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Like many other home devices, the Blink smart home security camera uses batteries. You will need to know how to change the batteries in the Blink camera when they finally give out.
You may need to replace the battery on your Blink security camera if it suddenly runs out of power. Changing batteries on Blink cameras is intuitive and user-friendly; however, the process may vary depending on your device or model.
Power outages are the last thing you want when monitoring your home security system. You can tell when your Blink camera batteries need to be replaced and find alternatives to keep you monitoring longer. To optimize the battery life of your Blink camera, I will examine how to change the batteries and some troubleshooting tips.
What Type of Batteries Do Blink Cameras Use?
With everyday use, Blink cameras, excluding the Blink Mini, should last up to two years on two AA lithium batteries. However, environmental and usage factors may affect how long your batteries last. Using your camera in high-traffic areas (such as busy streets or sidewalks) will drain your battery more quickly.
In addition, Blink recommends that you use only lithium batteries and avoid alkaline or rechargeable batteries, which could significantly reduce the life and functionality of your camera.
How To Change Batteries In Blink Cameras?
We want a simple replacement process when our devices lose power. Our home security monitoring devices are especially important in this regard.
Blink’s cameras are easy to replace, and you can be up and monitoring again within minutes, regardless of the model you’re using.
Blink Indoor and Outdoor Cameras
Once the battery life of the Indoor and Outdoor Blink cameras is depleted, the batteries can be easily replaced. If your Blink outdoor or indoor camera needs batteries, follow these steps:
- Both models have a back cover that contains the batteries and serial number (required for initial setup).
- Removing any mounts or attachments from the device is important before removing the back cover.
- Removing the silicone protective cover over the fastening screw on some devices is necessary. Once the screw is loose, turn it counterclockwise.
- Depending on the device, you may have to pry the back cover off with one hand gently. It is necessary to replace two AA lithium batteries once the cover has been removed.
- Before reattaching the back cover, ensure your replacement batteries are oriented correctly.
- Align the back cover of the device with the device after you’ve replaced the batteries. When the screw is snug, turn it clockwise until it is tight.
Blink XT and XT2 Cameras
The process is similar for Blink XTs and XT2s, but some differences apply:
- Locate the gray switch with an arrow pointing downwards (on the back cover).
- To do this, slide the gray switch downwards and hold it in the direction of the arrow. Pull up the battery cover with your thumb while sliding down. This step may require gentle force since the XT and XT2 are airtight.
- In both the Indoor and Outdoor models, you replace the batteries after removing the back cover. Batteries are required for the XT and XT2.
Alternatively, Blink offers the Blink Mini, powered by a Micro USB connection, and does not require batteries.
Battery replacement is not necessary if you own a Blink Mini. Blink Mini uses a Micro USB connection, unlike other models. Because of this, there are no batteries required for the Blink Mini.
What Effects Blink Camera Battery Lifespan?
I’ll examine some factors that could affect the battery lifespan of your device before examining how to replace it.
The lifespan of lithium batteries
The energy efficiency of lithium batteries makes them last eight to ten times longer than alkaline batteries. According to Blink, normal use is 15 hours of recorded video events (including live view and motion-activated recording). Battery life can also be reduced by certain battery-intensive features, including:
Enhanced Motion Clip Recording:
Motion-detecting Blink security cameras automatically record events when they detect motion. While recording, cameras consume a large amount of battery power, rapidly draining your battery. Users can lower the camera’s sensitivity to reduce the frequency of motion recordings.
Using Live View:
Mobile devices can access video feeds from Blink cameras using the “Live View” feature. While a live view is helpful, it also drains your battery since it keeps the camera “active.”
You must have at least three bars of signal strength when connected to your Wi-Fi network with your Blink cameras. In the case of a weak wireless connection, your cameras will use more battery power to maintain a stable signal.
Blink Camera Battery Issues
Several things need to be verified before trying to fix your device. First, ensure that you use two new lithium batteries with your device, even if only one battery appears to be depleted. It can cause errors with your camera if you use a new battery next to an older one, even if it still has sufficient charge. Despite replacing the depleted battery, users have experienced low battery messages on their devices.
Quickly Draining Battery
Blink users often experience rapid battery drain with their batteries. The lithium batteries in your camera are expected to last up to two years; however, their lifespan can be reduced significantly depending on how you use them. You can extend the life of your battery by following these tips:
In the Blink Home Monitor app, you can adjust the sensitivity if your device continuously sends motion detection notifications or triggers false alarms. You can lower your camera’s sensitivity by opening its settings and moving the “Sensitivity” slider to “Low.” That will not only improve battery life but also reduce false alarms.
Remote access to your Blink camera’s footage via “Live View” is a selling point for many users. However, this feature can also negatively impact your battery life. You can improve your battery performance by using live view only when necessary.
As security cameras monitor your house for suspicious activity, you should know when and how to change the batteries.
Changing batteries on your devices can sometimes be a hassle. Blink devices, however, make this process relatively simple and quick. Powered by two lithium batteries, Blink cameras provide homeowners with consistent and reliable security monitoring for up to two years.