With the new design of the GoPro Hero5 also comes a ton of new accessories, like screen protectors, batteries, grips etc.
I’ve been shooting a ton with my GoPro Hero5 and have been putting together this nice list of all the best accessories for this camera. This list doesn’t have everything yet and I’m still testing out a lot of stuff, but I will continue to update it.
Keep an eye out for any bundles that might include everything you need.
Best Accessories | GoPro Hero5 / Hero6
Best Batteries For The GoPro Hero 5 / Hero 6
Recent firmware has made it so current 3rd party batteries do not work. Now if you want batteries for your GoPro Hero 5 you need to buy the official GoPro batteries. They are the best batteries anyway.
The reason is that while voltage, amps, capacity all might be the same, the batteries could still have a different internal design that affects the discharge rate and heat. When a battery gets hot, it will often drop its power output. If the third-party batteries are not correctly designed to manage heat while matching the GoPro batteries discharge rate, then this could result in camera crashes and lockups. Also, third-party camera chargers could be charging the batteries at a higher charge rate, which also can affect the batteries discharge rate and life.
I know a lot of people are upset by this, but there are good reasons to not use third-party batteries. Myself and readers of this site have had lots of problems with batteries in Sony cameras and apparently it’s a problem with the Fujifilm XT2 when using XT1 batteries which although matching the same specs, are internally designed differently.
Official GoPro Hero5 Battery
Official GoPro Hero5 Dual Charger + Battery
Fast Chargers (Supercharge) Your GoPro / Karma Grip
If you’re looking to fast charge your GoPro or your Karma Grip there are a few options. GoPro offers a wall plug with fast charge capabilities. I think to fast charge you need something that puts out 5v /3 Amp. So this got me searching for battery banks that could do the same thing and I found a few that might be better options than the official GoPro Supercharger.
Official GoPro Supercharger
One nice thing about the Supercharge is it has USB C built into it so you can use it for your other devices such as your new cellphones, or even Nintendo Switch that are quick charge capable with USB C. This will also fast charge your Karma Grip. – Amazon / BHPhoto
RavPower USB C 20100mAh Power Bank + QC3.0 USB Charger
I use this as the alternative to the GoPro Supercharger. It comes with an AC wall adapter that also supports QC3.0. Which is Quick Charge which is similar to Supercharge.
With this you can use the wall adapter to charge the GoPro batteries via the charger, or through the GoPro itself. Plus you get a battery bank that can charge on the run. It also has USB-C which will allow you to completely power your Karma grip for over 5 hours when plugged in. – Amazon
USB-C to USB-C Cable
If may need a longer USB C to USB C cables to use the above power bank with your Karma Grip.
RAVPower USB Quick Charger Wall Adapter
RavPower USB Quick Charger with iSmart and QC3.0 capabilities.
Power outputs capabilities: 5 V/2.4 Amps 9 V/2 Amps 12 V/2 Amps – Amazon
Best Screen Protectors GoPro Hero5 / Hero6
With the integrated touch-screen, you now should consider putting a screen protector on your GoPro, if you’re not going under water a lot.
I personally don’t use a screen protector over my lens cover since it can affect image quality. I hold the belief that I can always buy a new lens cover if something terrible happens to it.
If you ever have trouble with dust when apply a screen protector, get some scotch tape, circle it around your finger with the sticky side out, and use it to pick up the dust between the screen protector and the screen.
Official GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 Screen Protector (5-Pack)
The official GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 screen protector comes with five screens for the front and rear to protector your camera from knicks, dings, scratches and reduces glare. It also comes with a backdoor shield for the frame. – Amazon / BHphoto
Fixget 2 Pcs Screen Protector (Screen and Lens)
This is one the most popular options out there and all the most affordable. It comes with two protector for both the screen and the lens. – Amazon
Afunta Screen Protector Water Proof, Tempered Glass (2-Pack)
The Afunta screen protector has hard tempered glass that better helps protect the screen from screen shattering impacts. – Amazon
Get it with a Lens Protector – Amazon
Best Memory Cards For The GoPro Hero5 / Hero6
The GoPro is very fickle about which memory cards you use. At least the Hero5 was. The Hero6 has all new hardware that with a bus speed that is 3x faster when it comes to offloading footage and is likely more friendly with different brands of cards.
The Hero5 really doesn’t like a couple of memory cards. To find the best cards, I went out and purchased every popular microSD memory card I could find and have been benchmarking them and testing them in camera to see which cards work well and which don’t.
