Pro Tip 3 - Camera Battery Types, Levels and the JP Management Portal

Posted by Nigel Kimball 28/10/2020 1 Comment(s) M.I.N.E.™ Trapping Pro Tips,

Camera Battery Types

Most people ask about battery types and what the difference is with them.  We recommend Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries in our cameras for several different reasons. They can be used in extreme hot or cold environments.  These batteries retain power 3-5 times longer than any other battery which is great, the drawback to that is you will not know when they go out.  Reviewing the last 8-12 photos below and look at the P level, the last 5 might be P5 and then the 6th one will be P3 or P0.  This is where you will know that the batteries are all used up.  The camera in the photo below is using Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries and showed a P5 in the last 2 photos and a P3 in the 3rd to last photo received.

 

Using Alkaline batteries of any type will show a slower degradation in power level until they run out. Below is a camera that was using Duracell Alkaline batteries.  Notice the degradation of power level but the last update was 16 days prior with no indication that the batteries were going down.

 

 

Battery ICE 12

 

While it is good to see the power level slowly degrade, Alkaline batteries only last one third (1/3) the time that Lithium batteries do and do not work as well in extreme hot or cold environments. They also tend to leak over time and could cause internal problems with your camera, corrosion will eat away at the springs and will also cause polarity issues and could overheat and melt the inside of the camera, this portion isn’t covered under the camera warranty.

 

6V Battery Box

JAGER PRO specifically designed thier battery box to accommodate for extended use in a field environment and provides a larger external power source capable of operating cameras for extended periods of time (8-12 weeks) without a charge.  The 6v 12Ah battery used with the battery box (sold seperatley) automatically takes over from the internal batteries when it is plugged in.  It will maintain power until it drops to 5.7 volts, then it will revert to the internal batteries.

 

The best way to monitor power levels is to use a multimeter and monitor the power level in the 6V battery box periodically, for example when you are topping up feders.  Once the SLA battery gets to 5.8 volts or lower, swap out or recharge the battery.  If not swapping, during this down tiime is the only time the camera will draw from the internal batteries and if monitored properly can continue use for several years.

 

Battery Levels & the Wireless Portal & App

Here are some things you should know about the battery level on the wireless portal and mobile app.  With the wireless portal and mobile app, many people are looking at it and seeing that they have 5.7 volts but their camera has stopped sending photos.  Even though you look at the website or mobile app and still see 5.7 volts, the system only updates the status report 1 (one) time per day and can be deceiving. Don’t always rely on this report to be accurate, the only part that is accurate is the number of photos the camera has sent to you, Photos Current Month and Photos Lifetime, this part is saved when each photo comes in. The first thing you want to look at is when it was last updated. 

 

In the photo below, you can see the last update was 16/1/2017, the last photo was 26/01/2017, ten days without an update.  The best way to actually know if your batteries have died is to look at the bottom right of the photo for the current power level in your batteries.  P5 is fully charged, anything less and your batteries are starting to die or have died. Below you can see that the third photo is showing P3.

 

 

Battery Levels & the Wireless Portal

 

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