GoPro Volta Battery & Remote Grip Review

At present introduced the brand new Volta Battery+Distant Grip, which is mainly a selfie-stick that features each of these options collectively, mixed with a small pile of different built-in options. As well as, additionally they introduced the brand new GoPro Hero 10 Creator Version, which is a package together with the Volta and different equipment (see my very environment friendly evaluation video . on that).

I’ve been utilizing the for a number of weeks now in my manufacturing workflow, and figured I’d pull collectively my ideas on the way it all works, and w. it’ll match into my arsenal of substances going ahead. It’s a novel piece that has a robust use case, albeit, as you’ll see – not all the time a every day use case (no less than for me).

Observe that GoPro despatched over a media loaner of the Volta to check out, however as ordinary I’ll get that again to them and exit and get my very own by means of regular retail channels. When you discovered this evaluation helpful, take into account a number of the hyperlinks on the backside, or changing into a DCR Supporter, which helps help the positioning and will get you nice behind-the-scenes content material (together with some tidbits on this very evaluation).

The Items:

Contained in the field you’ve basically obtained 4 items:

A) The Volta itself
B) An additional door in your GoPro that enables the USB cable to pass-through
C) A GoPro screw
D) A GoPro USB-C charging cable

It’s so simple as that, . are these items (minus the standard-issue GoPro USB-C charging cable, trigger I forgot that on my journey):

For fast measurement comparability, .’s the Volta subsequent to the GoPro 3-Approach stick and the smaller GoPro shorty stick:

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I’ve lengthy used each the 3-Approach and Shorty sticks. I have a tendency to make use of the 3-Approach for actions like biking or w. I would like extra attain for a wider or distinctive angle shot.

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W.as for the Shorty, I have a tendency to make use of it for operating or w. I simply need a tiny bit higher grip on the GoPro whereas holding it (primarily in order that my arms don’t affect the mics if I’m holding the GoPro itself).

Anyhow, extra on that later.

Integration Facets:

The Volta can mainly be utilized in two core situations (or a mix of the 2):

A) Having the Volta on-stick buttons act as a distant to regulate your GoPro (even when not hooked up)
B) Having the Volta cost and management your GoPro when the cable is hooked up (this consists of wired management of it)

Meaning that you may successfully use the Volta in a lot the identical method as GoPro’s different remotes, albeit clearly fairly a bit bigger. However it does provide you with that flexibility if you wish to stick the GoPro somew. out of shot and use the Volta to set off it.

From a wired standpoint, you’ll first seize that little door that got here with the Volta (that is additionally the identical door that’s been offered individually for some time now), and pop that on (actually, simply rip the opposite door off after which snap this in place).

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Subsequent, merely plug it in. The Volta has a flexi/squiggly cable, and easily snaps proper in:

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At this second, you’ve obtained whole normal distant management over your GoPro. Press the large purple button to both begin/cease recording, or to take a photograph (if in picture mode). After which press the mode button to alter modes:

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You’ll discover on the highest edge, t. are the three mode icons (Timelapse/Video/Picture), that align to the three modes inside the GoPro (and naturally, every mode has a number of profiles, however these aren’t accessible utilizing the Volta buttons, you’d have to the touch your GoPro itself). The small gentle illuminates subsequent to every one, relying in your mode.

After which in case you press the battery icon, you’ll see the battery standing of the Volta grip itself, in 20% increments.

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The Volta has a 4,900mAh battery in it. An ordinary GoPro or GoPro Enduro battery is 1,720mAh, so mainly, you’re filling up 2.85 batteries value. Or easy serviette math says mainly three GoPro batteries.

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The Volta can settle for a 3A/15w Max enter, and outputs at 2.4A/12w max. GoPro says the complete cost time is 2.5hrs utilizing a 3A charger.

Now, you may also management the GoPro from the Volta distant utilizing Bluetooth.  Earlier than we do this, you’ll must replace the firmware in your Hero 9 or Hero 10 digital camera (whereas the Hero 8 or earlier can cost from the Volta, it could possibly’t pair to it). When you do that, and plug within the Volta, it’ll routinely pair the 2 through Bluetooth simply through the cable (for future non-cabled connections). It’s fairly slick.

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Alternatively, you possibly can pair it the old-school approach through the Bluetooth connections menu, w. it’ll present Volta as an choice:

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And, for non-Hero 9/10 cameras (just like the GoPro Max) that don’t get a firmware replace, you possibly can merely use the GoPro Distant choice, and it’ll pair it the identical approach (it simply gained’t be referred to as Volta in your display screen, however performance is equivalent).

Regardless of which technique you need to use (wired or wi-fi), the controls find yourself being the identical. They’re as follows:

– Press Mode+Energy to show in your GoPro
– Press Mode to alter GoPro modes (e.g. video/picture/time-lapse)
– Press the File button to begin recording
– Lengthy-hold the Mode button to show your GoPro off

The Volta will keep in a low-power sleep mode for as much as 24hrs, after which after that, it’ll go into hibernation and also you’ve gotta press a button to wake it up.