GoPro Hero5 / Hero 6 Dive Case
GoPro Super Suit
If you want to take your GoPro Hero 5 deep underwater you’ll need to get a dive case. This allows you to go as deep as 196′. It also allows you to attach underwater filters for various water conditions. – Amazon / BHPhoto
GoPro Diving Filters
Two colors are available, red and magenta. The red is designed for clear blue water. The magenta is more suited for green water. The diving filters have an operational depth of 15-70′
Buy one of these if you plan on snorkeling.
If you’re using the Super Suit in the water while Surfing or something, you might want a Floaty. I used this one for years while surfing or snorkeling and never lost my camera. It will disappear for a while in waves, but always floats back up . . . eventually. While the Grip grip floats, it’s not buoyant enough to fight currents and waves. You will need to attach this to the backdoor the case, not directly onto the camera. Either the Super Suit or the regular case will work. – Amazon / BHphoto
GoPro Hero5 /Hero6 Remote
Voice activation still need some work but, I do find it useful when I want to quickly take a picture when I’m in video mode without having to switch over.
GoPro Hero5/6 Voice Activated Remote – Amazon
This is new since the GoPro Hero5 since that was the first generation to have voice activation. This little remote is has Voice-Activation and has a One-Button control. It has a range of 33′ and is waterproof up to 16′. – Amazon / BHphoto
GoPro Hero5/6 Smart Remote
Best GoPro Hero 5 / Hero 6 HandGrips
There are a lot of grips out there I have the Karma Grip and the GoPro Hand Grip. I love them both but really love the new Karma Grip, I highly recommend it if you like buttery smooth footage.
Official GoPro Karma Grip (with case and gimbal)
This is really the best grip out there. It has buttons built-in to allow you to control your GoPro from the grip, and it will charge your GoPro as you go. I also use mine with an external USB C external power bank listed above to massively extend the battery life.
(I’m not sure which firmware this ships with but mid 2017 firmware made this grip so much smoother with panning and they’ve eliminated most bugs. Make sure you update this right when you get it.) – Amazon / BHphoto
Official GoPro The Handler Floating Hand Grip
It’s been great but less expensive options will probably get the job done. Yes, this grip will float, but with the weight of the GoPro it doesn’t float well. Fine for swimming pools and clear water, but I would get a proper floater if you want to take it into the surf. The new Handler has a more visible orange base and a Quick-Release.
CamKix Floating Hand Grip
My brother uses one like this, they are cheap and great if you’re just looking to go to the beach or somewhere where you don’t mind things getting a little thrashed. These hand grips are still not great at floating so get a floater if you plan on going surfing. What’s nice about this floater is the whole handle is a solid color so it’s easier to spot compared to the Official GoPro hand grip where only the bottom cap is orange. – Amazon
Official GoPro 3-Way
Official GoPro Shorty
This is new pretty cool, it’s a regular grip like those above, but it can also extend out and be used as a tripod. – BHphoto
Using Tripods With Your GoPro
I actually use my hand grip a lot, however, if I’m traveling with my kid I use a Gorilla Pod. I use it as a handgrip as well as a sort of tripod I can wrap around things like a baby stroller. It was amazing to have when I was traveling all over Japan with the child.
Only thing is, it’s a little big to use as a handgrip but it can work and you can find so many uses for it. I also haven’t tried it out in beach sand, which I imagine would create some problems.
There are various sizes of these GorillaPods. I use one that’s pretty big and I’ve found unlimited uses for this thing over the years, for all my cameras, not just my small ones.
From mounting small cameras, to mounting LED lights or even speedlights. If you ever have some spare cash, these are great to have, or even great gifts. – Amazon
You’ll need the GoPro Tripod Mount to use and tripod. There are several options.
Joby GoPro Tripod Mount
Official GoPro Tripod Mount
Official Gopro Tripod Mount With Mini Tripod
This comes with a mini tripod that attaches directly to the GoPro housing as well as a Tripod Mount with the Quick Release. You could also get the GoPro 3-Way instead of this where you’ll also get a grip. – Amazon / BHphoto
GoPro Bike / Pole / Vehicle Mounts
There are a few different methods for attaching the GoPro to your bike, ski poles or whatever cylindrical object you can think you.
New Bike Handlebar Seatpost Mount
I labeled this new because it came out in 2016 and is GoPro’s latest version.
