Trail Cam Battery Life

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  1. Jeremy/PA

    Jeremy/PA Weekend Warrior

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    Understanding that all cameras, batteries and peoples conditions are different, how long have you had a fresh set of batteries last in a camera?

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    There are a lot of variables, such as the different brands of cameras, weather, how many exposures, and etc. Having said that, I've had some cameras that would do a year on rechargeables. Not all my cameras will do that but I have one that will. It would not be unreasonable to expect at least one year on about any camera with a set of lithiums.

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    We'll, I have a Covert and a Browning Strike Force. They've been in the woods since July 4th, and both still have 100% battery. I put 8 Duracell AA's in each cam.
     
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    Jeremy/PA Weekend Warrior

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    That's awesome!

     
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    Lithiums last a very long time. Especially if the camera is working properly and only taking pictures of game movement and not the grass or sunlight changes.
     
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    Vastly too many variables....number of photos if on burst, video or picture mode, recording audio or no, on a plot or travel through location, model of camera....

    Also depends if cheap alkalines, good alkalines or lithiums are in them.....

    I get anywhere from 3 months to a full year depending on settings and batteries.
     
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    I greatly miss the older cams that took bigger batteries. AA's suck. No lasting ability and just flat quit working when it gets cold. I like to leave a cam out after whitetail season to see what bucks survived and often see the cams "dead" when I retrieve them in late December. Once home and warmed up they suddenly have juice again. Tried lithiums once, they definitely lasted longer but also quit working in the cold. I was really hoping they'd at least work in the cold. All those AA's are also more prone to losing connection if the cam is bumped around. I feel going to AA's was the biggest mistake cam manufacturers ever made.

    Far and away my best cam ever was my old Moultree 550, would easily go a year, and I even used it on a bear bait in the spring. My bear bait attracts crows like you wouldn't believe and results in the camera being triggered all day long. Every 3 days when I put in more bait I'd have around 2000 pics...about 75 were actually of bears. I could leave the same batteries in it and finish out into early winter with it. It took 6 "C" batteries. Perfect sensor setup, it hardly ever took blanks. Did really well in the cold too. I say "did" because a bear finally found it a little too curious and that was its demise. It still turns on and acts like it will work, but never takes any pictures. Probably something to do with the tooth hole in the sensor screen.

    I have a POS Primos (Bushnell) stealth cam that takes 8 AA batteries. I get about 6-8 months out of it. It takes a pic if a mosquito passes gas within 200 yards. It lasts two weeks if I put it on the bear bait...which I do often now that the Moultree is toast, I keep hoping a bear will do me a solid and take an interest in it.
    I recently picked up a Stealth cam, don't have any experience with it yet. Just put it out last weekend. It also takes 8 AA's, I'll find out soon how it does in the cold. It seems to be better for not losing connection if jostled around, but my Primos started out that way too. We'll see what a few months in the sun does.

    So I guess I'm trying to say you can expect 6-8 months out of cams that take AA's, but not if it gets very cold or the camera has the sensitivity that my Primos cam does.
     

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