Best GoPro Accessories
It almost seems as though GoPros are taking the place of digital camera these days. They are compact, versatile, have photo and video capabilities and some styles (HD Hero Original, HD Hero2, Hero 3) come with a waterproof case. To further enhance and enjoy the capabilities of the camera, you are going to want to invest in accessories. Accessories include helmet mounts, dog harness mounts, selfie sticks, and even remotes! There are thousands of accessories available, but we have chosen our top ten based on their functions, water resistance, and compatibility.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 8 hrs of research
Features orange bob to help you find the device if you drop it
- The Handler Floating Grip
- Tenba Actionpack
- Smart Remote
- GoPro Casey
- GoPole Scenelapse
- Go Pro Fetch
- Handlebar Mount
- Anker Power Core
- GoPro Dual Battery Charger
- Manfrotto Tripod
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. The Handler Floating Grip
Features orange bob to help you find the device if you drop it
If you have an older GoPro, you may need to buy a different base to use this grip
The grip is slightly wide
You have already invested in an expensive handheld camera, don't make the mistake of letting it drown. First hand, I have seen many peoples GoPros sink to the bottom of the ocean or a waterfall. This floating grip is here to save the day and protect your investment.Read more
If you plan on being anywhere near water, this product is a must-have. Not only will this stick keep your device from sinking to the depths of the underworld, but it will also create a steadier focus than holding the camera in your hand.
An ingenious feature of this grip is the bright orange bottom. There is a wrist strap attached, but if you accidentally drop it, you will easily be able to spot the bright orange grip bobbing in the water.
The Handler only weighs 4-ounces and is perfect for all types of water sports, even if you're just cruising on a boat. The stick allows for multiple angles and a comfortable grip.
We think it goes without saying that this product is waterproof. A great addition is the orange end of the grip that will float at the surface if you drop it in a body of water.
This is compatible with newer GoPro models that feature a slide-to-lock buckle. If you have an older model, this grip will still serve you, but you will also need to invest in a newer base.
If you are unsure which base your GoPro features, the newer bases feature 2 pinch arms and a rubber locking plug.
2. Tenba Actionpack
Tons of space to store GoPro accessories, food and hydration
Designed to stand the test of time
Features Hypalon straps that you can attach a compact tripod to
The interior is limited in terms of organization
Would you believe it if you were told that there are backpacks designed specifically for GoPro accessories and cameras? Guess what, the 14L ActionPack is one of those packs and is built like a beast with a compartment seemingly around every corner.Read more
A normal backpack may suffice for holding all your GoPro gear but let’s face it, the Tenba ActionPack is specifically designed for it making it a superior choice. It can feasibly hold up to four different cameras and loads of accessories. Due to the rear access, you do not need to remove this pack from your body to access the main compartment. In fact, you could even access this compartment while riding a bike or snowboard.
Yeah, we are not kidding when we say this is a beast. With water-repellent nylon fabrics, heavily reinforced stitching, YKK self-healing zippers, Duraflex clips, expedition-grade harnesses, and waterproof body armor base panels, this is fitted for World War III.
No matter the season of your adventure, this pack is ready to endure it. Its combination of waterproof body armor base panels and water-repellent nylon fabrics make it ideal for extreme weather conditions.
Granted the GoPro accessory or action camera is small enough to fit inside, it should be good to go. For cameras, all will fit just fine inside.
Some may not feel they own enough GoPro equipment to warrant such an investment. Admittedly, this is a fair assessment and as such, this may, in fact, only be suitable for GoPro gurus. But, you could always use it for other reasons.
3. Smart Remote
Provides remote functionality for all the functions on the camera
Compatible with several GoPro action cameras
The design is very rugged and suitable for poor weather
Pretty much useless underwater as the signal is not strong enough
Some users have reported range issues and that it is not that responsive from too far away
Remote controls are really a lifesaver when you think about it. Not just for their convenience of not having to physically alter settings of the connected device, but also because they sometimes offer additional settings. For your GoPro camera, this could be what the doctor ordered.Read more
From distances of up to 600 feet or 180 meters, you can control the settings and various other features of your connected GoPro compatible camera.
