Verkada Access Control Tested

By Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 09, 2020

Verkada raised $80 million earlier in 2020, expanding from video into access control. They are fast-growing in video but how will they do in access?

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We bought and tested Verkada's cloud-based access platform to see how it stacks up against competitors in the security space.

In this report, we cover these findings and more:

  • 6 key strengths and 6 key weaknesses
  • 10 images and 4 videos showing physical build details of the controller, installation of wired devices, overview of the app, and management interface.
  • Test details of remote access control via Verkada's Pass App
  • Multiple sections and images explaining how the cloud management portal works
  • Price and features versus other cloud-based access systems

Inside, we detail our findings on how well the system operates, where it is weak, and how it compares to other cloud offerings.

Strengths *******

*** ***** ****** ******* access' *** *********:

  • ********, **** *********: *******'* ****** ****** is ********, ******, *** the ****** *** ********* are **** ** **********. Compared ** ***** '***** access' *****-***** *******, ******* controls *** ****** *** the ******** ****** ** expected ***** **** ** our *****.
  • ********** ****** *******:*******'* ****** *** **** has *** ********* - unlocking ***** - *** it ******** *** ************ did ** ** **** than *** ******** **** distances ******* **** * feet ** ~** ***** (via **** ***** **********).
  • ***** ******* ***** ***********:*** ****** ********** **** Verkada *****, *********** * door **** * ******* camera ***** ******** ****** when **** ******** ******. Additionally, ~**-****** ***** ** those ****** ****** *** stored *** *** ********** in *******.
  • **** **** **** ******** Large **** *********: ******* ***** ******* even **** ********** *,***+ user ********* ** ********-**** activity ****, ********* ** performance ******* ** **-******* based ** ******** *******.
  • ******* ************ ********: ******* *** ************ a ****** ** ******** (push *** ***** **** connectors, */* '*********', **** management ***) **** **** help ******** ************, ********* for **** ******* ********** that *** **** **** access ******* **********.
  • *****-*****: ****** **** ****** systems **** ******* ** on-premise ****** ** *** embedded ******* ** ******* controllers, ******* ** *** of *** *** ****** platforms ********* ** ******* network ************* ** ******** for ****** ***.

Weaknesses *******

*******, *** **** ******* and ********** *** ********* to *******'* ********:

  • ******** ******** *******/ ***** Development:******* ****** ** ******* some *********** ******** ** the ********** ******* ** its ********. ******* ****** does *** **** ******* (available *** ******* ***** but *** ******), ***** creation, ****** *******, **** lockdown, *** **** (** beta, *** *** **** in **** *******).
  • *********** ********: *** ********** ********* cannot ** **********, *** controls **** '********' ** buried ****** ******** ******* and ******** ******* ****** to *******.
  • ** ***-***** ************: ****** *** ***** systems **** ***** *******, visitor **********, *********, **** & **********, *** ***** surveillance ****** ** ***** to ******* ******. ************* or ************** ** ******** layout ** *** *********.
  • ******* *** ********:*** ******'* ****** *** only ******** **** *********, and ***** ************** *** commands **** ** ******* through *** *** ******* portal *******. *** *******, adding *****, ******** *********, configuring ***********, ********* *****, and *********** ******* *** only ** **** **** the ***, *** *** app.
  • ******* */* ***********:****** **** ****** ******* that ***** **** */* integration ***** ** ********* I/O ****** *** ****** like *********, ********* *******, or ***** *******, ******* is ******* ** **** 2 ***** *** **** effective ****** **** ******* controlling ** ** * doors.
  • *** ********* ******:***** ******* ** *****-*****, it ***** ******** ******** an *** ** ****** doors, ****** **** ***** mobile ********* (*.*: ***, Proxy, ********) ***** ****** just **** ****** ****** in ******* *** ****** doors.

Cloud ********** ********

*** **** ** ******* by *******'* *****-***** ****** (called *******), *** ** the ********, ***** *** be ********** **** *******'* video *** * ******* integrated ****** *******/***** ******* application.

*** '****' ****** ***** the **** ****** ****** activity *** ****** ******, although **** ** *** most ****** ******** *** only ********** **** ***** are *******, **** ** manually ********* ***** **** the '*****' ******.

**** ******** **** ******* cameras, ****/********** ******* *** displayed ** *** **** pane ** *** ******** the ****** ** *********, enabling ***** ************ ** access ******** ** *****.

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*******, *** ******* ***** the ****** ******* ********* are ***** ****. **** commercial ****** ************ *** features **** **********, *******, elevator ******, ******* **********, and *********** **** ***** surveillance ******* *** *** possible **** ****** *** application.

