Blink Totally Wireless Camera Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 12, 2016

Wireless cameras almost always still need a wire for power. Given that, many argue to just used wired cameras anyway.

Now, startup Blink has released a battery powered wireless camera that needs no wires. Plus, the camera / kit sells for just ~$100 plus $60 for additional cameras, a remarkably low price.

We bought a Blink and tested the following capabilities:

  • Motion Detection
  • Wireless Range
  • Night time performance
  • Storage capabilities
  • Playback usability

Advantages

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Comments (20)

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