When it comes to home security, Arlo cameras are one of the most popular security cameras.
Many of them work on in-built batteries and do not need complex wiring.
Before buying any Arlo device, the first thing about people's concern is how long the product's battery lasts.
Arlo specifies different battery life's for different devices. You may have different results based on your environmental conditions and how you set-up them.
Factors Influencing Battery Life
- Low-light: In low light, the cameras use more battery as infrared sensors start working at a higher pace and hence consume more power.
- Temperature below 0°C: Cloudy weather and cold weather will drain your battery more quickly.
- In the case of Arlo Go, the strength of the LTE signals also affects the battery life. A low signal means more battery consumption and lousy battery life.
- Weak Wi-Fi signals or internet connection to the base station affects the battery life of Arlo Pro and Arlo Wire-Free.
Many added factors affect Arlo devices' battery life, such as - two-way audio, video quality (a higher quality will give you higher resolution but will lower the battery life), etc.
How Long Does Arlo Batteries Last?
The battery can last differently for different products. It depends on the resolution, FPS (Footage Per second), number of integrated batteries, and whether the battery is rechargeable or not. So, let's look at them one by one:
1. Battery Life of Arlo Ultra
Arlo Ultra is the most recent device by Arlo, and it comes with a 4k resolution. As soon as it appeared in the market, the first and foremost concern that the people had was about its battery life as it provides 4k footage. Usually, you have to charge your Arlo Ultra after 3-4 months.
Magnetic cable for charging and the position of charging port at camera's bottom helps you to charge its battery or power the device without taking it out from the wall. This serves as a significant advantage over many other Arlo cameras.
2. The Battery Life of Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2
Arlo Pro and Arlo 2 both use a single rechargeable battery. With normal usage, an Arlo Pro battery lasts for about 5 to 6 months if used properly.
Arlo Pro 2 works on 1080p resolution and can drain the battery faster than Arlo Pro. However, there is not a big difference between the two. The batteries of Arlo Pro 2 and Arlo Pro have almost the same life.
3. The Battery Life of Arlo Wire-Free
The original one specifies a battery life of up to 6 months; however, many users mention that they last for 3-6 months. The disadvantage with Arlo Wire-Free is that the four batteries are not rechargeable, and you cannot replace or change them.
4. The Battery Life of Arlo Go
Like Arlo Pro, Arlo Go also uses a proprietary rechargeable battery, but it works on 3G and 4G LTE. You can perfectly use them for surveillance in places with no Wi-Fi.
Because of the LTE characteristic of Arlo Go, it may consume battery quickly in case you place it in an area with a bad network. With normal usage, a battery of Arlo Go lasts for 2-3 months.
Ways to Have A Long Battery Life
The battery life of all Arlo cameras depends on various factors. Different people can have a different battery life of the same product depending upon the environmental conditions and how you set them up.
According to Arlo, you can get the best battery life for your device if you will follow the following things:
- Record Shorter Videos: By default, it is set to 10 seconds, and if you increase the time, it will give you lower battery life. Try to record shorter videos.
- Reduce the Sensitivity: Arlo enables you to change the sensitivity of your camera. In case you set the sensitivity to a higher level, your camera will sense even the motion of tree branches and alarm you.
Obviously, this is going to drain the battery quickly. It is suggested to turn down the sensitivity to avoid false alarms so that you can have longer battery life for your device.
- Reduce the Video Quality: Don't set the video quality to best, as it will drain the battery quickly. You can choose between standard or low quality. You can't get both high resolution and better battery life at the same time.
- Choose the Power Setting Optimized or Best Battery Life: You get three kinds of power setting choices in all Arlo cameras: Best Video, Best or Optimized battery life. The best video option provides you the highest resolution, and the best battery life provides you better battery life.
You can select Optimization mode to have balanced battery life and video quality.
Overall, Arlo batteries last for more extended periods. Do consider the environmental conditions and how you set-up them. Setting them to a higher resolution will drain the battery quickly.
You can recharge the battery in many devices once they die. Set your device on optimized mode or Best Battery Life mode to have good and better battery life. For more information, you can visit the Arlo webpage.