Why is there a USB Port on the Camera?

The USB port on the back of the camera can be used with a Micro USB cable and power adapter (not included with your camera) to power your cameras rather than using batteries (for proper safety only use 5V/1A USB power adapters). The benefit to heavy users and cameras with a high number of motion clips is to not drain batteries or require frequent battery replacements.

It is possible to use batteries and the USB cable at the same time, however there are some important points to remember.

  • The Lithium batteries that are included with the Blink system are NOT rechargeable. If the camera is plugged in while the batteries are in the camera – the batteries will not recharge. Also keep in mind, there will be some drain on your batteries even when your device is powered by a USB cable.

  • Please use only 1.5v AA Lithium batteries – DO NOT USE any Lithium-Ion, alkaline, or rechargeable batteries.

  • If the camera is powered by USB with batteries installed and the power goes out, the camera will continue to run on the available battery power. However in this case, if both your Sync Module and WiFi router are not running on backup power, your camera will not function. If only your Sync Module is offline and your WiFi is functional, your camera may still detect motion and record and upload clips for a short time period.

  • If you are going to store your Blink system for an extended time period, we recommend removing the batteries from the cameras.

  • Keep in mind that when power returns, your battery indicator for this camera will display the batteries as ‘OK’ due to the USB power, when the batteries may actually be low or depleted.

  • The Blink Indoor and Outdoor, XT and XT2 feature a rubberized cover over the USB port. Removing this cover makes the camera no longer weatherproof. Furthermore, we cannot warranty devices connected to unreliable, third party power sources, or when weather protection is removed; therefore, it is important to have all devices kept indoors when connected to a power source through the USB port.

Click here to learn how to install and power your camera by USB.



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