Launched in 2022, the GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is the first of its kind ‘Mini‘ camera by GoPro. Although the camera is smaller than the Hero 11 Black, it comes with the same large image sensor and is almost as powerful, with features like HyperSmooth 5.0, new night effects, and 10-bit color. However, when it comes to battery, the GoPro Hero 11 Mini sports a non-removable 1500mAh battery which has a lower capacity when compared to the Hero 11 Black’s removable 1720 mAh battery.
In this post, we discuss everything about GoPro Hero 11 Mini battery – its battery specs, how long you can record, and also some useful tips on how to improve the battery life.
GoPro Hero 11 Mini Battery Specs
Just like the Hero 11 Black, the GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini packs GoPro’s new Enduro battery. This battery features technology that helps maximize the performance of your action camera even in extremely cold weather conditions – down to 14°F (-10°C). As a result, you get significantly longer runtimes and dramatically improved cold-weather performance when compared to standard GoPro batteries.
The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini Enduro battery offers up to 13% faster-charging rate than standard GoPro batteries. It lasts longer and charges faster than the previously used standard GoPro batteries. So, you can now shoot more no matter what the elements throw at you!
However, there’s a difference between the battery that the Hero 11 Black sports and the battery that the Hero 11 Mini is powered by. The Hero 11 Black’s battery is removable and has a 1720mAh capacity, whereas the Hero 11 Black Mini battery is a non-removable one with a capacity of 1500mAh. So, there’s no option to replace the battery if it dies. You’ll have to charge the camera fully to continue shooting.
But, even though the power of the Mini camera is lesser than the flagship Hero 11 Black, there isn’t a drastic difference in the battery life in both cameras. That’s because the GoPro Hero 11 Mini doesn’t feature a display. This leads to a lesser battery drain, which in turn more or less compensates for the lower battery capacity in Mini.
GoPro Hero 11 Mini Battery Life – For How Long Can You Record?
Here’s what you can expect when it comes to the battery life of the GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini when shooting in various modes. The below estimates are valid when using a fully charged camera:
- 5.3K / 60fps: 51 minutes
- 5.3K / 30fps: 73 minutes
- 5.3K(8:7) / 30fps: 63 minutes
- 5K(4:3) / 30fps: 63 minutes
- 4K / 120fps: 49 minutes
- 4K / 60fps: 65 minutes
- 4K / 30fps: 78 minutes
- 4K(4:3) / 60fps: 51 minutes
- 4K(8:7) / 60fps: 52 minutes
- 2.7K / 240fps: 54 minutes
- 2.7K / 120fps: 69 minutes
- 2.7K / 60fps: 71 minutes
- 2.7K(4:3) / 120fps: 60 minutes
- 2.7K(4:3) / 60fps: 70 minutes
- 1080p / 240fps: 60 minutes
- 1080p / 120fps: 69 minutes
- 1080p / 60fps: 80 minutes
- 1080p / 30fps: 114 minutes
Note that the above-mentioned estimates are averages and are based on testing under optimal conditions – 50°F, Wi-Fi, GPS, Stabilization, Voice Control all turned off, and LCDs set to turn off after one minute. The actual performance that you achieve may vary based on settings, environmental conditions, and other factors.
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Tips to Extend GoPro Hero 11 Mini Battery Life
Here are some useful tips to extend your GoPro Hero 11 Mini battery life:
#1. Keep the GoPro Off When Not Recording
It’s a no-brainer, actually! Keeping your GoPro off when not recording will check the battery drain. Therefore, you should always make it a point to keep the Hero 11 Mini off when not in use.
#2. Keep Your GoPro Warm in Cold Weather
As you know, the battery in the GoPro Hero 11 Mini is in-built. So, in cold weather conditions, consider keeping the camera in the inside zippered pocket of your jacket to keep it warm when it is not in use. Even though there’s a huge improvement in the cold weather performance on the Enduro battery that Hero 11 Mini sports, the lithium-ion battery generally performs better when it’s not exposed to extremely cold weather.
#3. Update the Firmware
With each firmware update, GoPro comes up with many minor fixes. A few of these fixes may help improve the overall battery performance of your Hero 11 Mini. So, you should always keep the firmware of your GoPro Hero 11 Mini updated.
#4. Don’t use the Extra Settings (WiFi, GPS, Voice Control)
Turning off the extra settings like WiFi, GPS, voice control, etc. can help boost the overall battery life of your Hero 11 Mini.
#5. Reduce the Recording Resolution or Frame Rate
As you must have noticed in the previous section, lower resolution or frame rate leads to an increase in recording time. When you record at a lower resolution or frame rate, your GoPro uses lesser power. So, if you reduce the recording resolution or frame rate of your Hero 11 Mini, it will boost the camera’s overall battery life.
How GoPro’s 11 mini Battery is?
The GoPro Hero 11 Mini’s Enduro battery offers significantly longer runtimes and dramatically improves cold-weather performance. But, at 1500 mAh, it is smaller than the standard hero 11 Black’s battery and also non-removable. GoPro says that you should expect about 10-15 percent less runtime than the Hero10 Black. So, you should expect about an hour out of the Mini when shooting in 5K. For more details on recording times in different scenarios, have a look at the section – “GoPro Hero 11 Mini Battery Life – For How Long Can You Record?”
Feel that you need to increase your GoPro Hero 11 battery life? Follow all the above-mentioned tips. These tips will really prove to be helpful.
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