Verkada's ***** ****** ***** ********

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*******'* ****** * ****-**** ****** controller **** ** ******* installed ** * ***** enclosure **** ******** ***** supply:

*** ********** ** ***** at **** *****, ******** doors *** ************ ******** for ***. *** * five-door ******, *** ***** will ** ********, ******** only * ***** **** need ** ** ********.

*** ****-*** ***** **** connector ****** (****** '*********') are **** ***** *** low-voltage ****** **********, *** we ****** * ***** of *********** ******* ** AWG - ** *** connections *** *********** ** issues.

*** ********* *** * spring-loaded *** **** ****** for **** ** ** installed **** ******* **** twisting * ***** *** tightening **** ** *****. A ***** *********** ** used ** *******/******* *** push-pin ********** **** ***** are ********:

*** ********* ******** * battery ******* *** ***** for ******** ** *** alarm ***** ****** ********* that *** ******* ****** power ** *** ********* field *******/*******/*****.

*** **** ******** * 120 *** ********** *** power *** **** *** support ***.

Verkada's */* *********

*******'* **** * ****** of ***-* ***** *** output ****** ******* ****** 'cassettes' *** ********** *****/**** access ******* ** *** controller.

******, **** ** *** 5 ********* **** ** installed/ ******* **** *****, with ******* ************ ******* before ****** ******, ******** we ********* **** ******* the ***** *** ** 'hot-swapped' *******/********* ***** *** unit ** ******:

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*** ******* ****** *** modules **** ************ ** wires ******* **** *******, lock, ***, *** **** position ******** ****** **** other ****** *******. ***-****** access ******* *** ** done **** *********** ** a ***** ***** ********* rather **** *** ***** screw ********* **** ** a ****-******* ********* **** by **** *******. *** experienced **********, **** *** not **** **** ** a ********** *** *** less *********** ****, **** likely **** ****.

***** ** * ****-**-**** comparison ** ******* *******-***** screw ******** ********** (**** and ******) ******** ** Verkada's ********* (*** *****):

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*** ********* *********** ******* misses ** ******** ****** wire *********** ** ****** type, ** ***** ** Axis ***** (***** *** readers, ***** *** *****, orange *** ******, ***.).

No ************ *******, ******* ******

******* ******* ***: *******'* AC41 ******** ** ********* outputs *** *** * inputs (*** ** ** 4 *****) *** **** be ********** ** ****** doors.

*** ********** ******* *********** when ***** ****** ** control *********, ***** *******, or **** ***** ************ to '*******' ***** ***** operators *** ********* *******/*******.

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******* ************ *** ***********, especially *** **** ** output *******, *** *** not ***** ******* ***** for *** *******. ** discuss *** *********** ** the ********* *****:

Enclosure ********** **** ********** ***

******* ******** ********* ******* is *** ********** **** management *** **** *** integrated ***** ******.

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****** **** *** ******** to *** **** ********** onboard *** ********** **** help ******* ********, *******, and **** ****** ** connected *******.

***** *** * ****** feature ** **** ****** controllers, *******'* ********** **** management *** **** ****** be * ******* ** many ********** *** ******* the ********** ** ** installed ******.

No **** ** ****** *********

***** ******* ** ********* for *****, ***** *** not **** ** ****** or *** ******* *** access *******. *** ******** of *****/******** ****** * facility ** *** ********* by ******** ** *** access ********** ******.

******* ******** **** **** to *** ****** ***** and ******** ** ******* in ****** ********:

******* ******* ******** ********* maps/floor ***** *** ******* in *** *********. ** plan ** ***** ********* to *** ***** ** these **** ** *** future.

Responsive **** ***** *********

******* ****** ********* **** and **** **** **** processing ***** **** *********. In *******, *****-***** ****** systems *** **** **** when ******** ***** ******** and *** ** ******* by *** **** ********* is ********* ** *** internet, *** *** **** did *** ******* ********* or *********** **** *** a **** ~*** **** connection.

*** *******, ** ******** more **** *,*** **** records ** *** *****, and ***** ******* ***** be ******* ******** *** shown **** ****** *****.

Cumbersome, ****-**** ******** *******

[Update ****. **** ****: Verkada says Lockdown is out of Beta and is a production feature.]

******* **** ******* ** 'Lockdown', ** *** ******* to ****/****** ******** ****** doors *******.

*******'* ******* ***** **** Lockdown ** **** ** requires ******** ***** ** execute, ********* ** ***** three ********* ******* ****** becoming ******.

