How to charge action camera ?

Most action cameras have batteries that can regulate the charge independently, without human intervention. Yet even the most high-tech batteries can’t work forever without periodic recharging. Indeed, correct charging will noticeably extend the life of the gadget and protect the battery from rapid wear and tear even with constant increased use. The basic tips on how to charge your camera are below.

How long does it take to charge the action camera?


This is one of the most frequently asked questions by new action camera owners. The answer to this question depends on the battery capacity:
– 3-5 hours for gadgets with up to 900 mAh battery capacity;
– 6-7 hours for cameras with a battery of 1000 mAh or more.

To be sure of how long you need to recharge for, it is worth reading the instructions – most often, the manufacturer specifies the desired recharging time for the device.

At what temperature to charge

Warmth is the main enemy of technology. When using the charger, make sure that the camera does not overheat or it will quickly become unusable. It is better not to get carried away with fast charging or leave the gadget on in the sun or in the car, even if it is a protected action camera.

It’s best to charge your gadget at room temperature with an average humidity of 40-60%. This way it won’t overheat or overcool, and thanks to the average humidity, no condensation will form on it.

Is it worth discharging the action camera completely?

A discharge of up to 1% noticeably reduces the device’s life cycle. Deep charging should be avoided. It’s better to charge the gadget from time to time with 60% of the battery than to wait until 1% and then fully charge it. Doing this means it will live longer.

To keep it charged for the longest time, it’s worth turning off all extra features that won’t be immediately useful: Wi-fi, screen brightness, etc. Such small seashells can “give” 20-30 minutes of shooting.

Rules for recharging the batteries of an action camera

Most of the instructions on how to charge an action camera are similar to each other, but they have some differences. Below are the rules for recharging action cameras from the 4 most popular manufacturers:

How to Charge a GoPro ?


1. Turn off video playback.
2. Remove third-party accessories.
3. Connect to a 5V and 1A charging voltage. For models released after 2016 (such as HERO 5 and 6), also use 2A charges.
4. It is desirable not to use USB hubs, not to charge from screens, phones, etc., as the current will be weaker and the recharging time of the gadget will be longer.
5. The charging indicators on the gadget will light up when connected to the power source.
6. Leave the camera on for 4 hours when using the USB port and 2 hours when using the adapter.

How to Charge a Sony ?


Recharging an action camera from Sony is similar to working with other brands:
1. Turn off the device.
2. Open the cover and connect the camera to the recharge/external battery/laptop via a micro USB cable. Approximate waiting time – 4-4.5 hours.
3. Disconnect the cable when the indicator shows that the battery is fully charged.

How do I know if the camera is charging?
Gadgets like this have indicators that let you know if the battery is charged and whether the device is connected to the mains or not.

How the LED indicator works
If the LED element is not lit, the gadget is either ready for operation or completely discharged. While charging the accessory or the camera itself, a special light will illuminate to indicate that the device is connected to a power source.

How long does it take to charge an action camera?


This process takes 3 to 7 hours depending on the battery size and current strength.

Important: A switched-on device will charge 30-40% slower. Some models have a charging lock when switched on.

The basic advice for recharging action cameras is to charge them properly – it should be suitable for the current. You should also check the indicator regularly to see if the camera action is charging properly. If it is charged, you do not need to hold it “by the wire” – it only harms the gadget.

Mark Foster
Expert of equipment: tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, clothing, accessories, sticks, rugs, thermal underwear.