This is a review of the Insta360 One X battery charging cradle, which promises to charge up to two batteries in half the time it takes to charge one battery with the camera’s internal USB charger. Does it really work? Is it worth getting one?
Although Insta360 One X (reviewed here) is the best consumer 360 camera at the moment, one of its weaknesses is the somewhat short battery life, which is around 45 minutes of real-world shooting. Fortunately the battery is removable, and you can get spare ones.
The Insta360 One X battery charger cradle is an accessory for the One X that can charge two batteries at the same time. It also charges the batteries twice as fast as the internal USB charging with the camera itself. With two batteries, it is effectively four times faster at charging.
I ordered one to see how well it really works. The cradle comes in a package that includes a Micro USB cable and a USB charger. The charging cradle has very good build quality and has a smooth matte finish. Each slot has an LED light.
The first time I tried the charger, I just plugged it to my USB hub. It took a while to charge the battery — about as long as the internal charging of the camera. Moreover, when it seemed that the battery had been fully charged, the LED light would flash red and green, instead of staying green. When I inserted the battery in the camera it said “Low Battery.” I thought my battery was defective but when I charged it with the Insta360 One X USB charging, the battery worked normally.
I talked to Insta360 about it and they suggested using the original cable and USB adapter. I tried it and this time, it did work correctly. I timed how long it would take to charge a fully depleted battery, and it was able to top it off in 52 mins. I’ve since been using it without any problems whatsoever.
The Insta360 One X charging cradle does work as advertised, charging up to two batteries in half the time it takes to charge one battery with the camera’s internal USB charging. Just make sure you use the original USB adapter and cable included in the package. It’s somewhat pricey but it’s an accessory that you’ll be using again and again. I do recommend getting one and a spare battery to ensure you’ll be able to use your Insta360 One X throughout the day.