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Re: Chart -- Yearly/Monthly Cost of Batteries for 1-4 Cameras

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R_Lowe
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I own four cameras and mentioned in a separate post how pleased I was that the Energizer CR123 batteries they came with still show a full charge after two months (so far) of average use.  Anticipating their inevitable replacement, I looked for a source I thought had a good price and happened on Battery Junction (link below).  I did briefly consider rechargeables but their inherently low mAH levels (say, 800 v. 1,500 for the OEMs) -- which would require fairly constant recharging, swapping out, and keeping track of which ones, etc. -- just didn't seem worth the trouble or overall value to me personally.  In any event, should it help others, here's a chart of costs for 1-4 Arlo camera systems based on the below.

 

OEM BATTERY REPLACEMENT COST If changed every 4 months using OEM Energizer CR123 Lithium batteries purchased from Battery Junction.com @$1.35 each (if purchasing 24 or more):

(A)
Number of Cameras


(B)
Total Number of Batteries Needed
(A x 4)


(C)
Batteries Used Per Year
(B x 3)

(D)
Yearly Cost
(C x $1.35)

(E)
Monthly Cost
(D divided by 12)

1

4

12

$16.20

$1.35

2

8

24

$32.40

$2.70

3

12

36

$48.60

$4.05

4

16

48

$64.80

$5.40


DISCLAIMER:  Depending on how you use your camera and where you may purchase the batteries, your “mileage” may vary.

 

http://www.batteryjunction.com/energizer-cr123a.html


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JamesC
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I would like to thank you for your posts and contributions! I want to make sure you take a look at an article outlining best practices when it comes to batteries. For those involved in this discussion I encourage you to review Remember these golden rules for your Arlo camera batteries along with BATTERY WARNINGS AND SAFETY.
 
Thank you for sharing! 
 
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StuBee
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Thanks for the study.

The problem I have is finding a place to buy them cheap and expecting new batteries.  If you buy them in the original blister (sealed) packages they are like $6 each.  If you buy them elsewhere you might get them for $1.7 each...but they are loose in packaging, and some have reported many batteries already drained on arrival.

 

example:

http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Lithium-CR123A-Photo-Batteries/dp/B001G54ILA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=...

 

I wonder how these 3rd parties sell them so cheap compared to OEM.

4vrnvr
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I also have had my concerns with those loose packaged batteries. I ended up going for the surefire batteries as surefire has a great reputation. The cost is a bit more, 72 for $134 or about 1.86 each, but I feel the extra cost is worth it.

 

http://www.surefire.com/batteries/72-pack-batteries.html

 

Greg

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FWIW, my rechargeable batteries have the equivalent of 2.3 months with 2 out of 3 bars still showing on one camera. They've been in there for 18 days and have over 281 minutes of recording. The other camera has 158 minutes (about 1.3 months of rated usage) and shows full. Not bad for $29 from eBay...

StuBee
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jguerdat, Thats good to hear...can you clarify on:

- $29....per battery?  or for four?

- I've read prior forum posts about rechargables always showing 'low battery" in Arlo's....sounds like this is not the case with yours?

- ebay link to the batteries you purchased

R_Lowe
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I understand the concerns; its just that any time I've purchased pretty, shrink-wrapped 10-40 unit packages of name brand A,B,C,D-cell batteries (say, from Costco), there's always a couple that don't seem up to snuff also.   It just seems to be the nature of the beast.  On the other hand, if anybody has had issues of an inordinate number of batteries failing from Battery Junction specifically, do tell - that might be different. 

 

Beyond that, these are new batteries, so even if a few were DOA, I'd simply return them like I would any product that is defective from a manufacturer. So I guess spending $33 for a couple dozen is a small risk and worth giving a try.  Whenever I get and employ them, I'll be happy to report back so folks know for sure and we won't have to rely on well-meant speculation.

coastalcarolina
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The best deals (with readily available stock, and a very high number of feedback scores) I've found on the CR123 batteries Amazon.

 

If you want to stick with the Energizer brand that comes with the cameras, here is the 12 pack - the price flucuates between $18 and $22 (roughly $1.58 a battery)
http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-123-Lithium-Batteries-12-Pack/dp/B003FBDC1A/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1...

 

I am planning on trying these out - the 40 pack Tenergy for $44
http://www.amazon.com/Tenergy-40-pack-Lithium-Battery-Protected/dp/B001W9Y4PK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid...

Thats only a $1.10 a battery.

I plan on checking out some rechargables after I try the Tenergy once we have more longevity testing feedback on them on the Arlo forums.

Battery Junction does indeed have some good prices on the 123's though:

http://search.batteryjunction.com/mod_search/index.php?query=cr123&catalog=theshorelinemarket&sort=f...

