The Insta360 One R Boosted Battery can record for 2 hours (360 mod) or more but you lose water resistance. This new cage for the One R with Boosted Battery not only restores that water resistance, but it also has a unique 3-in-1 tripod mount and other advantages.
First, here’s a video about it from Yuqing Guo, a 360 photographer who is one of the designers of the cage:
Issues with the Boosted Battery
Insta360 One R (reviewed here) is a modular 360 camera that can convert to other cameras, using modules such as a 4K action cam or 1-inch camera. One of its accessories is the Boosted Battery Base, which more than doubles the recording time, and in addition, makes it easier to switch modules.
However, the Boosted Battery has some disadvantages. First, when using the Boosted Battery, the One R cannot use its standard frame, which means that it becomes less sturdy, and is no longer waterproof because the connection between the Boosted Battery and the core of the Insta360 One R is not tight enough. The Boosted Battery also has a built-in GoPro fork mount, but because the GoPro mount swivels, the selfie stick can become visible to the 360 module when the camera is tilted out of line with the selfie stick.
The Ulanzi cage was created to address these issues.
Boosted Battery Cage Features
1. Water Resistance: The cage holds the modules of the Insta360 One R tightly, which enables the One R and Boosted Battery to be water resistant when used with the cage.
2. 3-in-1 Tripod Mount: The Ulanzi cage has a unique 3-in-1 tripod mount. First, it has a built-in standard 1/4-20 tripod hole. Second, it has a built-in GoPro mount. Third, the GoPro mount can be pushed in to become a non-swiveling GoPro mount. This means that if you use both the 360 mod and 4K mod, you won’t have to carry two different monopods. You can just use a monopod with GoPro mount and when you use the 360 mod, you can push the cage mount to convert it to a non-swiveling GoPro mount.
3. Two cold shoe mounts: The Ulanzi cage has two cold shoe mounts for accessories, such as an LED light or microphone.
4. Protect your One R: The Ulanzi cage is metal and can protect your One R from some bumps although it offers no additional protection for the lens or touch screen. Nonetheless, it ensures that your modules will not split apart even with a hard impact.
5. Compatible with 360 Mod lens cap. You can continue to use the 360 mod lens cap when using the cage.
6. Reduces overheating (not yet tested): The Ulanzi cage can act as a heat sink to draw heat away from the core, lens and the Boosted Battery. Yuqing is testing this and I’ll update this post with the recording time with and without the cage.
1. Switching mods: To switch mods, you’ll need to remove the One R from the cage, just like the standard One R bracket. Similarly, if you’re using the 1-inch mod, then you must unscrew the front element to insert or remove the One R from the cage.
2. Not compatible with standard battery. This cage is designed only for the Boosted Battery. It is not compatible with the red standard-capacity battery. Yuqing has tried using a spacer with the standard battery and he said that it is not safe enough.
3. Adds weight. The cage weighs about 93 grams. It is not heavy but does add a little weight to the One R, which could be a factor if you use the One R on a drone.