While simple settings, such as the ability to turn the camera on and off, start and stop the recording, and capture photos, are available there are enhanced settings when you use this with the HERO6 Black, HERO5, and HERO4. For these, you can add HiLight Tags to mark key moments.
Even though you may never connect to this many devices, you can feasibly control up to 50 cameras at a time with the remote. In addition, compared to the Wi-Fi Remote, it has around a 40 percent increase in battery capacity.
While some may believe that this is a way for them to become lazier, this smart remote is actually a handy device. Sometimes, situations call where it would be 1000 times easier if you could control your camera from a distance.
Being waterproof for up to 33 feet, this is suitable to use in rainy weather.
This is suitable for a wide range of GoPro action cameras including the HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black and Session, HERO4 Black/Silver, HERO3+ and HERO3, and HERO Session.
4. GoPro Casey
Features a semi-rigid, weather-resistant shell that will repel light rain and snow
There are removable dividers for customization
Will fit into a backpack or another decently-sized travel bag
May need a larger alternative if you have a ton of accessories and action cameras
When it comes to GoPro accessories and cameras it all starts with one thing, investing in a quality product to store all them in. Your collection could become quite massive so why not have a dedicated location to keep them all safe? Welcome the GoPro Casey.Read more
Indeed, this is a storage case and it is capable of holding all your GoPro cameras and accessories (depending on how much you have, of course). There are separate compartments for each.
In the interior, there is a removable pouch that is ideal for small accessories such as SD cards and batteries. The exterior is made up of a durable, semi-rigid shell; while the interior has padded walls that cushion the gear. Due to the fact that the dividers in the interior are removable, you can customize the way everything is stored. In fact, you could devote this to anything you want.
While this is in no way, shape or form waterproof, it is water-resistant. This means it can hold up to light rainfall or snow, but should not be submerged under any circumstance.
It is large enough to carry all your GoPro action cameras, mounts, and other accessories. Clearly, there is a limit to how much you can store but it does not have compatibility concerns.
Granted, if you own an enormous amount of GoPro gear and accessories this may not be large enough for you. However, it is an amazing solution for the average owner who is looking for a feasible means of transporting all their equipment.
5. GoPole Scenelapse
It is compatible with all GoPro model cameras
As it is a mechanical operation, it does not require batteries
Can spin 360 degrees in 60 minutes
You can sometimes hear clicking sounds in your video footage
Only goes one way for 15, 30 and 45-minute revolutions
Have you ever had the desire to shoot everything that surrounds you? In other words, possessing a device that will rotate your GoPro camera 360-degrees? If so, the search is over as the GoPole Scenelapse is the time lapsing device that you may have been looking for all along.Read more
Panorama photos and videos are utterly gorgeous and for those who have never shot them, they are worth it. This is essentially what you are getting here as this time-lapse device is designed to spin 360-degrees in 60 minutes. The bottom of this device can be attached to tripods (making another use for them) and you have multiple pan durations for 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. You can remove the top and attach other mounting systems and action cameras to it.
While it is not recommended that you completely submerge the Scenelapse in water, it is waterproof and will hold up to inclement weather.
No matter the GoPro HERO Action Camera that you currently own, they all will work in coordination with Scenelapse.
A few users have brought up a valid point that you could simply design a similar device yourself and save a few bucks. However, GoPole is a high-quality manufacturer and it is never a bad idea to put faith in the professionals.
6. Go Pro Fetch
Suitable for all dogs from 15 pounds to 120 pounds
The harness is hygienic and washable
The soft-padded tectonic ensures that your dog remains comfortable
Not suitable for very small dogs
The world through the eyes of a dog. Let's hope that it's not a lazy one or one who spends his days sniffing butts! This piece was built for pure entertainment purposes. Tag along on your pup's adventures with this next harness mount.Read more
This is a great device to take a look into the daily life of your dog. The harness features two mounting options, from the chest or the back, depending on the point of view you prefer. All of the adjustment areas are padded to provide maximum comfort for your dog. The attachments feature quick release buttons to make it easy to attach and remove. If you have a particularly rambunctious dog, there is also a tether that you can attach to double ensure the safety of the GoPro.
