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Solar Chargers for GoPro Cameras

What Voltaic solar chargers will power my GoPro?

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.

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How does it work?

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.This method reliably charges GoPro Hero models 3, 4, and 5.

1. Charge Voltaic Battery

Charge Voltaic Battery

Charge up your battery from the sun, an AC outlet or car charger socket.

2. Connect GoPro to Battery

Connect to Gopro 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

Charge GoPro from a battery

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.

solar charger for GoPro Hero
charging 2 gopros on a beach with V72 battery
solar charger for GoPro Hero
charging 2 gopros on a beach with V72 battery

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. This method will only charge GoPro Hero models 3 and 4. 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.

charging GoPro from OEM cradle
charging GoPro from OEM cradle
 

How long will it take to charge my GoPro?

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

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Do I need any extra adapters?

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.

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Can I just get the battery?

Our V15, V44 or V72 all charge the GoPro from their USB port. Here's approximately how much of a charge they will give each model of GoPro.

 V15V44V72
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%

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Can I use solar for long-term timelapse photography?

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.

timelapse photography with GoPro
timelapse solution with solar panels

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