GoPro batteries typically last an hour and a half — here are tips on extending your camera’s battery life

If you’re the proud owner of a GoPro, you know it’s one of
the best action cameras on the market right now. But when it comes to the
device’s battery life, which lasts about an hour and a half, let’s just say it
leaves something to be desired. Below are six ways to help your GoPro last
longer between charges.

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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 QuickCapture, 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 since 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 come with a built-in LCD screen,
making it more convenient to not only see what you’re recording, but also 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.

Bring along an
extended battery pack or extra batteries

If you’d rather not compromise these features but still want
better battery life, your best option is to buy an extended battery pack. Of
course, these will add a little bit of bulk and weight to your setup.

Not an option? Try buying extra regular batteries that you
can swap in and out whenever the battery on your GoPro runs low. It’s also wise
to purchase an external battery charger to power up your extra batteries while
you continue to record footage.