How Long Does a GoPro Battery Last? (8 Tips to Make it Last Longer)

GoPro Accessories, GoPro Tips

In this post, I’ll answer the question: How long does a GoPro battery last? and share eight tips to make your battery last longer.

You’ll also see some great accessories for extended shooting.

How long does a GoPro battery last

How Long Does a GoPro Battery Last?

One of the biggest complaints about GoPro is battery life. As soon as you start looking into getting one, you hear about battery drain and start to wonder how long does a GoPro battery last.

The answer seems simple but there are a few things to consider. So let’s get to it.

Here are the four sections I’ll cover in this post:

Lets get started!

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3 Factors that Shorten GoPro Battery Life

Here are three things that will shorten your GoPro battery life, in descending order:

  1. Too many features enabled: The more features you have turned on (WiFi, GPS, voice control …) the faster your battery will drain.
  2. Cold weather: It will also drain faster if the weather is cold.
  3. Age: And the battery life gets shorter with age.

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So, How Long Does a GoPro Battery Last?

How long a GoPro battery will last depends on a number of factors.

How long does a GoPro battery last? From 1.5 – 2 hours with the following settings:

  1. Continual video shooting in 1080p at 60fps (the most popular video setting)
  2. No other features turned on
  3. Battery fully charged, warm and brand new

Battery Life for GoPro Hero4 and Hero5

According to GoPro, here is the approximate battery life for each of the Hero4 and Hero5 cameras:

  • GoPro Hero5 Black: 2h
  • GoPro Hero5 Session: 1h 35m
  • GoPro Hero4 Black: 1h 20m
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver: 1h 40m
  • GoPro Hero4 Sesson: 1h 45m

From our experience, these times are very generous. With our Hero4 Black, we average about 1 hour of continuous shooting. That’s not very long, is it? But don’t worry, you can make it last longer.

So the important question may not be, how long does a GoPro battery last. But, how can I make my GoPro battery last longer?


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How To Make Your GoPro Battery Last Longer

If you only turn your camera on when you want to shoot, or you use one button control, you’ll may get the better part of a day out of your battery. That’s what I do (on an average day of shooting). If that sounds like what you’re planning, here are some tips.

8 Tips To Make Your GoPro Battery Last Longer:

  1. Don’t use the extra settings (WiFi, GPS, voice control).
  2. Keep your batteries warm in cold weather. Consider putting them in an inside zippered pocket of your jacket.
  3. Turn off the screen.
  4. Turn off extra lights.
  5. Don’t use a remote or smartphone app.
  6. Keep Protune off (I keep Protune on – because I prefer the better image quality over a slight improvement in battery life.)
  7. Use a wall charger (faster and better charge than USB cable from your PC).
  8. Download the latest firmware.

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The Hero5 Black voice control setting drains the battery even when you think the camera is off. So before you power off make sure the voice control is disabled.

You might also consider taking the battery out when the camera is not in use. That way, if you’ve forgotten to disable anything, your battery will still be fully charged when you want to use it.

Trust me, it’s pretty frustrating when you want to start shooting and your battery is D-E-A-D, dead! Especially when you fully charged it the night before so you’d be “all ready to go.” I just charge it the night before and then pop it in before I set out to start shooting.

With that being said, it’s not much fun if you can’t use all those cool settings on your GoPro. So now we’ll look at how to extend your GoPro shooting time.


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6 GoPro Accessories for Extended Shooting

If you want to shoot underwater, do extended time-lapses or video recording, you’ll need some accessories to give you more juice.

With the following GoPro accessories, you’ll have the juice to shot all day long and change your batteries less. And when you aren’t worried about battery drain, you can be more focused on the action around you.

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1) Extra Batteries

GoPro Dual Battery Charger + Battery (HERO5 Black) (GoPro Official Accessory)
$49.99
If you want to keep your GoPro going all day you’ll need more than one battery.

Charge up a few extra batteries the night before. When one drains, just pop in a new one.

It’s easier if you can charge a couple at a time. Here’s a great charger that can help with that.

Remember that you can’t use Hero4 batteries in Hero5 cameras and vise-versa.


2) Longer Lasting Batteries

Consider using Wasabi batteries. They generally last longer than original GoPro batteries and cost much less.

wasabi gopro 4 battery

In the following video, you’ll see a comparison of popular batteries used in GoPro cameras.

Video of Popular GoPro Battery Life Comparison Test 

Watch on YouTube via Cameralah.com

Be careful if you have a Hero5!
GoPro added an update with it’s latest firmware v.01.55 (as of Nov 26, 2016) which does not allow the use of Wasabi or any other aftermarket battery.

3) Battery Backpack (for Hero4)

GoPro Hero4 Cameras can use a battery backpack.

The backpack will extend your battery life, usually by double. GoPro Hero5 cameras cannot use the battery backpack because they do not have the same connection on the back.

Here is a video of a Wasabi battery backpack and how it attaches to the camera.

Watch on YouTube via IrixGuy’s Adventure Channel


4) Mobile Power Bank

A mobile power bank is one of the best ways to keep your GoPro going through extended shooting.

In the following video you’ll learn how to use a GoPro Hero5 Black (and Hero4) with a mobile power bank.

As you’ll see in the video, you’ll need to remove the side door to be able to plug the USBC cable in while the camera is mounted. This means that your GoPro is no longer waterproof.

How to Connect a Mobile Power Bank to GoPro Hero5 Black

Watch on YouTube via Air Photography

It’s very similar with the Hero5 Sesson as you’ll see in the following video.

How to Connect a Mobile Power Bank to GoPro Hero5 Sesson

Watch on YouTube via Air Photography

As you can see, you can use a power bank for all your GoPro cameras as long as you have the right cable.


5) VIDPRO Grip/Charger

This VIDPRO grip/charger also works great as an external power source. It’ll help extend your shooting time up to 5 or 6 hrs.  You will need to buy an extra cable to use it with Hero5 Black.

In the following video you’ll see the grip and how it works.

Remember, you’ll need to take that side door off your Hero5 Black before you can use this mount.

Video of a Battery Grip for Hero5 Black

Watch on YouTube via Air Photography


6) SunJack Portable Solar charger

Another great accessory to have is a solar charger, especially if you like to camp or go on long hiking trips. You can plug your GoPro directly into it, or use its mobile battery pack.

external gopro battery solar power

In this video, you’ll see a review of the SunJack Portable Solar Charger.

Video Review of the SunJack Portable Solar Charger

Watch on YouTube via JuanBagnell

Check out our review of the SunJack Solar Charger. And read more about unique GoPro mounts.


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What Will You Use to Extend GoPro Battery Life?

GoPro HERO5 Black
$399.00
Did you see any accessories that you’ll be getting to help your GoPro batteries last longer? I usually carry extra batteries, and we use the SunJack Solar Charger for shooting time-lapses. But, I’ve got my eye on that VIDPRO Grip/Charger for my Hero5 Black.

What do you use to make your GoPro batteries last longer? Please share with us by commenting on this post.


If you’re wondering if you should get a GoPro read this before you buy.

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Hi, I'm the Author!

Dena Haines

I'm an amateur photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. Since moving to South America in 2009, we have made our living as content creators. I'm a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. I am co-founder of this site, and our Nova Scotia travel site WiseGuides.ca.

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