November 14, 2013

Use Canon Batteries to Power Your GoPro HERO3 with the Tehkron CagePro

Tehkron CagePro for GoPro HERO3The GoPro HERO3 has really brought the popularity of the ultra-portable cameras to a whole new level with incredible performance in a very tiny package, but there are still some major gripes from filmmakers who are trying to have more control over their image and want a better way to power and mount the device. In comes the Tehkron CagePro. The cage is designed not only to let you power your GoPro with the very popular Canon LP-E6 batteries (used in cameras like the 7D and Mark II/Mark III), it will also let you attach filters to the front of the camera to better control exposure (rather than just letting the camera set a very high shutter speed). Click through for more on the cage.

What it is exactly:

Our unique Patent Pending design solves several problems for filmmakers who use the GOPRO® HERO3 / HERO3+in professional production and broadcast environments. First and foremost, our cage offers additional mounting points - an important feature to minimize vibrations when rigging the GOPRO® to cars, motorcycles, planes, boats, and more.

The CagePro also incorporates a 62mm threaded filter ring to further improve the image quality from the GOPRO® HERO3 / HERO3+ Cameras. By adding an ND Filter you can reduce shutter speeds on bright days which can help to reduce Jello and Rolling Shutter effects. Or slap on a CPL (circular polarizing) filter to reduce glare on reflective surfaces and enhance color saturation in skies, oceans, and trees.

Tehkron CagePro for GoPro HERO3 Battery Compartment

Here's how it works:

Our internal circuit board drops the 7.2V battery down to safe USB operating voltage. The GOPRO® HERO3 / HERO3+ is connected to the CagePro through a USB cable that will charge the internal GoPro battery when it's powered off, or continue to power the GOPRO® Hero3 / Hero3+ when in use.

Essentially you put your GoPro in the Skeleton housing (the non-waterproof one), and it then slides into the cage. There are a bunch of cages out there for the GoPro, but I believe this is the first that powers from Canon batteries and gives you the threaded ring for filters (feel free to correct if that's not true). That second part is really just as crucial as the Canon battery capabilities, because you can fine-tune exposure settings by using an ND filter. This will keep the camera from using super high shutter speeds that can make the shot look a bit more amateur.

For $180, it's really not much of an investment for the features it adds, and apparently should also work with the new HERO3+. You can get the handle-less version for $150, but the added mounting points and the ability to actually grab and go seems like it's worth the extra $30.

You can find both versions for sale over on PNC Photography and Cinema at the links below.

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11 Comments

It´s f..king expensive and i think there are better and cheaper solution

November 14, 2013 at 3:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Udo

This is more expensive than some other cages, but it not only powers the camera with cheap Canon batteries, it also gives you a bunch of mounting points and a filter ring. I don't know that anything else exists out there that can do all of those things.

November 14, 2013 at 3:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Joe Marine
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Oh cool, it isn't a Kickstarter!

November 14, 2013 at 4:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Chevron with Tehkron?

November 14, 2013 at 7:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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James

5h hours battery life is pretty cool, but im gonna test those usb power packs one from anker is about £35, but canon/dslr batteries seem solid so using these seem to be a more reliable solution

November 14, 2013 at 8:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Whispers

I've ordered one - mainly for the filter idea but the battery adapter will be useful too. Its always a little bit stressful worrying about it.
It had better fit the HERO3+ too at that price :-)

November 14, 2013 at 10:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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marklondon

The Hero3+ is the exact same size as the Hero3.

November 15, 2013 at 9:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I bought one and discovered that it has 0, none, nada, zip instructions to go with it. A paper enclosed says to go to the tehkron website to view an instruction video before use. I cannot find a video anywhere on the website. I will probably return it for lack of customer friendliness.

November 17, 2013 at 8:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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RetiredKen

I had to be the bearer of bad news, but this cage will NOT fit the Hero3+. (It will under VERY special circumstances. Once I hear back from GoPro, I will elaborate more...)

November 21, 2013 at 3:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Ed Hecht

Has everyone else had the bad luck with GoPro batteries I've had? The Hero 1 was terrible with batteries, but in just a few months, I've had 3 batteries fail (one gopro and two aftermarket). I've done better with Canon batteries, so maybe this will help. I'll never buy it though, not b/c of the price, but because it's not waterproof, which is one of the main features of GoPros for me.

November 27, 2013 at 4:21AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Daniel Mimura

I meant to say the failures with batteries I've had were with the Hero 3 Black.

November 27, 2013 at 4:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Daniel Mimura