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Tourist
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I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

I am using my hero 4 black for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.  I can't carry an exrta battery, or change it out in the water if I could.  I am typically in the water between 90 and 120 minutes.  How can I extend the battery life?

GoPro
Posts: 4,184

Re: I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

 

Hi @stevep13

 

If you're not using it or during idle time turn it off. 

Turn off bluetooth. 

 

Regards,

-Jay 

 

Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

Thanks Graytree, but I'm afraid it's not quite practical.  It would not give me enough time to identify the wave, position myself, and then paddle into it.  I'm sort of stuck leaving the camera on the whole time, though I do shut the bluetooth off.  

Explorer
Posts: 12,213

Re: I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

Have you tried just using Quick Capture?
Nomad
Posts: 279

Re: I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

You can't spare the time to press a few buttons? One to turn on, one to start recording. Five seconds worth.

Explorer
Posts: 12,213

Re: I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

In @stevep13 defense, turning the camera on and then hitting record once it's powered up will take too long when surfing. Maybe if you're in the lineup all by yourself and perfectly positioned, but this is rarely the case.

I use Quick Capture when surfing and it works well. One press of the shutter and the camera powers on and starts recording. Best to hit it when you first see the set in the horizon, but you'll get the shot and save a lot of battery. Definitely turn off connections, you don't need it.

Now, with all of the above said, you really should consider a HERO6 or HERO7. Not only do you get all of the other new features, resolutions, and fps, but you also have the option of using voice control. No more leaning over and pressing the shutter. Even with the camera off you can simply say, "GoPro start recording" and the camera will turn on and begin capturing you. If you choose to not use the voice commands, the Quick Capture is also much faster, especially with the HERO7 Black.
Nomad
Posts: 279

Re: I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

Ah ok. Even though it's usually the useless feature that kills battery, I guess it is useful here. I'm not sure how well voice control will work with the microphones full of water. Make sure to rinse salt water and grit off the camera after use to prolong life of components.

Explorer
Posts: 12,213

Re: I am using my hero 4 for surfing, and am only getting a little over an hour for battery life.

It works well. GoPro was originally a surf camera and they continue to keep the sport in mind when developing the cameras..... Except Fusion, GoPro you really need to give us an easy solution for keeping water drops off the lens when surfing with Fusion! I have a cheap 3rd party Chinese housing that works well, but I'd much rather have a GoPro solution! (sorry, running off on a rant :)