Portable Power for Video Surveillance 2016

By: John Scanlan, Published on Jun 08, 2016

Sometimes you need power for your video surveillance equipment but do not have convenient access to mains electricity, such as:

  • Demonstrating or trying out a camera in the field to see the quality and coverage area of the video
  • Testing cameras to measure relative performance (like our tests) in remote outdoor locations
  • Conducting temporary surveillance for an event or activity

Over the course of 400+ surveillance tests, we have used a variety of equipment for these purposes. In this report, we review our experiences in what worked best for powering cameras and other equipment for short-term testing.

Portable Power Options

We explored multiple options for power while performing testing, eventually settling on three options, which we will detail below:

  • Portable Battery Packs
  • Veracity PointSource
  • Rollable Industrial Battery Packs

Note: there are other options, such as generators, solar systems, and fuels cells which we decided were not appropriate for our testing applications, but which may be a good fit for temporary power for other users.

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**** *** ****** ** 400+ ************ *****, ** have **** * ******* of ********* *** ***** purposes. ** **** ******, we ****** *** *********** ** what ****** **** *** powering ******* *** ***** equipment *** *****-**** *******.

Portable ***** *******

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****: ***** *** ***** options, **** ** **********, solar *******, *** ***** cells ***** ** ******* were *** *********** *** our ******* ************, *** which *** ** * good *** *** ********* power *** ***** *****.

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*** ******** *******, *** lithium *** ***** ***** have ****** ** ** the **** ****** ** our *****, **** ******* than *** ****** ******* rolling ******* **** (~*.* lbs. **. ~**), *** **** longer *** **** **** older ***** ******* *****.

*** ****** *******, *** Veracity *********** ** ***** the **** ********, ******** option, ****** ***** ******* power ***** **** ***.*** for * ****** ****** will **** ** *** another ******, **** ** the ******* *** ***** pack **** ***** *** voltage ** ***.*** ******.

Portable ******* ***** *****

***** ***** *********** ******* of * ************ *******/********* and ** ********, ********* 120VAC, ****** **** **** provide ***** *******. ********** features **** ** *** power *****, **** ******, air ***********, *** *** jump ******** *** **** available, ********* ** *** model.

** **** ***** ** review *** ******** ******** of * ******* *** battery ****:

*** ** **** ***, we **** ** ** older, ***** ******** ******** model:

*** (*** ********): ******* Ion *********

***** **** ******** ***** packs ******* ****** **** acid (***) *********, ******* Ion ****** **** ****** available, ********* ******* ******* for *** **** ****** or *******. *** *******, ***** **** models (** ****** ********* & ************-****) ******** ***** ** an *-**** ****** *** only *.*-* *****, *** li-ion ***** ** ****** was **** ** ***** a ****** *** **** cameras *** **** * hours. 

************

*** **** *********** *** battery ***** ** ********* testing ** ******** ******* or ***** *******. *** li-ion ***** ** ****** should ******* ***** ***** for ******* ******* ** **** applications (**** ** ***** shootouts) *** ******* *****. 

***** ******* ** **** a ****** ****** *** find *** ******** *********** more *********. *******, *** PointSource ******** **** ***.*** or ***** *****, ***** users *** ******* ***** switches, *********, ** ***** supplies ** *** ***** pack's ** *******, ****** it ****** *** ******* 802.3at **** ** ***** illuminators, *** *******.

 

*******

** ****** *** "******" ***** pack ** ****** *** ~$*** USD. *******, **** *** also ** ***** ************* ******* ********* *** less, ~$***-*** ********* ** quantity.

*** ***** ** ****** has *** ********* ********:

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  • *** **** *****

Veracity ***********

********'* ************* * ****-*********, *******-******* PoE ********, ********* * maximum ** **.* ***** (802.3af) ** * ****** device. ** *** **** supply ***** ***** *** two ****** ********* ** the *** ** *** unit, *** ******* ***** are *** ***-*******. *** is ******** ******* *** of *** **** *****, with *** ***** ***** a ***-******* ****-******* *** connection ** * ****** to *** ******.

 

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*** *********** *** * two ***** ****:

***** **** *****/*******

** *** *****, *** PointSource *** **** ******* of ******** * ****** camera *** *-* *****. This ******** ** **** enough *** ******* ***** or ** ***** *******, but ********** *** ***-*** or ********* ***, ***** would ****** ******* * larger ******* **** (**** as *** **-*** *** above ** ******, *****).

