How to Charge Your GoPro Camera and Batteries

Keep your GoPro camera at the ready with a full charge

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Whether you’re about to film an incredible stunt, your child taking their first steps, a video blog that will make you famous, or anything else, the last thing you need is your GoPro to run out of juice right in the middle of filming.

Fortunately, the manufacturer has made it incredibly simple to keep those batteries charged. Let’s take a look at how.

GoPro Version is Important

How you charge your battery will depend upon the version of GoPro you own. Here we will focus primarily on the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition. Some versions of the GoPro have batteries that charge in similar fashion. However, some of the older GoPro cameras charge differently.

With the Battery Inside the Camera

This is, by far, the simplest method. Every GoPro device allows you to charge your battery while it is still inside the camera. To do this, all you need is a cable to go from the camera to either a computer or wall outlet. If you opt to charge your battery via a wall outlet, you’ll need an adapter that allows you to plug the USB cable into a standard outlet (similar to what you use for your smartphone).

What type of USB cable you use will depend upon the model of GoPro you have. Here's a list of what types of cables are used for specific models of GoPro cameras.

  • GoPro HERO7 Black
  • GoPro HERO7 Silver
  • GoPro HERO7 White
  • GoPro Fusion
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO5 Black
  • GoPro HERO5 Session

Micro-USB B:

  • GoPro HERO Session
  • GoPro HERO4 Session

Mini-USB (USB Mini-B 5 pin):

  • GoPro HERO4 Black
  • GoPro HERO4 Silver
  • GoPro HERO3+
  • GoPro HERO3
  • GoPro HERO+ LCD
  • GoPro HERO+
  • GoPro HERO (2014)
  • GoPro HD HERO2
  • GoPro HD HERO Original

Chances are, your GoPro camera included the necessary cable, so check the contents of the packaging.

Where the cable plugs in will depend on the model of camera you have. For example, the GoPro Hero 5 Black edition includes a USB-C connection on the side (under a removable door). Plug your USB-C cable into that and then the other end into either your computer/laptop or into an adapter to plug into a wall outlet.

GoPro Hero5 closeup of data/charging cable port

The one caveat to charging the GoPro battery with this method is that the only way of knowing how much charge the battery has is by turning the camera on. Newer models (which include a touch screen, such as the GoPro Hero 5 Black edition) will report the percentage of charge the battery has as it charging. Once the indicator shows 100%, it’s time to unplug and film. If your camera doesn’t allow you to view the charging status, a good rule of thumb is this: With a standard wall outlet, charging a battery from empty to full will take about two hours. If you’re using a desktop or laptop to charge your battery, from empty to full can take up to four hours.

Image of the GoPro Hero 5 Black edition charging status indicator.

With the Battery Outside the Camera

For most GoPro models, you can purchase an aftermarket charger. Many of these chargers support the charging of two batteries at once, so you can purchase an extra battery to always ensure you have one with a full charge.

To charge your GoPro battery with a charging device, you must first remove the battery from the camera. How this is done will depend on the camera model. For example, if yours is a GoPro Hero 5 Black edition, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the button on the bottom panel.

    Image of the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition battery door.
  2. Press that button and slide the door to the side.

  3. Swing the door out to reveal the battery.

    Imae of the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition battery compartment.
  4. Remove the battery by pulling on the attached plastic strip.

Once the battery is removed, insert it into the charging cradle and plug the cradle into either a wall adapter or into a desktop or laptop computer. The same rules apply to charging with a cradle (two to four hours from empty to full, depending on where you plug the device in). Most cradles have lights to indicate the charging status: Red for charging, green for charged.

Image of the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition batteries being charged.

Once the battery indicator has turned green, pull the battery from the charger and insert it back into your GoPro.


You’re ready for your close up.