Learn More About the Solar Powered Surveillance Camera
The us of solar powered surveillance cameras allows one to install a camera in remote locations where using cables to supply power to your surveillance cameras are difficult, impractical, or expensive. These kinds of surveillance cameras can be very helpful in monitoring places like oil and gas well sites, border control, parks and recreation, construction sites, parking lots, remote gates, ranches, and other sites that require remote monitoring.
To install solar powered security cameras, you will need the basic components that will provide solar power to your cameras. Here are the following equipments that you will need (other than the camera, of course): A solar panel, a solar charge controller, a deep cycle battery, the proper cables for the power load.
These solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells, which means, when these cells are exposed to sunlight, electron activity is generated, which is captured by a grid of electrical contacts. These panels should be well exposed to sunlight and not shaded. Shading even just a small part of the panel can result to low power generation. It is also best to adjust these panels so that they will face the equator; they should be set to the equivalent latitude of your location plus 15 degrees during winter and minus 15 degrees during summer.
Solar Charge Controllers
A solar charge controller is a small box that controls the amount of charge going into the batteries in order to prevent damage to the battery bank. The electricity from the solar panel is redirected through the solar regulator or charge controller before going in to the battery.
The batteries that are used in solar power system are especially designed to withstand constant discharging and recharging. Your local hardware store can help you find the best one to suit your needs. These batteries should be protected in order to withstand any adverse weather and other environmental conditions. Typical protection used for these batteries are the NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturing Association) boxes.
When choosing cables for your solar powered surveillance camera system, it is important to take the diameter of the cables into consideration. The smaller cables can cause loss of electricity that can heat and causes wires to burn out. If you are planning to put the camera a little bit away from the solar power system, consider using cables with bigger diameters to ensure proper electric flow and safety of the equipment from burning.