There are three different GoPro-branded remote controls: the Smart Remote, the Remo, and the WiFi Remote. They all have built-in rechargeable batteries (that aren’t removable or swappable), but they don’t all charge the same way or use the same cable.
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They can all use the same kinds of power supplies that output 5V / 1A: standard wall adapters, DC car chargers with USB output, and portable powerbanks. But you have make sure you have the right cable–they don’t all use the same cable, and two of the three use a specialized, dedicated cable.
So here’s a quick rundown for charging the various GoPro remotes.
Charging The Remote
The Remote is GoPro’s newest remote. It was released in December 2020 specifically for the HERO9 Black, HERO8 Black, and MAX.
Unlike some of the older GoPro remotes, The Remote has a standardized charging method using a USB-C cable. This is much more convenient than constantly keeping track of a dedicated charging attachment (which I’ve always managed to misplace). So you can use any standard USB-C cable (The Remote also comes with one) and any standard USB power source.
The USB-C charging port is on the bottom of the remote. It’s covered by a rubberized port door to keep water out.
Charging the GoPro Smart Remote and GoPro Wi-Fi Remote
These remotes don’t use a standard USB cable. Instead, it uses a specialized connection that inserts into the remote. It looks a bit like a key.
When you buy the remotes, one of these special charging cables is included, but if you’ve lost it or need another, you have a choice of getting the GoPro-branded one or go with an after-market version (they’re often less expensive).
Another novel approach that some aftermarket brands have taken is to add a Smart Remote dock onto their GoPro battery charging docks. Here’s an example. It’s a neat, consolidated solution that cuts out the need for a separate USB cable.
There is a bit of a trick to inserting and removing the USB cable from the Smart Remote (and also the Wifi Remote), and that is that there’s a locking mechanism with the switch on the back of the remote. So make sure to slide the switch before trying to pull the cable out. And make sure it clicks back into place to give a secure connection.
While the remote is charging, you’ll see a “Remote Battery” message on the small LCD screen with an animated charging icon.
Charging the GoPro Remo Remote
The Remo’s main control is a large shutter button. But it only works with some Black edition camera, such as the HERO5, HERO6, and HERO7 Black (it doesn’t work with the HERO7 Silver, HERO7 White, or HERO (2018) because those cameras don’t offer the ability to connect a remote).
The USB-C port is on the side of the remote, covered by a small rubber door to seal it against water.
It uses a cable with a USB-C plug. It comes with one; if you’ve lost it or need another, standard USB-C cables like this one work fine.
When the remote is charging, there’s a small red LED that lights up on one corner. The red light should stay on constantly (ie. not flashing) while it’s charging. It’ll change to a solid green when it’s fully charged.
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