Trail Camera Switch – General Maintenance
Trail cameras are often left outside in all weather conditions. Freezing, damp, wet weather conditions can cause a build up of moisture, dirt and dust particles on electronic contacts which over time will stop them from working efficiently. Some general switch contacts maintenance will usually clean and restore the contacts and enable your trail camera to continue working as normal again.
Over time electronic switch contacts can also deteriorate (especially in outdoor devices such as trail cameras) and so not operate correctly, in 95% of cases some electronic switch cleaner can be applied and this will clean and rejuvenate the contacts and fix the problem. With regards to a Ltl Acorn trail camera, this could exhibit symptoms such as the camera operating as if it is in ON mode when in fact the switch is set to TEST mode, LCD screen not coming on in TEST mode, or perhaps the camera not working at all.
We use Caig DeOxit D5 to help dissolve corrosion and improve the connections of the switch contacts.
A small spray (do not drown it) of the switch cleaner should be applied to the TEST/ON/OFF switch with the switch in the ON position (using the straw/pipe supplied with the Caig DeOxit D5 can), then move the switch slowly and carefully between each different switch setting about 10-15 times to allow the cleaning fluid to find it’s way to all parts of the switch & contacts. Leave the ltl acorn camera indoors (in the warm house, not in a cold, damp shed or garage) standing upside down, so that the switch is pointing upwards, for a couple of days to allow the cleaner to break down any particles and dry out completely.
The above should be carried out indoors and without any batteries or SD card inside the ltl acorn camera!
Leave it for 48 hours and then try the trail camera again. Make sure you are using fully charged or new batteries (must be at least 2500mA output current) and a fresh SD card that has been formatted in your computer and then inside the camera,
If the above procedure does not fix your Ltl Acorn wildlife camera then it’s a good idea to give the process a second try just in case the switch contacts were particularly dirty and require a second clean.