at best one hour. It blows to
rechargeable batteries so much in a ride. 8 hours of charging for
1 hour of use. Not cool.
Of the three items in the kit, you only need these two items.
With the cord that's suppose to connect to the vehicle power, just cut
off the two circular battery connectors. Note that the wire with
the fuse is the positive lead. Now strip the wire housing to
expose the copper inside. Be careful not to over strip the wire
as the copper inside is quite delicate. I had to make a couple of
attempts before I'm able to get a good bundle of copper. The wire
was getting shorter and shorter.
Next you'll need to evaluate your battery power source. In my
case I had a couple (three) of these old VIOSPORT power packs that
supplied power to the older VIO Adventure and H2O cameras.
Note the battery pack says VIOSPORT.
This battery pack makes things convenient for me. No matter what
battery packs you use, make sure the battery pack has the below specs.
EC7122 External Li-Ion Power Pack, (Warning: Please read instructions
before use.) <-- Charger input/DC Output
Outside connector: negative, Inside connector: positive.
2000mAh Lithium-Ion inside, Charger Input: 8.7VDC, Assembled in Taiwan,
DC Output: 12V, 250mA, Cells made in Japan
Basically, you want 12VDC. Vehicle power is normally 12VDC or
14VDC. The mAh is just your electrical reservoir.
Here are some other images about the VIOSPORT battery pack kit's
Charging of the batter pack. The VIOSPORT battery pack has to be
turned off to charge.
Anyway, I bought one of these connectors to hook up to the battery pack.
I didn't use the full length. The wire was trimmed to side.
Next, it's a bit of operating on the wire above and the coiled cord
comes with the POV power kit. An alternate wiring method is to
find yourself an SAE connector and solder the wire above to the SAE
connector. If you're going the SAE route, be sure to solder the
female SAE connector to the positive, and the male connector to the
negative. Look at the image below.
I wish I had the SAE connector. That way I wouldn't need to
cannibalize the coiled battery cord in the POV power kit. I might
find myself an SAE connector later when my existing setup goes bust.
You might want to have a volt meter/ohm meter handy to verify your
wiring is correct and good before connecting everything together.
Use the ohm meter to verify the wires are all well connected. Use
the volt meter to make sure you're getting that 12VDC from your battery
pack. Now it's just a matter of connecting the entire system
together and checking to see if the POV-HD powers on correctly.
I bought some webbing from REI and a
couple of connector and built myself a shoulder sling for the POV-HD.
The POV-HD sits in a pouch made from a bunch of double sided
Velcro. The battery also sits in a Velcro pouch.
A close look at the mating between the coiled power cord and the
The POV-HD is now powered by the small Li-Ion battery pack.
You can barely see it, but the POV-HD shows all 4 bars in the battery
It's full on power.
You can use other battery packs with similar specs. Here are a
couple of reasons why I like the VIOSPORT battery pack.
Unfortunately VIO doesn't make these battery packs any more.
On/Off switch so I can't waste power when I don't want the battery pack
to run down.
The batter pack comes with a power on indicator and ...
... a power level indicator. How cool is that?
Here's the amazing thing about these VIOSPORT Li-Ion power packs.
When I got my POV-1 three years ago, I charged these batteries before
stowing them away. Li-Ion isn't suppose to have memory, but from
what I've heard, it's better to charge the battery and put the
away. Now that I have the POV-HD, I simply pulled these battery
packs off the shelf and just started using them because they're still
fully charged. Well, at least 90% charge. That's
amazing. That's after three years of sitting around not doing
nothing. I guess storing the batteries under ideal conditions had
a lot to do with it (e.g. cool dark dry place).
Unlike the NmH AA rechargeable batteries, I've already done one day of
commuting (approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours) and it doesn't even phase the
battery pack. It nice to leave the POV system recording while
walking around away from the bike. Now this is what I'm talking
about people! These battery packs use to allow me to do an entire
week of commuting (approximately 10+ hours) before charging.
Let's see how long this pack lasts for the POV-HD after sitting around
for three years on the same charge.
And there you have it. The POV-HD is powered from an external
power source that is easily rechargeable without the use of AA
batteries. I wish VIO-POV would create such a product instead of
me having to adhoc some thing, but in the end I had the materials
already, it's just a matter of putting it all together. My
portable power problem for the POV-HD is solved. Now I just need
to gather the $s for those darn 32GB SD cards. They're a pretty
Update [ Wednesday
- June 22, 2011 ]
Unending limitless power? Not quite. At least this battery
pack is able to power the POV-HD for approximately 4 hours. Not
bad for a small 2000mAh battery pack. The only down side for
using this battery pack system is I have to set the clock every time I
power the unit on. It's a slight annoyance, but it only takes a
couple of seconds to do. However the ability to record the time
in the video is worth the couple of seconds. 4 hours worth of
reusable power is definitely better than buying packs after packs of
expensive disposable Lithium AA batteries. This is definitely
more cost effective to operate. With the stats I have, it appears
the unit consumes approximately 500mA per hour when recording. At
this point I really don't need a larger capacity battery pack.
Still here's an interesting website full of battery packs that can be
adapted for use by the POV-HD. There are some really cool battery
Written on: June 13, 2011
Last modified: June 22, 2011