*** ***** ***** ***** the *******:

*********, ******** ** * beta, *******-**** *******. ** far ** ****** ************, Verkada *********:

******** **** ** ********* imminently - ** **** on ********* *** ******* within *** **** *** weeks.

Wiegand ******* *** ************* ****

** *******, ** ** point *** ***** ******** ******* ****** Control ******, ******* ******* ******** unencrypted ** ** ****** intercepted ****** ******* *** reader *** **********.

******* ***** ***** ********** to *************, *** ******* ** a ****-**** ******** **** can ** *********** ***** inexpensive ******* ******* ************* by *** ********** *** installed/used ******* ****** ************* knowledge.

** ********* *** **** device, ****** **** ****, *** **** ********** in ******* *** *** valid ******* **** **** can ** **** ** spoof ***** *********** **** to *** ******:

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**** ** ******** * test ****** ** ***$** *** **** ****** *** ****** *****.

Beta-Only ****, ***** ***************

******* ********* **** ************:

**** ** ********* ** a **** ******* *****. We **** ******* **** for *** **** **** IPVM *********. *** **** supports **** ******** **** card *******.

*******, ** *** *****, OSDP *** *** ******** on *** ******* **********.

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** ********* **** *** iClass ** *** *** Signo *******. ******* **** worked ***** **** *** not.

Verkada's **** ****** ** ** ********

******* ******** ** ********** reader ** *** ************ instructions, * *******-******* '**** reader'.

** *********** **** *******, they ***** ***** ******* reader **** ******* ****** Channel **** ****** **** insecure *******, *** ******* several ******** ** *** AC41 ******* *********, ** is *** ********.

** ***** ******* **** the ****-***** **** ****** will ** *********, *** the ******* *** *** give * ******* ****:

** * ******* ****, we ** *** ******** share ******* ** ******* release *****.

**** **** *** *** test *** **** **** released.

Verkada's '****' ****** ***

*** ****** ******** * free ****** ***** *** for ***** ** ******** unlocking ***** **** ***** phones ** *** ** the **********, *** *** a ******.

******* **** ** * separate ********** *** **** its **** ******* ******* video ***.

***** *** ** ****** features ** *** ******* app *** **** **** be ****. ********, *** Pass *** *** ******* video ********, **** ** analytics ** ***-****** ***** playback. **** ***** **** users *** **** *** apps *** *** **** app **********.

******* **** ******* ***** via *** **** **********, similar ** *** ****** used ******* ****** ******* ****** *** '*********' reader ******* **** ** HID, ********, *** ***** among ******.

'*********' ********* ****** ** a **** ********** * mobile ****** **** **** a ***** ** ****** and ********, *** ******* requires *** **** ** handle * ****** ******, unlock **, ***** *** Pass ***, *** ****** the *******.

*** ***** ***** ***** the ******** *** ****** of *** *** **** testing:

*******, ****** **** ***** mobile *********, ******* **** is **-**** *** **** and *** ** ******** to ******** **** ******* without ******** * ********* license ** ******* **** fee.

User & ********** **********

** ***** ** ****** users *** ***********, **** are ***** **** * single '*****' ********* ***.

*** ***** ********, **** records *** ** ******** via * .*** ****, and **** ********** ***** like ********* ****** *** credential ******* *** ***** on ******:

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***** ********* ***** ** credentials *** *******: '*** Card' ******** ****** ** fobs, ********** ******** ***, and *********** ** ****** specific ***** *** *** Verkada ***.

** ******** *** ****** users **** ******** *******, imported, *** **** **** MIFARE *** ****** ***********, and *** ****** ** expected **** ** ******.

*******, *** **** ****** DESFire *** ****** ****, only ***** ***/ **** are ********** ** *** system *** ***** **** on ****** ****** ***** are *******.

No ** **************

** ** ***********, ******* Access ** *** ** certified ** ******. ******* told **** **** **** are ** *** ***** stages ** ************* *** several ****** ****** ********:

*** **** *** **** evaluated ** ** **** and ** *****, ***/*** 60839-11-1 *** ** *****-*/*** C22.2 **. *****-* *********.

*** **** ** *** currently ********** ** ** 294 ******, *** ******* says **** *** ****-********** certified, *** ***** ************ must ** ******, *** they ****** **** ** happen ****** * *** weeks.

[******]

******* ********* **** ************* listing ************ ** *** registration ***:

  1. [*** ****] *** **** UL ****** ***** ****** 31, ****. *** *** find *** ************* ****:*****://****.*******.***/*********/. ****** *** ***** for *** ************** *** AC41 *** ********.

