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Post by NantucketShedHunter on Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:29 pm

I run 11 trail cameras 24/7/365. That's a lot of AA batteries to be constantly feeding those hungry cameras especially in the winter when the cold drains them so fast.

I recently bought 288 AA batteries for $89. That should last me for a while.
What do you guys (and girl) do about batteries for your trail cameras? Do you buy in bulk?
Here's the site I got the batteries from-

http://www.medicbatteries.com/

Here's my bulk purchase
24 AA's in each package-



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Post by ray12 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:00 pm

Nice That should last you awhile !! I usually just buy a pack of batts everytime i go to walmart most of my cameras use 4 C cell batteries and i usually have a few sets of batteries around.. I usually go with the rayovac batteries to since they seem to last just as good as the other brands

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Post by J.K. on Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:25 pm

Don't think you'll go battery shopping for a while mrgreen

I usually just get them as I need em. I Only use rayovac AA's and most of the time for C's, and sometimes use the cheap dollar store D batteries.

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Post by Sodbuster on Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:41 pm

I like externals, but I get my batteries (including lithiums) free now.

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Post by NantucketShedHunter on Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:48 pm

I use rechargeable externals for two of my cams. It's so much easier to use internals, though.

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Post by mrtrailcam1 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:58 pm

Some cams burn thru battery's, and I have never had luck with my c or d cell cams for battery life. These covert cams just run and run on a set of AA's

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Post by NantucketShedHunter on Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:08 pm

I had a Cudde Capture white flash that took only 100-150 pictures on a set of $10 D cell batteries. That was rediculous.

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Post by GHOSTMAN on Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:48 pm

The component quality used in electronic devices has a great deal to do with battery sustainability. Many components for example like a capacitor of poor grade quality will drain a battery quicker than a high quality one not to mention crap out and leave you wondering why the camera died so quick.
You get what you pay for or if it looks to good to be true it usually is.

Depending on sizes of components ( i.e. capacitors) will have a bigger draining effect than the smaller size. This isn't rocket science but, from my years as a General class Ham operator having to know electronics and build things from just a plain circuit board buying new junk components from China resulted in very poor results and longentivity to say the least.

You ask, what's that got to do with batteries? A whole lot believe me. My H70 & W220's slave bank eats the lower grade batteries like nobody's business. High drain component with a voltage loving capacitor to make the flash work. Here, the capacitor grade isn't the only drain, it's the size of it is too.
Big flash = Big drain + recharge drain.

Other factors are results of battery life such as what setting you have the camera operating on i.e. delay time, 24 -7 operation, rapid fire, long video's, picture count and ambient temps. The SG560 I have does a pretty decent job with a good 30' IR circle of light on 8 NiMH rechargeable AA's.

Buying batteries in bulk like Shedhunter did is the smart move. In my case I'd have to supplement other battery banks that drain power quicker with higher priced Lithium's as long as that component can handle the higher voltages OR use higher and lower grade alkalines. NiMH rechargeable's are another choice if you can visit the camera every couple days or so if on a heavy use setting.

I use external 6v and 12v SLA's on my commercial units if equipped to do so. These allow me to set video's at 40 sec or greater or set the delay shorter etc. Another consideration to make is not everyone has the same land to utilize. Having a bunch of folks wandering around in mobs and steal everything they see that's not theirs is another issue. Cover and concealment is top priority right up there to battery life in this case.

I use Eveready if possible and Duracell as second choice. I'm getting ready to make a major NiMH battery and smart charger purchase. I figured the homebrews, Acorn, extender trigger controller need AA, AAA and C cells. I figured I'd need to buy around 50 AA's, 36 AAA's and 9 C cells. The amount was derived for a full load out and a re-load in the waiting for the change out, usually done on a weekly basis.

A smart choice on batteries and camera settings are more crucial nowadays especially if you have to drive miles away to check your cams now that "Obama gas" is near $4.00 a gallon or more again. RRRRRRrrrrrrr.........

Here's the link to my selected NiMH batteries to purchase soon.


http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=imedion&linkCode=ur2&tag=mbjweb-20&url=search-alias%3Delectronics


At what voltage do you consider your batteries non useable in your trail cams?
I can them for trail cam use when they are at or near 1.40v. I found them to be unreliable or one will breakdown faster than the others causing....... you guessed it, dead camera all week long. No more of that disgust.

