Which batteries for my Ltl Acorn wildlife trail camera?

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We hear on a very regular basis of problems and glitches with all brands of trail cameras, over 90% of these issues with regards to the Ltl Acorn trail cameras are caused by lack of power and so are a direct consequence of the batteries being used to run the camera.

First of all we strongly recommend that you do not use Alkaline batteries in your Ltl Acorn camera.  Alkaline batteries are the most readily available and often the cheapest but they will likely cause you endless problems and probably end up costing you a lot more money in the long run when being used with a trail camera.  Here are some reasons why:

1.  Voltage drop, over a relatively short period of time this will cause your camera to stop recording footage at night as there is not enough power to run the infrared array.  You may find that you get shortened or gradually darker and darker images and video.  The power available will mean that your camera cannot utilise it’s maximum infrared capabilities and will possibly even shut off completely.

2. Alkaline batteries are adversely affected by cold weather.  The  can even switch off completely in low or freezing temperatures.

3. Not good for the environment and they are only usable once before needing to be disposed of.  This also means your initial cost saving is lost pretty quickly as you then need to purchase more batteries.

Here is an excellent post on AA batteries and how they can make a big difference to the performance of your Ltl Acorn trail camera:

http://www.ronburyswildlife.com/2015/07/which-aa-batteries-to-use-in-ltl-acorn.html


We use Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA Low Self Discharge AA Rechargeables or Vapex Instant AA Low Self Discharge Ni-MH 2500mA Rechargeables in the Ltl Acorn trail cameras for our own in house testing

Our favoured brand of batteries for the Ltl Acorn cameras is currently the Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA AA Rechargeables followed by the Vapex Instant Low Self Discharge Ni-MH 2500mA AA Rechargeables, the Low Self Discharge technology means that they are ready to use straight out of the packet and, when not in use, lose power at a much much slower rate than most rechargeable batteries.

They are also extremely economical (around £6 for a pack of 4 for the Vapex) not only because of their low price compared to a lot of other rechargeables but also because of their longer life cycle due to the Low Self Discharge technology.  LSD means that over time fewer charges will be required.  With most rechargeables you could take them out of your camera and put them in a drawer, go back to use them again a month or so later and find that they are completely drained of power and need charging.  This is much less likely to be the case with Low Self Discharge batteries.

The real “top of the league” batteries to use in the Ltl Acorn cameras (especially the cellular models) are the Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA Rechargeables – more expensive initially but will run your camera more efficiently and for longer than any other batteries we’ve tested to date.

Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA

Best rechargeable batteries for Ltl Acorn trail cameras.


Battery Tests

Over the next couple of months we are going to be carrying out some basic tests using the Vapex Instant batteries in each of the Ltl Acorn camera models.

The test will use the following parameters:

The cameras will be set to record in Time Lapse mode every 30 seconds.  They will be set to take one image and record one 10 second video clip at 30 second intervals.  The motion sensor will be disabled so that each camera will be doing the same amount of work in each test.  We will report how many images and videos the batteries allowed and at what point the cameras stopped recording.  The cameras will be in complete darkness throughout these tests so the infrared will be used in every recording, this is forcing the camera to use maximum power each time it is triggered.

In 9 out of 10 situations the cameras would not be in infrared mode 24 hours a day, so you can review our test results knowing that you should get more recordings etc.  Again, usually a camera would not trigger every 30 seconds (unless the subject area is very busy 24 hours a day) either so this would be another reason to expect a fair amount more recorded footage when you are using your Ltl Acorn camera under normal conditions.

Our tests will be carried out using only 4 batteries.

Test Results:

1. Ltl Acorn 6510MC with 940nm IR, using 4 Vapex Instant AA 2500mA Low Self Discharge Rechargeable Batteries

Ltl Acorn 6510MC 940nm recording 1 image and a 10 second video clip every 30 seconds, always in infrared mode.

887 images were taken.

729 full 10 second video clips were recorded.

The video clips then began to get shorter in length until the camera stopped recording video completely.

Please note, the camera was being forced to trigger every 30 seconds using Time Lapse mode and was always in complete darkness, forcing it to use infrared for every recording.

This test started at 11.16am and the last recorded image was taken at 6.14pm on the same day.  So this represents about 7 hours of almost continuous recording in night vision mode with only 4 batteries being used.

2. Ltl Acorn 5210A with 850nm IR, using 4 Vapex Instant AA 2500mA Low Self Discharge Rechargeable Batteries

Ltl Acorn 5210A 850nm recording 1 image and a 10 second video clip every 30 seconds, always in infrared mode.

1193 images were taken in total

754 full 10 second video clips were recorded in total (all in infrared mode)

The video clips then began to get shorter in length until the camera stopped recording video completely.

Please note, the camera was being forced to trigger every 30 seconds using Time Lapse mode and was always in complete darkness, forcing it to use infrared for every recording.

This test started at 12:18pm and the last recorded image was taken at 12:23pm the next day.  So this represents about 24 hours of almost continuous recording in night vision mode with only 4 batteries being used (a maximum of 8 batteries could be used with this Ltl Acorn model) .

Imagine what this would mean in a real scenario with motion activated triggering only and not always night time infrared being used, double the number of Vapex Instant 2500mA batteries you put in your Ltl Acorn 5210A and you can see that you should get some pretty impressive battery life!

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