If your Blink camera keeps draining the battery faster, it could be that you have positioned the camera in a spot that is recording unnecessary motion detection events. Try repositioning the camera to a less busy area. Also, ensure that the camera is not installed in direct sunlight, as high temperatures also deplete the battery faster.
Imagine this: You have just installed new batteries in your Blink camera, and it works fine at the start, but a few days later, your Blink camera shows a red light indicating a low battery.
You might wonder, “How could this be?” If this scenario sounds all too familiar, you are not alone. Investing in a smart security system like Blink is a huge commitment to safety and peace of mind. Still, it can be understandably frustrating when something like this happens.
In this guide, I will delve into the world of Blink camera battery problems: the common concerns, potential causes, and solutions to ensure your cameras are always optimally charged and ready to keep your home secure.
Blink’s advertised 2-year battery life often falls short, as observed. It is like this because of various factors, including high usage, weak WiFi signals, slow internet speed, extreme temperatures, and the use of cheap lithium batteries.
- Continuous motion detection, frequent Live View access, and prolonged recording times might lead to high usage.
- Weak WiFi signals make the camera work harder to keep a connection, which depletes the battery.
- Utilizing the improper battery type speeds up the drainage, and exposure to severe temperatures might influence battery performance.
Your Blink camera’s battery life can dramatically increase by fixing these problems. With that said, let’s dive deep into what makes your Blink camera batteries drain faster.
1. Average Lifespan of the Aftermarket Batteries
I have been using Blink security cameras for quite some time, and like other users, I was initially concerned about the battery life of these devices.
After some research, I discovered that the average lifespan of the aftermarket batteries used in Blink cameras is about 2 years, depending on usage and other factors.
In some cases, users have reported that it lasted around 3 years. It is pretty impressive for a wireless security camera and saves me the hassle of constantly changing batteries.
However, it is important to note that using poor-quality aftermarket batteries can significantly reduce your Blink camera’s battery life and overall performance. You must always invest in high-quality batteries to keep your security system functioning optimally.
2. Motion Sensor Triggering Unnecessarily
Another common cause of Blink camera battery problems is the motion sensor being triggered unnecessarily. By picking up the infrared radiation given off by the bodies of passing people or animals, this function triggers the camera to begin recording whenever motion is detected.
However, this might stress the battery, leading to an earlier depletion than average. You may either modify the motion sensor’s sensitivity or relocate the camera to an area with fewer external disturbances.
3. Extreme Temperature Conditions
I’ve learned that the Blink camera’s battery life suffers badly when the weather is very cold or hot. Blink outdoor camera batteries aren’t heat or cold-resistant, so avoid installing them openly or without any shade.
The camera’s battery always seems to go down quicker in the summer and winter, when the temperature swings are more drastic, where I live.
You had to be aware of these situations and take suitable precautions, such as moving your camera or providing some insulation, to preserve your investment and ensure maximum battery performance.
4. Weak Internet Connection
A slow internet connection might also shorten the Blink camera’s battery life.
The camera’s technology depends on a constant and robust internet connection, which is why this happens. When the connection is poor, the camera can’t perform as well, and the batteries deplete much faster.
Let me explain it more thoroughly:
- Increased data transfer: When you connect your Blink cameras to a weak internet connection, the camera will struggle to transmit the data continuously; thus, it will consume more power each time it tries to send data packets.
- Continuous reconnection attempts: The camera will continuously disconnect and reconnect to establish a stable connection, and this process will require additional power, thus draining the battery faster.
- Increased processing load: Lastly, to compensate for a weak internet connection, the camera must work harder to process and compress data before sending it over to the Blink server. This processing load will require additional power from the battery.
I suggest investing in the long-range router and high-speed internet service with a minimum of 25 Mbps bandwidth and positioning your camera near the wireless router to prevent battery issues brought on by a slow connection.
5. Longer Motion Detection Videos Duration
I have also noticed that the duration of the camera’s motion detection videos can also affect the camera’s battery life.
Here are a few reasons why the longer motion-detected videos consume more power:
- Continuous Recording: Continuous recording requires the camera’s processor, memory, and storage to be actively engaged, which consumes significant power.
- Data Processing: The camera will have to compress the recorded video before sending it to the Blink servers or Sync module. So, the longer the video, the more power it will be required to process.
- Wireless Data Transfer: Longer clips mean larger file sizes, which require more data to be transmitted wirelessly, leading to increased power consumption.
When the camera records longer motion clips, it consumes more battery power, leading to a quicker drain. To tackle this issue, you must take some action, like shortening the length of motion clips in the Blink app settings.
- Related content: Resolve Blink camera’s motion detection issues
This way, you can still capture important events without putting unnecessary strain on the camera’s battery.
Sometimes, my Blink camera gets armed for no apparent reason. It turns out that when the camera is armed, its motion sensor and other features are constantly active, which puts a considerable strain on the battery.
To prevent the batteries from draining quickly, you should disarm your camera when you don’t need it monitoring your home actively.
