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HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

-5 degrees celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and battery fully loaded. After about 20-25 minutes battery 0% aka dead and camera shuts off. When camera+battery indoors, after 30min battery life shows 65%? How can the battery go from 0% to 65% indoors without charging?

Tried with two different original GoPro batteries and both have the same problem?

 

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Re: HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

Normal behavior. Lithium batteries don't do well in the cold. If you read the warranty booklet that came with your camera, it specifically states this.

Using a Super Suit or even the GoPro Silicone Sleeve can help to trap heat in with the camera. Always keep the camera and battery warm before use in the cold and when in weather below freezing, is best to not use Quick Capture but to leave the camera on. Turning off features you don't need (Connections, GPS, Voice Control) and turning the brightness down on the rear LCD can also help preserve battery.
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Tourist
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Re: HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

Thanks for the answer but I dont think its "normal behavior" for batteries to die in -5 degrees celsiusSmiley Wink

...as a matter of fact the same problem has occur when temperature is 0 degrees celsius or even warmer...+rear LCD is always off, and all other features, Connections, GPS, Voice Control etc...are all off, I dont use or need any of those features...

 

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Re: HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

No, it's pretty normal. You have a reduced capacity of the cells at low temperatures, which becomes significant at 0 to -5. This isn't an opinion, there have been scientific studies that show this https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876610217301479/pdf?md5=a9bade39f8283045309ec0e5...
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Tourist
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Re: HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

I had Hero 3 Black before 5 black and Hero 3 Black didnt have this kind of problem with Li-ion batterie capacity at "low temperatures" if 0 to -5 degrees celsius is so called low temperatures for GoPro cameras...maybe there was 0-10% loss of cell capasity when temperature was -15 degrees celsius but nothing like this problem with Hero 5?

So this means that Hero 5 Li-ion batteries are worse than Hero3?

 

...also this experimental study doesnt explane how can battery capacity go to 0% after 20-25min and when you keep the camera and battery warm indoors the capacity goes back to 65% without charging the battery?

 

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Explorer
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Re: HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

Was your HERO3 in the waterproof housing or naked? The cells return to normal and the proper voltage returns.
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Re: HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

There is a chip inside the camera that regulates power. My assumption is that it's turning the camera off when the battery gets too cold. The 0% reading is related to the the available power, not necessarily the actual battery charge.
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Tourist
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Re: HERO 5 Black battery life issue and not so very cold weather

Hero 3 was naked with Frame Mount and there was no problem with battery life in below 0 degree celsius temperatus. So Hero 5 batteries are much worse.

If there is a chip inside Hero 5 that shuts down the camera when temperature goes down near 0 degrees celsius then I think the chip itself is the problem, not the battery. Battery would work normal in low temperatures but the Hero 5 chip doesnt...

...but it is what it is...maybe its just a summertime cameraSmiley Very Happy