You guys running external batteries… Is it because the property is far away and a pain to replace batteries? I’m consistently getting 2+ months and several thousand pictures on each set of regular alkaline batteries. It’s even better when I run lithiums. I’ve just never seen a reason to go through the trouble of an external battery supply or solar panel, even on properties that required me to put in some effort getting there.
Edit - I just checked the status of one of my cams… SPYPOINT Link Dark… launched on 9-30-2022 and still showing 67% battery life. El cheapo alkaline batteries from rural king or harbor freight.
Are your Italics broke?I don't use AA batteries anymore now that I've gone down this path.
I do still have a few of the older TCs that require AA's, and they will be completely phased out eventually. I only have two of those out now. One for the driveway and one for the home feed station.
All future trail cameras of mine will be Tactacam Reveals. I have three of them now and have no desire in getting anymore. I never used trail cameras prior to 2015. I do not consider myself to be an expert on the topic of trail cameras, however what I've been doing over the past few years seems to be working for me.
I was having a hard time getting AA lithium batteries in bulk through Amazon believe it or not, through my scheduled monthly order, so I went this route for powering up my new Tactacams, which has been a blessing in disguise the way I see it.
The way I do things now should save me money in the long run, and without all the headaches too. Nothing but easy street now.
Far easier for me to maintain my Reveals than any other trail camera I've ever used before, hands down!
Like I mentioned before, I'm very satisfied with the cell-cam solution I went with.
I have both the tactacam and Spartan. The tactacam is cheaper for the original purchase but slightly higher to operate for the year. Spartan cams are more expensive up front but the picture quality is much better. Spartan cams will cost $36 per year (credit purchased from Spartan…$3 per credit and a credit lasts one month) you download Spartans app and it’ll send pics right to your phone. Verizon is $5 a month ($60 for the year)…total cost to run the camera is $96 a year. If you use lithium batteries (as a backup) and purchase their solar panel (they have a internal battery), you won’t have to visit the camera but once a year to change the lithium AA batteries. You can get a security box, and the camera has a GPS built into it and it’s pretty damn accurate. You can also manage all of your settings from your phone or iPad. The saying “you get what you pay for” is very true with cellular cams. I use the cheaper cellular cams (tactacam) near home and use the Spartan in Ohio as it is pretty self sufficient once set up. They also have a Spartan community on Facebook that people post questions/problems and they are answered pretty quick. Customer service is also pretty good. If I was to only have one trail cam, it would be a Spartan.
Even when he's asleep, he looks like he's 2 seconds from ninja choppin' you with that stick
Yes, each Tactacam cell-cam of mine are equipped with both internal & external rechargeable lithium power sources (batteries). I attached the two different methods I use for all to review, however eventually all of them will be configured just like the one you see below within the first photograph.
I was going to create a video on this topic at some point, just haven't gotten there yet. Been a little busy lately.
Power Option #1 - my preferred 'go to' method. Can go for months, up to 6 possibly, depending how busy your camera is, before having to swap out with freshly charged batteries.
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Power Option #2 - This one has the Tactacam Solar Panel with internal lithium rechargeable battery that connects to the Tactacam modular lithium internal rechargeable camera battery, and it does okay as long as the panel gets daily and direct sunlight. It too can go for months before having to swap them out with freshly charged ones however, I usually swap all batteries when I swap out the SD card with this power source setup.
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The weatherproof box for the external battery.
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Amazon is where I purchased the following items that I need and use for all Tactacam Reveals.