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Re: Rechargeable batteries for use with Arlo cameras

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ep1971 Aspirant
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I am having the same problem with satellite Internet not being able to view my cameras when away with a Swann system.  Do you know if any of the other systems by different manufacturers work well with satellite Internet? So far this system does not seem to be to reliable.  Might return if I continue to have problems.

Thanks!

BlueArlo Guide
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I paid a total of $68 for my 24 rechargeable batteries plus 4 chargers that each hold two batteries. Purchased at Walmart.com: Insten CR123A Lithium batteries with wall charger. Go to www.walmart.com/ip/46516122. Be sure to give me a thumb's up on my Walmart.com review. I talk about using them in my Arlo. Thanks!

Guru TomMac Guru
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They come in at   3.2V/ 400mAh. and I don't see a PCB to prevent over/under charge... be careful

 

I hope they work well... you should really be looking for the 3.7v cells in the 600-750mahr range ( like the better ones we spec'ed out )

But the better ones do come in at a much higher price.

 

 

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BlueArlo Guide
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Thank you, TomMac.  Yep, these have been working great so far (until that horrible Update).  Now that the Update has been Updated, these batteries ar working great in my Arlo again.  I only use them in one camera as, I am still testing it out, that way I don't break all three in the event there is a mis-hap with these rechargeables.  None the less, so far so good and it has been well over a month.

c0mm0 Guide
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Can someone who has been active in this thread summarize it? 23 pages is a lot to catch up on...

 

maybe a table of work/don't work

 

 

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Guru jguerdat Guru
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WHile others have used various brands, which may still be in testing, the general answer has been EagleTac 750mAH and Tansgsfire 1000mAH. The general recommendation has been to use something with the PCB protection built-in so the EagleTacs win.  The Tangsfire are a bit overstated for capacity but work about the same so are a reasonable choice.  Just be careful about overcharging or running them flat since they don't have the PCB to protect them.  At least one person has reported a camera fire/meltdown due to the use of a battery failure.

 

You may also want to consider a charger such as this one:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L10CO7U?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00

ctrack Luminary
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You might consider these.....(Nitecore RCR123A 3.7V 650mA 2.4Wh 650mAh Protected Li-ion Rechargeable Battery-Black+Yellow(NL166)...they are pricey but get good reviews and are PCB.
Guru TomMac Guru
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Personally...spend the extra money and opt for safety. ( Yes, I do have and use the cheaper non-pcb cells for testing and yes, there was one reported melted Arlo with a non-pcb cell )

 

Go with the better cells the group tested and came out on top along with a good charger system for same

 

Nitecore @ 650 mahr and EagleTac @ 750mahr both at 3.7v, were IMO among the best.

 

 

 

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c0mm0 Guide
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thanks for the replies and links, I do have a few nitecore flashlights (4000 lumen beast..) so I have their chargers and way too many batteries for any one person..

 

A little off topic but when Lipos first came out I caught my living room coffee table on fire and carpet while charging a lipo that exploded. I even had a real life CPSC office come out to the house, take a report, pictures and scooped up all the items as part of a study on Lipos. She had a badge and everything... so I do understand battery safety.

 

Again thanks for the links and info

Theponce1 Aspirant
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I bought 20 rechargeable batteries on Ebay for 30 dlls
A 2 battery charger for 10. I get one week of service on one charge, with 30 seconds, we had to lower the range because you record all passing vehicles. I think that a infrared camera heat sensing unit would be better then motion
MESMERIZE Tutor
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Thank you everyone I have been following this thread for 5 months now and I have purchased GTL (purple) and EagleTacs. Also, I have nightcore i4 charger. Since I bought my system and batteries the Eagletacs last a lot longer than GTL's. I live in the city so I have my cameras outside in high traffic areas, and I get 3 weeks with the Eagletacs and 1 week with GTL's. The EagleTac's are by far the better batteries and they are more expensive but worth it in long run. And I don't have to get the ladder out as much to change batteries. Also I purchased these mounts on Amazon so that the cameras can not be stolen as easily and I have them up high.

 

http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Ceiling-Bracket-Camera-Adjustable/dp/B000X23I22/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&q...

 

Thank you to everyone contributed to this thread really helped me out.

Ippikiokami Aspirant
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Now we all have a large collection of batteries... What kind of cases do you all use to keep them in order

ctrack Luminary
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Guru jguerdat Guru
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Interesting.  I just used a plastic food take-out tray and made up cardboard dividers.

Guru TomMac Guru
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Ippikiokami wrote:

Now we all have a large collection of batteries... What kind of cases do you all use to keep them in order


I use an old tupperware sandwich container... and like above, I use cardboard insulation between rows just in case.

 

As to mixing them up. Don't really care as mine are all numbered in sets.  The best use of cells are from closely matched sets..simple method is after a few charge cycles, just arrange them in sets of the closest voltages ( after off charge for about 4 hours ).

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tshrimp Star
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Thanks ctrack, I am going to order some of those cases.

 

FYI..I have been using the Olight batteries, and so far so good. One of the least expensive name brand with protection. I have not been doing any extensive tests, but I am not recharging them that often, even in high traffic areas, so I am happy enough...except the removal of the low battery indicator in the last update. I had one camera down for almost a week, and never knew it.

 

RobertRosal Virtuoso
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tshrimp wrote:

Thanks ctrack, I am going to order some of those cases.

 

FYI..I have been using the Olight batteries, and so far so good. One of the least expensive name brand with protection. I have not been doing any extensive tests, but I am not recharging them that often, even in high traffic areas, so I am happy enough...except the removal of the low battery indicator in the last update. I had one camera down for almost a week, and never knew it.

 


So far I have to agree on the Olight's, this is a first for me on using them and so far so good!

-Robert
Ippikiokami Aspirant
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TomMac wrote:

 

As to mixing them up. Don't really care as mine are all numbered in sets.  The best use of cells are from closely matched sets..simple method is after a few charge cycles, just arrange them in sets of the closest voltages ( after off charge for about 4 hours ).


How do you find the closest voltages.

 

And to the other poster where did you get the olights?

RobertRosal Virtuoso
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Ippikiokami wrote:

TomMac wrote:

 

As to mixing them up. Don't really care as mine are all numbered in sets.  The best use of cells are from closely matched sets..simple method is after a few charge cycles, just arrange them in sets of the closest voltages ( after off charge for about 4 hours ).


How do you find the closest voltages.

 

And to the other poster where did you get the olights?


Using an Ohm Meter will do that for you.  

 

You can get the Olight's here. http://www.batteryjunction.com/olight-16340-650mah.html

-Robert
Guru jguerdat Guru
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Well, more specifically, a voltmeter which is found with an ohmmeter on virtually all multimeters. Picky, picky..

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Drc225811 Aspirant
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Ebay has the Eagletac 16340 RCR123A Li-ion 3.7V Protected Rechargeable Battery CR123A . Is this the same as the Eagletac 750ah 3.7 pcb protection battery that you were dissusing earlier? Thank you for your help.

Guru TomMac Guru
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Many on eBay,it would help if u gave link

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