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How to Install a Solar Panel on a Security Camera

Solar security cameras have started to become popular due to all the benefits they bring in assuring the safety of your home. They are just as efficient as the greatest home security camera system, with the added benefit of being Eco-friendly. If you are considering buying a new solar camera to replace your old camera, you must know that there is no need for a new purchase, as you can solar power your old camera. Follow the steps presented below so that you can turn your security camera system into a solar powered one.

Install the solar panel on the security system

To do so, you will need a solar panel, a solar charge controller, a deep cycle battery, and some cables for the power load. The solar panel is made of photovoltaic cells that absorb the sunlight when they are exposed to direct sun rays and turn the light into electrical power. To make sure you will get the best results, place the solar panel in a sunny place because even the smallest area of shade can result in a lower power generation. Also, the solar panel should be adjusted according to the ground during the year, at a variable angle during winter and summer. This way, the solar panel will be able to retain as much sunlight and offer the highest power generation to run the security camera system.

Connect the solar panel to the charge controller

The electrical power created by the solar panel must be delivered to the cameras through a solar regulator also known as a charge controller. This unit is a small box that controls the level of power that goes into the batteries and adjusts it to a safe level so that there will be no damage to the batteries because of a power too high. Connect the charge controller to the solar panel through a cable, then attach the battery.

Connect the battery to the assembly as well

As for the batteries, these are a special model designed to handle constant charging and discharging and you can choose between two versions, namely a deep cycle or a Li-Po battery. The deep cycle batteries are cheap, have a lifespan ranging from 2 and 4 years and offer a good performance in solar energy storage. The Li-Po model is the best because it recharges very fast, it is lightweight but have a large storage capacity and they discharge more evenly so that the system will not shut down all of a sudden. The Li-Po batteries also have a long lifespan ranging between 5 and 9 years, so the higher price compared to the deep cycle version is a worthy investment. Regardless the model you choose, make sure it comes in a weatherproof housing that will protect the battery from the bad weather.

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