The USB port on the back of the camera can be used with a MicroUSB cable and power adapter (not included with your camera) to power your cameras rather than using batteries. The benefit of this is heavy users and cameras with a high number of motion clips will not drain batteries and require frequent replacements.
It is possible to use batteries as a backup to the USB cable at the same time, however there are some important points to remember.
The 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.
- Please use only 1.5v AA Lithium batteries – DO NOT USE any alkaline or rechargeable batteries.
If the camera is powered by USB with batteries installed and the power goes out, the camera will run on the available battery power.
If you are going to store your Blink system for an extended time not in use, 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 cable when in fact batteries may be low or depleted.
- The Blink XT features a rubberized cover over the USB port. Removing this means that the camera is no longer weatherproof.