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#6225595 - 03/16/16 01:38 PM DIY Camera solar panel
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Looking to put a solar panels on the cameras to conserve battery life. Moultrie sells one for roughly 90$ but I could do the same with a $25 wgi solar panel for a feeder. Just need to put the proper connector in line to the camera. Anyone done this or know of the correct size connector? Radio shack has 6 different sizes of the co-axial power plug.

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#6226070 - 03/16/16 08:22 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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The way they are making TC now days a set batteries 6 to 9 months, no need for solar panels anymore.

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#6226361 - 03/17/16 06:55 AM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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Loc: Burleson Texas
Look around your house and junk drawers. You can probably find a few with the right size connection. The tighter connection the better. That is what I did on all of mine. I also picked up the cheap wildgame solar panels. Main thing is when you wire it make sure you have the correct positive and negative leads connected to the right place or the the camera goes "poof".
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#6226374 - 03/17/16 07:08 AM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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This is the one I use on Covert cameras RadioShack 4.0x1.7mm Coaxial DC Power Plug (2-Pack) Catalog #: 2741532 $3.49.
Or buy this one premade http://www.cabelas.com/product/stealth-cam-10-ft-battery-cable/745942.uts#BVQAWidgetID


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#6226602 - 03/17/16 10:05 AM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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Loc: Valley View, TX
Originally Posted By: mooney_ag
Looking to put a solar panels on the cameras to conserve battery life. Moultrie sells one for roughly 90$ but I could do the same with a $25 wgi solar panel for a feeder. Just need to put the proper connector in line to the camera. Anyone done this or know of the correct size connector? Radio shack has 6 different sizes of the co-axial power plug.


It's not just a solar panel - it has a re-chargable 12v battery & a charge controller in there as well. gonna be a bit over $25.

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#6227141 - 03/17/16 05:33 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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I put solar panels on mine and a feeder battery. Been going on 3 years never had to replace or recharge a battery.
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#6227144 - 03/17/16 05:35 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: oldoak2000]
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Originally Posted By: oldoak2000
Originally Posted By: mooney_ag
Looking to put a solar panels on the cameras to conserve battery life. Moultrie sells one for roughly 90$ but I could do the same with a $25 wgi solar panel for a feeder. Just need to put the proper connector in line to the camera. Anyone done this or know of the correct size connector? Radio shack has 6 different sizes of the co-axial power plug.


It's not just a solar panel - it has a re-chargable 12v battery & a charge controller in there as well. gonna be a bit over $25.



no charge controller. $25 panel straight to the battery then battery to the camera. I sell the batteries so I only had to pay the solar panel but even at $15 for a battery its light years ahead of having to change batteries or worry if they're still good. I hate when when they decide to pop and get acid all over your tc.
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#6244359 - 04/01/16 12:26 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
Steve Sylvester Offline
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Lithium batteries are the way to go with any cam. On average you'll get a season out of them (unless your setup over a feeder) and you don't have to worry about theft or damage.
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#6246801 - 04/03/16 08:56 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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I built my own external battery solar packs. The batteries run around $5, the panels $6, the box $4. They have last about 2 and a half years now.









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#6247142 - 04/04/16 09:05 AM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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I made mine out of ammo boxes.
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#6247272 - 04/04/16 10:36 AM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: GLC]
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Originally Posted By: GLC
I made mine out of ammo boxes.


That is like the first one I built back in 2013, only used a waterproof boating box. Still working today. My later design was a result of me wanting to find a way to build one under $20.
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#6247416 - 04/04/16 12:15 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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$6 panel and $5 battery?
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#6247732 - 04/04/16 04:21 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: BuckRage]
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Originally Posted By: BuckRage
$6 panel and $5 battery?


Actually the panels I used have dropped in price and are now $4.95 on ebay. Solar Panel on eBay

I use the 9V 2watt 115mm x 115mm x 2mm panels, these panels are actually much stronger then the deer feeder panels which are either 500mA or 1 Watt.

The batteries I use a 6V 4.5mAh (the same as the deer feeder batteries). I get them off of amazon.com in bulk. Right now you can get six for $37.95 ($6.32ea) or 18 for $43.95 ($2.44ea) Here are the links.

http://www.amazon.com/Exit-Sign-Battery-...ref_=pd_ybh_a_2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DI3XACU?psc=1



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#6247799 - 04/04/16 05:05 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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Good prices tag for later.
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#6283640 - 05/02/16 12:39 PM Re: DIY Camera solar panel [Re: mooney_ag]
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Are the wires easy to access on these $4.99 panels?

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