Before you buy a battery powered outdoor security camera, you need to figure out what feature matters to you and what doesn’t, what’s the ideal location to place a wire free security camera, how to protect it from vandalism, etc. Read this post to find all the answers and make your decision much easier.

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How to Choose the Best Wire Free Battery Powered Outdoor Security IP Cameras

With hundreds of wire free battery operated exterior security cameras to choose from, are you clear which features rank the top when it comes to choosing the best ones? Below we list several important factors for your information. And in case we miss something you care about, leave a comment below to share your ideas!

1. IP Rating

Just as the name implies, the wire free battery powered external IP cameras are designated for outdoor purpose. They have to withstand various harsh weather conditions, so it is a must-have feature to be waterproof and weather resistant.

The IP rating, a two-digit number, is used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies (tools, dirt etc) and moisture. The first digit represents protection against ingress of solid objects while the second digit refers to protection against ingress of liquids. (See the table to learn what different IP codes mean.)

IP 65 is currently the highest standard of weatherproof battery powered outdoor WiFi surveillance cameras. Yet not all wire free battery operated outdoor security cameras in the market can reach that. Reolink Argus is just one of the IP65-certified weatherproof battery powered wireless security IP cameras and can brave all the elements outside.

2. Night Vision

I bet no one expects to get fuzzy pictures from a heavily-invested wire free security camera. The battery powered WiFi outdoor IP cameras with great night vision can not only provide a peek at what really goes bump at night, but also help you discern faces and objects in dark situations.

For detailed information about the wire free battery operated outdoor IP cameras with high-quality night vision, you may refer to the battery night vision security camera buying guide.

Watch the video below to check out the image quality of Reolink Argus at night, a 1080p wire free battery operated outdoor security camera system.

3. WDR Function

When part of an image is extremely dark but another part is so bright that you can’t see any details, that’s called wide dynamic range — the difference in lighting. In such situations, the wireless battery operated outdoor security camera systems are unable to obtain the optimum exposure to produce a high quality image with details in both of the areas.

Luckily, the wire free outdoor security cameras with WDR ability have offered an effective solution. They can tackle scenes with varying light and harsh lighting conditions, and offer near perfect exposure in both bright and dark areas simultaneously.

When the detail and visibility are needed for outdoor areas, the role of WDR function becomes more prominent for battery powered WiFi outdoor security IP cameras.

4. WiFi Range

Though the wireless battery powered outdoor security cameras offer you flexible placement, at least you should place the wire free security cameras within the WiFi signal for normal work.

Check the WiFi distance of wireless battery powered outdoor security camera systems and see whether if applies to your situation. In case that you don’t have a good WiFi signal, you may purchase a WiFi extender or booster to broaden your network coverage.

5. Battery Life

Battery life is always an important factor for you to consider when it comes to selecting battery powered WiFi security cameras and systems. To avoid frequent battery change or the batteries dead without your conscious, choose the battery powered outdoor WiFi surveillance cameras with longer battery life.

Bonus: Learn some practical tips and tricks to extend the battery life of battery only outside security cameras.

6. Security Level

There are basically two ways to install the wireless battery powered outdoor security cameras, either to place it on a magnetic base or to an outdoor security mount. To make your battery powered outdoor IP cameras indestructible, the latter installation is more recommended and you won’t have to worry about someone walking off with the wire free outdoor security camera.

Besides, you need to allow for the security level of wire free battery powered outdoor IP cameras and systems. Ask the security providers what major enabled security settings are provided by them. For example, Reolink Argus offers multi-level security features including SSL encryption, WPA2-AES encryption, and SSL-TLS enabled to ensure its products are indeed secure.

Note: In addition to these features, the battery operated outdoor WiFi security camera with smartphone App, memory card for self storage, smart motion detection and remote access are also important factors. Leave a comment to share the other features you care about.

Tips on the Placement of Wire Free Battery Powered Outdoor Security Cameras

To get the most from your wire free battery powered outdoor security cameras, it is important for you to place the camera in the right and appropriate positions.

Tip 1: Evaluate the Most Vulnerable Places

Before installing battery powered outdoor WiFi security cameras, you need to think about where the most vulnerable places are for people to break in. The main entrances, front/back porch, garage, backyard, off-street windows and side-gate are the top places for you to place wire free outdoor IP cameras.

Tip 2: Choose the Proper Height

Placing the wire free battery operated outdoor security cameras too high may disable you to see details. Head height is best to capture the face of an intruder. Make sure that the battery WiFi outdoor security camera is high enough to be out of reach but low enough to capture the intruder’s face.

Installation Height

Tip 3: Avoid Direct Sunlight

Do not place the battery powered outdoor security cameras and systems directly into the sun, otherwise the sunlight will cause stripes in images. Also, position the wire free external IP cameras at an angle to avoid backlight from windows and doors.

