When picking a solar power kit for a security camera, What are some factors to consider?

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First, You need to know:

  • How much power your camera communications and switching consumes
  • How long it needs to run per day
  • The voltage of each device, the wattage, and the amperage (if you have two of the three you can determine the third with Ohms law calculator)

Second, What size solar kit do you need? 

This is determined by your usage. To figure this out, add the following information together so that you know your usage at each voltage. 12, 24, or 48 volts.

All of these are used to come up with the voltage of each device and the wattage and amperage.

Third, You Need to Know:

  • Where you will install the solar panel and how much sunlight it will receive.
  • Where is in the country is your installation, this helps to determine the size and capacity of the solar panel and battery. Southern Florida (zone 5) does not get the same power from the sun than Seattle ( Zone 1) This will affect the efficiency and performance of the solar power kit.

Fourth, You Need to Know:

  • What kind of weather conditions your solar power kit will face and how durable it is. This will ensure that your solar power kit can withstand rain, snow, wind, dust and other elements. Also, your battery is sensitive to temperature so if you are in zone 1 or 2 you need to make sure that your battery box is insulated to extend the life of your batteries.


By knowing these factors, you can pick a solar power kit that suits your security camera needs.