Solar Charger for GoPro – UpdateBy Jeff Crystal
This is blog post out of date. We recommend you read our Guide to Charging GoPro from Solar.
In a previous post, we showed how you can charge GoPro Hero cameras from our solar chargers. Since this is such a popular device to charge, we did a bit more testing and discovered that you can charge a GoPro Hero direct from one of our 6Volt, 2.0 or 3.4 Watt solar panels. This method is not as consistent as charging from one of our batteries however and we recommend it only if you’re in a pinch. The model we tested had a 4 Watt hour battery so it would take about 5 hours from a single 2 Watt panel to charge in direct sunlight, about 3 hours from the 3.4 Watt panel (there are several loss factors in charging we go through in our tutorial).
In addition to the panel, you’ll also need our Female 3.5×1.1 MiniUSB adapter to connect from the panel to the GoPro.
The advantage of this approach is that it is cheap and you don’t have to worry about waterproofing anything as the panels are waterproof and nearly indestructible. The downside is that it is less consistent then charging from our batteries.
Techy note: the Hero does have a blocking diode so a shaded panel won’t pull charge back from the Hero.