How Long Does A GoPro Battery Last and How To Extend

The current GoPro lineup of cameras is phenomenal. The killer form factor and modern conveniences like voice control and buttery-smooth frame rates make them a fantastic weapon in any photographer’s arsenal.

The Achilles’ heel of action cameras like this can often be their battery life. Depending on the video quality you’re recording in and how often you’re taking photos, your GoPro battery can die pretty quickly.

So which of these cameras are better when it comes to battery life? How long does the battery last on each?

This GoPro battery life guide will explore the last few generations of GoPro cameras. We’ll discuss what can shorten GoPro battery life and how to get longer battery life out of your camera.

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How long does a GoPro battery last?

It’s important to note before we continue that the way you use your camera can significantly influence how long the battery lasts.

Other factors like temperature and the age of your unit are also at play. That said, let’s take a look at the average stats for the most recent GoPro cameras.

For each model, we’ve listed a range of video resolutions and the battery life you can expect with each.

GoPro Hero 10 Black

The GoPro Hero 10 has a battery capacity of 1720 mah just like the Hero 9.

The Hero 10’s stats are as follows:

  • 90 minutes at 5K/30fps
  • 111 minutes at 4K/30fps (4:3)
  • 72 minutes at 4K/60fps
  • 112 minutes at 4K/30fps
  • 80 minutes at 2.7K/120fps
  • 89 minutes at 2.7K/60fps (4:3)
  • 90 minutes at 2.7K/60fps
  • 83 minutes at 1080p/240fps
  • 94 minutes at 1080p/120fps
  • 104 minutes at 1080p/60fps

GoPro Max Stats

The GoPro Max has the following battery life:

  • 78 minutes at 5.6K / 30fps
  • 108 minutes at 1440p / 60fps
  • 115 minutes at 1080p / 60fps

GoPro Hero 9 Black

The Hero 9’s stats are as follows:

  • 90 minutes at 5K/30fps
  • 111 minutes at 4K/30fps (4:3)
  • 72 minutes at 4K/60fps
  • 112 minutes at 4K/30fps
  • 80 minutes at 2.7K/120fps
  • 89 minutes at 2.7K/60fps (4:3)
  • 90 minutes at 2.7K/60fps
  • 83 minutes at 1080p/240fps
  • 94 minutes at 1080p/120fps
  • 104 minutes at 1080p/60fps

GoPro Hero 8

If you use a GoPro Hero 8, expect the following battery results:

  • 4K / 30fps (4:3) for 67 minutes
  • 4K / 60fps for 47 minutes
  • 4K / 30fps for 74 minutes
  • 2.7K / 120fps for 45 minutes
  • 2.7K / 60fps (4:3) for 60 minutes
  • 2.7K / 60fps for 70 minutes
  • 1440p / 120fps for 65 minutes
  • 1440p / 60fps for 77 minutes
  • 1080p / 240fps for 50 minutes
  • 1080p / 120fps for 50 minutes
  • 1080p / 60fps for 81 minutes

GoPro Hero 7 Black

When it comes to the GoPro Hero7 Black, plan for the following battery life stats:

  • 4K60 for 45-50 minutes
  • 4K30 for 85-90 minutes
  • 2.7K60 (4:3) for 60-65 minutes
  • 2.7K120 for 30-45 minutes
  • 1440p120 for 50-55 minutes
  • 1440p60 for 70-75 minutes
  • 1080p240 for 35-50 minutes
  • 1080p120 for 40-55 minutes
  • 1080p60 for 85-90 minutes
  • 960p240 for 75-80 minutes
  • 960p120 for 80-85 minutes
  • 720p240 for 85-90 minutes

Hero 7 Silver

The silver variant of this model has different stats to the Hero7 Black. They can be found below:

  • 106 minutes at 4K30
  • 107 minutes at 1440p60 (slow motion on)
  • 146 minutes at 1440p30

GoPro Hero 6 Black

GoPro Hero 6 battery life stats can be found below:

  • 70 minutes at 4K 60
  • 95 minutes at 4K 30
  • 60 minutes at 2.7K 120
  • 75 minutes at 1440p60
  • 60 minutes at 1080p240
  • 65 minutes at 1080p120
  • 100 minutes at 1080p60
  • 110 minutes at 720p60

