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GoPro Hero 4 Battery Life & How To Improve It

If you hear the word action camera, the first thing that comes to your mind is GoPro, right? That’s how prominent this brand is, it completely changed how we view the action camera world.

Here we have the GoPro Hero 4 which is a bit old now and long has been surpassed by its newer siblings.

Yet it was a game-changer when it first debuted and to this day it holds up pretty well. Yet again, we will not be talking about the GoPro Hero 4 itself, but for its battery life instead.

We all know that action cameras suffer in the battery field, due to their compact form factor that can’t pack a huge battery.

Let’s find out more regarding this.

GoPro Hero 4 Battery Life:

Surprisingly enough, the Hero 4 comes in three models, and each model differs from the other in the battery life aspect.

This is the average stamina you should expect from each Hero 4 model:

  • GoPro Hero4 Black last around 1h 20m
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver last around 1h 40m
  • GoPro Hero4 Session last around 1h 45m

For an old camera, I think the longevity is quite generous.

If you still feel like it isn’t enough there are ways to prolong it, besides some tweaks you can do on settings, by downgrading the video content you also get more battery life

Below I will show for each GoPro Hero 4, the length of battery life on each quality:

GoPro Hero4 Black:

  • 4k / 30fps – 65 Minutes
  • 2.7k / 48fps – 65 Minutes
  • 1080p / 120fps – 70 Minutes
  • 1080p / 60fps – 80 Minutes
  • 1080p / 30fps – 90 Minutes
  • 720p / 120fps – 120 Minutes

GoPro Hero4 Silver:

  • 4k / 15fps – 120 Minutes
  • 2.7k / 30fps – 110 Minutes
  • 1440p / 48fps – 110 Minutes
  • 1080p / 60fps – 100 Minutes
  • 720p / 120fps – 140 Minutes

GoPro Hero4 Session:

  • 1440p / 30fps – 115 Minutes
  • 1080p / 60fps – 105 Minutes
  • 1080p / 30fps – 115 Minutes
  • 720p / 100fps – 110 Minutes

 

What Type of Battery Does GoPro Hero 4 Use?

The three Hero 4 models use the same battery type, which is:

A rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is rated at 1160mAh, 3.8V, and 4.4 Wh. A good battery for it would be the Smatree Battery Pack.

If you are concerned about compatibility issues, to be safe you can get extra batteries that are officially from GoPro.

But there is also third-party software that offers them at a much wallet-friendly price and some even have features included in them.

How to Prolong the Battery Life of Hero 4:

Yes I know, I can hear you saying, the important question is not how long does a GoPro last, but how can I make my GoPro 4 last longer.

Here are a few tips to improve your battery life.

Turn your camera on/off

Turn your camera on only when you shoot. By doing this you save the battery due to the camera not being forced to stay on even when you are on standby and not doing any recording.

Keep your batteries warm

Keep your batteries warm in cold weather, you can put the batteries on your pockets, bag, or jack to keep them away from cold weather since the weather can seriously delay and harm the battery.

Turn off the screen

You need to turn off the screen and only use it when needed

Turn off the extra lights

Also, make sure to turn off any extra light that pulls a strain to the camera

Updates

Always make sure to update your firmware. Updates mean that the company cares about their product and they do everything to keep it bug-free.

Final Words:

GoPro Hero 4 is a decent camera, I wouldn’t really recommend buying it nowadays though, there are way better options you can choose from.

However, if you have it, it has great value and performs decently to this day.

Hope this article gave you some good information regarding the battery life of the GoPro Hero 4.

Alex Hampsink