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How long do batteries last in trail cameras

Discussion in 'Trail Cameras' started by Huntzilla, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. Huntzilla

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    Hey guys, I put out 6 trail cameras 4-6wks ago. I powered them with alkaline batteries. I left my bag which had all kinds of stuff for my trip at the boat ramp and got a ticket coming home so I've been out $300 bucks from that one trip. Just saying if I'm most likely good and can pass on the batteries I obviously don't want to spend the money. However, if you guys think I shouldn't chance it I'll buy some.


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  2. Christine

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    What kind of cameras?

    Some cameras eat batteries faster than others.

    Video mode will use up a lot more battery too.



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    What camera. Video or pictures. What is the delay between pictures/videos. Are they on feeders or trails, food plots. If video, how long are the videos.
    I would think for pictures you should be ok. If you are not going to check them for another 4 to 6 weeks I would be worrying. Depending on the camera brand and settings. I would bring batteries anyway. You can get cheap alkaline batteries from Wal-Mart and many other places. Some will have more activity any may need changing.

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    Depends on the camera. Some will last up to a year. Here's a tip for you for later, consider switching over to rechargeable batteries. Yes, there is a little bit of investment up front but they pay for themselves very quickly.

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    Best battery deals going. This is at Home Depot. I get the Energizer ones out of peace of mind. But the Rayovac is a 60 pack. If you check cams often like during the season you can't beat that deal on the Rayovacs!

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    Look at Menards for batteries because they always seem to have deals going on.

    My Covert's batteries last about a year while a couple of my others I'm lucky to get 3 months. It all depends on the brand and the camera's settings.
     
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    Generally it has less to do with time and more to do with number of pictures taken. Then it varies between camera brands and models. I have cameras that take 4, 6, 8 or 12 batteries at a time. Obviously the number of pictures on a set of batteries will vary greatly. Type/brand of batteries will also make a difference. The Rayovac are cheaper per battery but my experience is that you get less pictures out of those than you do with an Energizer or Duracell.
    I also have went rechargeable and have saved hundreds of dollars over the last few years on batteries, not to mention there's much less waste with rechargeable's.
     
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    Like lots said it depends on the camera. I have a browning camera that takes 300 pictures a week that is now going on 14 months on a 8 Lithium batteries. The covert Code Black cell cam would burn through the lithiums in 2 weeks. For me in the long run though lithium batteries are less expensive over time than the alkaline batteries. Lithiums last for over a year generally and alkaline batteries usually last 3 to 4 months on average for me.
     
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    I have been running rayovaks in my cameras with good results most of my cameras i change them in august and last until spring. I had a stealth cam that was almost underwater this spring from a beaver dam that got built and when i pulled it 3 weeks ago i had 3,600 pics over 10 months and still running on 8 rayovaks.
     
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    Wow!! I may have to give them a try. The Energizers now last me like 12-14 months in my Wildgame Axe 5 cams. I get like 30 photos a week or so. I may have to try the Rayovacs just to experiment.


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    Alright I failed to mention its on public ground so every camera I have cost less than $25 bucks lol most are Wildgame innovations but I do have a browning thrown in the mix. Also they are just on some trails with no bait. Just saying not expecting too much traffic on them. Although I would be very happy if there was.


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    I get about 3000 pics on a set of batteries in my browning.
     
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    Highly depends on the camera. I only run the cheapest Rayovacs I can find. My Stealth G30's can get 10k+ pics, I've got probably a dozen of them out now that have been running on the same batteries since March and they are all like 70%+ right now still. My G42's definitely eat up batteries a bit faster. They tend to go for 5k-7k pics maybe over 3 months or so before they are done.
     
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    I usually use Rayovacs unless another brand is on sale. I replace them at the end of late season, and they last the remainder of the winter, I replace them again in the Spring and maybe once more during the summer. The batteries are still good when I do replace them, I just do it to play it safe. The batteries I take out go home and into the battery drawer for the kids toys or remotes.
     
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    That's what I'm seeing with my G42s as well.
     
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    I can get about 25,000 pic's out of our Reconyx. We use Energizer Lithium.
     
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    You shud be good till September at least.
     
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    Pics batteries last an entire season. Video half a season.
     
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    My moultrie using c batteries seem to last forever on photo mode. At least two years. My Wildgame innovations using AA batteries seem to die in a couple months.
     
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    My first Radix camera has 8,000+ pics on 4 lithiums so far and still shows about full charge......
     

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