Have you ever wanted to take a looooong time lapse but didn't have the battery power or the equipment to make it, well today I will show you how to make a GoPro external charging cable so you can take those long time lapses you want.
Step 1: Tools and Parts
The tools and parts needed for this project are:
- GoPro (or any other camera with a mini USB connector)
- USB connector
- Mini USB connector
- Ribbon cable
- Soldering Iron
- Rotary tool
- Supper glue
Step 2: Cutting and Bending
Now you have to cut the metal shell off the back of the mini USB connector. Don't cut thru the mini USB connector or your gonna have big problems. Then bend the plastic part in a 90 degree angle but be careful not to break it.
Step 3: Soldering and Adding a String
Heat up your soldering iron and start soldering the two power pins to the ribbon cable. Don't make the solder joint too big because you want the connector to fit into your frame. Solder the ribbon cable to the USB connector and electrical tape to the connection. Now add a small piece of string and super glue it to the mini USB connector for easy removal.
Step 4: Test Fit and Troubleshooting
Test fit the charger and try charging the camera. If the camera couldn't fit in the case then grind the connector lower and try again. test for shorts or other wires that are touching or are not supposed to be connected. I am not accountable for damage caused to your camera or accessorys because of this project.
Step 5: Go Have Fun
The best step in this Instructable. Go out and have fun with you new external charging cable. If you take a time lapse then show me it, I would love to see your time lapses,I put my time lapse down below, Check it out. Have Fun.