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Power Supplies & Batteries

How to Power Security Camera and Other Devices

There are many different ways to learn how to power security camera systems, and the simplest among them is by powering one camera at a time, either through an individual power supply or by using batteries. If you are highly concerned about the integrity of your security system, you should acquire the appropriate batteries and/or power supply devices that will allow your cameras to function at optimum levels of performance all the time. Your cameras are, after all, the eyes of your security system. Only the correct products can ensure that they remain functional and healthy.

A power supply is a device that allows you to plug into any standard 110v power socket in your house, and use that electricity to regulate the power down to levels that can be withstood by small security cameras. Our power supplies come in 9v, 12v and 24v, which are standard voltage levels for most wired cameras of this type. Other than the fact that these cameras need only a small amount of power to function, there is also the risk of them taking damage if they are fed too much power. However, feed them too little power and they will either malfunction or not run at all.

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So, before you purchase anything, make sure that you know the exact voltage that's recommended for the surveillance cameras you are going to use. Use a 9v power supply for a 9v camera, a 24v power supply for a 24v camera, and so on. For 12v cameras, we have both 500mAh as well as 1000mAh power supplies - what you need depends on your cameras.

If you are unsure, find out the exact CCTV camera power supply voltage from where you acquired your cameras. The exact voltage is crucial to preventing damage to your devices, as well as to keeping them in good working condition. It is the same reason that we require the use of 9 volt Energizer Eveready batteries on the warranty of our Stun Master stun guns. Some devices are just more compatible with others.

There is also the even simpler option of using a wireless security camera power source: batteries. This is especially useful if your CCTV security setup is outdoors, or any place that's far from any existing outlets. This option is best for if you do not need your security cameras operating 24/7. If you need only 8 to 10 hours of surveillance, you can use the remaining hours of the day to recharge your batteries, and ensure that the next 8 to 10 hours are covered. Or, if you need 24/7 surveillance, but can ensure that the batteries are replaced before they run out, then this is the option for you.

Remember that security camera DVR power consumption can very much limit the hours in which the batteries in your cameras are useful. However, a wireless or built-in DVR also allows you to lessen the complicated wiring in your system. It is also the fastest, most efficient solution for singular or small security camera systems.