Charge your 360 camera while using it: USB power bank handle review and comparison

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From left to right: Vidpro PG-6, Ulanzi BG-1, Ulanzi BG-2, and Wasabi Power Clutch.

Some 360 cameras have non-removable batteries (e.g. Ricoh Theta Z1, Kandao Qoocam 8K, XPhase Pro S) and worse still, some of those have short battery lives (e.g. XPhase Pro S).  Fortunately, many 360 cameras allow charging while shooting.  Here is a table that compares four USB power banks that also serve as handles or small monopods, based on dimensions, weight, capacity, output, input, connectors and price.

  Ulanzi BG-1 Andoer / Ulanzi BG-2 Vidpro PG-6 Wasabi Power Clutch
Dimensions 7.5 inches long
1 inch diameter
6.5 inches long
1.5 inch diameter
5.5 inches long
1.5 inch diameter
8 inches long
1.5 inch diameter
Weight 178 grams 277 grams 181 grams 181 grams
Capacity 5200 mAh 6800 mAh 6000 mAh 5200 mAh
Output 5V 2.1A, USB Type A 5V 2A, USB Type A 5V 2.1A, USB Type A 5V 1A, USB Type A
Input 5V 1A, Micro USB 5V 2A, USB Type C 5V 1A, Micro USB 5V 1A, Micro USB
Connectors Top: 1/4-20 tripod
Base: 1/4-20 tripod hole
Top: 1/4-20 tripod
Base: 1/4-20 tripod hole
Top: 1/4-20 tripod
Base: 1/4-20 tripod hole
Top: GoPro fork
Base: 1/4-20 tripod hole
Price Around $40 Check here Around $30 Check here for Andoer
or
Check here for Ulanzi
Around $25 Check here Around $25 Check here

Vidpro PG-6 and generic version of the Andoer / Ulanzi BG-2
Vidpro PG-6 and generic version of the Andoer / Ulanzi BG-2

I have a generic version of the BG-1 and I have the Vidpro PG-6.  Both have been very useful to me especially for the Qoocam 8K and XPhase Pro S.  Between the BG-1 and PG-6, I prefer the BG-1 because of its smaller diameter, which makes it less visible to a 360 camera.  On the Kandao Qoocam 8K, it can appear invisible as long as the USB cable slack is wound around the handle so that the cable remains within the stitch line.  I also recommend either a mini-ballhead such as this one, or possibly a thin 1/4-20 thumb locknut.

Besides providing power to my cameras, I have also found these power banks useful for places that have banned selfie sticks, such as Disneyland, especially when attached to a mini tripod.

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