Batteries and Chargers for the HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO (2018)

GoPros have never had particularly good battery life. So having spare batteries on hand, along with an external charger, can help you keep shooting.

While the batteries for these models are mostly compatible with the HERO8 Black, there are some considerations to factor in. I’ve put together a more detailed post on GoPro HERO8 Black batteries.

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GoPros have never had particularly good battery life. I’ve found the HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black to have marginally improved battery life over the HERO4 Black, but you’re still lucky if you get two hours of shooting. Depending on what settings you’re using, it might end up being a lot less.

It is possible to attach a long-life battery. It’s also possible to connect an external battery pack or battery hand grip via USB and use that as external power. But those setups can become pretty unwieldy, and they aren’t waterproof because it means having one of the access doors open to reach the USB-C port.

It’s much easier to manage the GoPro’s battery life with spare batteries and external chargers. It means you can be charging one or more batteries while still using the camera rather than sitting around twiddling your thumbs waiting for it to charge.

Here’s a rundown of the options for picking up some spare batteries or external chargers for the HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO (2018).

The HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO (2018) all use removable batteries, so the information here applies to all of those models. The HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White both have hardwired internal batteries that aren’t removable, so it doesn’t apply to those two models (or to the various Session cameras; they also have non-removable batteries).

Official GoPro Chargers and Batteries

Individual Batteries

GoPro has their own branded batteries and chargers. They work well, and they’re also higher priced than other options. But if you’re after the officially supported option, this is it.

The latest version of this, brought out at the same time as the HERO8 Black, has a pale blue baseplate. Older versions are all black. But this newer version can still be used in the previous models (NB: with the HERO5 Black and HERO (2018), make sure that the camera’s firmware is up-to-date first).

You can pick up batteries, and if you’re just looking to replace a battery that might be the way to go. But without an external charger you’ll have to charge it in the camera, which reduces somewhat the advantage of having a spare battery.

The batteries are made in several countries, including China and Vietnam.

You can find them at Amazon, directly from GoPro.com, or B&H Photo.

Tip: GoPro offers 50% off many of their accessories through their online store with the PLUS subscription. The discount applies to batteries and the dual battery charger. There’s a 30-day free trial and then the subscription renews at $4.99 each month (a bit cheaper if you pay the year in advance). You also get some other neat perks with PLUS; you can more details here. But for me, I’ve found that just the discount on accessories has paid for the membership fee many times over.

Dual Charger with Battery

This is GoPro’s cradle for charging one or two batteries at a time. You can find it bundled with a battery or as just the charger alone. It has an input for a USB-C cable. It’s also fully compatible with GoPro’s new rapid charger.

You can find them at Amazon, B&H Photo, and GoPro.com.

SuperCharger

This is GoPro’s fast charger, and GoPro claims that it will charge the compatible cameras up to 20% faster than using a conventional charger. If you plug it into the GoPro Dual Battery Charger, you’ll reportedly get up to 45% faster. And it will also charge the Karma Grip stabilizer.

The current list of GoPro cameras and accessories compatible with its fast charging is: Fusion, HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black,HERO (2018),HERO5 Session, Dual Battery Charger (HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black/HERO6 Black/HERO5 Black/HERO 2018), and Karma Grip.

It makes use of the USB-C connection to beef up the charge. Note that it’s not a cradle–it’s just a charger—so it can’t charge a battery by itself. You can either plug it into the camera or into GoPro’s cradle charger. It comes with interchangeable AC plugs for US, Europe, and Australia as well as a 1.5ft (0.45m) 3A USB-C to USB-C Cable.

You can find them at GoPro.com, Amazon, and B&H Photo.

Third-Party After-Market Batteries and Chargers

There are many third-party after-market batteries available for GoPros. Some are better than others. I’ve consistently had good results with batteries from Wasabi and Smatree but have also found others to work well.

But there is an important consideration when using after-market batteries. That is that it’s technically possible for GoPro to make the camera reject batteries from other manufacturers. They do it through a firmware tweak, and they’ve done it before. For now, though, GoPro seems to be playing nice with many of the after-market manufacturers, but that’s not guaranteed.

On November 26, 2016, GoPro released firmware update v.01.55 for the HERO5 Black. The release notes were extremely vague: “Includes bug fixes and usability improvements.” What they don’t say is that one of the unannounced changes was that the camera now did a check on the battery, and if it’s not a GoPro-branded one the camera wouldn’t power up. That instantly made all of the non-GoPro branded batteries that were then available paperweights–the camera simply wouldn’t accept those batteries and power up.

In February 2017, Wasabi Power came out with a new version of their batteries (model number BTR-HERO5-JWP-03) that includes a new chip. They claim—even “guarantee”–that they will continue to work “with all future firmware updates” that GoPro puts out for the HERO5 Black.

While I have found no problems using these batteries in HERO5 Black cameras with firmware versions v.01.57 and v.01.55, I can’t independently corroborate the basis for Wasabi’s assurance of future compatibility. GoPro has a program that is specifically designed to assure compatibility–it’s called “Works with GoPro.” These batteries are not currently listed as part of that program. So it’s not clear to me what kind of arrangement they might have (or not have, as the case may be) with GoPro and on what basis they can promise future compatibility. A saving grace is that they’re relatively inexpensive.

