Insta360 One R Boosted Battery review and endurance test

Insta360 One R Boosted Battery Endurance Test

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Insta360 One R Boosted Battery Endurance Test

I tested the Boosted Battery of the Insta360 One R (reviewed here).  Here are the results, which were better than expected.

The Boosted Battery is a unique accessory for the Insta360 One R.  Not only does it increase the battery capacity, but it has a built-in mount, which makes it possible to use the Insta360 One R without the camera bracket.  Incidentally, the Boosted Battery also makes it possible to use the “Mad Max Mod” (heat sink) for the Insta360 One R with 360 mod.

Insta360 One R boosted battery with "Mad Max Mod" (heat sink)
Insta360 One R boosted battery with “Mad Max Mod” (heat sink)

ENDURANCE TEST and CHARGING TIME

To test the battery capacity of the One R with Boosted Battery, I recorded with the 360 mod and the 1-inch mod indoors, with no fan or air conditioning, approximately 72 Fahrenheit.  I used the Sandisk Extreme Pro (red and black) 128GB.  Here are the results:

360 mod: 1 hr. 58 mins.  This was more than double the recording time that I got with the standard battery.  This result was without a heat sink.

1-inch mod: 1 hr. 44 mins (partly with heat sink – see details).  First, I was able to record for 45 minutes 17 seconds without a heat sink but the camera overheated (this is about twice as long as what I can get on the 1-inch mod with the standard battery before it overheats).  After allowing the camera to cool down, I added a heat sink and was able to record another 58 mins. 49 seconds, for a total recording time of 1 hour 44 minutes.

I also tested the charging time with the quick charger, and was able to charge it in approximately 1 hour 7 minutes.  On a standard charger, I estimate it would require 2 hours 15 minutes.

Summary

The Boosted Battery has some advantages but also some disadvantages.

Advantages

+ Easy to switch mods.  Without a camera bracket, it was very easy to switch mods, especially the 1-inch mod, which on the normal bracket requires you to unscrew the front element to install or remove the mod.

+ Very long recording time.  The Boosted Battery greatly increases the battery capacity of the Insta360 One R.

+ Can attach heat sink to 360 mod.  The Boosted Battery makes it possible to attach a heat sink even to the 360 mod, making it possible to record longer with it.

Disadvantages

– It uses a GoPro fork mount instead of a 1/4-20 mount.  And I found that the nonswiveling mount for the 360 mod doesn’t prevent the Boosted Battery from swiveling.  It needs another nonswiveling mount of its own.

– Not as sturdy.  You need to ensure that the Insta360 One R is fully attached and seated in the Boosted Battery otherwise it could fall off.  Even when fully attached, it will not be as sturdy as the One R with standard bracket.

– Not waterproof.  The One R is not waterproof when using the Boosted Battery.

– Hard to attach accessories.  With a 3rd party bracket with cold shoe, you could attach accessories to the One R.  But the Boosted Battery cannot be used with a bracket.  Without a camera bracket, you cannot attach accessories such as a microphone or LED light.

Verdict:  I’m very pleased with the Boosted Battery and have been using it in place of the quick swap frame for my One R 1-inch mod.  I use the Boosted Base together with this mirror mount (or this unusual version) which can add a cold shoe in addition to a second “monitor” for the One R.

Summer Sale

Meanwhile, FYI the summer sale for Insta360 One R is about to end.  If you don’t have one yet, this is your chance to get it at the best price.

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