conducted a little research/interview a while back and I asked 44 travel bloggers what are their top tips for getting the most out of their GoPro.
There was one thing that people constantly brought up – the GoPro battery life. The bottom line was that there’s simply not enough power in one single battery to last as much as the users want. Especially when they are traveling a lot and want to capture as much footage as they can.
Most GoPro models will have a battery life of 1:30 to 2:00 hours. Here are tips on extending your camera’s battery life.
Keep it off when not recording
Topping the list, this one’s obvious. When you have your GoPro turned on but aren’t recording, its battery life is slowly being eaten away. That being said, keep your GoPro turned off whenever you’re not recording in order to conserve battery life. You can even enable Quick Capture, a convenient feature that enables the camera to automatically start recording when you power it on.
Update the firmware
Chances are you have the latest firmware running on your GoPro, but there’s a possibility it hasn’t actually updated. Updating the firmware won’t only fix lingering issues, but it can also increase the battery life, thanks to any small fixes the company might have implemented.
You can update your GoPro by connecting the camera to your phone over Wi-Fi and using the GoPro app to update it.
Turn off Wi-Fi
Turning off the Wi-Fi to your GoPro can boost its battery life and make it last longer. Although it won’t allow it to last too much longer because the battery is already small, it can add an extra 10 to 15 minutes of recording time.
Reduce the recording resolution or frame rate
The fewer pixels and frames your GoPro has to record, the less energy it will use. Whenever possible, record at a lower resolution or frame rate.
For most GoPro action footage, 1080p at 60 frames per second is the standard. Turning it down a notch to 720p or leaving it at 1080p and setting it to 30 frames per second can help conserve battery life.
Turn off the LCD screen
The newest batch of GoPros comes with a built-in LCD screen, making it more convenient to not only see what you’re recording, but also allow you to change settings more quickly. On the downside, those screens use up power, and if you need to save battery life, you’re better off sticking to the old-fashioned way of turning off the LCD screen and using the camera.
Turn off the GPS
The GPS is used to overlay location coordinates over your video, so if you don’t need that, be sure to turn on-off as well. Personally, I never really used it. You can find it under the Preferences menu.
Bring along an extended battery pack
Having the best battery is important, also you’ll need some extra batteries. With the following GoPro Rechargeable battery Pack well-reviewed, you’ll have the juice to shot all day long and change your batteries less.