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Battery-Powered Security Cameras: Battery Life & Battery Types

Olivia8/12/2022
Battery-Powered Security Cameras: Battery Life & Battery Types

Whether you are looking for or using a battery-powered security camera, it’s inevitable to run into questions like: how long does the battery of my wireless battery-operated security camera last? What kind of batteries do these battery-operated outdoor security cameras like Reolink Argus 3 ProReolink Argus 3 use? Where should I buy rechargeable or non-chargeable batteries? Here we give you answers.

Before you buy battery-powered security cameras, you may need to know the information below:

Camera Types Argus 3 Pro/Reolink Go
Battery Life Depends on the battery
Battery Use Rechargeable batteries
How to Buy 3 tips

Battery Life of Battery-Operated Security Cameras

Battery life of battery-powered security cameras varies.

There are many variables when it comes to how long the battery of battery-powered security cameras lasts. Factors like live streaming usage, motion activity, night vision, Wi-Fi router/environment, the temperature, and placement of the battery security camera, battery brand, and battery capacity all play a role in terms of camera battery life.

We list out battery life of normal use among some most popular wireless battery-operated security cameras, Reolink Argus 3 Pro wire-free HD security camera, Reolink Go rechargeable battery security camera, NETGEAR Arlo HD security camera, and NETGEAR Arlo Pro/Pro 2.

One of most popular battery-operated security cameras - Reolink Argus 3 Pro runs on Reolink rechargeable battery with the capacity of 6000mAh, which could last about three months with normal usage.

Besides, users could connect the camera to Reolink Solar Panel via a USB cable for continuous charging and non-stop power supply. Do make sure that the Reolink Solar Panel is getting direct sunlight during the day as much as possible. (Read this to learn the inside tips on the installation of solar panels.)

You could find more on how this rechargeable battery security camera works in real case scenarios.

Reolink Go battery-operated security camera could sustain up to 2 months standby on a single charge and it’s designed to last up to one month with normal usage.

Reolink Go is powered by 3 pcs of 2600 mAh rechargeable batteries. The total capacity is 7800mAh. The battery could support up to 10 hours daytime non-stop live streaming and 7 hours streaming with IR on.

Of course, the battery life could vary in practice, depending on how you use the camera, how often or how long the camera is accessed and triggered by motions, and whether your cameras use latest firmware and software or not.

Reolink Go comes with rechargeable battery which can be removed from the camera. So you can charge the battery separately. Or you can charge the camera with the battery Inserted in, connect this camera to Reolink Solar Panel for 24/7 power.

How Long Do Arlo or Arlo Pro Camera’ s Batteries Last

Battery life of NETGEAR Arlo Wire-Free HD camera, Arlo Pro cameras, according to Arlo, “lasts for about four to six months with normal usage, which is about five minutes of recordings a day.”

Let’s do the math. Arlo camera batteries could allow for about 600 minutes (5430=600) to 900 minutes (5630=900) based on normal use and best assumption, which is similar to that of Reolink Argus.

The battery life of battery-operated security cameras all comes down to how long you view your camera, how long the camera is triggered, where do you place the camera and other above mentioned factors.

Battery-operated outdoor WiFi security cameras with motion sensing or night vision capability inherently draw more power than battery-powered cameras without night vision or motion detection.

What Type of Battery Does Battery-Powered Security Cameras Use

This question always pops up when your battery-powered security cameras max out first set of battery and you are in the market for battery replacement for your security cameras, like Reolink Argus 3 (2MP), Arlo, Blink or Canary.

Both Reolink Argus 3 (2MP) wireless battery-powered outdoor security camera and Reolink Eco wireless battery-operated security camera work with 2 pcs of 2600 mAh rechargeable batteries. The batteries are attached inside of the cameras and not removable, so the batteries of Reolink Argus 3 or Argus Eco are not replaceable.
Reolink Argus 3 battery security camera uses rechargeable battery provided by Reolink and can also be recharged by the power adapter and Reolink Solar Panel.

It’s suggested by NETGEAR Arlo support to use non-rechargeable batteries from other high quality and well-known manufacturers such as Panasonic, Energizer, or Duracell.

While Arlo Go can only run on rechargeable batteries that came with Arlo Go cameras or replacement Arlo Go batteries from NETGEAR.

How to Buy Battery Replacement for Your Security Cameras

Tip 1. Know the Battery Type

Different battery-operated security cameras run on different types of batteries, some only support non-rechargeable batteries while some support both non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries.

Tip 2. Choose Battery Voltage Properly

The voltage of battery should match that of battery-operated security cameras; otherwise, it could damage or degrade your battery-operated security cameras.

Tip 3. Choose Right Size Battery

One more thing to bear in mind, choose batteries that fit the compartment, not too small or too big to fit in.

Where to Buy Battery Replacement for Your Battery-Operated Security Cameras

It’s really important to purchase batteries from trusted suppliers such as Tenergy, Panasonic, GP, and Streamlight. Users could purchase non-rechargeable or rechargeable batteries for your wireless battery security cameras from Amazon, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart.

Ordering batteries in bulk could save you a bundle in the long run.

Meanwhile, it’s always to consult camera manufacturers in advance if you want to use rechargeable batteries for your battery security cameras.

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