Top 5 Tips to Maximise the Battery Life of your GoPro Action Camera
Action cameras are synonymously known to have VERY short battery life. How short? Approximately 1-3 hours! Most of us resort to carrying a few extra batteries, car charger, powerbanks etc. to charge on the go. That too can sometimes be a bit of a hassle.
In this article we’ll be going through some of our Personal Tips to Maximise the Battery Life for your GoPro.
- WHEN NOT REQUIRED, TUNE DOWN THE RESOLUTION AND FPS
This is the most obvious point but needs to be addressed. Tune your settings to the lowest possible resolution and FPS to help with conserving battery. That means using 1080p 30fps (most common setting) instead of 60fps if you’re not going to be doing much post-editing, or using 720p if having HD videos are not really a priority.
- UPDATE YOUR GOPRO WITH THE LATEST FIRMWARE
Like most electronic device, GoPro does do improvements to their firmware over time. Some of the improvements will directly contribute to a longer lasting battery for your device, so always make sure you update your GoPro to the latest firmware. We’ve experience as much as a 10% improvement in battery life in one of the major upgrades!
- INVEST IN HIGH MAH BATTERIES FOR YOUR GOPRO
There are plenty of high mAH third party batteries in the market that will provide more battery life for your GoPro in a charge. However, be careful with third party batteries that claim to have as much as 2x-3x the standard battery mAH, they usually are based on false marketing and have not gone through proper testing. Watch our Youtube Playlist to Find out how Popular Third Party Batteries like Wasabi Power, Smatree and Freewell compares against the GoPro
- USE THE “AUTO POWER OFF SETTING” ON YOUR GOPRO
Even on Standby mode the GoPro tends to eat up a significant amount of battery life, so its good practice to keep it off when not in use. Unbeknownst to most, you can actually set the GoPro to shut off automatically after being idle for 60,120 or 300 seconds. To set the “Auto Power Off Mode”, follow these steps:
Step 1: Navigate to Settings – the wrench icon.
Step 2: Select Setup.
Step 3: Select “Manual Power” it will also have a power icon. Choose your idle time.
Step 4: Turn the camera off and test.
- MINIMISE GOPRO ADD-ONS – WIFI, LCD, PHONE APP AND REMOTE
When not in need, disconnect your phone app, remote, turn off your Wifi and unplug the external LCD screen (HERO4 Black and earlier models). All these add-ons drain out your battery significantly without you knowing. Take for example, GoPro claims that having the Wifi turned on on your GoPro reduces battery life by about 10%