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.