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Charging the Battery


Before you start using the camera, you will have to charge the battery. There are two ways to charge the battery: using a USB charger or using the hand crank. We suggest you use the first method whenever possible, and reserve the second method for when you do not have access to a computer.

Using USB charger

Connect the camera to your PC/Mac or a USB power source using the USB cable provided. Do not use force or attempt to insert the connectors at an angle.

Mac Compatibility Announcement: A small fraction of iMacs and Macbook Pros is unable to detect Bigshot. In such cases, we suggest connecting Bigshot camera to those devices via a USB hub.

The power indicator LED will start blinking green (if charge is low) or red (if charge is extremely low) to indicate the camera is charging.

Charging is complete when the power indicator stops blinking and turns solid green.

Using hand crank

Turn off the camera by setting the mode dial to OFF position. Gently rotate the hand crank clockwise as shown in the figure. Maintain a speed of 30 to 60 rotations per minute (rpm). The camera can take one picture for every 5 to 7 rotations. But it is better to rotate about 40 times so that multiple photos can be taken.

Warning: Rotating the hand crank at less than 30rpm will not charge the battery fast enough. Also, if you try to rotate faster than 60rpm and by applying greater force on the hand crank, you may damage the gear box.