GoPro Hero 5 Black

The Hero5 Black is beginning to show its age these days. The good news is, its lack of current-gen voice control or stabilization tech means it lasts a fair bit longer:

  • 4K/30 for 1h 30m
  • 2.7K/30 for 1h 49m
  • 1080/60 for 2h
  • 1080/30 for 2h 30m
  • 720/120 for 2h 20m

GoPro Hero 4 and Hero 4 Session

Both the Hero 4 and its Session counterpart promise roughly the same battery life. The details can be found below:

  • 1 hour 55 mins at 1440p/30fps
  • 1 hour 45 mins at 11080p/60fps
  • 1 hour 50 mins at 1080p/48fps
  • 2 hours 5 mins at 1080p/30fps
  • 1 hour 50 mins at 720p/100fps
  • 1 hour 45 mins at 1080p/60fps
  • 1 hour 50 mins at 1080p/48fps
  • 2 hours 5 mins at 1080p/30fps
  • 1 hour 50 mins at 720p/100fps

How to Make Your GoPro Hero Battery Last Longer

If you’re frustrated with how long the battery survives when using your GoPro, there are a number of things you can try that should help the battery last a fair bit longer. This section will outline our tips to save battery life on your GoPro.

Take Advantage of Spares

This of course depends on the budget you have to work with. If you can afford it, though, stocking up on a spare battery (or a few) is probably the most effective way to keep your camera going for longer.

We realize that this is more of a “cheat’s method” than a real energy-saving tip, but this approach lets you use all the powerful features of your GoPro while also making the battery last much longer.

There are plenty of offers on Amazon for spare batteries that are relatively inexpensive and won’t take up much room in your bag. Picking up a battery and battery charger combo like this one can help you keep multiple batteries ready to go.

Keep it Switched Off Without Sacrificing Convenience

It goes without saying that keeping your GoPro switched off is the best way to conserve its battery.

This obviously isn’t enough on its own, though, as you still need to be able to actually use your camera. This is where features like Quik Capture come in.

This setting has been around for a while now and it makes it much easier to keep your GoPro off without completely losing functionality. With Quik Capture enabled, your GoPro will start capturing footage automatically when you turn it on.

This gives you the best of both worlds when trying to make your GoPro battery last longer.

Lower Your Frame Rate

You should only do this one in real times of need, as reducing the number of frames per second for your videos can be detrimental to their quality.

However, if you’re in a pinch, this approach can give your camera one last burst of wind and can mean the difference between getting some lower quality footage vs leaving empty handed.

Disable “Smart” Features

The voice commands and wake-on-voice functionality of modern GoPros are incredibly useful. The trouble is, they require your device to be constantly listening out for a wake command. This attentiveness takes its toll on your battery life.

Disabling these features sacrifices a little bit of convenience for a welcome boost to available power.

Go Old School and Switch Your LCD screen Off

Back in the early GoPro days, these action cameras didn’t use a screen at all. You simply pointed your device at your subject and pressed the shutter button. No one’s denying how convenient an LCD screen is, but going without one for a while can significantly extend your juice.

Disable Wi-Fi

Foregoing a Wi-Fi connection is another great way to extend your GoPro’s battery life. You may have noticed a pattern here. Sacrificing as many convenience features as you can tolerate is pretty much the only way to reduce your battery drain.

Download The Latest Firmware

GoPro is constantly improving the firmware that their cameras use. Among these improvements are tweaks to energy consumption. Keeping your GoPro up to date can help it perform well for you many years down the line.

Turn Off GPS

GPS functionality is a fairly low-footprint feature in terms of battery life. However, it’s worth switching off if you really need to guarantee you’ll have battery when you need it. The GPS setting can be found within the “preferences” menu of your GoPro.

Consider an Older Model

We know this option won’t work for everyone, but if you don’t need your GoPro to have all the latest tech, the older models actually last a fair bit longer on average.

The main reason for this is that they don’t use the most recent, power-hungry features.

If you’re just picking up a GoPro to use as a webcam or something similar, you might be better off with something a little older.

The GoPro Hero 4 has an external battery accessory that you can use to greatly increase battery life, for example.

