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Tourist
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Battery drain on Hero4

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My hero4 has always had a battery drain issue. I just attributed it to the battery that i was purchasing. Leave the camera off and let it sit over night, and the battery would only last about 30 minutes.  I didn't do any fancy testing like the fellow did with the infra red to show heat, but appears that the Hero4 has had a problem all along - why was I not notified of this issue when it came out ?  I have about 8 GoPro batteries for my hero4 here that I purchased and come to find out they are not the problem but the camera has been the issue all along?  Really ? then i look further in the support pages here, it appears the later models also suffer from this issue.  What can we do about this? firmware is not the issu as i have been at the latest 5.x since it came out. HELP 

 

Nomad
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Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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I never had a battery drain issue with any of my GP4 Black's when using GoPro batteries.  The only time I had one was when using knock off batteries, they wouldn't hold a charge in the camera or out of it.

 

Have you made sure that your Wireless is turned off?

GoPro
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Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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Hi @jimcoder

 

If you are getting shorter recording times than expected, please go over the steps on this link.

 

Our Support Team should also  be able to help you move forward with this concern.

Please reach out to them by phone or chat through https://gopro.com/help/ContactUs  

 

Thanks!
Ej

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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the record time is not the issue, rather it is the battery's ability to hold a charge. they typically don't hold a charge overnight. It's like there is something draining the power even when it is supposed to be powered off.  I get the about 2 - 3 hours with a new battery for record. the issue is with the camera being turned off  - even with charged battery.  

 

 

Explorer
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Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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"What can we do about this?"
"the record time is not the issue"
"they typically don't hold a charge overnight"

There appears to be a very simple solution to your issue.

Take the battery out after it's done charging (or use the dual charger). Put the battery in the camera just before you decide to use it.
Nomad
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Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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I find it interesting that you're getting 2 - 3 hours per battery when fully charged, I've never gotten over an hour out of mine and GoPro's official figures fall short of any 2 hour claims.

 

I've never had a battery drain issue with any of my GP4 Hero Blacks using official GoPro batteries.  The only time I have had a battery drain issue is when using non standard GoPro Hero 4 batteries that refused to hold a charge in camera or out of the camera.

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Tourist
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Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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i don't use the wireless.  and this is when the camera is "off".

 

thanks however.

 

jc

Tourist
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Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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that's fine but then you are setting the date / time every time.  I didn't buy this to have to do that.

 

 

thanks

 

 

Nomad
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Re: Battery drain on Hero4

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Indeed, It's a pain to have to keep setting the time and date and worse if you forget to do so and end up with recordings with the wrong date.

 

So a few questions:  

 

Is this happening with official GoPro batteries or are these some other brand?

Is the power drain constant?  ( I would suggest powering on and off the camera every hour and tracking the drop in power).

 

Your other solution may be to leave the battery in the camera, but just plug in the camera to charge after every 12 hours or so.  I myself found it handy to keep 2 spare batteries for every 1 camera I have.  That way I can always swap out batteries and keep spares charging should I need em.