************* *** ******/********

******, ****** ** **** not ****** ** ************, we ***** ****** ** to ****** * **** day's *** ******/********/*********** *******, due ** *** ************ nature ** ***. **** is ********** ****** ** longer **** ************ ******** where ******* *** ** installed (***** ** ** electrical **********) ****** ******* equipment, ******** ***** ** perform ***** ***** ****** construction ** ********.

*******

*** *********** *** ** found ****** ******** $***. **** **** ******* ********** ********* *********** ********* *** wireless ************ ** ********* as ****, ****** **** more *********~$*** ******.

 

Larger ******** ********** ******* *****

***** ****** *** *********** upsized ******* ** *** portable ******* ***** ********* above, **** ****** *********, in * ******* **** factor. *** *******, *** ******* ****** **** (***** ** **** **** in *** *******) ******** a ** ***-**** ******* and ********, ***** *** size ** *** ******* ion ***** **** (****).

******** ** ***** *******, the ****** ** ***** (~15"x12"x15") *** *****, ***** 60 ***. ****** *** unit ** *** ********* due ** *** *****, rubberized ******. *** **** contains **** *** *** outlets, ** **/*** ******, and * ******* ********* light, ******** ** **** video:

********, ** ** ****** than ***** *******. *******, it ** ***** *******, about **"***" *** **" tall. ** ** ********** heavy, ** ***** ** lbs. *** ****** ** also ******** ***********, ***** the ******* ** ******* to *** ****, ***** makes ******** ** ******* at *****. ****** *** unit ** *** * problem, *******, *** ** its *****, ********** ******. 

************

*** ******-**** ******* ** multiple *******, ****-********, ******* battery ***** *** * good ******. ** *** tests, ***** ***** ** powering * ******, *-**** PoE ******, *** *** cameras **** **** **** 50% ** *** ******* capacity ** *** ******* unit ** *****. ***** units **** ***** *********** run * ****** ****** in * ********* **********, for ****** ******* *** demo ********, ** ******** purposes, *** **** ** hours.

*******

*** ****** **** *** be ***** ****** ******** $*** *** **, ******* ** ***** to *** ***** ******** li-ion ******* ****.

**********

******* ******* *********** ******* gasoline ** *******-******* **********. For ******** ** *******, however, ** ********* ******* options. ***** ** ******* most ******* ** ******, carrying **** *** *** noise ** * ********* are **** ********** **** using *******-******* *****.

** ******** **** *** noise *** ***-****** *** users, *** ******* ** testing ** ***** ** be **** ** ******* property, ********** *** ** an ******. *** ********* of ********** **** ******* options ** **** **** may ** *** ************ as **** ** **** are ******** *********. ** contrast, ******* ******* **** be ******** **** ***.

********* *******

******** ********** * ******* ***** among *** *******, ********* to *** ** **** load (****) *** *.* hours ** .* ******* of ***. ** *************, and **** ******** ** well, **** *** *****, rated ** **** **** max, **** ***** ******* noise ** **** *********. They **** ***** **** than ******* ******* **** as *** ******* ****, with *** ******* ******** under ** ***. *** EU1000i *** ** ***** online ******** $*** *** **.

Other *******

*** ******* **** ** which ** **** **** not *********** *** ********, temporary ***: ***** *** fuel ****. **** ** these ******* **** ***** applications (** ***** ***** ************ here). *** ******** ***, however, **** *** *********** or ****-***********.

*****

*** *******, ***** *** not ** ****** *** us, ****** *** ** the **** ** *** panel ****** ** ******** the ******* ** ********. Again, ***** ** ******* testing ** ******, ** prefer ** ** ** inconspicuous ** ********. *** most ********* ************, ** well, ***** ** **** complex **** ***** *******. A ******-******** ********* ** likely *** ******** *** to ***** * ****** or ******* *** ******** days ** * ******** setup.

**** ****

*** ********* ** ***-***-**** surveillance ***** ** ***** option *** ***** ******, fuel **** ******* *** becoming ** *********** ******, as ****'** ********* ******** for ******-**** *****, *** short **** ******* ** we *******. ************, ****'** expensive. *** ******** *****, capable ** ********** * 600W ****, ******* ****** for $*,*** ** ****, vastly **** ********* **** battery *******.

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