In my experience, these Wasabi batteries work well with the current firmware, provide essentially identical battery life, and are priced (MSRP) competitively. But do make sure that you’re getting the specific model BTR-HERO5-JWP-03 batteries. Older versions still won’t work with the newer camera firmware.

Other brands, like this one, are also starting to pop up with their own branded batteries that also promise ongoing compatibility with future updates. At the time of writing, Smatree, another third-party battery brand I’ve had very good experiences with in the past, hasn’t yet released a new version of their batteries for the HERO5 Black. So for now, I’ve only tried the Wasabi ones. They’re available in various bundles:

Batteries for the HERO4 Black and Silver vs HERO7/6/5 Black

If you’re upgrading from the HERO4 Black and wondering whether you can use batteries from the HERO4 Black or Silver in the HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO (2018), the answer is no. The HERO4 batteries are different and can’t be used interchangeably.

The new GoPro HERO5 Black uses a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that’s rated at 1220 mAh (3.85V / 4.70Wh), which is a slightly higher rated capacity than the previous model (1160 mAh). It looks very similar to the ones for the HERO4, but the contacts are more towards the center of one side rather than near a corner. Like this:

At left is the new battery for the HERO5 Black. At right is the battery for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver.

I have a separate post on batteries and chargers for the HERO4 Black and Silver.

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  • Thank You for this insight.
    I use Go Pro type cameras from Qumox for several years for professional use on bridge structure inspections. We regarded them as a consumable item, use two or three times and then recycle them, as they are too battered to be reliable, after being out in all weathers in dirty environments and being roughly handled. We do not actually bin them, we canabalize them for other applications, always saving the batteries which were interchangable until last month when using a new V50 Pro from AKASO the battery for which is less than 1mm smaller, so the old batteries will not fit in the new kit....
    We are in process of considering moving over to the real thing and battery issues are always an issue as we often record for 5-6 hours with either battery changes or powerbank supplies.

  • I need to buy my son a Hero 7 battery, but can't find one. Is the Hero 5 and Hero 6 compatible the Hero 7 batteries?

    • Yes. Batteries for the HERO5 Black and HERO6 Black are compatible with the HERO7 Black. The battery for the HERO8 is slightly different, but it's still backward compatible, so you can also use those in a HERO7. But you cannot use the new HERO9 battery in a HERO7.

  • I have the Hero 5 Black, Is there any benefit of purchasing the more expensive blue based battery over the original black battery.

    • No, not unless you plan to upgrade to the HERO8 Black sometime soon and want to use the batteries in that.

      But if you do decide to get the new batteries for your HERO5 Black, make sure to update the firmware to v.2.70. That version added compatibility with the new batteries. And you'll need to use the old battery to run the firmware update.

  • Hey, I just read your post. Thanks for putting it out there. I have a different experience/ response than some. My new Smartree batteries fit into my new Hero 8 black but... the camera will not power up. I just got them Jan 21 2020. I got them off Amazon. No- they do not have a blue bottom but the ad stated they would work. I hope this helps others with this frustration. RR

    • Thanks for letting us know. I'm in the process of testing out a bunch of third-party batteries with the HERO8 Black and will post the results shortly.

  • I recently purchased the dual charger that came with an extra batter (on brand) and my Hero8 displays message when I turn it to use a Hero8 battery to enable all the features. What the heck is that about?

    • Do the new batteries have a bright blue base? The newer versions have a bright blue base on them, whereas the older versions are all black. If they're all black, you might have gotten old stock that hadn't sold through yet.

  • Do you have any recommended third party batteries and charger for the Hero8? I have not found much information yet or a good recommendation for the Hero8. Most of what I have found is for older models and even though I've read older model batteries work in the 8, I'm curious if there is anything new out there. Thanks in advance!

  • Hello.
    I'm new to this blog. I came here looking for information on external power blocks that could be plugged into the GoPro Hero 8 for extended recordings on my bike rides. I thought I'd chime in here to let y'all know there are such battery doors for the Hero 8. I just got one myself. It closes but has an opening at the bottom for the USB-C plug. I haven't had a chance to verify if this will work well, but so far it's promising.

    link

  • Hi Just got hero 8 black and am looking for some clear advise can I use fast charger 3.0 on camera to charge batterys internally that I use on my Samsung phone.
    Many thanks

    • I haven't tried this particular combination. I suspect it would be fine, but that's not based on any first-hand experience.

    • It's the same charger (the official GoPro dual charger), but the batteries have been revised for the HERO8 Black. You can put in the older batteries and it will work, but you'll get a warning on screen suggesting that you use the newer version of the battery and you might see a performance hit when using some of the high-end shooting and processing modes.

  • Hi, thanks for the great site. Lots of useful info. I'm wondering if you're aware of a 3rd party battery door for the hero8 that has an opening for the charging port, so that the camera can be plugged in for extended shooting without the whole side being exposed. I can't believe GoPro didn't see the problems with this design. In the meantime, it seems like it shouldn't be hard for a company to come out with a 3rd party solution as I described? What do you think? Would love to hear your opinion

    • Yes, I'm not a fan of the new door design either. The number of times I've almost lost the door as it gets flinged off when you undo it.... But no, I haven't seen any third-party solutions yet. GoPro doesn't seem to give much or any advance access to other accessory makers, so the aftermarket accessories often take a while to trickle out. But this seems like the kind of solution that they could be all over.

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