There is a lot more to consider than just alarms and security cameras when making plans to rig your property with a security system. Some pertinent questions to ask include; figuring out how the new system will be powered – it is ideal for your specific need to have a security system running on battery, or connected to the AC power grid, or powered by solar.
Answering this question depends largely on some factors such as: Is AC power available where you want to install the security system? Is the location of the property accessible?
Often you may have a need to monitor off-grid sites, or inaccessible locations that are difficult to run wire – in these cases, installing a solar powered security camera comes in handy.
But, one more challenge you’d face is deciding which product to purchase since there are several options on the market today.
So, today I’d be reviewing the best solar powered security cameras on the market based on the positive feedback from users and their features.
The Fuvision is a small surveillance camera that will run wirelessly, even without a power cable. The solar-power cells are enough to power the camera and charge its internal battery for night use.
There are three banks of solar cells on the Fuvision, one cell on the camera itself, and one on each of the two wings. These solar wings are mounted on single-axis hinges to get the panels receiving the best possible light throughout the day. The panels charge a huge 10.4Ah lithium-ion battery housed in the unit.
Transmission: Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz, Micro-USB
Picture: 110-Degree Lens,1080p
Power: 10.4Ah Battery, Solar Powered
Miscellaneous: 1.76.lbs, Waterproof IP66
The whole camera is IP66 water-resistant, meaning that it is both dust-proof and will cope well with heavy downpours or direct spray from a hose. The mounted 6-watt solar panels are a good idea; there are plenty of them to charge the battery. The battery can keep it going for the rest of the time, without a power cord, as long as it has direct sunlight during the day.
The three aerials work with 2.4Ghz to connect to your home Wi-Fi router. Then you will need to download the mobile app from Fuvision. From the app, you can watch the camera, change settings, and set-up more cameras.
In the Box:
The Fuvision app also provides a neat party trick; you can use the camera and your phone as a 2-way communicator. So, if you are in the garden or deep in another part of the house, you can ask your guest to wait or warn trespassers away.
This solar-powered security camera has 4-PIRs for night vision. So, the 1080p full-HD sensor will capture people on your property from up to 32-feet from the camera.
The lens has a 110-degree viewing angle, which is fine for longer shots, or a framed shot in front of your doorway. And you have the option of storing video on a micro-SD card or have the images automatically stored on Fuvision’s cloud storage for a monthly fee.
Adjustable Solar Panels
Night-Vision 36-Feet (11 metres)
Good Waterproof Rating
IP Address Not Supported
The HeimVision HMD2 is a sleek and small camera, designed for a quick and simple installation. It has an internal battery, no solar panel, and the unit is controlled from the manufacturer’s bespoke app. It is waterproof and comes complete with PIR.
The lens of the camera has a wide 130-degree field of view. Good for mounting at the corners of your property, though close up, it will distort the faces of people. The camera also has night- vision, illuminating objects in infrared with a single PIR that is limited to a range of 15-feet.
Transmission: Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz, Micro SD
Picture: 1080p, 130-Degree Lens
Power: 6Ah Battery, Solar Panel (Sold Separately)
Miscellaneous: 1.1.lbs, Waterproof IP65
The HMD2 has an SD slot for a micro SD card, good as a backup, or if for some reason your telephone network is interrupted. The alternative is letting the camera use your modem to connect to HeimVision’s cloud service to save the video on their servers.
Then through the app, on your smart device, you can re-watch moments and store others permanently. The Cloud service is an option, with a monthly subscription starting from around $3 per month.
In the Box:
Metal Stand/Bracket, Magnetic Mount, 3M Adhesive Pads X 2, Screws X 2
Micro USB Cable
Waterproof Rubber Stopper
The camera is true wireless, connecting to your router through 2.4Ghz, and powered by the 6Ah battery. Without the solar panel, you will need to take the camera off the wall and charge it indoors. HeimVision does offer an optional solar panel to go with this camera, which plugs into the micro USB slot.
Waterproof rated to IP65, meaning that the HMD2 will cope with heavy dust and occasional dousing with a hose spray. The optional solar panel is also waterproof and comes with a 13-foot cable so that you can have the camera in a shaded area and the panel elsewhere in the sun.
Solar Panel Not Included
The Soliom S60 is an all-inclusive solar powered security camera that comes ready to go. Everything you need to get started is in the box; just mount it where it can charge and download their proprietary app. This is an IP camera, so you can assign the address through your modem if you choose, for added security.
The S60 has a single solar panel that runs around the back from each side of the camera. This panel needs 3-5 hours a day of direct sunlight to charge the battery. The battery is a 4Ah lithium-ion cell, which is built into the unit. If the power gets too low, it is possible to charge the battery with a USB cable.
Transmission: Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz
Picture: 160-Degree Lens, 1080p
Power: 4Ah Battery, Solar Powered — Fixed Mount
Miscellaneous: 0.69.lbs, Waterproof IP66
To get the camera running, you will first need to download their app, which will then connect the camera to your network. Through the app, you can live-monitor, adjust settings, and have a two-way talk with people waiting at your front door.
