Do Security Cameras Need Power?

Wireless and powerless are not the same thing. Security cameras still need power even when they are wireless.

August 3, 2021
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By
Kailey Boucher
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Learning and Development Content Writer
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LiveView Technologies

Here is a question you might not know the answer to: Do wireless security cameras need power? While you might assume wireless is essentially the same thing as powerless, that’s actually not the case at all. Even wireless security cameras need a power source to function. While all security cameras require power, not all power sources are created equal. In order to choose the right camera for your needs, it is important to educate yourself on common camera powering options.

Battery power

Battery-powered wireless cameras have become increasingly popular in recent years. One of the main benefits of using batteries to power a camera is that you don’t have to worry about external elements or power outages. As long as the batteries are charged, the camera will keep working. Furthermore, installing battery-powered cameras is easy and affordable. You can place battery-powered cameras just about anywhere since they don’t need to be positioned near an electrical outlet. 

Solar power

Solar panels are a great way to power security cameras because they are affordable, durable, and require minimal maintenance. Other than the cost of solar panels themselves, solar panels basically provide free energy. While generators may run out of gas and other power sources might be susceptible to power outages, solar power is as close to unlimited power as you can get. As long as the solar panels are positioned optimally, the camera will automatically charge when the sun is out. 

Here’s another question you might not know the answer to: How does LiveView Technologies power their cameras? The answer is both of the above—and more! We understand the importance of reliability, so we equip our units with batteries, solar panels, and backup generators. 

LVT Units come equipped with eight solar-powered AGM marine-grade batteries. These batteries are extremely reliable and can last up to three days on a full charge. If for some reason, a unit’s solar panels aren’t getting enough of a charge from the sun and their charge level drops below 25%, the backup generators and power cells kick into gear and make sure the unit keeps running.

There is no way to know when a crime or incident is going to occur, which is why it’s essential for security cameras to be connected to a reliable power source. If you need a reliable security solution that can watch your site 24/7, you need LVT.

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