Battery accessories for the GoPro camera

Extra batteries

The best way to extend the life of your GoPro action camera is to just have a few more batteries on hand. If you need to shoot for longer, then you’ll need to carry some extra batteries on you: there’s no other way about it.

The official GoPro battery is quite easily available in most stores.

Try to have at least two batteries on spare so you’ll get a total of 3 hours or so of shooting capacity before you need to charge again.

Multiple GoPro battery charger

Dual Battery Charger + Battery (HERO10 Black/HERO9 Black) - Official GoPro Accessory (ADDBD-001)

The GoPro charger comes with an extra battery and can be used to charge up to two GoPro Hero 9/10 batteries at once.

An LED indicator shows you the charging status of each battery, and you can use this unit with a wall charger or a mobile power bank.

Portable Power Bank

You can charge a GoPro with a regular power bank. Most power banks have many thousands of milliamp-hours of capacity, so you can easily charge your GoPro camera batteries between shoots.

You can also use a GoPro USB cable pass through(compatible with Hero 9 and Hero 10) to power your GoPro directly without using a battery.

Grip charger

Some types of GoPro grips also double as a power bank. The Wasabi Power clutch is a really neat GoPro grip that contains a 5200 mah power bank and a USB cable to help your GoPro battery last a lot longer than it otherwise would.

Portable solar charger

Finally, a solar charger such can take your action camera game one step further than just using a power bank, as you have a potentially unlimited supply of energy to keep your battery running.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section will answer some of the most common questions we encounter when we review GoPro products. If you have a battery-related question, we’ve probably answered it here.

Which GoPro Has The Best Battery Life?

Older GoPro models tend to have better battery lives as they don’t use the latest voice control or “smart” features. For this reason, this might not always be the right line of inquiry.

For example, the Hero 3 White Edition camera can last up to two and a half hours in certain contexts, but it doesn’t have nearly the firepower of models from the Hero7 Black and later. It’s about weighing up battery life against the other factors that matter to you.

What’s The Biggest power draining feature on the GoPro?

It depends, but probably image processing and high-resolution video modes. Filming in ultra-high resolution with mega fps produces stunning videos, but it takes a lot of power to make it happen. The image quality you choose in your settings will heavily influence your available battery.

How Long Do GoPro Alternatives Last?

There’s a ton of choice when it comes to GoPro alternatives and they all have different feature sets, video shooting options and battery lives. Two excellent GoPro competitors right now are the Sony FDRX3000 and the Garmin VIRB Ultra.

These both promise roughly 1.5 and 2 hours of life respectively.

Are GoPro Batteries All The Same?

There is a fair bit of overlap from camera to camera, but it’s important to note that all GoPro batteries are not the same. Since the Hero 8, a battery update was introduced to accommodate newer features with higher power requirements.

Hero 8 batteries are fully compatible with the following GoPros using the latest firmware:

  • Hero7 Black
  • Hero6 Black
  • Hero5 Black

With older models, some cross-compatibility exists but users may encounter performance issues in some cases. For example, a Hero8 using an older battery will struggle to deliver current-gen video recording, but will otherwise function normally.

Do GoPro Batteries Go Bad?

All rechargeable batteries degrade at least a little each year. That said, lithium batteries suffer far less from memory issues than other technologies. If you decide to buy extra batteries, it might be best to opt for GoPro-branded options.

To be clear, this isn’t because third-party products aren’t any good. It’s just that if you ever have to file a warranty claim or escalate an issue with GoPro, using their branded batteries gives them less wiggle room to dodge liability.

If this is less of an issue to you, third-party options can save you a ton of money and are worth considering.

Can you use third party batteries?

You should not use third party batteries with your GoPro. While there are many an excellent third party battery are advertised as being compatible with the GoPro, it’s always safer to use official GoPro batteries rather than aftermarket options.

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Final Thoughts about GoPro battery life

While these feature-rich, powerful cameras deserve a lot of praise, their battery life can leave a lot to be desired. It appears to be a necessary evil of the format. So far at least, it appears impossible to have an ultra-portable action cam that also lasts for more than 4 hours.

Our main advice is actually to invest into some extra batteries and portable chargers. We’ve discussed some great tips above for maximizing the battery you have when in a pinch, but carrying extra juice with you is pretty much the best way to go in our opinion.

Either way, we hope your camera lasts long enough to take the shots you need!

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