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TomMac
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The only way to buy the primary cells are in a larger pack to save money....The price I usu pay is < $1.50 per as i buy about 20 at a time. 
And , yes the rechargeables seem to be working well ( since the s/w battery glich was fixed )*** BTW, I'm on day 33 as of today....  Using the GTL and Ultrafire types...and they were about $3-4 each ( good for 2-3 hundred charges), so that's a cheaper way to go if you have easy access to your cameras.
But what many will find ( I did myself yrs ago with the Vuezone system ) that after the "new toy" thing wears off, your battery life will go up as you use them more as originally designed to function.
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R_Lowe
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coastalcarolina wrote:

 

If you want to stick with the Energizer brand that comes with the cameras, here is the 12 pack - the price flucuates between $18 and $22 (roughly $1.58 a battery)
http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-123-Lithium-Batteries-12-Pack/dp/B003FBDC1A/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1...

 


Actually, those you mention above sound like to a great compromise to what are probably loose batteries I proposed from Battery Junction.  The only thing - and pardon my ignorance -- but will these fit in our cams?  The picture of them makes them appears squarish in size (as opposed to the round CR123s in our cams).

Energizer 123s

 

 

coastalcarolina
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Yes those will fit.  All Energizer 123 batteries are of the same round type and same specs.  I have that same Energizer 12 pack from when I had Netgear's Vuezone system.

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5 Arlo cameras, 2 Foscam FI9826s
R_Lowe
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coastalcarolina wrote:

Yes those will fit.  All Energizer 123 batteries are of the same round type and same specs.  I have that same Energizer 12 pack from when I had Netgear's Vuezone system.


I appreciate that and logic told me that the same series of batteries should all be shaped the same, but that picture still makes them look rectangular or symmetrical to me.  So they're round; gotcha.  Thank you very much.

dwr65
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thx Battery Junction was/is the best option for OEM batteries i could find, my Arlo kit came w/Duracell CR123's and i just ordered additional batteries from Battery Junction at a reasonable price...!

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ELIESCORNER
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WHAT BRAND ON EBAY DID YOU USE AND WHAT SELLER PLEASE?

TomMac
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Agree that I also got the best prices with good shipment time from Battery Junction... Think I also paid 1.35 per.

 

But with half of my cameras ( the inside ones ) that are used for security when out, I find I'm getting 5-7 months on the OEM cells.

 

Other ones I'm getting just at 4 months per set.  All cams are on high quality video.

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Vallorie
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Is the Energizer brand sealed individually and when you change on camera's batteries do you have to change them all - I just got mine so not sure how it works

 

Vallorie

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Vallorie wrote:

Is the Energizer brand sealed individually and when you change on camera's batteries do you have to change them all - I just got mine so not sure how it works

 

Vallorie


Yes, they are individual units,

Yes you must change them all ( my tests show low voltage on all cells when depleted, and very close to 2.75v (they are 3.2 when new ))

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Vallorie
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thank you for your response -- this community is such a great benefit -

 

Vallorie

Model: VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera
JamesC
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I would like to thank you for your posts and contributions! I want to make sure you take a look at an article outlining best practices when it comes to batteries. For those involved in this discussion I encourage you to review Remember these golden rules for your Arlo camera batteries along with BATTERY WARNINGS AND SAFETY.
 
Thank you for sharing! 
 
JamesC

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Vallorie
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I just brought from Amazon Streamlight 85177 CR123A Lithium Batteries, 12-Pack by Streamlight - so what batteries are the best that will last longer -- I don't even use my cameras much and especially the one in the basement that is only now 9% - do I now have to change all the batteries and what batteries should I get from Battery Junction -- the more I use this system the sorrier I am getting - should I get Duracell CR123 from Battery Junction and what is OEM?

 
Vallorie
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TomMac
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Vallorie wrote:

I just brought from Amazon Streamlight 85177 CR123A Lithium Batteries,

Vallorie

The ones you just bought are PRIMARY non-rechargeable lithium cells.... they are basicly the same as the originals that came with the camera and you should see the same lifetime use as with the OEMs ( energizer I believe )

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Vallorie
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lifetime use as with the OEMs???? I don't know what this means -- what batteries should I buy that will last longer -- I was told batteries should not be recharged for these cameras

 

Vallorie

Model: VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera
TomMac
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Vallorie wrote:

lifetime use as with the OEMs???? I don't know what this means -- what batteries should I buy that will last longer -- I was told batteries should not be recharged for these cameras

 

Vallorie


They ( the NON rechargeable PRIMARY cells ) like the ones that came with the camera , will last just as LONG as the ones you just bought !

Of all the PRIMARY cells from known companies the differences are so minor you wouldn't  see it in the end use .

 

PRIMARY cells DO NOT get recharged, they get thrown away when use up.

 

 

 

I get 4 months on best video with most of my cameras with normal use and up to 7 months on my low usage cameras with the PRIMARY cells...

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