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Best Video vs Optimized vs Best Battery Life on the Arlo Pro 3?

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Koenigjay
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I'm trying to find out what the difference between "Best Video," "Optimized," and "Best Battery Life" is. I also wanted to know that if my cameras are mounted, and I am exclusively using the battery, what resolution are the clips it sends recorded in? I just purchased these at Costco, and I have 90 days to try them and see how I like them, and I am concerned about battery life, but I don't want not to be taking advantage of the 2K resolution these cameras have.

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jguerdat
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The different settings are actually different resolutions. Since a lower resolution creates a smaller  video, the camera radio is used less, saving the battery. I prefer to use Best Video (highest resolution) and haven't ever seen a huge difference in battery life. Heavy usage would change that, though, so make sure you're staying in the spec of >5 minutes per day of recording and live viewing.

Tiffer777
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I have the Arlo 3 and the battery life SUCKS! We’re thinking of taking them back if we can’t resolve this. We paid $500 for the system at Costco and you think it would work better than this. We love the cameras, the recording, viewing, and that it s in color. We like that it’s wire free. But the batter on one was charged on 1/5/20 and yesterday it was at 48%. Today it’s at 41%. We’re not going to have to keep charging them every few weeks. My cousin has an older version and he said they have to charge it every 3 months. Ours has the light that goes on from time to time but I don’t see a way to change the sensitivity or brightness of the light, just the brightness of the video.
Phoney49
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Go To SETTINGS, DEVICES, and select the camera. Go to video settings and low light. From there you can select brightnes of the light, 0 to 100%
Tiffer777
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It doesn't have Arlo 3 to type in the model so I apologize.  I did change the light settings yesterday but since I wrote my first reply earlier, my battery has gone from 41% to 39%... How do I change the record settings so it doesn't just record for a max of 5 minutes when nothing is in front of the camera?

StephenB
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@Tiffer777 wrote:

How do I change the record settings so it doesn't just record for a max of 5 minutes when nothing is in front of the camera?


You can edit the rule for the camera(s) and set a fixed recording time.  https://kb.arlo.com/42/What-are-modes-and-rules-and-how-does-Arlo-use-them

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