Good news! You don’t need to worry about rain, puddles, pools, or mud with this harness. Even better, it can be thrown in the washing machine after a wild day.
This harness mount is compatible with all GoPro cameras. As for dogs, the harness is adjustable to fit small, medium, and large dogs with weight ranges of 15 to 120-pounds. For small dogs, if the chest mount is too big, it can be removed; however, this will leave you with the only option of a back mount.
7. Handlebar Mount
Features a hinged, non-slip design
The amount of vibration is dampened by the thick inner rubber cushion
Comes with two separately sized rubber inserts
Many users claim it is quite heavy and bulky
Speaking of seeing video footage from a different point of view, how about from your bicycle? While this mount can be used for other purposes, this is one of the biggest benefits of this type of accessory.Read more
Besides a bike, you can also mount this on poles, seat posts and any tube that has a diameter of 0.35 to 1,4-inches. When doing so, the rotating base does feature 360-degree rotation and 16 secure positions. The overall workmanship is not only very durable, but it will also prevent accidental slipping and subsequent breaking. More so, it is designed to minimize the amount of vibration and camera shake during recordings. This camera can be set up in a matter of seconds due to the simplicity of its design.
There is only so much footage you can shoot without extra tools. It may not seem like much, but the simple excitement of viewing the world from a different perspective can be worth it. Also, this would come in handy if you wanted to mount it to a pole for a stable recording.
There really is no reason to believe that this is not suitable for poor weather. Its designed purpose is to mount your GoPro action camera and as such, only features basic parts.
As far as GoPro devices, it is compatible with all the manufacturer’s action cameras. The mount itself can only fit tubes with a diameter in-between 0.35 and 1.4-inches.
8. Anker Power Core
Great power source
Can hold a lot of power as long as it is charged
Some feel that it charges slowly
Here is another power bank for your Go Pro that we are sure you are going to love. The reason it is on this list is that it holds enough power to charge your Go Pro fully ten times over.Read more
This power core is very useful and it will charge your Go Pro fully and completely, so you don't have to worry about running out of power halfway through your day. Simply pack this with you, and you are good to go. This is a simple design that doesn't take any extra work and effort. All you need to do is attach your Go Pro to it with a cord. This power bank was made for your convenience. There is nothing to do extra when it comes to getting power for your GoPro using this. All you need to do is simply plug in your Go Pro and go.
You will need to protect this little Anker Power Core from the elements because it is not waterproof.
This should be compatible with your Go Pro (regardless of model).
This is a great gift for you or someone else. It brings such ease to your day knowing that you can easily plug your Go Pro into this device and know that it is going to be charged in absolutely any circumstance. It brings you the ease of mind and use.
9. GoPro Dual Battery Charger
Dual LED indicator lights display the current charging status
Comes with a spare lithium-ion battery
Can easily be transported due to its compact nature
The length of the charging cord is rather ridiculous
Not compatible with all GoPros
Truthfully, this one is an absolute no-brainer. GoPro makes amazing cameras but battery life has always been somewhat of an issue for them. As such, it is never a bad idea to have another battery ready to go at all times.Read more
As the name reveals, this device is designed to charge the battery of your HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black cameras. But, it can do so simultaneously which allows you to always have a battery ready to go. Via any USB port, this device will charge the battery in your HERO6 Black or HERO5 Black. However, GoPro notes, you can speed the charging time up by also purchasing the GoPro Supercharger. Besides the fact that this includes a spare 1220mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery for the HERO6 Black or HERO5 Black, there are also LED lights that display the current charging status of both the batteries.
This is not waterproof and to be honest, should not be exposed to poor weather. Instead, keep this protected from the rain as it is not designed to withstand it.
You have probably already concluded that this device is designed solely for the HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black action cameras.
Consider the battery of a device its heart. Without it, it can’t function no matter what you do. Taking into consideration the battery life concerns of GoPro cameras, to begin with, and it seems clear that this is a must-have accessory.
