Is your GoPro battery draining quicker than expected? Are you worried it might be faulty?

In this article, you’ll learn GoPro Battery Life stats for each GoPro camera, plus you’ll discover several ways you can extend your GoPro battery life by adjusting settings and using inexpensive accessories.

 

How Long Should Your GoPro Battery Last?


In the best-case scenario, when camera settings are kept to a minimum (eg. 1060p60) and most features are off (wifi, voice control, etc.), new GoPro batteries will last roughly 2 hrs of continuous shooting depending on the model.

The most important factors of battery life are:

  1. How many camera features you have enabled
  2. Temperatures (cold temperatures are bad for batteries)
  3. Too many charge cycles (old battery)

By simply adjusting your camera settings and keeping the batteries warm, recording time can be extended up to an hour.

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 12

The Enduro battery is a paramount enhancement for the GoPro Hero 12 Black, serving as an exceptional replacement or additional power source. This advanced 1720mAh lithium-ion battery is a boon for enthusiasts exploring colder environments, delivering unparalleled performance and dependability in temperatures plummeting to 14°F (-10°C). It outshines the conventional GoPro batteries in terms of endurance in frosty conditions and also in charging swiftness, offering a 13% quicker charging rate.

When utilized with HERO 10 Black, it is capable of prolonging the recording duration by a remarkable 40%. The provision of this innovative Enduro battery with the HERO 12 Black ensures adventurers can concentrate more on immortalizing their exhilarating moments and worry less about the longevity of battery life in diverse and extreme weather scenarios.

GoPro5.3K/60FPS4K/60FPS
Hero 1270 minutes81 minutes

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 11

The Enduro battery for GoPro Hero 11 Black stands out as a monumental advancement in power solutions for action cameras, presenting itself as either a valuable spare or replacement. This 1720mAh lithium-ion battery is particularly groundbreaking for those venturing into colder climates, significantly enhancing performance and reliability in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C).

It surpasses standard GoPro batteries not only in cold-weather resilience but also in charging efficiency, boasting a charging rate up to 13% faster. Furthermore, it can extend the recording times by as much as 40% when used with the HERO 10 Black. The inclusion of this advanced Enduro battery with the HERO 12 and HERO1 1 Black models ensures that adventurers can focus more on capturing their thrilling experiences and spend less time worrying about battery life, especially in moderate to extreme environmental conditions.

GoPro5.3K/60FPS4K/60FPS
Hero 1161 minutes70 minutes

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 10

The GoPro Hero 10 features a 1720 mAh Lithium-ion battery. It offers a runtime of around 2 hours and 11 minutes on a full charge (when recording in 4K/30fps). Here’s what you can expect when it comes to the battery life of the GoPro Hero 10 Black:

GoPro5.3K/60FPS4K/60FPS
Hero 1047 minutes72 minutes

Please note that this is the estimated run time you’ll get with Hero 10. The actual battery life may vary depending on various factors.

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 9

Featuring the exact same 1720mAh battery as the latest GoPro Hero 10, the Hero 9 can be used for up to 2 hours on a full charge. When it’s fully charged, the GoPro Hero 9 Black offers the following approximate maximum recording times:

GoPro5K/30FPS4K/30FPS2.7K/60FPS1080p/60FPS
Hero 9 Black90 minutes112 minutes90 minutes104 minutes

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 8

The GoPro Hero 8 Black has a 1220 mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It provides a runtime of more than 1 hour when recording in 4K on a fully charged GoPro Hero 8.

Here are the maximum recording times that you can achieve using different resolutions when shooting with a fully charged Hero 8 Black:

GoPro4K/30FPS2.7K/60FPS1440p/60FPS1080p/60FPS
Hero 8 Black74 minutes70 minutes77 minutes81 minutes

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 7

Although the Black Edition has the shortest battery life of the Hero7 lineup, it features a removable battery not found on the White & Silver editions. A simple workaround for White & Silver users is to keep the camera under charge while filming.

