If you need a security camera to reach a difficult area or want an environmentally friendly option, solar panel powered security cameras are great for you. It is important to understand how solar powered security cameras work before you buy them. This is so that you can make the right decision about what is best for you security-wise
About Solar Cameras
Solar paneled security cameras use the sun’s energy to power. They harness the sunlight and transform it into DC (direct current) electricity. Then an inverter transitions the DC into an AC (alternating current), which can be used to power the security cameras. When sunlight is not available, the cameras get power from wireless batteries they have been installed with. This way, the cameras can still get power from the rechargeable batteries, which store excess power generated by the solar panels. The efficiency will decrease on rainy or cloudy days, so you need to make sure they get maximum sunlight on sunny days. Outdoor security cameras that are solar-powered come with a weatherproof design, so you don’t need to worry about rain.
Solar security cameras don’t come with any cables or power grids, so they are flexible to be put anywhere. Typical places for solar cameras include sheds, construction sites, farms, barns, vineyards, and warehouses. In addition, they are easy to install and move. You won’t need any messy cables or drill roles. This makes it a cost-effective solution. If you work on a construction site, this can make moving the cameras around or to a new site easy.
They are environmentally friendly. The cameras don’t produce any waste or pollution since the batteries are rechargeable. Also, since they don’t need infrastructure, they can allow areas like the wetlands to be preserved. At night, the cameras run off their rechargeable batteries. This means the cameras can run at night and during the day. They also have a long lifespan. Most companies sell their solar-powered cameras with a 25-year warranty. This means the camera can produce no less than 80% power after 25 years and still require little maintenance.
What to Consider?
How much electricity can you generate for your solar camera? Multiple factors determine it. You have to look at the average sun exposure, weather conditions, tilt angle of the panel, and more. You should keep your solar panel away from possible obstacles, such as shade created by bushes or trees. It also helps if you clean the panel regularly.
You should also take your batteries into consideration. The batteries need to 10 times the capacity of the full output of the solar panel. Otherwise, they can be damaged due to overcharging. SD cards are a good option if you prefer motion activated videos with no subscription feed. An alternative is movement sensors that report to your phone or even a cloud service. The initial cost for these cameras might be a bit pricy. You should weigh the future benefits, though, as you consider it.
If you are looking to upgrade or install a surveillance security system, log on or give us a call at (877)-926-2288 today! We have a great team of highly experienced salesmen, installers, and technicians that would love to help you out. Also, we can walk you through the process start to finish and help you select the best cameras for you and survey your property to decide on the most optimal locations.