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.
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.
The Boosted Battery has some advantages but also some disadvantages.
+ 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.
– 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.
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.