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Thread: TactaCam Bone Collector Action Camera

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    Boolit Master
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    What the world calls "Global Warming", we in Arizona call "Summer Time."

    TactaCam Bone Collector Action Camera

    I broke down and bought the cheapest model they make. I found what looked to be an outstanding deal from a seller on the fleabay website so I went for it. It was listed as Brand New and it looked brand-spanking new when it arrived.

    When I tried to remove the battery to take a closer look at it I was unable to get it to come out. I didn't think much of it cause I would still be able to charge the battery and play back any video recording without having to take the battery out. The instructions called for a full charging of the battery before power it on for the first time so I plugged into the wall socket with the provided cables and waited the full amount of time stated in the instructions.

    After that full amount of time had elapsed the battery had still not fully charged which was indicated by the red light not having turned green on the power button. I unplugged it and proceeded to insert my Micro-SD card into the appropriate slot but it wouldn't go in. It took deliberate force to finally get my SD-Card to go into it's slot. The instructions stated that the Micro-SD card had to be in place in order for the camera to power on. Once in place the camera did power on and it did (I found out later) record the two short segments of test video I attempted but I wasn't sure at that time.

    I got tired of messing with it so I let it sit over night to give myself a chance to calm down. The next day when I had a bit more free time I removed the rear cap and with my magnifying glass I noticed that I could not extract my SD-Card from it's slot. The reason for this is because the floor of the SD-Card slot had been distorted upward and it was pinching the SD-Card in place. With the magnifying glass I noticed too a very faint hair line crack on the rear wall of the battery casing itself. It was so fine that it was hard to tell if it was a just the seam in the plastic or a genuine crack.

    At that point I was sending off emails to the seller that I bought this item from to describe the problems I was seeing. I let it set for another day and when I got the time to examine it again I took the back screw-on cap off and noticed that the hair-line crack I'd noticed the day before had now become a full blown crack. When I tried to lightly push it back into place the light force I used only served to make that cracked back wall of the battery casing just break completely off.

    I could see now that the problem was that the battery had swollen up. That's why I couldn't remove it when it first arrived. My attempt at fully charging it as the instructions had directed only served to exacerbate the problem. I found out later after successfully removing the battery without damaging the camera unit itself that the battery had swollen upward to pinch the SD-Card slot and rearward enough to crack the rear wall of the battery casing. I did find also when I connected the unit to my laptop that the camera itself seemed to be working fine. I was able to play back those two short test vids I mentioned earlier.

    One of the things I habitually do whenever I purchase something online that's supposed to have a warranty is to go online and register the product on their specific website. I did this with this TactaCam camera the same day it arrived in the mail before I even sat down to take a closer look at it. This time around it turned out to be a real good thing for me.

    The seller that sold me the unit agreed to compensate me for the price of a brand new replacement battery and the folks over at the TactaCam support department; after proving to them that this was not purchased as a used item, agreed to send me out a replacement battery as well so, now I have two new replacement batteries on the way. It was not without some effort though. To prove all my claims I had to take several close up images of the battery in question. Funny thing is that when I first sent them the photos they stated, "We've never seen this problem before." I must be the only one who's ever seen a swollen battery. I've had my cell phone's battery swell up and die before. I've also had one in my cordless drill batteries die and my Canon SLR battery too; all from swollen battery syndrome.

    While all this was going on I tried not to loose heart. I spent some time drawing up models of a 3D printed combination head-mount and tripod mount fixture for this same TactaCam Action camera. I look forward to taking out on shooting range sessions and fishing trips. I also purchased the fixture for this camera that will allow me to record video through my rifle scope. That particular fixture should arrive next week.

    Here are a few pics of all the stuff I've tried to describe above. I'm sure that TactaCam problems like the ones I've just experience are rare but just in case any of you have this same problem now you know that you're not the only one.

    Just a quick edit to let everyone know that no sooner had I posted this thread that the mail man delivered my "Thru-The-Scope" attachment for my newly purchased TactaCam Solo camera. At the same time I found my newly ordered battery sitting in it's own packaging right next to the scope fixture box. I then made sure that the wifi connection from my cell phone to the camera was working (which it was) so now I have this fully functional TactaCam action camera attached to my Umarex Gauntlet PCP air rifle and I'm just waiting for an opportunity to test it out on some hapless pigeon. I hope to make that hapless pigeon an internet star.

    This was the new battery that the Ebay seller compensated me for. The battery being sent by the warranty department at the TactaCam support center should be here next week some time.
    It's all starting to come together. It should quit raining by Thursday night here in AZ so I might have a chance to actually make it to the river for some more fishing with my 3D printed Micro-Plopper fishing lures. Wish me luck.

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    Last edited by HollowPoint; 11-20-2019 at 08:13 PM.

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