10. Manfrotto Tripod
Constructed from stainless steel and polymer
Provides double functionality
Very easy to carry and extremely lightweight
Not splash proof
Useless for the HERO5 and similar models
So far, most of the accessories have been either very unique or extremely outlandish. But, how about an old-fashioned tripod? If you are a serious filming enthusiast or simply are looking for a stable platform for recording, this is the answer.Read more
Manfrotto primarily designed their tripod to be just that, a tripod. However, it features double functionality as it can also act as an ergonomic grip to capture incredible videos and even take selfies. To prevent slipping, the feet are rubberized. In addition, the pod is made from stainless steel and black Adapto polymer. Because of the design of the ball head, you can make adjustments with a single push of a button. Clearly, you came here for accessories compatible with GoPro. But, and this is never a bad implementation, it is also ideal to use with iPhones and other small devices (with the optional KLYP from Manfrotto).
For some, the first accessory they will buy with their GoPro action camera will be a tripod. Even if you are not aiming to shoot a full-length film, which is not the purpose of action cameras, to begin with, this can be useful in times where you want to record something without physically holding the camera.
One user noted that this is definitely not splash-proof; specifically when used near salt water. They noted that early signs of stains were started to show because of this exposure.
Models similar to the HERO5 Action Camera are not going to be suitable. As one reviewer pointed out, it is practically useless for this size because of the design of the tripod.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
There are some GoPro accessories that everyone will find a use for and then there are those that will be completely dependent on your personal preferences. For example, accessories such as battery chargers everyone can find a use for because who wants to be stuck with a depleted battery and subsequent inoperable camera? But, there are also products such as surfboard mounts and dog harnesses that will only appeal a few people.
All in all, this section is entirely up to you. The accessories that were chosen for this list should give you a strong indication of what types of products you will find that will be compatible with GoPro action cameras. But, also note, this was really just scratching the surface as there are various other mounting systems and devices that you can utilize in conjunction with GoPro. As it can be a tad overwhelming, the thing to do is to decide what you are looking for. Do you need a location to store all your GoPro equipment? Are you simply looking for different ways to mount your action camera? Answering these types of questions can go a long way in deciding what you are truly seeking.
Most action cameras and GoPro’s versions are certainly no different, they are designed to be waterproof. The rating, in terms of the depths, can alter but most share the trait of being at least somewhat waterproof. As such, you may want an accessory that shares the same design trait. Some, such as a battery charger, you will not have to worry about as they should never be exposed to water in the first place. But others, such as smart remotes, backpacks, storage cases, and mounts, may need to be waterproof (or at least water-resistant to hold up in moderate to light rainfall) for them to suit your needs.
Let’s take the storage cases for example as that is a good one. When the rain starts falling down, even though your action camera is probably waterproof, some of your accessories may not be water-resistant in the slightest. So, you could protect them inside of the storage case as it will repel the water instead of allowing the contents inside to dampen.
In all honesty, in terms of pure importance, this should have probably been at the top of this guide. As in, the first sentence you ever read. If you are looking into an accessory that is not compatible with your current GoPro action camera, then you are wasting your time. Unfortunately, as you probably recognized right away, not each product is compatible with every action camera from GoPro. Now, there are some, such as mounting devices, that are compatible with each one but they will not all be this way.
Thankfully, when you are looking for accessories that are actually manufactured by GoPro, they are not cryptic about which devices it will work with. On the contrary, they make it crystal clear which action cameras are compatible with their specific accessory. Most sellers will also provide this information but if you do not see it anywhere, seek it out as it is incredibly important for you to know.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
If you are going on a long trip it is a great idea to pack extra memory cards! Sometimes we don't realize how camera happy we are and it is quite easy to use up all the space on your memory card before the trip is over. If you don't have time to edit and erase photos every night, an extra card is a great investment.
The free GoPro app is a useful tool to have on your phone or computer. You can live stream videos, edit photos, download, or even use your phone as a remote to take photos with your GoPro.
While some of the products on our list are clearly portable, such a carrying case or backpack, you may want to consider the portability of the other accessories before hiking up a mountain with them. Luckily, GoPros are small and the accessories that come along with them don't tend to take up much room either.
Other Factors to Consider
GoPros are designed to live through thrilling and adventurous excursions. It is important that each accessory you purchase can hold up to the strength of your GoPro and everywhere you will take it. Imagine the tragedy of losing your brand new GoPro to a faulty mount. While some of the products on our list won't be something that sees many adventures, it is important to check the durability of your investments either way.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How do you apply and remove adhesive mounts?
