All of our solar chargers and solar charger kits will power a GoPro from the classic Hero 2 to the Hero 5. Your decision on which charger to use depends on how fast you want to charge the GoPro and whether you want to charge other power intensive devices like laptops.^back to top
Method 1: The most common way our customers charge their GoPro is from USB while leaving the leaving the GoPro's battery inside the case.
1. Charge Voltaic Battery
Charge up your battery from the sun, an AC outlet or car charger socket.
2. Connect GoPro to Battery
Connect to the GoPro using the cable that came with it or your favorite USB cable. You can do this at the same time you are charging the Voltaic battery.
3. Charge GoPro
Your GoPro will charge from the Voltaic battery. You may need to press the Power Button on the Voltaic battery to activate the USB Output.
Method 2: The second most common option is to remove the battery from the GoPro and charge it from a DC Camera cradle like this one. To use this method, you will need one of our products that can charge DSLR camera batteries. Read the charging digital camera guide for step by step instructions.
Solar Charge Time (Hours) Based on Solar Panel Size (Watts)
Assumes you are charging from solar panel to Voltaic Battery to GoPro. (You are able to charge our battery and the GoPro at the same time)
|3.5 Watts (Converter, 3.5 Watt Kit)||4 Watts (Fuse 4W)||6 Watts (Fuse 6W, 6 Watt Kit)||9 Watts (Fuse 9W, 9 Watt Kit)||10 Watts (Fuse 10W)||17 Watts (17 Watt Kit)|
|GoPro Hero 2, Original (1100mAh)||2.3 hours||1.9||1.4||0.9||0.8||0.5|
|GoPro Hero 3, 3+ (1050mAh)||2.3||1.8||1.4||0.9||0.8||0.5|
|GoPro Hero 4 (1180mAh)||2.5||2.0||1.5||1.0||0.8||0.5|
|GoPro Hero 5 (1220mAh)||2.7||2.2||1.7||1.2||0.9||0.5|
|GoPro Hero 5 Session (1000mAh)||2.3||1.7||1.3||0.8||0.8||0.5|
Not if you charge the battery while in the GoPro. Simply use the GoPro cable or your favorite USB to MiniUSB cable.
If you remove the GoPro battery from the unit and charge it from a cradle, you will need our optional 3.5x1.3mm adapter to connect from our 4 Watt systems into the Camera Cradle. If you have one of our laptop systems, this adapter is included.^back to top
|GoPro Hero 2, Original (1100mAh)||250%||750%||1200%|
|GoPro Hero 3, Hero 3+ (1050mAh)||260%||780%||1280%|
|GoPro Hero 4, Hero 3+ (1180mAh)||240%||690%||1140%|
|GoPro Hero 5 (1220mAh)||240%||690%||1140%|
|GoPro Hero 5 Session (1000mAh)||260%||780%||1200%|
Yes, we work with Cam-Do on a GoPro time lapse solution. GoPro has a timelapse setting that takes a photo every 60 seconds. This means that the battery life is still limited. The Cam-Do solution turns the GoPro off in between photos allowing for longer period sessions away from the grid.