What batteries do Blink devices use? Are they rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries? Are they Lithium, Li-Ion, or Alkaline? Keep on reading to find out!
If you’re going to store your Blink Security System for a long time, preserve your batteries by removing them from the cameras. Even when not turned on, the cams do drain the battery. Also watch out that when plugged into the USB, because it might indicate the batteries as “OK” but are actually depleted.
The “OK” sign is for the USB power instead of the battery power. So what kind of batteries do blink cameras use? Are they Lithium, Li-Ion, or Alkaline? Keep on reading to learn the truth.
What Kind of Batteries Do Blink Cameras Use?
The kind of batteries Blink Cameras use is Lithium AA batteries (non-rechargeable). It also technically uses alkaline and rechargeable Li-Ion, but they can damage the cams in the long run because they’re incompatible. They can work but alkaline drains easily and both can ruin your devices.
The only way to safely use Li-Ion is by getting a battery pack that serves as an adapter to its Li-Ion battery, turning the power into something compatible with your Lithium AA accepting Blink Cam. The third-party battery pack can only be used in certain cams.
It might not be compatible with the XT and XT2 even though it’s perfectly compatible with Blink Indoor and Outdoor Cameras.
Expected Battery Life for Blink Cams
You can get 2 years of power from the Lithium AA batteries for your Blink XT2, Outdoor and Indoor (Gen 2), and Video Doorbell devices. The 2 years translate to 5,882 seconds of Live View, 4,788 seconds of Live View with two-way talk, and 43,200 seconds of motion-activated recordings.
The cameras work for about 70 seconds per day across the board unless the motion-activated recordings happen regularly, in which case your cams can last much shorter than 2 years. It might even be as fast as 98 minutes to 720 minutes or half a day of non-stop operation.
For Indoor (Gen 1) and XT Blink Cameras, its 2 years of use involves 40,000 seconds (666 minutes nearly half a day if a whole day has 1,440 minutes) of Live View and Motion Clips. This is an average of 50 seconds a day for 2 years.
Things That Can Hurt Battery Life
Several things can hurt the battery lifespan of your Blink Cam. They include the following.
- Slow Internet: Batteries get used up faster when you have a slow Internet speed.
- Extreme Temperatures: Battery performance can get hampered by extreme heat and cold.
- Weak Signal Strengths: Batteries get drained faster due to weak signal strengths between Blink devices or the Wi-Fi connection.
- Incompatible Batteries: Incompatible batteries like rechargeable Li-Ion, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, or alkaline batteries shouldn’t be used. They don’t’ provide sufficient current for cameras and other Blink devices.
- Don’t Use Rechargeable Batteries: Only use Lithium AA 1.5 volt batteries that are non-rechargeable or “disposable”. Otherwise, try your hand at a battery pack that turns its Li-Ion current to match that of a Lithium AA.
Does Blink Have a USB Port for Charging, Data Exchange, or Powering?
The USB port of the Blink Indoor and Outdoor, XT, and XT2 works as an alternative power source. It doesn’t charge your non-rechargeable Lithium batteries. Don’t use it to recharge Li-Ion batteries, those tend to drain easily and could damage your Blink device.
The USB port for the aforementioned Blink Camera models is covered by a rubberized cover. Its removal makes the camera no longer weatherproof so don’t remove it. Additionally, it voids the warranty of your Blink device.
Although we’ve mentioned third-party Li-Ion battery packs, using such power sources also has no coverage under the Blink device warranty.
Working with Blink Camera Adapters
As mentioned earlier, the adapters might make you think you have a full battery while the camera is plugged in. No, that’s just the camera in plugged-in or adapter mode. As soon as you remove the battery, you should have a fairer assessment of your battery’s current remaining charge.
While alkaline batteries aren’t compatible with Blink Cams, USB plugs are. For example, the opening for such plugs is molded right into the Camera Stand.
Installing the USB Power Cable
To install a USB power cable, first, check if it reaches to your camera without it stretching out. Now you can remove the silicone USB port protector on the camera’s back cover to access the port.
Make sure the camera case and adapter plug are free of liquid, oil, dirt, and debris. Insert the micro USB end of the plug into the device. There’s slight resistance because of the form-fitting silicone of the case. You should seat the plug without difficulty regardless.
If you have to force the fit then the plug isn’t seated correctly. Check the plug if it’s held with the correct side up to avoid damaging the port.
After securing the plug into place, check the mounting location’s fit before fitting or mounting the camera relative to the plug. If it’s a tight fit, the USB plug might get pulled away from the camera by accident.
Plug the power adapter to the electrical outlet after securing the cable into the camera. Test if the camera’s working by opening a Live View session or taking a thumbnail image. This will show you if the view is optimal or not.
Adapter and Cable Safety
Keep your USB cable and adapter safe by doing the following.
- Also, avoid forcing the adapter into a power outlet.
- Stop using the cable or adapter if it’s damaged in any way.
- Remember to not expose the Blink adapter or cable to liquids.
- Once installation is complete, check if the connectors are being pulled by a tightened cable. If so, position the camera to a closer spot.
- Check for signs of malfunction such as a burning smell or smoke from the adapter. If this happens, your adapter is incompatible with Blink.
To Be More Precise
Blink only uses non-rechargeable Lithium AA batteries unless otherwise indicated. It easily drains alkaline batteries and Li-Ion rechargeable batteries could damage its ability to work with batteries in the long run unless part of a special rechargeable battery pack.
The cameras of Blink can last barely a day when operating 24/7 but it’s mostly activated in mere seconds by motion events or for monitoring, so it can instead last you up to 2 years. It serves as your warning system when something is amiss that can catch package thieves and burglars in the act.