GoPro has announced a new high-performance battery for the HERO10 and HERO9 cameras.
The battery will be sold as a spare battery option for the HERO10 and HERO9 for $24.99 and is expected to be available on GoPro.com at the end of November.
UPDATE: The Enduro battery is now available at GoPro.com ($24.99 / $19.99 if you’re a GoPro subscriber).
Its a lithium-ion battery rated at 1720mAh (ie. the same mAh rating as the standard HERO10/9 battery).
It’s designed especially cold-weather performance; traditional lithium batteries perform poorly in very cold and very warm conditions. That’s not a GoPro thing–that’s something intrinsic to lithium batteries.
But the new Enduro battery uses what GoPro touts as “revolutionary technology” to greatly increase battery life and performance in cold temperatures. GoPro claims:
At a battery temperature of 14F / -10C (note: this is the battery’s temperature, it can be even colder outside), with HERO10 Black the Enduro battery enables, on average, 56 minutes of 5.3K60 video, 50 minutes of 4K120 video, 76 minutes of 4K60 video and 115 minutes of 1080p30 video recording.
Enduro also significantly increases video recording time in moderate temperatures. For example, with HERO10 Black during typical outdoor activities at a temperature of 77F / 25C, the Enduro battery enables, on average, a total of 60 minutes of 5.3K60 video (a 28% improvement over the standard battery), a total of 51 minutes of 4K120 video (a 40% improvement over the standard battery), a total of 71 minutes of 4K60 video (a 13% improvement over the standard battery) and a total of 120 minutes of 1080p30 video recording per charge.
New Firmware Upgrade
Related to this is a new firmware update for the HERO10. It’s due for release by the end of October. New shooting modes and improved efficiencies should help with some of the HERO10’s overheating issues (fingers crossed!).
Here’s what GoPro says about it:
And HERO10 Black’s new firmware update, slated for release by end of October, introduces three “Video Performance Modes” that make it easy to maximize your HERO10’s performance depending on your use case:
- Maximum Video Performance – Maximum resolution and frame rates for the very best image quality and ultra-slow-motion video.
- Extended Battery – Optimal resolutions and frame rates for the longest possible video recording times and maximum battery life.
- Tripod / Stationary Video — Optimized for recording long video clips at the highest resolutions and frame rates when the camera is stationary without motion or airflow to cool the camera. GPS and HyperSmooth video stabilization are turned OFF in this mode.
The following is what users can expect to achieve, on average, in Tripod / Stationary Video mode when recording a single continuous clip at a temperature of 77F / 25C in static situations without movement or airflow to cool the camera:
- 5.3K60 – 47% more runtime than previous for an average of 29 minute-long clips
- 5.3K30 – 11% more runtime than previous for an average of 44 minute-long clips
- 4K120 – 52% more runtime than previous for an average of 26 minute-long clips
- 4K60 – 154% more runtime than previous for an average of 63 minute-long clips
- 4K30 – 35% more runtime than previous for an average of 50 minute-long clips
A future firmware update will enable even longer clip lengths in 5.3K30 and 4K30. And if important for your use case, 2.7K and 1080p will enable even longer single clip recording times than above in either Extended Battery or Maximum Video Performance modes.
The HERO10 firmware update will be available by the end of October and HERO10 Black owners can update their cameras using the Quik app.
In addition to improved recording times, GoPro says that the new battery features faster charging: (“Reduces the time needed to get a full charge by up to 13% over standard GoPro batteries.”)