Trail cam external battery compatibility
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Contributors to this thread:
DanaC 11-Sep-19
No Mercy 11-Sep-19
wildan 11-Sep-19
'Ike' 11-Sep-19
DoorKnob 11-Sep-19
DanaC 12-Sep-19
Corn bore 12-Sep-19
Corn bore 12-Sep-19
rodb 12-Sep-19
DanaC 12-Sep-19
DIY 14-Sep-19
From: DanaC
11-Sep-19
So, I'm sick of replacing (deleted) AA batteries. I've used alkaline, lithium and rechargeable. They all suck, some more than others. ALL. Won't debate that with ya ;-) That said, I'm looking at 'external' battery packs, and wondering if they all work with all cameras, or are they brand-specific? In other words, can you use a Moultrie battery pack with a Bushnell camera? Etc. etc. Is there a compatibility 'chart'? Or should I just look at the plug and hope for the best? I'd love a formal chart but I'm happy to hear everyone's experiences with cross-brand compatibility or lack of it. Thanks!

From: No Mercy
11-Sep-19
No-don't just plug in. HAHAHA

Check with the manufactures about the voltages each camera requires. Cuddeback is 9 volts, so a 12 volt external battery wouldn't work.

From: wildan
11-Sep-19
I get thousands of videos/pictures with lithium batteries with Browning cameras,the Bushnell's aren't bad either. Just pulled a Browning that was up all summer with 600 20second videos on it and the batteries were still good.Six months in any weather.

From: 'Ike'
11-Sep-19
I've got the Browning's also, same results as above...I also have their external battery pack that I've never had to use...

From: DoorKnob
11-Sep-19
You guys ain't got enough critters or you ain't looking in the right places.

I could drain your batteries any day. what I need is a detector that only turns on the cam when a rack is P&Y or better. Now that would be a thing !

From: DanaC
12-Sep-19
I should have mentioned I shoot video with my cams, suspect the battery drain is a lot greater.

From: Corn bore
12-Sep-19
Yes, I use an external battery with some of mine. You need a cord with the proper end on it to plug into the port on the camera. I bought a battery in a case from moultrie but you can get the same battery for 20 to 25 bucks and you can find the cords by searching the internet( there not easy to find). The batteries are rechargeable and last forever compared to “AA” batteries. They are about 3” by 4” by 8” but as long as they are 12 volt you could use a car battery. The external power ports seem pretty universal across different brands at least the ones I have. If you do it just make sure your voltage is correct.

From: Corn bore
12-Sep-19
Yes, I use an external battery with some of mine. You need a cord with the proper end on it to plug into the port on the camera. I bought a battery in a case from moultrie but you can get the same battery for 20 to 25 bucks and you can find the cords by searching the internet( there not easy to find). The batteries are rechargeable and last forever compared to “AA” batteries. They are about 3” by 4” by 8” but as long as they are 12 volt you could use a car battery. The external power ports seem pretty universal across different brands at least the ones I have. If you do it just make sure your voltage is correct.

From: rodb
12-Sep-19
I prefer to use external 12 VDC batteries with all my cameras. Don't have to worry about low batteries all summer and fall. I use mostly small ones found in riding lawn mowers but I have used car batteries as well.

From: DanaC
12-Sep-19
Found this site, still poiking around

http://www.custom1enterprises.com/custom1enterprises_002.htm

From: DIY
14-Sep-19

DIY's Link
I use these. Put it in the right location facing the sun and you don’t have to deal with dead batteries anymore. Have to make sure the camera uses 12v external power.

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