Bonus: Read more about the tips on where to place security cameras.

How to Protect Wire Free Battery Powered Outdoor Security Cameras from Vandals or Thefts

“What if my battery powered outdoor security cameras are vandalized by the naughty neighbor kids or even stolen by the prowlers?”

This might be a problem that bothers most users of battery powered outdoor security cameras and systems. Here are some proactive tips to protect your wire free outdoor security camera from vandals and thefts.

1. Place Cameras to Sturdy Mounts

As it is mentioned above, placing the battery powered outdoor security cameras to sturdy mounts is more secure than to the magnetic base. It takes more time and efforts for the thieves to steal and they will have to think twice before their evil action.

2. Position Cameras Beyond Reach

Positioning the wire free outdoor IP cameras beyond reach can effectively avoid the naughty kids tampering with your cameras. It also reduces the chance for the thieves to walk away with your cameras easily.

3. Add a Tough Protective Housing

A tough protective housing/skin is helpful to protect your battery powered outdoor WiFi security IP camera from vandalism. Besides, it can make your wire free outdoor security camera blend into the external environment, thus others won’t easily notice its existence.

Reolink, for example, has released a UV- and water-resistant silicone protective skin for its battery powered outdoor security camera Reolink Argus, so that the camera can blend in the color of the wall, ceiling or any surface it is mounted to.

Tough Reolink Argus Skins

4. Place Cameras in Discreet Places with Coverings

Placing your wire free outdoor security cameras in a not-so-obvious location with coverings is also a good method to protect them from vandals or thefts. An artificial plant, an outdoor low voltage lighting fixture and the bushes are all discreet locations to place your cameras.

Battery Powered Wireless Outdoor Security Camera Reviews

What can you expect from the wireless battery powered outdoor security cameras available in the market? Find your answer in the following battery powered wireless outdoor security camera reviews from Reolink Argus — a 100% wire-free battery-powered outdoor security camera system.

This smart wire-free outdoor security camera is also featured on lots of top-tier media, including CNET, Yahoo Finance, Techradar, Techhive, 01net, PC World, Lifehacker, etc.

“This little unit can run 100% on battery power for months at a time. It is fully weather proof, so it can be used both inside and outside. The video is 1080p full HD unlike others offering at or below 720p resolutions. The camera comes with night vision capable of a 33 foot range, not bad for such a small device running only on batteries.”

Though it is difficult to say, with confidence, which is the all-round best wireless battery powered outdoor security camera systems on the market, Reolink Argus is a clear winner among the good quality battery powered wireless outdoor security cameras.

If you prefer wired security cameras, Reolink can also offer you a wide range of choices. Leave your comments below if you encounter any questions during your selection process and we would like to offer some practical advice.

Editor’s Note: In case you have any questions, suggestions, and of course corrections, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Regina Lafferty

    I want POE is it possible to use the same poe system for cameras at two buildings across an alley from each other

    • Hi Regina, it depends on the distance between the PoE system and the cameras. If they are too far away from each other, you will be unable to run the wires. The best recommendation for you is to get separate PoE systems for the two buildings and here are the best picks for you: https://reolink.com/product/rlk8-410b4/, https://reolink.com/product/rlk16-410b8/.

      • Regina Lafferty

        How far can wire go? This is very close together 10 feet apart at most. They share a Wi-Fi come room with router in my 2nd floor kitchen window pointed at the building next door

        • Hi Regina, the wires can go as far as 300 feet. So the PoE systems recommended above will work well in your situation.

  • John Danish

    Great write up. Few questions:

    a) Do the security camera’s have a mechanism for firmware update and how is it done?
    b) Are reolink security camera’s protected against against reinstallation attack. See: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/16/wpa2-shown-to-be-vulnerable-to-key-reinstallation-attacks/
    c) Do all camera’s capture audio too? The sample video with rain has audio while the night vision video did not.

    • Hi John, thank you for reaching out. To answer your questions:
      a) we offer firmware updates on a regular basis and you can subscribe to us to keep informed and download the latest version from our official website.
      b) All of Reolink security cameras are secured by enabling multi-level security features, including SSL encryption, WPA2-AES encryption, and SSL-TLS enabled.
      c) Yes, Reolink Argus supports audio recording. You can also disable it based on your needs in the camera settings. That’s why the night vision sample video has no audio.

  • Aaron Humphrey

    Thanks so much, can’t believe I actually Won, can’t wait to receive it.

    • Congratulations!!! We will ship the product to you soon. Please feel free to share the amazing videos recorded by your Reolink Argus after you receive it and you will have a chance to win Up to 20% OFF coupon & FREE Reolink Argus, https://reolink.com/share-captured-videos/.