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Reader question: Can I use batteries for the cameras in the Arlo Wire-Free surveillance system or do I have to Batteries (CR123A) ? I need four such batteries per camera, which of course (they last about 4 months) produces a lot of hazardous waste if you have three Arlo cameras in operation like me.
Arlo now has a number of wireless camera models:
The naming is a bit confusing because there is also a model that is only called "Arlo" and that this is about. The other three models (Go, Pro, Pro 2) work with original Arlo batteries here (Attention, choose the right model!).
The Arlo (without any additional name affix) is the camera that can be equipped with standard batteries or rechargeable batteries as the only one.
The Arlo System is an interesting surveillance system that consists of a base station and one or more wireless "Arlo" surveillance cameras. Those who are interested can find the current model series on Amazon here:
The Arlo system has many supporters and the question of batteries is also being discussed there. One more reason to do a little more research ... I just looked up in forums and came across various problems that can occur when using rechargeable batteries:
All of these points need to be considered. Because of the deep discharge of the batteries, I can actually give the all-clear, because the Arlo system gives a low battery warning so that you can recharge the batteries promptly. In an emergency, however, the batteries can be exchanged at an early stage in a fixed cycle after 3 months in order to avoid the risk of deep discharge.
With regard to the weakened performance at low temperatures: CR123A batteries are also a compound with lithium, which is less effective at low temperatures. I doubt whether the difference to rechargeable batteries is noticeable. And here, too, the solution could simply be to replace the batteries earlier.
Regarding the battery life, you have to agree with the critics: Basically, the Arlo cameras with batteries last twice as long. For example, a customer only has 750 months of running time with the Keenstone batteries (2,5 mAh) listed below before he has to recharge them. This runtime also depends heavily on how often the camera "starts" and sends data into the network. To save battery life, it is advisable to use the time control of the monitoring so that it does not run at times when monitoring is not required.
If you want to opt for batteries - despite the environment - you can consider buying a larger pack right away. Varta photo batteries are highly praised in forums and they seem to have a lot of friends in Amazon's reviews. These can be bought in different quantities, with a pack of 16 offering a significant price advantage:
Should you choose to use rechargeable batteries, it is important to know that the Arlo accepts batteries or rechargeable batteries up to a nominal voltage of 4,2 volts. This can be read in the Arlo community, which unfortunately can only be accessed with a user account.
If you are looking for batteries that replace the "CR123A" battery type, you have to use the designation "RCR123A" and "16340". However, the problem is that some batteries (depending on the manufacturer) are slightly too long and the lid of the Arlo camera can no longer be closed. The problem is that the batteries I originally picked for this article are no longer available. And not just the one model, but I can't find any more RCR123A batteries on Amazon.
If you consider that every Arlo mobile security camera requires four batteries and not a few people buy the sets with three or more cameras, then I would definitely use rechargeable batteries as a power supply. I find the disadvantages very manageable and actually not really serious. Of course, the price is higher if you first have to buy a set with batteries and a charger, but in a few months or years this will definitely be picked up again - and the environment is always happy. :)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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