How to Know When to Replace a GoPro HERO11 Black Battery

The GoPro HERO11 Black has a built-in feature that tells you when it us time to replace the battery. Here’s how it works.

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If your GoPro HERO11’s battery doesn’t seem to be lasting as long as it should, the first thing to check is the battery’s health.

This applies to the HERO11 Black but not the HERO11 Black Mini. The Mini has a built-in battery that can’t be removed from the camera.

By battery health, I don’t mean the standard battery charge indicator that you see all the time on the screen. That indicator tells you how much charge is left in the battery and gives you an idea of how long you can keep shooting or how long until you need to recharge the battery.

The battery health check does something different. It assesses how well the battery is able to hold a charge.

In recent models, GoPro has built in a battery health check feature, and that feature is included on the HERO11 Black.

Where to Find the Battery Health Check on the HERO11 Black

With the battery charged, turn the camera on and go to:

Preferences > About > Battery Info

This will show you two fields. The first is battery health. With a new or relatively new battery, it should show “Excellent” along with a green circle with a heart.

The second is a Battery Type. This is designed as a compatibility check. This should differentiate between an official GoPro-branded battery and third-party batteries. It should show “Compatible” for an official battery and “N/A” for a non-GoPro battery.

It’s not telling you when you should charge the battery. It’s telling you when you should replace the battery.

Why it Matters: Lithium Battery Capacity Fade

Modern lithium-ion batteries are much better in terms of recharge cycles than old nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal-hydride rechargeable batteries. Those have a memory effect issue that has a strong impact on how you charge and discharge the battery.

Lithium batteries generally don’t suffer from the same kind of memory effect issues and don’t require the same kind of careful discharging/charging routines. 1

But lithium-ion batteries still have a finite lifespan, and the more charge-discharge cycles they go through, the more their ability to hold a charge will fade. You might have noticed on your old phone or laptop that you can no longer charge the battery to more than, say 85%. That’s a symptom of the battery’s capacity fade.

And it’s that issue that the HERO11’s battery health check is aimed at. It’s not telling you when you should charge the battery. It tells you when you should replace the battery.

Replacement Batteries

If the health indicator suggests you need a new battery, there are technically two official GoPro models to choose from for the HERO11 Black.

The HERO11 Black comes standard with GoPro’s newer Enduro battery. You can tell it apart form the standard battery because it has white trim (the standard battery has blue trim). The Enduro gives improved performance, especially in cold shooting conditions.

GoPro officially recommends using the Enduro in the HERO11 Black. This is what they say in the manual:

Be sure to use a GoPro Enduro Battery. Using an older GoPro battery or non-GoPro battery could greatly limit your camera’s performance.

GoPro Enduro Battery for HERO11/10/9
  • Advanced 1720mAh lithium-ion battery boosts camera performance over standard GoPro batteries across a...
  • Increases recording time for HERO11 Black, HERO10 Black, and HERO9 Black with up to 40% improvement in...

You can also use the standard battery, which is the same one for the HERO10 and HERO9. But expect performance below the level of the Enduro. I have not tested extensively with a HERO11 using the standard battery, and it’s quite possible that you’ll see particularly marked performance hit, especially when shooting high-bitrate video.

The standard battery is model ADBAT-001.

GoPro HERO11/10/9 Battery + Dual Charger
  • Conveniently charges 2 GoPro HERO10 Black/HERO9 Black batteries simultaneously
  • Optimizes charging so you’ll get a fully charged battery as quickly as possible

I much prefer the Enduro in the HERO11 (and the HERO10, for that matter), but if you have a stack of standard batteries already on hand, they should work well.

Aftermarket Batteries

As far as I’m aware, there are not yet any aftermarket versions of the Enduro battery readily available. There are, however, plenty of aftermarket versions of the standard battery.

GoPro doesn’t recommend aftermarket batteries from other manufacturers and will actually warn you in the camera if you try to use one. You’ll see a warning screen like this:

GoPro HERO11 Black Screenshot - Use Only a GoPro Battery

And you might get some unexpected behavior. I get a warning that the battery is cold, for instance.

Despite these warnings, the camera has run and functioned with aftermarket batteries I’ve tried (I’ve not tested performance extensively with these because I tend to use the Enduro batteries, anyway). But I still recommend sticking with the Enduro batteries with the HERO11.

Things Worth Knowing

This is the warning that GoPro includes in the HERO11 Black’s manual:

Be sure to use a GoPro Enduro Battery. Using an older GoPro battery or non-GoPro battery could greatly limit your camera’s performance.

When disposing of old lithium-ion batteries, they shouldn’t just go in the trash or standard recycling. They should be taken to a separate household hazardous waste collection point–many local communities have them.

  1. Some types of lithium-ion batteries have been found to suffer from memory effect, but it’s not the prominent problem it is with those older types of battery technologies.[]

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The Latest Model: GoPro HERO11 Black

Released in the fall of 2022, the HERO11 is GoPro's current model. Well, actually two models.

First, there's the flagship Black that has all the bells and whistles and sets the standard for action cameras.

GoPro HERO11 Black
  • Shoot 5.3K60 & 4K120 video at up to 120Mbps bitrate
  • Take 27MP photos
  • Waterproof to 33ft / 10m without a separate housing
  • Built-in mount point
  • HyperSmooth 5.0 In-camera Video Stabilization creates smooth video without a gimbal
  • Shoot up to 8x slow motion

A couple of months later, they released Black Mini. It's smaller and shares many of the flagship models capabilities, but it's also stripped-down in important ways. For instance, it doesn't have a touchscreen, its battery isn't removable, and it shoots video only (so no photo mode).

GoPro HERO11 Black Mini
  • Shoot 5.3K60 & 4K120 video at up to 120Mbps bitrate
  • Compact form factor
  • Waterproof to 33ft / 10m without a separate housing
  • 2x built-in mount point
  • HyperSmooth 5.0 in-camera video stabilization
  • Shoot up to 8x slow motion @ 2.7K
  • Built-in battery
David Coleman / Photographer

David Coleman

I'm a freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. I've been shooting with GoPros for years, starting with the HD HERO, and have owned and used every model since. More »

2 thoughts on “How to Know When to Replace a GoPro HERO11 Black Battery”

  1. Good article.
    But I do wonder why the Hero 11 Mini doesn’t have a replaceable battery. For a model that is obviously designed for greater mobility, that would be a key function. I think it’s totally stupid.
    I waited almost a month for this cam until I found out from support that “integrated battery” really means integrated and not just available and already built in.
    The most mobile GoPro is now the only one whose battery cannot be replaced. They’ve hit a wall, haven’t they? Whoever thought this up combs his hair with a hammer ;).

    • It definitely makes it less appealing and less versatile. It’s a pain not to be able to switch out a battery quickly and get on with shooting again–you have to wait until the battery charges again before using the camera. And once the battery stops holding its charge as effectively, which it inevitably will, there’s probably no way around just replacing the whole camera (I’ve not heard anything about a serviced battery replacement program along the lines that Apple has (or had) for iPhones, but my guess is it’s not cost-effective for these). The integrated battery approach they’ve used before with the Session line of small cube cameras and some of their lower-end models in the past.


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