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Re: Solar Panel Charging

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Spyder76 Follower
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Has anybody purchased a 6w-5v USB solar panel for their Arlo Pro camera's yet.  This item for~$20, other that not being outdoor ready really looks like it would be an inexpensive option for continuous charging.

 

Model: VMC4030| Arlo Pro Wire-Free Camera

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JamesC Community Manager
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NETGEAR does not advise the use of third party accessories (like the one mentioned above) with your Arlo Pro system as they are not designed specifically with Arlo in mind.

 

The NETGEAR solar panel should be available early 2017. For more information, see here: How can I use the Arlo Solar Panel?

 

Update: The Arlo Solar Panel is now available, for more information, see here: Arlo Solar Panel (VMA4600)

 

JamesC

 

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Arlo-Man Luminary
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manofice Virtuoso
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Got a link? I don't believe their official solar panel has been released.
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Drake3287 Luminary
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He's just sharing a look-a-like model for a cell phone. Arlo say's it's panel will be out in the next couple of months. What's interesting is this solar panel is $20. and the Arlo one is going to be something like $50. Big difference for basically the same thing.

Guru TomMac Guru
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Well, who's going to be the guinea pig? 

Can say from my experience with solar panels, they easily put out a higher voltage than spec'ed esp with a low load...

In almost all my cases required some form of controller to prevent damage to batteries.

 

( not knowing how the Netgear unit is designed )

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manofice Virtuoso
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It's a shame netgear ended their product test and review program. I would have loved to test their solar panels for them!

JamesC Community Manager
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NETGEAR does not advise the use of third party accessories (like the one mentioned above) with your Arlo Pro system as they are not designed specifically with Arlo in mind.

 

The NETGEAR solar panel should be available early 2017. For more information, see here: How can I use the Arlo Solar Panel?

 

Update: The Arlo Solar Panel is now available, for more information, see here: Arlo Solar Panel (VMA4600)

 

JamesC

 

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Arlo-Man Luminary
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AKA: Netgear does not advise paying less for the same product from another company.

Guru jguerdat Guru
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Of course, you/I have no idea if the products are comparable.

manofice Virtuoso
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I would just wait and see what they release. If their similar in power spec's, give it a shot if you're willing to ruin your camera. But it might not ruin it and it might work. I would just wait to see what they release and see the specs of it.

TandLelectronic Star
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I just got my solar panel from Walmart.com.  It is made by Moultrie. I also got a USB female to 5.5 female cable off of amazon. 

 

The solar panel is 3.75 square and put out 6v.  I hook it up to my meter and it showed a peek of 9v when held directly infront of a incandescent 40 watt clear round vanity bulb.  At night it put out 1v.  During the daylight hours it showed 7v. In the end the solar panel volt is determine by the intensity of the light source.

 

This I believe this setup will work perfectly with the pro, but now I am trying to make it work with the regular camera.  I will report back as soon as I get it all setup.

Model: VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera
Wizliz Tutor
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Hi, very interesting project!

 

I have four Arlo cameras that i use with rechargable CR123 batterys at 2300mAh/each. However I am getting a little fed up with climbing the ladder to change batteries every two weeks in winter time... So i would love to be able to connect solar panels to them even if it means that i have to drill a hole in the outer case and then solder on some sort of connector.

 

Looking forward to your next post. Smiley Happy

TandLelectronic Star
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The rest of my parts should be in today!  At this time the batteries that came with my camera is down to 17% the camera was installed two week ago in the frigid climate of Ohio over the past weeks. 

 

Question...Has anybody had experience with the arlo skins?  I am trying to figure out how to mod the camera so that it is still somewhat water resistance.  Plan is to run the cable through the skin and not have to mod the camera by drilling a hole....thinking that the skin can hold the battery door close....any ideas.

Model: VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera,VMC4030| Arlo Pro Wire-Free Camera
TandLelectronic Star
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Project working as plan.  I will post result as the days move on to weeks and months hopefully.

Model: VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera
manofice Virtuoso
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So the panels work well??
DaveWoj Virtuoso
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This has been discussed at length.

I have run mine for over a year with alligator clips and no problems

https://community.netgear.com/t5/Arlo/Easy-to-take-camera-apart-and-solder-leads-to-power-camera-usi...

 

 

TandLelectronic Star
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DaveWoj wrote:

This has been discussed at length.

I have run mine for over a year with alligator clips and no problems

https://community.netgear.com/t5/Arlo/Easy-to-take-camera-apart-and-solder-leads-to-power-camera-usi...

 

 


Question....are you using solar power?  If so, how is the energy stored for night use?  But if you are using a power suppy I understand.

 

UPDATE...We had a cold spell again with some sunny days and the rechargeable are holding steady.  I still haven't drill a hole in the camera.  I need to do more research on where to place my leads....front two slots or back two slots since it is a snug fit when all four battery are installed.  As I need batteries to carry the camera through the night and prolong cloudy days.

DaveWoj Virtuoso
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No solar panel just ac power. I don't believe it's possible to run the original arlo off solar.
TandLelectronic Star
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Thanks for the clarification of whether your setup was solar or not.  I am currently using my Arlo camera with a solar panel.  I also have a Arlo Pro that I am going to do the same.  The Pro has a micro usb port for charging that I can connect my solar panel too.  Also, are you using a 6V or 12v power supply to power your camera? 

 

By the way your female plug extending from your camera is what I am using to connect to the solar panel that I got from walmart.com.  It is a 6v Deluxe solar panel made by Moultrie that extends battery life of feeders.

DaveWoj Virtuoso
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I am using a 6V 2 amp power supply.

TandLelectronic Star
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Sorry to keep asking question but do you have the main supply hook to the front two meaning the battery is closer to the lens or the back springs.  And what about the night vision and battery indicator?

 

I saw the drawing with a jumper connecting the front to the back.  If that is so, I can use two of my rechargeable in the camera with the solar panel..yea!

 

Just about time to drill the hole for the lead!  I will post picture as soon as I can figure out how to download them from my phone to the community.

DaveWoj Virtuoso
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I honestly don't remember which ones I have them connected to. I think the lens since it gave me more space for the wire.
I think as long as the are connected to either positive and negative it will work.
lkruper Aspirant
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I would like to deploy cameras outside with a power cord.   I read that the powered option is indoor only.    I do not understand this, considering they are coming out with a solar option.   Does the power cable expose the internals to moisture if used?    I have not purchased yet, but Arlo Pro looks to have the best features/price available now on the market.

Drake3287 Luminary
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I have one of my camera's powered by a power source. I simply purchased a 15 foot microUSB cable off Amazon and ran it into my garage through a vent hole above the garage door. Although the camera itself is under the eve of the house and get's very little rain, I simply used a little silicone caulking around the power connection area to keep it dry. The silicone is also easy to remove if and when it's needed.

 

This one camera of mine is the most active because it's pointed onto my driveway/front lawn area and get's lot's of activations. My other battery powered camera's get very few so the battery should last quite awhile.

Model: VMC4030| Arlo Pro Wire-Free Camera
TandLelectronic Star
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Update

 

battery level is now 28percent where it started at 35.  My regular batter is now down to 30.