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Post by mrtrailcam1 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:27 am




At what voltage do you consider your batteries non useable in your trail cams?
I can them for trail cam use when they are at or near 1.40v. I found them to be unreliable or one will breakdown faster than the others causing....... you guessed it, dead camera all week long. No more of that disgust.
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The new rayovacs alkaline spec at 1.57 volts out of the pakage so when I pull them from say the moultrie/wgi when the cams have stopped working and re-checked them 1.32-1.38 volts which depending on outside temps and settings the cams may only run for weeks.

New lithiums are 1.8 volts and work well but the battery meter on the cam may show say 50 percent but the cam is not working

I have tried re-chargeable battery's but the voltage new and full charge is only 1.2 volts

So depending on the individual cam maker specs you can see how voltage can play a role in how your cam may work,in some of my cams directions it states not to use certain battery's ...yes your cam may work but maybe just not as efficient

I run alkaline batts in my coverts the red 40 and the black 60 ran from July thru jan on one set of alkaline and still showed some bars on the power meter,that's power I can afford.
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Post by scoot12 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:12 pm

All I use is Ray O Vac batteries, I have had great luck with them. Scoot

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Post by GHOSTMAN on Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:08 pm

What's the difference in the pro version than the regular Ray O Vac's

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Post by J.K. on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:01 pm

I think that the Pro version is made more for Low Draw electronics. Remotes, Mp3's etc. I usually get more life out of the regular rayovacs than I do the Pro.

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Post by Sodbuster on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:54 pm

GHOSTMAN wrote:What's the difference in the pro version than the regular Ray O Vac's
The batteries I get are through the local Airport and they use Ultra Pro Ray-o-vac in all their equipment that doesn't use AA (they use lithium AA). I have not put them to the test yet. When I get the Moultrie d-333 I'll put the C's to the test. I have used the Ultra Pro AAA in a Moultrie handheld viewer since christmas and they're still going strong.

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Post by GHOSTMAN on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:44 pm

I think I read something they were charged at a higher rate than the other style is.

What voltage are you guys ditching your alkalines? 1.2, 1.3, 1.4??????

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Post by NantucketShedHunter on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:07 pm

I usually chuck mine at 1.3.

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Post by trailcamgal on Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:04 pm

I usually pick up a pack when I need them from work. Since both the Moultrie and the Bushy take AA's. I am running Energizer Lithium in both camera's....

I like the idea of buying in bulk though!!!!

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Post by GHOSTMAN on Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:30 am

I didn't find the 288 for 89.00 SH. I see them for 109.00. You must've cleaned them out brah!

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Post by NantucketShedHunter on Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:48 am

They went up right after I bought my lot.

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Post by GHOSTMAN on Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:51 am

NantucketShedHunter wrote:They went up right after I bought my lot.
Maaaaaaaaannnnnn!!!! You need to hand down the discount code so we can get them for that too then.
lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

I went ahead and got the 96 AA's and 72 AAA's for $69.00. These will hold till the Imedion purchase. I gotta find those other Mason jars I buried in the back yard in the 80's.Thanks for the link brah, I picked regular shipping and have you a picture back when they arrive.
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Post by NantucketShedHunter on Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:22 pm

Some batteries they don't ship free. What cams of yours run on triple A's, G-Man?

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Post by GHOSTMAN on Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:22 pm

The repetitious having to sign in after editing or a 3 min duration typing or picture adding on this site is wearing my old a$$ out. Man o man.

I selected the lot that had the shipping charge of course. $5.25 wasn't very bad though.

All of my Brews utilize AAA's for something.

The S600 uses 5 AAA's.
The S600-V3700 (not married) extender uses 8 AAA's.
The DXG 567V uses 3-AAA's, 2-C's and a 12v SLA.
W220 uses 3-AAA's 3-AA's and 8-AA's for the slave.
H70 uses 3-AAA's 3AA's and 8-AA's for the slave.

Acorn and Stealth XT are on 6 or 12v external rechargeable SLA's.
SG560 has 8 niMH AA rechargeable's.

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Post by GHOSTMAN on Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:35 pm

NantucketShedHunter wrote:I run 11 trail cameras 24/7/365. That's a lot of AA batteries to be constantly feeding those hungry cameras especially in the winter when the cold drains them so fast.

I recently bought 288 AA batteries for $89. That should last me for a while.
What do you guys (and girl) do about batteries for your trail cameras? Do you buy in bulk?
Here's the site I got the batteries from-

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Here's my bulk purchase
24 AA's in each package-


Thanks for the link SH, I got my haul in today brah! 96 AA's and 72 AAA's until the Imedions arrive later on.

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