7. You are using Live View quite often!
It is crucial to be aware of the impact of using the Live View feature too often on the battery life. Live View allows us to monitor our home in real time through the Blink app, but this convenience comes at a cost.
Frequent use of the Live View feature can cause a significant drain on the camera’s battery. In fact, the more often we access Live View, the more quickly the battery will deplete. It is because the camera must maintain a constant connection with the app, consuming power even when it’s not actively recording or streaming.
I recommended using the Live View feature sparingly, only when it’s truly needed. By being mindful of our usage, we can prolong the battery life and ensure our Blink camera operates as efficiently as possible.
If you have bought the Blink subscription, you should turn OFF the “Extended Live View” feature to save the battery.
- Open the Blink app on your phone.
- Tap on the “Live View” icon on the left-bottom corner of the camera tile.
- Tap on “More.”
- There, you will find the “Extended Live View” feature; just make sure it is Off.
That’s it! These four steps will not let you use the live view feature for more than 5 minutes.
Now I have discussed enough causes of the faster battery drainage and what I recommend to resolve those issues, let me thoroughly guide you with the troubleshooting tips and tricks.
Step 1: Identify the Problem
First, determine the cause of the battery issue. If you’ve received a high usage alert on your phone, the camera’s motion clips and Live View usage may be causing your batteries to drain quickly. If not, check for other possible causes, like poor internet connection or extreme temperature conditions.
Step 2: Implement Solutions
Try repositioning your camera, armed during specific schedules, or adjusting its sensitivity settings for high usage. Invest in a stronger wireless network if the issue is due to a poor internet connection. If temperature is the culprit, consider placing your camera in an ideal location, preferably within recommended temperature ranges.
Step 3: Test and Monitor
After implementing the appropriate solutions, monitor the camera to ensure you have correctly resolved the issue. If battery life has improved, no further action is required. Otherwise, continue troubleshooting and implementing other recommended solutions. Don’t hesitate to contact Blink’s customer support if issues persist.
With that said, now let’s dive deep into troubleshooting techniques.
1. Ensure your Camera is getting Good WiFi Signals
Step 1: Check WiFi Signal Strength
First, open your Blink app and log in. Ensure that your camera’s connection strength is at least three bars. You might need to move your camera closer to your router if it’s less.
Step 2: Change the Router Position
Try positioning your router as close to your Blink camera as possible, preferably within line of sight. It can significantly improve your WiFi signal strength.
Step 3: Remove Obstacles
Limit the number of obstacles between your camera and router. Walls, furniture, and other objects can interfere with your WiFi signal.
Step 4: Update Router Firmware
It’s important to keep your router’s firmware up to date. It can improve signal quality and performance.
Step 5: Consider a WiFi Extender
If your camera is still not getting good WiFi signals, consider purchasing a WiFi extender to boost signal strength in areas where it is weak.
Remember, a strong WiFi signal is essential for your Blink camera to function optimally. Following these five steps can help improve your camera’s connectivity and performance.
Decreasing sensitivity will also prolong the battery life of your Blink cameras.
- Open the Blink app on your smartphone and sign in, if required.
- Go to your home screen within the app and find the camera you want to adjust.
- Tap on the “3 Lines settings icon” above the camera tile to open the Device Settings menu.
- In Device Settings, Select “Motions settings.”
- Inside Motions Settings, locate the sensitivity slider and drag it towards the left to decrease the motion detection sensitivity. The lower the value, the less sensitive your camera will be.
- Tap “Save” to save your changes.
Your Blink camera’s motion sensitivity has now been successfully decreased. It will help conserve battery life and reduce the number of false motion alerts.
3. Set Activity Zones to Prevent unnecessary Motion Detections
Decrease the activity zone areas so the camera won’t save events from the areas you don’t want to monitor, which will also help the battery.
- Open your Blink app and tap the settings icon on the camera you want to adjust. It is essential because every camera might have different areas to monitor.
- In the Device Settings, select the “Motion Settings” option.
- Then select “Motion Zones.”
- You’ll see a grid overlay on your camera’s view in the Activity Zones setting. The active zones are marked in color, while the inactive zones are grayed out.
- Tap on the grid squares to activate or deactivate specific zones. Disable the areas with potentially unnecessary motion, such as tree branches or busy streets.
- Save your settings and test your camera by triggering motion in both active and inactive zones. Adjust your Activity Zones as needed to achieve optimal results.
Following these steps, you can fine-tune your Blink camera’s motion detection and prevent unnecessary alerts.
In conclusion, you can fix the Blink camera battery problems by addressing typical causes, including heavy use, poor WiFi connections, severe temperatures, and altering settings.
Implementing suggested solutions and monitoring the cameras guarantees optimal performance and a trustworthy security system. If you take care of these issues, your Blink cameras will serve you well for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When the battery dies, you may swap it out with another Lithium AA battery. I recommend Energizer Ultimate 1.5v Lithium AA batteries for long-lasting performance.
Ensure you are using new 1.5v Lithium AA batteries and that they are correctly inserted. You can also try power cycling the device by removing the batteries for 10 seconds and reinserting them. If that doesn’t work, try deleting and re-adding the camera from the blink app