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GoPro HERO9 REVIEW

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Spare batteries are one of the first accessories that I purchase for my GoPros. The HERO4 models are getting older so there is a chance your batteries will need to be replaced. Here’s a list of options for the GoPro HERO4 Silver and HERO4 Black.

GoPro action cameras can do many things well. Battery life is not one. Under ideal conditions, you will get less than two hours to fully charge your GoPro HERO battery. You’re likely to get something close to one hour in real-world usage. You’ll get less if you leave the wifi on. You’ll get much less if you use the LCD screen.

Although an extended lithium battery can give you up to three hours of power, it will also add weight and bulk.

You’ll be waiting for one battery to charge, which can cause you to miss out on shooting. A charger that charges multiple batteries simultaneously will allow you to simply rotate the batteries out of your charger as necessary.

If you don’t have spare batteries for older models, they won’t work in the GoPro HERO 4! New batteries are used in the new models. The battery is a rechargeable lithium-ion, 3.8V, 4.4Wh, and 1160mAH. The same battery is used in both the GoPro Hero 4 Black and GoPro Hero 4 Silver.

Here are some battery chargers and spare batteries for the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver editions. GoPro manufactures their own. There are third-party options available from other manufacturers, which are often cheaper and have more features. Smatree and Wasabi power batteries and chargers have been great for me. Their battery cells are just as reliable in daily use as the official GoPro-branded ones, according to my experience.

Official GoPro HERO4 Batteries & Chargers

GoPro sells some GoPro-branded chargers and batteries. These are officially supported by GoPro and are safest for compatibility issues.

They are available at Amazon and B&H Photo.

GoPro also offers a dual battery charger, which comes with a spare. The external charger can charge up to two batteries simultaneously, giving you more flexibility than having to recharge the battery inside the camera.

Official GoPro HERO4 charger can charge up to two batteries simultaneously. The official marketing photos may not show the exact charger. It only comes with one spare battery and a single USB cable. The charger kit does not include either a USB car charger or a DC wall charger. However, you can use any of the many other USB wall chargers that you have from other devices.

They are available at Amazon and B&H Photo.

Smatree Batteries & Chargers For The GoPro HERO4 Cameras

Smatree is a leading third-party brand that offers high-quality GoPro chargers and batteries. There are many configurations.

If you don’t require the cradle, there’s one that only requires two batteries. This is a great value. These batteries are made from Japanese cells and have the same power ratings that official GoPro ones. They have also been functionally indistinguishable to the official GoPro brands, according to my experience.

Smatree also sells a 3-slot USB charger kit. The kit includes 2 batteries, a 3-slot charger cradle that can charge 3 batteries simultaneously, as well as a USB cable. Although it does not come with a wall outlet you can use it if you have a standard USB wall outlet or DC charging cable. You can also use the regular USB slot on your laptop, although this will often result in slower charging.

These items can be found at Amazon.

Smatree also has a complete kit. This kit includes two batteries, a 3-slot car cradle, two batteries and an AC wall charger adapter.

These items can be found at Amazon

Wasabi Power Batteries & Chargers For GoPro HERO 4.

Wasabi Power is another aftermarket battery brand that I have had positive experiences with. I’ve used their batteries for GoPros for many years.

There are many configuration options available. Their kits are very similar to the ones by Smatree. They offer the best value. I have used the Smatree and Wasabi Power GoPro batteries for some time now, and they perform as well as the official GoPro-branded ones.

There are many options for batteries and chargers, including two or three batteries with a charger and one battery with a car charger.

The Wasabi Power batteries are available at Amazon and B&H Photo.

You can also purchase a bundle which includes international power plugs. This bundle might be especially useful if you plan to travel overseas and need to maximize your choices regarding where and when your batteries can be charged. The AC wall adapter comes with a 2-slot tray, two batteries and a USB cable. It also includes a worldwide AC adapter plug, as well as a switching power supply. These four plugs won’t be able to cover all countries, but they will help you get started in most of them.

Watson Mini Duo Charger

B&H Photo owns Watson, one of the Gradus brands. I have used many of their chargers and batteries over the years, and they work great. You can get this one as a single charger or as a bundle that includes two extra batteries.

It can be found at B&H Image.

Extended batteries for the GoPro Hero4 Silver and Black

The HERO 4 Silver or Black can be powered by an extended battery. These plug into the back of your camera and will roughly double the life of the camera. You’ll need an extended back door if you use a housing. These are sometimes included but can be purchased separately .

These extended batteries can be used with the HERO4 Black or Silver. However, there is a catch for the Silver. The batteries can be clipped to the back of your camera and will cover the Silver’s backscreen.

GoPro Battery BacPac

GoPro has created a GoPro Battery BacPac, an official GoPro-branded battery. It provides extended battery life and is compatible with the HERO4 Black and Silver. GoPro’s MSRP may be a bit higher than other aftermarket models, but this battery is safest if you are concerned about compatibility issues.

They are available at Amazon and B&H Photo.

Wasabi Extended Battery GoPro Hero4

Wasabi Power makes their own extended battery, which clips to the back of the camera like the GoPro HERO4 Silver and Black.

There are two options: one that includes the battery and another that comes with extended backdoors. These are available at Amazon.

Available at Amazon and B&H Photo

Brunton All Day 2.0 Extended Batteries for GoPro HERO4

These Brunton batteries are now very difficult to find since I posted it. However, I will keep it here in case anyone manages to locate one.

Brunton All-Day 2.0 can be used with all current GoPro HERO4 or HERO cameras. It replaces the standard housing’s back door and is waterproof to 131 feet (40m).

You can find my detailed review of Brunton All Day 2.0 here.

DigiPower Re-Fuel 6-Hour Battery Action Pack for GoPro Hero4

This product was launched after I wrote the original post. I have not personally tried it. Considering that Brunton All Day 2.0 is virtually impossible to find, I believe this product is worth being included here.

It is the DigiPower Refuel 6-Hour Action pack Battery. It clips to the back like other extended batteries. However, unlike the Brunton, this battery replaces the entire back. You don’t need an extended back door with GoPro’s BacPac battery. The manufacturer claims that it can record continuous video for up to 6 hours and is waterproof to 131 feet (40 metres).

They also offer larger versions, which may provide as much as 12 or 24 hours continuous recording.

It is difficult to find the HERO4 version, but there are versions for the HERO5, HERO6, HERO7.

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