Best home security cameras of 2020 that run on batteries
Not just battery operatedThey offer greater flexibility in installation than their wired counterparts. They’re also usually weatherproof for outdoor use. That said, you can install a wireless security camera on a fence, in a tree, or pretty much anywhere, as long as your Wi-Fi network can reach it. To expand your home security system, keep an eye on your home and help deter intruders.
I picked three models that I particularly like for a variety of reasons, although I did consider things like video quality, field of view, whether it has a mobile app, and recording capabilities when it connects to your existing oneSetup and of course battery life. The is my favorite all-round camera. Period. Since it also happens to be battery powered, it’s my favorite for this list. I like for its reasonable price – $ 100 – and its long battery life (up to two years). The third and final camera in the list, the offers a wide range of compatible accessories to further enhance battery-powered convenience (and it’s already quite handy as a battery-powered security camera). So read on if you’re looking for the best battery powered security camera that will suit your wireless outdoor space .
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The Arlo Pro 3 home security camera is battery operated, so you can attach it to a tree or fence without worrying about an annoying power cord. This wireless camera is also weatherproof to fight the elements and is said to last a few months on a single charge depending on usage. Basically, it’s absolutely perfect for outdoor safety.
In addition to its practical battery, the Pro 3 has numerous outstanding functions: a built-in siren; Activation / deactivation modes; and alerts for motion detection of people, animals, vehicles and packages (with an optional Arlo Smart subscription). The device also enables bidirectional communication and has both color and black and white night vision for a crystal clear view of what’s going on in your garden. And the video quality is top notch.
If you want to integrate your wireless outdoor surveillance camera into your existing smart home system, Pro 3 works with Alexa and Google Assistant. Read our Arlo Pro 3 review.
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The Blink XT2 is priced at $ 100. For your money, you get a battery operated camera and sync module. The sync module is intended to extend the battery life of the camera and helps the app and the camera to communicate via a radio signal.
If you already have a sync module from a previous Blink purchase, you should be able to use it with the XT2 as well. In that case, you only need to buy the standalone camera for $ 90. And at that price, you might as well get a few for an entire security camera system.
The camera features 1080p HD live streaming, alerts, free cloud storage, night vision and a weatherproof housing. It sends push notifications to your smartphone via an app when the sensor detects movement. The weatherproof device also offers bidirectional communication. It is powered by two AA lithium metal batteries that are said to have a service life of up to two years.
I’ve tested one since July 2019 – and it’s still going strong. The Blink XT2 works with Alexa. Read more about the Blink XT2.
The Logitech Circle 2 is available in two versions – the wired model for $ 180 and the battery-powered model for $ 200. I checked the wired model but spent time testing both.
The battery operated Circle 2 is a solid camera. Like the Pro 3 and Blink XT2, the Circle 2 connects to your wireless network and is weatherproof. It has 1080p HD live streaming for crystal clear picture, night vision, bidirectional speaking and a time lapse function. It should take between one and three months on one charge. It also offers free 24-hour cloud storage that saves motion-based videos for 10 to 60 seconds. Push notifications are sent to your phone via the app when the camera detects movement.
It also works with a variety of accessories – the $ 30 plug mount, a $ 40 window mount, and a $ 20 magnetic mount. If you use either the plug or the window bracket with your Circle 2 battery-powered camera, it will work with Siri (via Apple HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video) as well as standard support for Amazon Alexa.
Annoyingly, the battery-operated Circle 2 does not support Apple HomeKit without a plug or without accessories for the window mount. (Read more about it from Logitech here.) Read our review of the Circle 2 (wired model).
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