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Installing Permanent Power for Go Pro and Garmin Virb 360 Cameras on the Hobie Pro Angler 14

Installing Permanent Power for Go Pro and Garmin Virb 360 Cameras on the Hobie PA 14

When out on the water fishing for long sessions, it is important that when you catch a new “PB”. The fish of a “Lifetime” or “something out of the ordinary happens”.

Your cameras are working and have power catching every moment you are on the water.

All action camera batteries are “Complete Rubbish”, let’s be honest.

The batteries do not last anywhere near long enough which creates a problem for us out in the water.

You do not want to run out of batteries
or muck about changing them in the rain or waves.

Getting condensation in the housing, or even worse dropping your favorite camera and or its components in the water.

This is the same for micro SD memory cards also.


Why keep changing lots of “small GB cards” throughout the day?

Just Because the manufacturer specifies only “small GB” memory cards work. When “far larger” GB micro SD cards work fine and mean one card will last all day.

With a large enough capacity micro SD memory card and large battery hard-wired into your kayak
. These issues can solve all these problems in one go…

I have added waterproof SP13 solder on connectors to my Camo Pro Angler 14


I can now run my Go Pro Hero 3+ Black Edition at the rear and my Garmin Virb 360 on the front.

This will capture all footage I will ever need from many angles due to the 360 front camera and the Go Hero a the back.

Installing power:

I built a 5v battery box that goes inside the kayak next to the battery box for the fish finder.

(see bottom of post for a link to this build post)

This has enough power to run my cameras for days without the need to recharge the box.

I also have much larger capacity micro SD cards fitted than specified by Go Pro and Garmin.

This means I can easily capture a 10hr day of footage without having to touch the cameras.

The ease of “turning them on and away you go” knowing they are on all the time. Meaning I won’t miss a thing out on the water when my hands are full doing something else.

Camo Pa14

Permanent Power Hobie PA

As you can see in the above image, I have the Garmin Virb 360 on the front. Mounted using a Railblazer boom R-Lock 600 to T-Track on Hobie PA 14 mounting board.

On the rear, the Go Pro Hero 3+ Black Edition is fitted on Ram Mount camera boom arms
.

Installing power:

You will need to buy mounting kits for these boom arms to suit your individual needs. I have my Ram Mount Boom fitted using a Ram Mount 1.5Inch ball Wedge. This wedge is fitted into a sleeve made from bearing plastic a machined in the lathe to be a “snug fit” in my Hobie Pa 14 moulded rod holder.

You could also mount your boom arm using the Hobie H Rail system with the appropriate Hobie adaptor.

I have the front Railblaza boom fitted using a Railblaza adaptor to T-Track fitted to the PA14 mounting board.

Ram Ball Wedge in a sleeve I turned on the lathe
Railblaza to fitted to T-Track on Hobie mounting board

I fitted the cameras and booms were fitted where I was “happy” I would get the “best angles” when filming.

Next, I needed to get on with the install itself.

Note: SP13 connectors have waterproof caps on so when your cameras and battery box are not connected and “in use” you can fit the caps and keep all your plugs dry and corrosion free

Front Camera Cable Through Hobie Bung

Permanent Power Hobie PA

To start I ran a length of cable through the front Hobie bung into the hull and out the centre hatch. I left this cable long so there was plenty of “slack” inside the hull in case the battery box moves.

I did this by using my soldering iron to melt a hole through the bung, instead of cutting of trying to drill rubber as this will ruin the bung and not leave a watertight seal. Using the soldering iron to melt a clean hole through the bung the cable is a tight snug fit and this method is ideal for this application.

I opted to fit SP13 2 Pin connectors in the camera install and slightly larger SP17 2pin connectors to my Raymarine Element Echo Sounder install so nothing could be mistakenly plugged in incorrectly in a rush.

SP13 2 Pin Connectors

Inside the centre hatch, I bought a 4way junction box so I can have:

1 x 5v power in (from battery box)
3 x 5v power out (to the cameras
)

IP68 4 way Junction Box

Installing Power

As you can see above, once finished I fitted a short length of wire into the spare outlet and shrink wrapped the ends to keep the box waterproof.

I connected the front cable to the junction box, then the rear and the spare blanking wire and added a bit of silicone for good measure and screwed the junction box shut.

I then added a female SP13 connector to the other end of the front camera 5v power cable with the 5v power running to PIN1 on the plug.

ALL “POSITIVE POWER” FOR DEVICES ON THIS KAYAK GO TO PIN 1 IN THE SP CONNECTORS SO THERE CAN NEVER BE A COSTLY MISTAKE.

Next, I ran the rear cable across the kayak to where I wanted it to go to and added an extra meter or so and cut off of cable drum.

I then used the soldering iron to melt a hole in the rear Hobie bung and fed the cable through the bung and fitted another female SP13 connector to the end of this cable
.

Rear Camera Wire Through Hobie Bung

Permanent Power Hobie PA

I fitted a male SP13 connector to the “5v power in” wire coming out of the 4-way junction box. Making sure there was plenty of slack cable.

The female SP13 connector is in the side of the battery box so there is nothing “sticking out”.

So that nothing could be broken off leaving battery wires dangling about inside a damp kayak out on the water.

Although this male SP13 connector does not have the waterproof cap, it is kept dry inside the kayak when it is not in use.

Permanent Power Hobie PA

I felt the cover would be better on the battery box to reduce dust, damp, and help prevent a fire risk.

If I capsized or there was an accident and it snaps off with the male end attached to the cable and not mounted in the side of the box the cameras will just turn off and the box will remain intact.

This is very important as I don’t want my lithium polymer batteries to set on fire out on the water.

Garmin Virb 360 Plugged in to Permanent Power

Permanent Power Hobie PA

Next, I had to address the camera ends.

As pictured above:

You can see I cut down the Garmin Virb 360 cradle wire and fitted a male SP13 connector.

As this Railblaza R-Lock 600 Boom shortens in length.

I did not cable tie wries to boom and choose to wrap them around the boom arm instead. As this cable will be used at two different lengths.

Go Pro on Ram Mount Boom

As you can see pictured above:

I fitted another male SP13 connector to the rear camera.

This time the cable from the Go Gro to the rear of the kayak is cable tied to the boom arm to keep it out the way when fishing.

Make sure a little slack is left when cable tieing up at the flexible joints on the boom arm, this too allows for the movement in the boom arm.

I use PROtasic battery eliminators for my go pros which are waterproof
.

Permanent Power Hobie PA

Once all the SP13 connectors had been soldered and left to cool, I tightened them accordingly.

Lastly, before turning on cameras I used my multimeter to check all connections and make double sure the positive power wires were all in the correct pins so I cannot damage my cameras.

After doing my final checks, I connected all the cameras up and connected my 5v battery box up and turned all the cameras on.

Permanent Power Hobie PA

All the cameras turned on as they should and showed full battery. Now I am able to run my cameras all day without any battery or memory card changes at all.

Click below to see my post about what size GB micro sd cards “actually fit” in our go pros and the Garmin Virb 360 so you can record “all day”

Now you will be able to spend far more time fishing and less time worrying about whether you have captured your new “PB” or “Prized Catch” whilst out on the water.

Feel free to message me or Jack with any queries or questions about this build or any others and we will help where we can

Tightlines…

See you on the water!

Harley@Proanglerkayak.fishing.

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