I’ve previously written up a guide to charging GoPro cameras. What I’m focusing on here are the charging cables for GoPro cameras.
GoPro cameras have used three different USB charging cables. Which type of charging cable you need depends on which camera you’re using.
GoPro Charging Cable Table
Here’s a master table of which USB cable to use with which GoPro camera model.
|GoPro Model||Charging Cable Type|
|HERO Session||Micro-USB B|
|HERO4 Session||Micro-USB B|
|HERO4 Black||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HERO4 Silver||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HERO3+||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HERO3||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HERO+ LCD||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HERO+||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HERO (2014)||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HD HERO2||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
|HD HERO Original||Mini-USB (USB Mini-B (5 pin))|
Things Worth Knowing
The cables I’ve linked to above have a USB-A plug on one end. That’s the most compatible style. But more chargers are coming out that have USB-C output port. For those, you can, of course, use a USB-C to USB-C cable, for example.
It would be nice if all cables were created equal, but unfortunately, they’re not always. Particularly if you’re using the newer models with USB-C, the ideal is to use the 3A cable that came with the camera. But if you’ve lost that or don’t have access to it, there are other options. I routinely use other aftermarket ones and don’t run into too many issues, but it’s worth being aware that it is possible to come across substandard aftermarket cables. So whichever model you’re using, if you go with an aftermarket cable it’s a good idea to test before heading away on a trip to make sure it works as expected, just in case you have to swap it out for a different one.