Re: Need help with power cable length
Bottom line, is it ok to use a 15’ extender with the 25’ cable?
Looking like the need for permanent power is going to be more pressing than expected; in less than a week the battery dropped over 50%. Just capturing too many videos from sidewalk and street traffic. The latter is a necessary evil thanks to our need to document repetitive stalking; we’re at a cul-de-sac so I was originally hoping the # of clips wouldn’t be too bad.
For what it’s worth, trying to avoid the solar option for need to keep the cameras discreet.
Thanks for any advice or help!
You can't extend the outdoor charging cables in any way due to the hard-wired connection at the charger (for weatherproofing) as well as the magnetic connection at the camera end. You could use a regular extension cord to get power to the charger but you'd need to weatherproof that connection.
USB extensions are a tricky business anyways due to the wire size, current draw of the camera and the voltage drop due to both. The indoor charger uses 5V but a short cable while the outdoor one uses 9V to accommodate the voltage drop over the extra length of cable. However, even if you were to find an extension for this charger, you likely wouldn't be happy with the solution.
I’m becoming increasingly motivated to suck it up and get two solar chargers; maybe the 8’ cable will allow me to hide them at least a little bit.
My house faces SE, and the high roof will put the cameras in the shade in the afternoons. Would morning sunlight be enough to keep the batteries charged?
Depending on usage, etc., it's likely to keep things charged. Remember that even in shade a significant amount of light can still activate the panel. However, freezing temps will stop charging to protect the battery and remember that the sun's angle changes over time so it's possible occasional repositioning may be needed for best charging.