HERO7Battery Life (Video Only)Battery Life (Features ON)Removable Battery
Black1:30h45mYes
Silver2:30h1:45hNo
White2:30h1:45hNo

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 6

The average battery life for the HERO6 Black edition is 1:40h shooting in standard 1080p60. Whereas if we set the camera to 240fps, we only get 1hr of shooting. It would be a smart idea to buy a bunch of extra batteries if you plan to shoot in slow-motion.

HERO6Real Time (720p/60fps)Slow Motion (1080p/240fps)Removable Battery
Black1:40h1:00hYes

Battery Life of the GoPro Fusion

Considering the resolution this camera provides, 1:15hrs is not bad.

GoProLow Res. (3K60)High Res. (5.2K30)Removable Battery
Fusion1:20h1:15hYes

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 5

The HERO5 Black holds the longest charge of any GoPro. The chart below provides an overview for both the Black and Session models:

HERO5Video OnlyAll Features ONRemovable Battery
Black2:00h1:30hYes
Session1:35h1:20hNo

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 4

The HERO4 Black takes a lot of battery when shooting in 4K, lasting just over 1 hr in continuous shooting. While with standard 1080p30, this is what we get depending on camera settings:

HERO4Video OnlyAll Features ONRemovable Battery
Black2:15h1:30hYes
Silver1:50h1:30hYes
Session2:05h1:55hNo

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 3+

The battery life on HERO3+ did not improve from the HERO3. The average filming time is roughly 1:30h.

HERO3+Video OnlyAll Features ONRemovable Battery
Black1:30h1:10hYes
Silver2:15h1:30hYes

Battery Life of the GoPro HERO 3

The average filming time for the HERO3 Black is roughly 1:30h (filming in 1080p30) with a new battery. If your battery lasts significantly less than this, consider buying a new set. Batteries lose efficiency as they get older.

HERO3Lowest Power Consumption SettingHighest Power Consumption SettingRemovable Battery
Black1:30h1:00hYes
Silver2:00h1:30hYes
White2:30h2:00Yes

How to Make Your GoPro Battery Last Longer


  1. Only turn your camera on when you want to film by using the Quick Capture function (from HERO5 above)
  2. Turn off Wifi, Bluetooth, Voice Control and GPS
  3. Keep GoPro batteries warm (pockets work well)
  4. Turn off the display (if not needed)
  5. Avoid controlling GoPro from your Phone (if not needed)
  6. Avoid using the GoPro remote controller (if not needed)
  7. Turn off extra lights
  8. Keep your camera firmware up to date
  9. Keep ProTune off (compromise on image quality)
  10. Take the battery out when you don’t use it. Features like Voice Control (if active) can drain power even if the camera is turned off.

In this short video I’ll give you more tips about how to extend your GoPro battery Life:

5 Tips for Saving and Extending your GoPro Battery Life (HERO 6/7/8/9/10/11/12)

 

Best Accessories for Extending GoPro Battery


So far we’ve discussed how to improve GoPro’s battery life without using accessories – but if you’d like to take advantage of WiFi, Voice Control, Stabilization, and ProTune without compromising on power, we recommend these accessories.

High Capacity Batteries

For newer models, it’s recommended that you only use the original GoPro batteries:

For HERO 12, 11, 10 and 9:

GoPro ADBAT-211 Rechargeable Enduro Battery 2-Pack (HERO11 Black/HERO10 Black/HERO9 Black) - Official GoPro Accessory
  • Advanced 1720mAh lithium-ion battery boosts camera performance over standard GoPro...
  • Increases recording time for HERO12 Black/HERO11 Black/HERO10 Black/HERO9 Black with...
  • Dramatically improves cold-weather performance in temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C)

For HERO 8 Black:

GoPro Rechargeable Battery (HERO8 Black/HERO7 Black/HERO6 Black) - Official GoPro Accessory
  • 1220mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • Use as a spare or Replacement battery for your GoPro

Wasabi Power Extended Battery

With a 2500mAh battery capacity, the Wasabi Power external battery can work for 4+ hours, which means your GoPro 5/6/7 can work about 4 hours continuously without replacing the battery. This one helps us get longer time-lapses with only one charge.