The lens is an extremely wide 160-degrees, so it is perfect for the edge of buildings, or at the corners of a garden. Soliom has made this camera robust to function in temperatures ranging from -4 to 140 Fahrenheit (60 C). It is also IP66 waterproof.
In the Box:
Lithium-Ion Battery (Built-In)
Using the Soliom app makes setting up and adjustments a lot easier, and Soliom offers limited cloud storage for free. The free storage covers up to 20 saved videos a day, which is more than enough for most homeowners.
This is an excellent unit and you get a good starter kit, it is simple, and it takes great night video. The fact that the solar panel is rigid may limit where you can place it to get decent light. If you are going to mount it out in the open, this may not be an issue. A great solar powered security camera for those that want the least hassle with setting up.
Free Cloud Storage
Good Starter Kit
Rigid Solar Panel
Editor Choice: Best solar powered security camera for the price
Reolink Argus 2 outdoor solar powered security camera is a compact inconspicuous monitoring device you can mount anywhere, and it takes only a few minutes to set up and is surprisingly inexpensive.
Avoid the hassles of running a wire to power the system; and also eliminate the expense of changing batteries – it comes with a solar panel that powers the system for you.
Features we love about the Reolink Security Camera
-Comes with a solar panel that powers the camera and is designed for Reo Argus Pro, Reolink Argus 2, and Reolink Go.
-No wire connection required – uses wireless Wi-Fi to connect with a monitoring screen.
-Neat and easy setup – you don’t need to drill holes, saves you installation fees.
-Rechargeable battery with a micro USB port to connect the battery.
-The wireless camera can be charged by either plugging to a 5v 2A power outlet or using the solar panel.
-Full HD, crisp and clear night vision gives out 1080p video with 1920 * 1080 resolutions – making it one of the top-end security cameras.
-Features an inbuilt starlight image sensor with 7 infrared sensors that enable a clear night vision – can see up to 36 feet night vision.
-Has highly sensitive sensor that captures every motion and details within line of sight – the motion sensor comes with 3 settings – 50 ft. Setting for large objects like vehicles; 29.5 ft. for animals, humans; and reduced sensitivity.
-Note that lowering the sensitivity cuts down false alarms – which also means, it might not capture everything out there.
-Receive push notification on the Reolink app when a motion event is detected no matter your location.
-Record and save video either on the SD (up to 4GB) and or on the Reolink Cloud – get a free 10GB cloud storage for 15 days.
To watch a video review, check out Paul Hibbert’s review.
Lynx Solar Weatherproof Outdoor Wi-Fi Solar Panel Security Camera
Though more expensive than the Reolink Argus 2, this security camera by Tend Insights Inc. comes packed full with smart features that sure makes money spent worth it. The Facial recognition, live streaming, and animal detection feature place this security camera on the high-end.
Easily install solar panel where there’s enough sunlight and enjoy your smart even when there’s power outage for up to 7 days.
Lynx Security Solar Camera Features
-A large surfaced solar panel that harvests sufficient solar energy to power the security camera – it needs one day of charging to power your system for up to 7 days without needing any recharge.
-Having the solar panel means you can install and operate the security camera in any location without the constraints of needing a wire or AC power source.
-The innovative, intelligent facial recognition feature allows you to set the pictures of those you want the system to recognize and get check-in notifications when familiar faces get within the range of your security camera. On the other hand, you also get an alarm if a stranger is caught on your camera.
-Crisp, crystal clear HD video quality the Lynx security Cam runs on a 1080p at 30 frames/sec.
-Comes with the capacity for real-time, video streaming using the Tend app on your smartphone you can remotely monitor your security cam.
-Backup and playback videos on the cloud come as part of the package you bought. You are able to see what was captured for the past 7 days.
-Toggle the night vision on and off from the Tend App; also flip the images to the right position if you mistakenly installed it upside down.
-Has inbuilt storage that allows the Lynx cam store video for up to three days when the Wi-Fi___33 connection is lost, and automatically uploads it to the cloud once the internet connection is restored.
Funxwe 1080P Full-HD Solar Power Wi-Fi3 IP Security Camera
Do you need a surveillance cam out in the field with no power? The Funxwe 1080P HD wireless solar powered security camera is the right choice.
This device is top of the top when it comes to monitoring your property – it comes packed with the usual features we have come to expect from every modern surveillance camera and much more.
Features of the Funxwe Security Camera
-29Megapixels Full-HD camera with 1920*1080, 12/2.8 highly sensitive starlight sensors for night vision up to 100m that gives you clear, crisp images and videos regardless of what time of the day it is.
-Encased in a durable Aluminum alloy with an IP66 waterproof rating.
-Comes with efficient thin-film solar panels to power the camera and charge built-in double lithium batteries of 11600mAh – the cells have a lifetime of about 5 years and can last 2 days after a full charge.
-An SD microSD card port that supports up to 128GB that records events locally on the device which can be played back, snapshot and or looped.
-Comes with a free app IPCView that is compatible with your iOS, Android smartphones that enables you view and listen in on your security cam remotely.
Securing your property does not get any better than this – no worries about regular battery change; no need for wires – all you have to do is follow the easy install steps for each system and you’ll up and running in no time.
These solar powered outdoor security systems are handpicked, and I believe you get a bang for your money.