Portable Power for Video Surveillance 2016

Author: 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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