Charging a GoPro is pretty simple & straightforward! If you’ve been a GoPro user for a while, it’s highly unlikely that you don’t know about how to charge your camera. But, new users may not find it that obvious, as different GoPro models use different types of chargers and charging options.

In this article, you’ll find a detailed overview of the various options you have for charging your GoPro and how to do it. Whether you own the latest model or one of the older ones, you will get full information about all GoPro models.

 

How to Charge GoPro [Step by Step]


Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to charge your GoPro with the most obvious way: USB Wall charger.

  1. Power OFF the camera.
  2. Put one end of the included USB charging cable into your GoPro’s charging port.
  3. Put the other end into the wall charger.
  4. Plug the charger on the wall and switch it ON to start charging your GoPro.
  5. Wait for the red light to go out to ensure that it’s fully charged.

Note: You don’t need to buy a separate USB Wall charger to connect to your GoPro charging cable. The one that comes with your phone: 5V/1A (an iPhone charger for instance) can do the job pretty well. For the newer models, including Hero (2018), 5, 6, 7 and Fusion, you can also use a 5V/3A charger for fast charging.

Apart from wall charger, there are several other methods which you can use for charging your GoPro via USB cable in different situations. Here’s the list:

  • Plugging GoPro cable into a USB port on your computer
  • Using a Powerbank
  • Multi-port AC USB hub
  • Car charger
  • Solar charger

 

What Charging Cable Type Do You Need?


The type of charging cable you need for your GoPro depends upon which model you’re using. Throughout its models, GoPro has adopted 3 types of charging cables:

  1. USB-C
  2. Micro USB
  3. Mini USB

Several initial GoPro models used Mini USB cables. As the technology shifted to Micro USB, GoPro launched two of its models supporting this cable. The company then switched to the latest USB-C cable for all the models that came out afterwards.

Here’s the list of models compatible with each cable type:

USB-C:

  • GoPro Hero 8 Black
  • GoPro Hero Max
  • GoPro Hero 7 Black / White / Silver
  • GoPro Fusion
  • GoPro Hero (2018)
  • GoPro Hero 6 Black
  • GoPro Hero 5 Black
  • GoPro Hero 5 Session
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Micro USB:

  • GoPro Hero 4 Session
  • GoPro Hero Session
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  • GoPro Hero 4 Black / Silver
  • GoPro Hero 3+
  • GoPro Hero 3
  • GoPro Hero+ LCD
  • GoPro Hero+
  • GoPro Hero (2014)
  • GoPro HD Hero 2
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How Long Does a GoPro Take to Charge?


Well, that depends upon two major factors, which include:

Battery Health

The overall health of your GoPro’s battery determines how long it will take to charge. Older batteries may take longer to charge than the newer ones.

Power Source

  • If you’re using a low-current power source (your computer’s USB Port, for instance), it may take up to 4 hours to fully charge your GoPro.
  • In case of a standard wall charger, your GoPro will be fully charged in about 2 hours. As the charging tends to be the fastest in the beginning, the initial 80% should complete in just about an hour.
  • Newer GoPro models that use USB-C cable support fast-charging. If you plug this cable in a high current USB port, you can expect up to 70% faster charging speed.

 

How To Charge Your GoPro in Details


There are, basically, two ways to charge your GoPro. The first one is the most obvious: using a charging cable. But, there’s another way to charge your GoPro battery. If your GoPro has a removable battery, you can use a charging kit station to charge your battery directly, after removing it from your GoPro. Such chargers can even charge two (or in some cases, more) batteries simultaneously.

In some GoPro models, the battery can be taken out, while in some others it can’t! Here’s the list of GoPros that have removable battery:

  1. Hero 8 Black
  2. Hero Max
  3. Hero 7 Black
  4. Hero 6 Black
  5. Hero (2018)
  6. Fusion
  7. Hero 5 Black
  8. Hero 4 Black / Silver
  9. Hero 3+ Black
  10. Hero 3 Black

Here are the details regarding how to charge your GoPro:

  • With a charging cable 

This is the most straightforward method of charging. You just need to power OFF your GoPro and connect it to your desired power source (a lot of different power sources have been mentioned above) with the charging cable. When the red light goes out, your GoPro is fully charged.

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  • By using a charging kit station (multiple batteries) 

This method is useful for those who have more than one GoPro battery. It ensures that you have sufficient power for the day to keep shooting without worrying about running out of juice! When one of the batteries runs out, you can quickly swap it out for a freshly charged spare battery.

Since these multiple battery chargers come for specific battery types, you must check if the one you’re buying supports the battery of your GoPro model. To charge your battery, you can connect the charging station via a USB port. If you own one of the recent GoPro models, you can use it with GoPro SuperCharger for faster charging.

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How to Charge GoPro Hero 8?

  • Cable Type: USB-C
  • Ways of charging: Cable / External charger
  • How long it takes to charge: 4 Hours (low power source), 2 Hours (standard charger), 1.5 Hours (SuperCharger)

How to Charge GoPro Hero 7?

  • Cable Type: USB-C
  • Ways of charging: Cable / External charger
  • How long it takes to charge: 4 Hours (low power source), 2 Hours (standard charger), 1.5 Hours (SuperCharger)

How to Charge GoPro Hero 6?

  • Cable Type: USB-C
  • Ways of charging: Cable / External charger
  • How long it takes to charge: 4 Hours (low power source), 2 Hours (standard charger), 1.5 Hours (SuperCharger)

How to Charge GoPro Hero 5?

  • Cable Type: USB-C
  • Ways of charging: Cable / External charger
  • How long it takes to charge: 4 Hours (low power source), 2 Hours (standard charger), 1.5 Hours (SuperCharger)

How to Charge GoPro Hero 4?

  • Cable Type: Mini USB
  • Ways of charging: Cable / External charger
  • How long it takes to charge: 4 Hours (low power source), 2 Hours (standard charger)

How to Charge GoPro Hero Session?

  • Cable Type: Micro USB
  • Ways of charging: Cable / External charger
  • How long it takes to charge: 4 Hours (low power source), 2 Hours (standard charger)

How to Charge GoPro Hero Max?

  • Cable Type: USB-C
  • Ways of charging: Cable / External charger
  • How long it takes to charge: 4 Hours (low power source), 2 Hours (standard charger), 1.5 Hours (SuperCharger)

 

How to Extend GoPro Battery Life?


A GoPro gives a battery backup roughly between 1.5 to 2 hours, if it’s in continual video shooting in 1080p at 60fps (the most popular video setting for GoPro). But, you can significantly extend your GoPro battery life by following these ten tips:

  1. Keep your GoPro off when not recording.
  2. Keep your batteries warm in cold weather.
  3. Turn off the LCD screen.
  4. Keep Protune off (though it’ll slightly improve battery life, you have to compromise on image quality).
  5. Don’t use a remote or smartphone app.
  6. Use a wall charger (instead of USB cable from your PC).
  7. Update the firmware.
  8. Don’t use the extra settings (WiFi, GPS, voice control).
  9. Reduce the recording resolution or frame rate.
  10. Bring along an extended battery pack or extra batteries.

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