Drift Cameras Power Pack
This can power your Drift device much longer than the battery times.
I bought the Drift Power Pack from Revzilla in January 2015. I powered my Drift Ghost-S camera at 1080p resolution and 30 frames per second for over five hours today using the Power Pack; it is still showing "high" power on the pack indicator. It worked great. This is the best part, and you can stop reading if that's all you want to know. What follows from here may be boring and way too long, but it may save you some frustration. The item photo shows the same charging cable for the wall to power pack charging cable and power pack to camera cable. My power pack shipped with an independent 100-240V wall charging cable. Charge your power pack using the wall power charge cord. To get a full charge, do it before your riding day. One end is the wall charger, the other is a 5.5mm barrel jack power connector. Instructions for using an external power supply with the camera are on page 5 of the Ghost-S manual, but they don't tell you much more than suggesting to power off your camera to avoid data corruption. I froze my camera and couldn't get the power pack to work until I discovered that the following method of using the power pack worked for me every time. Turn off your camera and the power pack. Connect the charged power pack to the camera through the five pin Mini-B connector port on the back of the camera. This is the same port that you use to charge the battery in the camera. My power pack shipped with a 35 5/8" power cord to connect the power pack to the camera. It did not ship with a retractable cord as shown in the item photo, but that's a good thing from what I've read on other websites. The cord has a USB 2.0 Type A connector on one end and a 3.5mm barrel jack connector on the other. You will have to find the USB Mini-B connector among the various connector attachments provided with the power pack to use with your camera. The barrel connector lets you connect to the Mini-B connector and any of the other connectors to use to charge cell phones, tablets and other devices if you want to use the power pack to charge them also. Plug the USB Mini-B connector into your camera and the flat Type A USB into the power pack. Turn on the power pack by holding down the power button on the power pack for about two seconds. The power button will light up with blue lights that show Low-Med-High. The power pack will turn on your camera. You will first see a USB symbol appear on the LCD screen of your camera. This will change to the word "charging" and you will see a flashing red light on top of your camera. Hit the "Action" button on top of your camera for about two seconds. The light on top of the camera will change to solid green, the Drift logo will appear momentarily on your LCD screen and then you will see the video image in the standby mode on your LCD. The LCD video image will go to black depending on the amount of time that you have chosen in your camera settings. Hit the Action button on top of your camera again for about one to two seconds. The green light will change to flashing red on top of your camera; you will hear the normal "record" tone, and you are recording continuously. I recorded with no problems on a full afternoon ride in the mountains. If you don't disconnect the power pack, you can go to standby mode and record without going through all of this again. If you turn off the camera power with the power pack still connected, repeat the above steps. Earlier in the day, before I figured this out, I tried to power the camera with the power pack connected but not on. When I turned on the power pack, the camera froze. I had to remove the battery to unfreeze the camera. When I powered the camera independently, it appeared that the power pack connection wiped out several of my camera and video settings. It altered the settings for my internal mic sensitivity, turned off the date and time stamp, turned off the Manual Car DVR mode that I had set in my camera and made some other minor changes. I guess that this was part of the corruption they warned about in the manual. Although the camera was now set for normal continuous video recording when I got it to work, I found that the camera automatically recorded all of the video throughout the day in 30 minute loop intervals similar to Car DVR mode (don't know why this happens, and interestingly,DVR mode will only record in 1,3,5, and a maximum of ten minute loop intervals.) I was able to route the supplied 35" power cord from the right side of my helmet (where the camera is mounted) to the Drift power pack which I placed in the chest pocket of my jacket. If your camera mounting and power pack storage locations require a cord that is longer than the cord supplied, you can get compatible cords in 1.5ft, 3 ft, 6 ft, 10 ft lengths and longer, although I'm not sure how power transfer might be affected by the longer of these cords. You will be looking for a USB 2.0 Type A to USB 5 pin "Mini-B" connector (Not Type B, not Type Micro-B, not Type Lightning, etc.) Office supply and computer stores have these types of cables. Your Drift camera probably shipped with a cord for battery charging and data transfer with these correct connectors. However, my charging/data cord was heavy duty with ferrite core filters on the cord which I found was too stiff and bulky to run from my helmet mount. I don't know the power pack charging time and the full time that the power pack will power a camera, but you can find some other people's experiences with this on motovlogging websites. So far, the Drift power pack worked great for me, and I recommend the product.
January 21, 2015