How long does a GoPro battery last? Here's the average life for Hero7, Hero6, Hero5 & Hero4. And 8 tips to extend battery life and gear for extended shooting. Plus 8 tips to make your battery last longer. You'll also see some great accessories for extended shooting.
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:
- 3 Factors that Shorten GoPro Battery Life (jump to section)
- Average Battery Life for GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 (jump to section)
- 8 Tips To Make Your GoPro Battery Last Longer (jump to section)
- 6 GoPro Accessories for Extended Shooting (jump to section)
Lets get started!
3 Factors that Shorten GoPro Battery Life
Here are three things that will shorten your GoPro battery life, in descending order:
- Too many features enabled: The more features you have turned on (WiFi, GPS, voice control …) the faster your battery will drain.
- Cold temperature: It will drain faster if the weather or the water is cold.
- Age: And the battery life gets shorter with age.
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:
- Continual video shooting in 1080p at 60fps (the most popular video setting)
- No other features turned on
- Battery fully charged, warm and brand new
Battery Life for GoPro Hero7, Hero6, Hero5, and Hero4
According to GoPro, here is the approximate battery life for every GoPro Hero model released since September 2014.
How long does a GoPro Hero7 Battery Last?
The battery in the Hero7 Black is removable. This means that you can bring extra batteries and charge your dead batteries while you're shooting with fresh ones.
The battery in both the Silver and While are built in. This seriously limits shooting time on each adventure.
- GoPro Hero7 Black: 45 – 90 minutes
- GoPro Hero7 Silver: 106 – 146 minutes
- GoPro Hero7 White: 107 – 146 minutes
As you might expect, shooting at high resolution, high frame rates will consume your energy faster. Here's an overview of how the resolution affects battery life in the Hero7 Black.
- 4K60: 45 minutes
- 2.7K120: 30-45 minutes
- 1080p60: 85-90 minutes
- 720p240: 85-90 minutes
As you'll see below, the battery life has not improved since the Hero6. It actually has gotten worse.
These batteries often ship with a charger. It's worth having a charger – it will also charge the GoPro battery that came with your camera.
How long does a GoPro Hero6 Battery Last?
- GoPro Hero6 Black: 70 – 110 minutes
- 4K60: 70 minutes
- 2.7K120: 60 minutes
- 1080p60: 100 minutes
- 720p60: 110 minutes
These come rated at 1220mAh with an approximate run time of 2 hours. Of course, this depends on what resolution you're shooting – and how many features you have on.
How long does a GoPro Fusion Battery Last?
The battery life of the GoPro Fusion actually isn't that bad, especially considering the resolution that it captures.
GoPro Fusion: 75 – 80 minutes
This time varies, depending on the video mode you've chosen, but not that much.
- 5.2K30: 75 minutes
- 3K60: 80 minutes
These batteries are rated at 2620mAh and the charger allows you to charge two at once, including your original battery. You can shoot with your fresh battery, while your dead batteries charge in your backpack with a power bank.
How long does a GoPro Hero5 Battery Last?
The Hero5 comes in two models. Here's what to expect for battery life in each Hero5 model:
- GoPro Hero5 Black: 2h
- GoPro Hero5 Session: 1h 35m
The Hero5 Session has a built-in battery and can't be swapped out. This means that you're limited to 95 minutes of shooting time before you have to plug the whole camera in to charge.
These batteries match the GoPro specs but cost much, much less. At this price, it's worth picking up a charger and at least a couple of batteries. It is easy to burn through 2 or 3 in a day.
How long does a GoPro Hero4 Battery Last?
The Hero4 comes in three models. Here's what to expect for battery life in each Hero4 model:
- GoPro Hero4 Black: 1h 20m
- GoPro Hero4 Silver: 1h 40m
- GoPro Hero4 Session: 1h 45m
What's the best battery for GoPro Hero4? While the availability of these isn't like it was, there are still some great options for batteries to fit a Hero4 Black or Silver.
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?
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
- Don't use the extra settings (WiFi, GPS, voice control).
- Keep your batteries warm in cold weather. Consider putting them in an inside zippered pocket of your jacket.
- Turn off the screen.
- Turn off extra lights.
- Don't use a remote or smartphone app.
- Keep Protune off (I keep Protune on – because I prefer the better image quality over a slight improvement in battery life.)
- Use a wall charger (faster and better charge than USB cable from your PC).
- Download the latest firmware.
The 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.
5 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.
1. Extra Batteries with Charger
It's easier if you can charge a couple at a time. Here's a great charger that can help with that.
The same battery works in Hero7 Black, Hero6 Black and Hero5 Black. But, remember that you can't use Hero4 batteries in Hero5 cameras (or newer) and vise-versa.
Some aftermarket batteries come with a larger storage capacity than the original GoPro batteries and cost much less.
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.
2. Battery Backpac (for Hero4)
GoPro Hero4 Cameras can use a battery backpack.
The backpack will extend your battery life, usually by double. GoPro Hero5 cameras (and newer) 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
3. Mobile Power Bank
This charger by RAVPower has 16750 mAh – compared to the standard 1220 mAh that comes with the camera – provides almost 14x the power.
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
It's very similar with the Hero5 Session as you'll see in the following video.
How to Connect a Mobile Power Bank to GoPro Hero5 Session
Watch on YouTube
As you can see, you can use a power bank for all your GoPro cameras as long as you have the right cable.
4. Vidpro Grip/Charger
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
5. SunJack Portable Solar charger
I've done both with it, and it works great. I've found the 14W model to be more than enough for charging my phone and camera batteries.
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
What Will You Use to Extend GoPro Battery Life?
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.