The GoPro Wifi BacPac was released last weekend after months of delays. Based on my experience with it, they should have delayed it even further.
I purchased my first BacPac last weekend at Best Buy, and finally got around to playing with it Wednesday night. The unit as it comes out of the box is inoperative, it (and your GoPro) all require firmware updates prior to use. I updated the camera, BacPac and remote without any issues. I then left the BacPac and remote plugged in for a few hours to charge them. After a couple of hours I unplugged the devices and attempted to “pair” them. The BacPac fired up fine and went into pairing mode easily. The remote, well, it was dead. Would not start. No light, no display, nothing. Plugged it into the usb port, and it fired right up. Paired it with the camera, and was able to activate the shutter and change shooting modes without any problems. Only issue was if I unplugged the remote it would instantly die.
So I returned it to Best Buy for an exchange, which was an adventure all in itself. Anyhow, I got the new BacPac and remote, updated the BacPac, then started the update to the remote. The remote update made it to 50% and stopped. For an hour. After two hours it was obvious it was not going to update. I unplugged the remote and it continued to display “UPDATE.”
It continued to say that until I went to bed. I woke up and it was dead. After plugging it in, it continued to say “UPDATE”. I emailed GoPro for help, but I’m pretty sure this is my second failed BacPac/remote.
I guess I will go back to Best Buy and see if the third time is the charm. At this point, I’m not too impressed with the quality of the devices.
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