It seems the biggest difference is it has a mount buckle and a large rubber insert. So if you had a few of these attached to your bike you could quickly and easily move your GoPro around to different positions. – Amazon
GoPro Bike/Seatpost/Pole Mount
This is another way of attaching the GoPro to a pole. This version is all metal with a smaller footprint to mounts in tight spaces. It also has a small rubber insert to keep things from slipping. – Amazon
The Bar Mount is a fairly universal pole mount. You can use it on role cages, bikes etc. There is no rubber insert so there could be slippage. – Amazon
Old Bike Handlebar Seatpost Mount
This is GoPro’s earlier handlebar and seat post bike mount with various knuckles so you can title the GoPro into various positions. This product hasn’t been getting great reviews, the joints are made of plastic and are prone to break and there is no rubber insert. – Amazon
GoPro Suction Cup Mount
GoPro Jaws: Flex Clamp
The Flex Clamp is compatible with all GoPro cameras and can clamp onto anything with a diameter between 0.25″-2″ or (0.6 – 5 cm).
GoPro Straps / Body Mounts
The Strap (Hand / Wrist / Leg etc)
This comes with the rotating mount, a hand strap, a wrist strap and an arm + leg strap.
Official GoPro Head Strap w/ Quick Release
Amazon GoPro Head Strap
This is very similar to GoPro original head strap before they added the quick release. I have that original head strap and having a quick release is probably worth the extra couple bucks. – Amazon
GoPro Chest Mount Harness – The Chesty
CamKix Chest Mount Harness
A cheaper alternative to the GoPro chest mount except this comes in various colors, Black, Blue and Yellow. – Amazon
Complete GoPro Mount Kits
If you’re looking to save a ton of money and don’t mind cheap stuff, check out these Mount Kits. They’re great to have just because you’ll get so many mounts and you’ll never know when you’ll need something. There are so many of these kits on Amazon but they are all very similar.
BlackPro GoPro Mount Kit
Comes with a head strap, chest mount, suction cup, bike mount, etc. It even includes the infamous selfie stick. – Amazon
LifeLimit GoPro Hero5/6 Starter Kit
A lot of the same stuff as the kit above. Both kits get nice reviews. For the price, even if a lot of the stuff is junk, there will still be some stuff that you’ll use, or at least will be nice to have one day if you don’t use this stuff all the time. – Amazon
See more kits here – Amazon
Best GoPro Hero 5 / Hero 6 Cases & Bags
Official GoPro Casey
Amazon GoPro Carrying Case (3 Different Sizes)
This case comes in three different sizes to suit your needs, depending on how much gear like to carry, or how many cameras you own. This comes with a durable zipper and a carrying handle. – Amazon
Smartree GoPro Carrying Case
This case is very small and very basic. It will hold your charger, two batteries and your GoPro Hero5 or Hero6. – Amazon
Go Professional Hard Shell Waterproof Flip Case
GPC makes a lot of hard shell cases like this for a lot of different accessories, like cameras or drones. They are very rugged and well designed. Their older case which has been discontinued got great reviews. – BHphoto
GoPro Hero 5 / Hero 6 Replacement Parts
If you lose a part to your Hero5, like a door, a cable, or you need to replace the lens or something, there is hope!
This stuff also exists for the GoPro Hero5 Session as well but the below items will not work for that.
GoPro Replacement Side Door
If you lost your GoPro side door or broke it, you can easily order this official replacement. – Amazon
GoPro Hero5 Protective Lens Replacement
I don’t use the little screen protectors on my GoPro lens because you can easily get these protective lens replacements. I know some karma drone users like to take the lens off their camera before flying their drone to cut down on any glare. Also, the more glass you put in front of your lens, the less micro-contrast you’ll get in your images. So it’s good GoPro sells these replacements for fairly cheap for those who risk breaking or losing them by taking them off. – Amazon
Best GoPro Hero 5 / Hero 6 Accessories | Conclusion
This is some of the best stuff I’ve been using or have found that looks promising. I personally prefer to use GoPro brand gear just because it’s often slightly better and I feel like this matters especially if you’re mounting to your bike or something.
Of course it all depends on what you need and what you’ll be using it for. One thing that does matter though is memory cards and batteries. Be sure to get the recommended cards to avoid problems.
I’ll continue to update this as I learn more about the Hero5 and the new Hero6.