Wasabi Power 2500mAh Extended Battery for HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black
  • Boost your HERO6 or HERO5 runtime with 2500mAh of extra power
  • Get 4+ hours of recording time! Not affected by firmware updates
  • Includes frame mount and extension arm for universal placement; Charges with...

Battery Bacpac (for HERO 4)

The GoPro Battery Bacpac is a battery extension kit available for GoPro HERO4.

ULANZI Power Bank Hand Grip

This handgrip has a built-in rechargeable 6800mAh battery supply. It’s ideal for action shots, crowd shots or hard-to-reach angles. The power can be extended for 2-4 hours when used outdoors.

ULANZI BG-2 6800mAh Power Bank Hand Grip for Sony RX100 VII Canon G7X Mark III Compact Digital Cameras, GoPro 10 9 8 Action Cameras, DJI OSMO Pocket, and iPhone 13 Samsung Google OnePlus Smartphones
  • Capacity : The large capacity of 6800mAh can provide powerful power for sports...
  • Compatibility :Works with all smartphones like iPhone 11 Pro Max XS Max XR X 8 7 Plus...
  • The 1/4"screw thread on the head and the 1/4 thread on the bottom can be connected to...

Nature Love Solar Power Bank 

We’ve been using this portable solar charger for all of our longer trips. It’s great because it holds quite a lot of power on a full charge – enough to power your GoPro and smartphone multiple times and still have power for friends.

Solar Power Bank 25000mAh with UV Light SANITIZER | Wireless Solar Portable Charger |18 LED Flashlight| Portable Charger for Phones, iPad, MacBook, Gopro 9| Perfect Camping, Hiking & Survival Gear
  • Go further for longer. The Nature Love PowerMax UV1 is so much more than a 25000mAh...
  • Limitless power. Perfect for iPhone (up to 9x charges), Samsung (up to 6x), iPad...
  • Light the way. Built-in torch with dual flashlight modes illuminates 18 LED for 30...

Tips

If you film a lot, especially in extreme cold conditions, opt for a GoPro Supercharger. It is a device that allows you to charge your GoPro camera and other electronic devices at an accelerated rate. This powerful charger is especially useful when you’re short on time and need to quickly charge your devices. Read more: GoPro Supercharger: Worth it? (Specs & Alternatives).

FAQ


Still have questions? Here are 6 of the most frequently asked questions relating to GoPro battery life.

Can you replace a GoPro battery?

All GoPro camera models feature a removable battery, except the Hero 11 Mini, Session & HERO 7 Silver & White.

Does cold weather affect GoPro Battery life?

Yes. GoPro batteries will drain faster in colder temperatures. For best performance, keep your batteries above 10°C/50°F.

GoPro battery will not charge?

If your GoPro does not charge when plugged in, try to replace the cable, use a different USB charger, reset the camera by holding both buttons, or by using an external charger.

Can you take a GoPro battery on a plane?

Yes, you can take GoPro batteries with you on your flight. However, some airlines have restrictions surrounding the quantity.

Are GoPro batteries lithium?

Yes. GoPro cameras are powered by rechargeable Li-ion batteries (3.85V – 1220mAh) which are lithium batteries.

How do you charge a GoPro battery?

There are two ways for charging your GoPro battery: One, is by using an external charger that allows you to recharge multiple batteries at the same time while using your camera. Two is to plug your GoPro into a USB power source (wall charger is faster) with its power cable and wait until the battery icon shows fully charged.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

I hope this guide helped you learn about the several ways to extend your GoPro battery life 🙂

 

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