Yes, there is a wrong way to apply adhesives. Hopefully, if you have invested in a GoPro mount in the past, you have not experienced this. Because, adhesives are not designed to be used multiple times and once they are removed, they can’t be used again. As such, extreme caution should be used so you apply it correctly the first time. Note, this information is coming straight from GoPro’s website. To start off, you only want to apply the adhesive mount to a smooth surfaced that has been wiped down and cleaned beforehand. Textured surfaces and dirt or debris can keep the adhesive from making a strong bond on the surface.
Next, ensure that you firmly press the adhesive so it has full contact with the area. Lastly, allow the mount to sit for at least 24 hours for the mount to adhere to the surface. As far as the removal process goes, a hairdryer or heat gun will do the trick.
q: How do you charge a GoPro battery?
When the battery charger was documented, it did not go in-depth about how to actually charge the battery in your GoPro. Again, GoPro themselves have addressed this question to ensure everyone knows how to perform an absolutely essential task for GoPro action cameras. Thankfully, it is not rocket science and is actually very, very simple. For starters, ensure that the camera is powered off and that all Wi-Fi or Voice Command connections are as well. From there, it is really as simple as charging it through a USB wall charger or a computer USB port (even though it will take longer that way). However, one charging method GoPro advises against is using USB ports on a peripheral device.
So, you know when it is done charging, the red LED light in the front will turn off. Once you see this, your battery is fully charged and you should unplug it.
q: Will GoPro replace defective or damaged accessories?
On GoPro’s website, they have a Support page that allows users to ask any questions that they may have about their products. One user asked a very intriguing question and brought up if GoPro would replace defective or damaged accessories. Whether this is a faulty latch or even a battery that is not holding a charge. Jeff, the GoPro Community Manager, provided some insight on this question and if this should ever arise for you, this could be helpful information for you.
Jeff stated that if you have any concerns over damage and defectiveness, you can reach out to the GoPro Support team and they will assist you in troubleshooting the issues you are having. If nothing else, this gives you peace of mind knowing that GoPro is truly on your side and will do everything in their power to assist you.
q: Will GoPro wi-fi work underwater?
One of the handier accessories that you can buy for your GoPro camera is a remote control. A few were documented on this list, so you should have a clear understanding of why they are so useful. However, and this could be a potential way you want to utilize it, will the wi-fi signal work underwater? If you know a thing or two about the technology then you already know the answer to this question. Sorry, but it is a definite no. As technology continues to grow, one day we may see a steady and consistent wi-fi connection underwater.
For now, though, it simply does not work well at all underwater as the signal drops off very quickly. But, as there seemingly is a solution for everything, you can try using a wi-fi extension cable underwater to transmit the signal (which defeats the purpose of wireless).
q: How do you charge GoPro remote controls?
Just as your GoPro camera will eventually need to be recharged, so will the GoPro remote that you use with it. For this specific question, let’s look at both the Smart Remote and the Wi-Fi Remote. Now, the Smart Remote actually made an appearance on this list while the Wi-Fi Remote did not. Basically, the former is an advanced version of the latter but they are similar in some ways. One way is in the way they charge.
Much like with the GoPro battery itself, this is not a convoluted process. But, they actually do not utilize a standard USB cable and instead, use a special connection. Though it is still a USB cable and as such, can be charged via any USB port. One thing to note is to remove the cable, you need to switch off the locking mechanism first (located on the back of the remote). Due to the special design of the cable, though, you will not find many interchangeable models.
q: Is it safe to mount your GoPro camera on your helmet?
This question has gotten a lot of steam over the years and rightfully so. In some states, there are little to no regulations regarding wearing a helmet on a motorcycle. But, let’s say you wanted to just to mount your camera on it; is it safe? Contour, yet another action camera manufacturer, did address this very concern. A few years ago, they stated that if an accident were to happen that the mount would probably break and that the mounts are designed with safety in mind.
While this does not come straight out and say yes or not, it provides a little insight. Just know, you take a risk either way when you decide to hop on a motorcycle.