Whether you're traveling, at a remote destination, or simply sitting on your couch, we want to make sure you're making the most of the internal battery in your GNARBOX. 

Here are some of our tips for maximizing your battery usage:

  • External hard drives pull a great deal of power from the GNARBOX.  We recommend only using them during transfer and then promptly ejecting when done.
  • If you don't intend on immediately editing your videos, be sure to power the GNARBOX off after video import.  This prevents the GNARBOX from spending time (and battery) transcoding the video files.
  • Charging other devices off of the GNARBOX (ie: your phone) will drain the battery down faster.
  • If you're editing on your GNARBOX and you're near a power source, it's totally fine to charge the GNARBOX while editing.  Just make sure you unplug it from the power source before doing any file transfers, exports or before plugging in an external hard drive. 
  • HDD's pull more power from the GNARBOX than SDD, so using HDD will drain your battery faster than SDD.**

 ** = HDD refers to spinning disk drives, while SDD refers to solid state drives (non-spinning hard drives).

It may also be helpful to note the most power consuming activities which include:

  • transfers / exports
  • utilizing an external hard drive
  • transcoding video

Battery Test

The chart below maps out the results of a battery draining test we created in our office.  This should help give you an understanding of recharge and draining speeds across different activities and voltages.

As always, we're here to help solve your GNARBOX related issues, so if you're unable to find the answer you're looking for on help.gnarbox.com, feel free to shoot us a message using the chat window found in the bottom right corner of the page! 

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Marlena is the Community Support Manager at GNARBOX. Talk to her about Canon cameras, travel and adventure photography! You can see her personal work at instagram.com/marlenapearlphoto and marlenapearlphotography.com

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