Wireless Camera Batteries

kwarner

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I am running several wireless cams and ha e always used lithium batteries. Was wondering what everyone else has had success with?
 
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NantucketShedHunter

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I run a wireless camera and learned a long time ago to use an external battery.
 
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I run a wireless camera and learned a long time ago to use an external battery.
Ditto! I use the external battery on several cameras. Had the best luck with the 6v battery box/solar panel that sells for $39.95 at Cabela's. But I'm beginning to experiment with stacking two 6v batteries in parallel. Also bought the materials to attach a mini 12v with transformer to step it down to 6v.
 
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Thats what I did and it works great! I got the 12v to 6v step down from eBay for like $8 and hooked up a deep cycle battery...problem solved
Ditto! I use the external battery on several cameras. Had the best luck with the 6v battery box/solar panel that sells for $39.95 at Cabela's. But I'm beginning to experiment with stacking two 6v batteries in parallel. Also bought the materials to attach a mini 12v with transformer to step it down to 6v.
any pictures of these set ups looking to do the same
 

shdw633

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I bought a solar panel for mine and it's going on 3 months with the batteries still being at 100%
 

gahunter70

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Here is a video showing a hybrid solar charger I built. All the links to the parts are in the comments of the video. This has been out since 4/26/17 and is still going strong. Also there have been several others who built them using the links I provided and have reported the same results. The camera being used is a Spartan GoCam on Verizon that is also running in realtime mode which keeps the camera connected to the server at all times. The drawback to that is high power consumption. I did this to test the limits of the solar charger which has kept up perfectly.
https://www.facebook.com/spartantrailcams/videos/10155106252992777/
 
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I also use and build some dual 6v 12ah battery setups. I use the duals because of a more compact box than a 6v 42ah battery will fit in not to mention I can get 5 of the 12 ah batteries on ebay for the price of on 42 ah. I have gotten up to 6mths with these. The way I have them wired for parallel you can still use just one battery and you could do the same with a 12v if that is what your camera requires. Again the Spartan uses 6v. The system isn't letting me upload anymore at the moment so I will later. I also have found a source for a large enough 6v panel (5 watt) and built a compact 6v solar charger using a single 6v 12ah battery that is working great but it wasn't cheap to build. It is much more compact than the hybrid unit.
 

Old Crusty

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I've considered using an external battery, but since I started using lithium batteries I don't think it would be worth the hassle. I get about 6-10 weeks out of a set, and the camera stays very mobile since I move mine around quite often. The external battery would be fine if you're leaving it in one place for a long time.
 
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