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Mota Wireless Charger for GoPro review: A gas pump for your GoPro, minus the hose

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The Good The Mota Wireless Charger for GoPro charges a Hero3 or Hero4 camera in its housing. Has a slot for charging a second battery and you can use its 7,500mAh battery to charge another device via USB.

The Bad It's not a miracle worker; charging still takes a couple hours, not minutes, to go from completely empty to fully charged. Doesn't work wirelessly with GoPro Hero, Hero+ LCD or Hero4 Session.

The Bottom Line For frequent GoPro users, the Mota Wireless Charger is well worth the investment for keeping your camera powered up wherever you are.

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8

Wireless charging is becoming more widespread for smartphones, but for many other devices you're still dealing with cables or removing a battery to bring life back to your electronics.

Mobile-accessory and wearable maker Mota is trying to change that for at least one other popular device, though: GoPro cameras. The $140 Mota Wireless Charger for GoPro (£100, AU$190) started as a Kickstarter campaign last December, but is now in full production and shipping.

If you're a GoPro camera user, you know charging up your battery can be an all-too-frequent occurrence and a bit of a hassle because it has to come out of its housing first. Mota gets around this by using a proprietary wireless charging technology it developed to optimize current pass-through to the camera's battery with the camera still in its housing.

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The charger works with Hero3/3+ models and the Hero4 Silver and Black and consists of two pieces: a wireless power bank and a wireless receiver. The receiver replaces the camera's port cover, plugging into the Mini-USB port and extending down and wrapping around the bottom of the camera. The receiver is thin enough that it doesn't interfere with the camera fitting into its waterproof housing.

The power bank has two slots in the top to fit GoPro's housing mount. With the receiver in place and the camera back in the housing you can start charging just by mounting the camera and turning on the power bank. It takes a few seconds for the camera to light up and let you know it's charging, but once it starts you just let it do its thing. There's also a spot on top for charging a second GoPro Hero3 or Hero4 battery and a full-size USB port on the side for charging other devices.

Though I wouldn't go so far as to call it big and heavy, the power bank isn't exactly svelte measuring 5.25 by 3 by 1.25 inches thick (13.3x7.6x3.2cm) and weighing in at about 9 ounces (255 grams).

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