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Old 08-13-2019, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Covert BlackHawk Camera - Do You Really Need Batteries with External Power Source?

I'm getting ready to deploy my new Covert Blackhawk LTE camera. I'm going to power it from a 12v battery maintained by a solar panel. I have the 12v to 6v converter cable. Do I need to install any batteries? I called Covert support and they said. "We're told to tell people they need to use rechargeable batteries with external power sources". Sounds like they're being paid by Duracell to me...

Do I need batteries or can I truly go without with my setup?
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:12 AM   #2
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:19 AM   #3
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Most here, including me, just use Amazon high capacity rechargeable AAs and skip the 12v battery. Works like a charm


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Old 08-14-2019, 06:34 AM   #4
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Most here, including me, just use Amazon high capacity rechargeable AAs and skip the 12v battery. Works like a charm


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With these batteries, its honestly the easiest thing to do. Theyre not much more than a 12 volt battery and you dont need a converter cable, or have to worry about your camera frying.
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:42 AM   #5
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I think you need 4 internal batteries to power up the camera. I use 12 Amazon Basic high capacity rechargeable batteries and the Covert solar panel with a 6 volt rechargeable battery in its pouch. Haven’t dropped below 90% charge yet.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:13 PM   #6
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Looks like Ill have to test and report back. Will try to do it in the next few days.


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Old 08-14-2019, 09:26 PM   #7
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It’s hard to answer this question without knowing how it was designed electrically. You will just have to test and find out.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:38 PM   #8
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If the camera will turn on with external plugged in and no AAs in it, then yes it will work that way. IMO, rechargeable AAs inside are worth doing though.


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Old 08-14-2019, 10:46 PM   #9
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I have the Lifepo 6.4v batteries with the solar charger (from the website) I switched from using batteries a while back. It’s been great so far.
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:40 PM   #10
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I tested it today. With an external power source you do NOT need rechargeable or any batteries in the camera.

I think Covert tells everyone to put batteries in the camera as most people are using a small solar panel as the external power source.


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Old 08-17-2019, 11:21 AM   #11
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The advantage of having internal batteries is if you external battery dies or something chews your wire to external battery, your camera will start working off the internal batteries.
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Old 08-17-2019, 11:29 PM   #12
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The advantage of having internal batteries is if you external battery dies or something chews your wire to external battery, your camera will start working off the internal batteries.


Great point! Those pesky critters can be pretty destructive.


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