AGPtEK GoPro Backpack Mount Review

AGPtEK GoPro Backpack Mount Review in actionIf you have a backpack and a GoPro camera, combining the two should be an easy decision. I even toyed with the idea of mounting it using a powerful magnet.

DIY options aside, it would be hard to beat this strap clamp from AGPtEK (Amazon). Although the price seems to have increased slightly to $6.99 since I bought it, it’s still seems like a solidly-constructed mount, with a very powerful clamp. The spring is powerful enough that unless my hand was positioned correctly, I wasn’t able to get it off!

Per one of the reviews on Amazon, this clamp is meant to be used on cloth, not metal, so don’t expect great results on that type of surface. On the other hand, you can apparently use it on a baseball hat if rotated the correct way, so that’s another option. Be sure to check out my full “AGPtEK GoPro Backpack Mount Review” below (it’s not that long)!

As you probably noticed, I’m using a GoPro Hero Session (or Hero 4 Session) for this review. I really love this camera, able to record audio and get wet without even using a shell. Check out my review here.

Powerful GoPro Magnet Mount from Computer a Hard Drive

If you have something metalic (ferromagnetic that is) to attach your GoPro to, there is nothing better that I know of than using rare earth magnets. An excellent source for these super-powerful magnets for a GoPro mount is a computer hard drive. Undo the screws on the outside with a Torx screwdriver (here’s a review of the set I use), then pry it open.

Edit 1/14/2017: Published a new version that doesn’t require taking apart a hard drive, and has a few other advantages, including a protective coating so as not to mar the surface it’s on (Ben, thx for the suggestion about the coating).

Hero4-session-GoPro-magnet-mountOnce inside, you’ll see a lot of interesting parts, but buried somewhere in a corner is an extremely powerful magnet. You’ll have to pry this out as well. It sort of reminds me of getting the good meat out of a scallop, or maybe even a pearl out of an oyster. There’s a lot of waste, but the payoff is something quite uncommon, an unbelievably strong magnet.

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After the cover is opened the powerful green magnet, indicated by a red arrow, is taken from the area indicated by the red arrow

As for how to use it with a GoPro quick-release adhesive mount, it’s quite simple. Place Continue reading

GoPro Packaging Chesty Mount with Zip Ties

Gopro packaging chesty mount made with zip ties

Gopro packaging chesty mount made with zip ties

GoPro packaging materials have long been prized for DIY mounting purposes.  Competition aside, I was quite impressed with the simplicity of this model.  The design uses 3 zip ties (aka cable ties) to form a loop where a backpack’s front strap can be attached.  In this case, the pack it looks like some sort of Camelbak-like hydration system.  The picture below should explain the concept, but check out the original photo set to see more.

gopro packaging zip tie configuration for chesty mount

For another use of the GoPro box top, check out this elevated mount using a bike stand and PVC pipe.

via Reddit