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Gentlemen,
 
Anyone had success with using trail cameras or motion detectors in cold weather? I have used one on my property for surveillance but always have problem with the battery going dead after couple of hours. Its because of the cold I believe, batteries not working. Anyone with suggestions here, what might work?
 
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What batteries are you using? Nicads?
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Cold temperatures adversely affect alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries run on 1.6V and battery life is diminished and alkalines lose up to about half their capacity in sub-freezing weather... I'd say the camera is fine but replacing batteries is a pain in the ass. Most cameras run off of a 6v system so when the camera drops to 5v it will automatically shut down the camera. I'd say try Lithium batteries they run at 1.8V and will last longer but they are also more expensive. Using lithiums over alkaline batteries will give you a brighter flash meaning a better picture because you have more voltage to power the flash. Just something to think about



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Depending on budget and how often you move your cameras you can set up with motorcycle or lawn mower batteries. Motorcycle batteries are better. A battery with a fresh charge and wrapped with any type of insulating material will last yrs. on a camera setup. A little more to carry, but you don't have to worry if you camera is working or not. Keep in mind though, I'm in NC so we don't see sub-zero temps. Good luck!
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