I recently purchased the Solar Charging panel for my Arlo Ultra cams that I have outdoors, and had no idea the charging cable wasn't detachable??? 8' is hardly long enough for many outdoor placements, like porches and under overhangs. The cameras need to be charging in order to enable CVR cloud recordings, which we need, otherwise of course this wouldn't be an issue.
This is extremely shortsighted on the part of Netgear. Does anybody have a solution for this, or do I just need to return everything and find a camera system that is more expandable?
I don't know the reason for the short cable but it may be due to voltage drop over longer distances. The outdoor AC charger is rated for 9v and has a 25 foot cable while the indoor one is 5v and just a few feet. The reason for this is the voltage drop over the longer distance. The solar panel doesn't create a ton of current so may not be able to deliver sufficient current over a long run.
I don't know for sure, though.
You could try some of these connectors USB 2.0 Female to Micro USB Female...
I used them to extend my power cord to my Arlo Pro3 Cam
You could also create a post in the ‘idea exchange’ section of the community asking Arlo to consider making solar panels with longer cables in n the future.