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Contributors to this thread:
fastfoodplots 08-Mar-19
Timbow 11-Mar-19
Mad Trapper 11-Mar-19
BullBuster 11-Mar-19
MilkweedManiac 12-Mar-19
Timbow 12-Mar-19
BullBuster 12-Mar-19
Slam38 13-Mar-19
Shiras42 13-Mar-19
BullBuster 13-Mar-19
Trophyseeker 13-Mar-19
Farmer chuck 13-Mar-19
BullBuster 14-Mar-19
Trophyseeker 14-Mar-19
Trophyseeker 14-Mar-19
Trophyseeker 14-Mar-19
08-Mar-19
Anyone have any experience with Cuddeback's Cuddelink cameras? I like the idea of being able to check multiple cameras by only checking one and not needing a data plan. I haven't been overly impressed with some of their cameras in the past, but figured I'd see if anyone had experience with them before picking any up.

From: Timbow
11-Mar-19
I ran 8 of them this year and they did great. The system is very convenient and signal is much better than I expected.

From: Mad Trapper
11-Mar-19
How reliable are they in timber?

From: BullBuster
11-Mar-19
Mine cut through a 1/3 mi of very thick timber and over a slight slope and did fine. However, when the snow in the trees got heavy, i lost signal. Otherwise very happy with my 8 camera set up. Now if only that big tom would return while i'm there......

12-Mar-19
I'm running 8 of the J1415s and my only complaint has been the inconsistency of battery drain. Some cameras will last 2 months on AA Alkaline (Energizers), and some will only last a couple of weeks. I think this has to do with where they are located in the daisy chain, or in lower reception areas where they are really doing overtime to relay the pictures back to another camera down the line.

I had one camera eat 12 Lithium Ion Energizers in a month. Then I had one cause a battery explosion inside.

Cuddelink repaired the camera promptly, so no issues with CS.

I recently purchased two of the solar panels for them and am testing them through the shorter, colder days. So far they are a month in and doing nicely.

Also, a set of Eneloop rechargeable batteries will last a couple of months during cold weather I have learned.

From: Timbow
12-Mar-19
I've had no problems in timber and mine go through a couple hundred yards of thick stuff no problem. I've also had a few issues with inconsistent battery life but they came out with a new battery pack that bolts to the back that converts them to D cells and is supposed to double battery life. I'm going to pick up a few of those to try out this year.

From: BullBuster
12-Mar-19
When I updated the software it did improve battery life. Still an issue when cold.

From: Slam38
13-Mar-19
I sold over 200 of them this year and no complaints . Most people wanted the IR over the blackout. If anyone serious about getting some just PM me and we will see what we can do

From: Shiras42
13-Mar-19
Can you do the relay without the cellular link? Just have a base camera and have all the others transmit to that camera and then would not need to intrude on the other areas except to change batteries? I guess what I am asking is can you avoid buying the $400+ unit and just run the less expensive units that you can buy in four packs?

From: BullBuster
13-Mar-19
I don't remember prices but i don't run with cell. none in my area. cameras all send to home unit.

From: Trophyseeker
13-Mar-19
Yes. The J cameras which are in the 4 packs will transmit to whichever unit you designate as the home. You can then physically check that sd card without a cellular plan.

From: Farmer chuck
13-Mar-19
My experience with cuddeback cameras was not very good.picture quality was poor especially at night. Is the picture quality of these cameras any better.

From: BullBuster
14-Mar-19
Night are still poor compared to my Bushnell.

From: Trophyseeker
14-Mar-19

Trophyseeker's embedded Photo
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Here is a couple night photos from the J camera in the IR version. These are the thumbnail photos that were emailed from the camera.

From: Trophyseeker
14-Mar-19

Trophyseeker's embedded Photo
Trophyseeker's embedded Photo

From: Trophyseeker
14-Mar-19

Trophyseeker's embedded Photo
Trophyseeker's embedded Photo

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