Lastly, as a enjoyable tidbit, the Volta itself truly can have its firmware up to date. The digital camera does it on behalf of the VOLTA. It’ll begin to replace the VOLTA as quickly because it’s plugged in, assuming the battery is greater than 10% charged. Presumably, this may be so as to add compatibility with future GoPro cameras, tweak options, or just repair bugs.

{Hardware} Facets:

On the subject of utilization, clearly, its essential intention is as a selfie stick you maintain:

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On the high t.’s a rotating GoPro mount, which rotates in 90* increments (see the video). it’s fairly arduous to rotate by hand and not using a GoPro hooked up to it, and as soon as hooked up, it snaps actually properly in every rotational angle. That means, it’s certain as heck not going to unintentionally rotate until you very forcefully affect one thing (during which case, the rotational angle is frankly the least of your issues).

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Subsequent, in case you’ve obtained a type of fancy GoPro backpacks with the GoPro holder on the strap, you possibly can pop-out the GoPro mounting fingers out the aspect of the Volta. Observe that you just press a button to pop these out:

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This lets you put on it in your backpack, although t.’s no quick-release in that state of affairs, until hooked up to a GoPro mounting plate like this:

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Subsequent, it’s obtained two legs that come out, making just a little tripod.

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Due to the angled nature when it sits down, the peak . is nearly equivalent to that of the Shorty Stick when absolutely prolonged:

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And lastly, on the underside of the Volta is a typical tripod 1/4-20 mount, in case you need to pop this atop a taller tripod stand. And truly proper subsequent to that could be a lanyard gap, within the occasion you may have low self-confidence in your dealing with in sketchy situations capabilities. Which, is me.

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The complete Volta is water-resistant, which GoPro says retains it blissful in rain and snow, however not for dunking. Much less due to the Volta itself, however extra due to the USB-C port in your GoPro being uncovered. That is an space that DJI does a pleasant job of fixing with their magnetic charging port – minus the truth that mentioned equipment have open micro-SD and USB ports, making even rain-resistance non-existent. Sigh.

In any occasion, that’s not a problem . with the Volta:

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Talking of equipment, you possibly can simply use this with a GoPro Media Mod in your digital camera, and might be how quite a lot of Vloggers would use it.

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The GoPro port then plugs immediately into the Media Mod as an alternative, and powers up the entire package.

And with the GoPro Max Lens Mod, the stick gained’t present up within the body, until you’ve obtained the stick pointed straight out (90* angle), so any regular utilization is out of body:

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Once more, virtually talking, every thing . ‘simply works’ from a GoPro compatibility standpoint, and I haven’t stumbled into any weirdness.

Wrap-Up:

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Having used this now for a number of weeks, it definitely has a spot in my arsenal of GoPro equipment, albeit, most likely not a every day spot. I take advantage of, each day, the Shorty stick, after which complement that with the GoPro 3-Approach no less than weekly. By way of weight, the Volta is mainly a wash between the GoPro 3-Approach (the 3-way is 264g, the Volta 248g), besides with out the complete extension and tremendous versatile pivot/angle choices. So the situations w. I’d use the 3-Approach are ones that Volta can’t accomplish.

In the meantime, from a attain and placement standpoint, the Volta and Shorty are mainly the identical. Each could be held for a cleaner shot, and each could be made into little tripods, albeit, the Volta is extra secure in windy circumstances than the Shorty, which may simply tip over being pretty top-heavy as soon as a GoPro is hooked up. The core distinction although is the charging functionality and distant management.

Beginning with the charging aspect, that’s certainly tremendous helpful, particularly for on-the-go kind vlogging, w. I don’t need to take care of swapping GoPro batteries out, and even holding all of them. So for instance, one in all my current vlog-style movies, this biking within the Dolomites one, the Volta would have truly nailed that in not having to have a number of spare batteries floating round my jersey pockets getting moist. That is waterproof, a pile of batteries much less so.

On the buttons/distant aspect, once more, it relies on the circumstances. For me in utilizing GoPro cameras for a decade now, it’s second-nature to faucet the buttons with an prolonged finger whereas holding a Shorty stick/and many others. My mind doesn’t even course of the right way to do it, it’s simply one thing that occurs immediately. So these truly aren’t an enormous profit to me from a every day standpoint, since I personally don’t always shoot myself.

Nevertheless, if I had smaller arms (like my spouse), it’s definitely simpler to press the Volta buttons than attempt to attain up and press the document or mode buttons on the digital camera. And t.’s no arguing Volta is definitely sooner or simpler in that state of affairs, even for me.

Level of all that is, my utilization of it’s going to principally be restricted to days I believe I is perhaps tight on battery, and don’t need to take care of charging or bringing a bunch of batteries. So like I began out – it’ll be in my my assortment of top-drawer GoPro equipment going ahead, simply not a every day driver. However I can perceive in case you vlog every single day, this may possible quicky develop into a every day driver – particularly when mixed with different GoPro bits just like the Media Mod.

With that, thanks for studying!

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