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DIY trail camera solar panel! In this video I will show you how to hook up a solar panel to a trail camera for extended battery life or maintenance free operation. I will discuss two different options for utilizing solar with game cameras. First, I will show you how to safely connect a 12 volt solar panel directly to your trail camera so that it runs on solar during the day and switches to internal batteries at night (doubling or tripling your battery life). I know that the Strikeforce line of Browning trail cameras will automatically switch but I can’t speak for all 12volt cameras in the market.
Second, I will show you how to connect a game camera solar panel to a 12volt external battery pack to maintain a full charge of your extended battery setup for your game camera.
For my trail camera solar panels I use either a 1.5 watt or 2 watt solar panel found online or at major retail stores. They range in price from $12-$25 for this size solar panel.
When hooking up your solar panel to your game camera remember to test the voltage first using a voltage tester before plugging it into your trail camera. It is normal for the inline voltage regulator to range from 12-13.5 volts (this is normal operating range for 12volt cameras).