Inoperable ********* ******

*** ******* ********* ******** a ***-********* ****** ******, but ** ** *** connected *** **** ** alarm.

******* ********* **** *** planning ** *********** *** input ** ****** ********, but *** ****** **** not ******* ****** ** the ******* *******:

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**** ** ********* ** installers ** ********* ***** ports, ** ****** ***** can ** ********** *** notification, ** *** ****** is ********* ** ******* until ******* ******* ** incorporate **.

Verkada ****** *******

************ *** *-**** ****** controller (****)**** ** **** ** $1,599.

*** **** ***** ****** licenses *** **** ** 1 ** *****-**** ******* and **** ******* $*** for * **** ** to $*,*** *** * 10-year *******.

*** *** ***-********** ******* of * *****, *** annual ******* **** ***** range ******* $*** *** 1 **** ** ** $7,996 *** ** *****.

*** ******* ******** **** with ******** **-**** ******* ********.

Verkada ******** ** ***** ***** ****** *******

***** *****-***** ****** ********* are ********, ***** *** several ***** ********* ** the ******. ***** *******:

** ***** ** *****, all *** ***** *** priced **** **** *******. These ***** *****-***** ******* generally *** ~$* - $15 *** **** *** month, ** * ****** cost ** ~$** - $180 *** **** ******** to ~$*** - $*** for *******.

*******, ******** **** ***** integration *** ****** *********** may *** ** *** basic ******* **** ** other ******* *** *** included ** *******'* ****** for ** ********** ***.

**** * ********** ***********, Verkada **** ****** *** single $*,*** ***** **** must ** ********* ********** of *** ***** **** count **** *** * supported ***** ** ***. In *** **** ** other ***** ****** *******, either ******-**** ******* ******** controllers ************* ***** ******/****** **** units**** *** ** ******** less *** ******* **** 4 **** ******.

Comments (24)

*** **** *** ****** function ******* * *** connection?

** ******* *********** *** retains *** ********/**************/*****/********* ** of *** **** **** with *** *****.

******* ***** ** ** remains **** *** ************, although ** ****** ** updated. ** ***'* '*****'.

** ******* ** ** lockdowns ** ******* *** system ******* * *** connection?

**** ** *******.

**** ** **** *** new "*****" **** ******* invented.

*** *** ****** **********?

**, **** *** ***.

**** ********** ** ****** for **** ****, * sense **** ******** ** Verkada *** **** ** rant ** ****. ** I **** **** **** weekend, *'** ** ****!!!

******!

**** ***** ** *******? That's * *********** ** our ************ *** * assume **** ******. *'* recommend **** ** * standard ***** *** *** access/video *******. ********* ** it *** ********!

** *** ********, **** is **** *******:

*** **** *** **** evaluated ** ** **** and ** *****, ***/*** 60839-11-1 *** ** *****-*/*** C22.2 **. *****-* *********.

*** ** ** ********** for **/*** *******? *** then **********, **** **** would ******* *** ********?

**** ** ********* *'** ask ******* ** *******. Good ********.

'******** *******', ** ***** multiple ****** ***** ******** is * *** ****, but *'** ******* **** them **** * ***** are ******** ** ******* both '**' *** '***' reader ******.

***** ****** ** *** a **** **** *** someone ***** ** * HUGE **** ** **** applications. ** ** **** an ******* ** ** times * *** ****** our ****** *** **** time **** **. ****** probably ** ** *** more ** **** ***** would ** * **** burden. ** ** *** of *** *** ** streamline ****** **** **** so ** ***** ***** me *****.

*** '***** ******' *** mention ** *** ********. Verkada ******** ** ** explaining **** ******* ** unlock ****** ** *** 'doors' ******:

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** ***** ** *** available ** *** '****' screen **** **** ***** are ****** ** ******** monitor, ** ** ** 'one-click' ****, *** *** nested/hidden **** '********'.

** **** ***** ***** streamlining *** *********, ************* of *** ******/******** ******* is *** ********* ** Verkada, ** ****'* ********* a ********* *******.

[Verkada ********]

******* **** **** ********:

** ******* ******* *** article, ** *** **** to ***** **** *************:

  1. ****** ******:*** *** ****** * door ** * ****** click **** *** ***** list ****. ****** *** below *** * **********.IPVM Image

  2. ********:***** **** **** ******** on *** ******** ******* and **** *** ****** about **. ** ** generally ********* ***. ** would ********** **** **** insights ** *** ** improve *** **********!

  3. *** ***** **** *******:** **** ************ ** hear **** **** *** not **** *** ***. Perhaps *** ***** *** caused ** * ****** problem? ** *** ********* to *** *** ****** based ** *** ******** in *** *******. ********* white *** ***** *** used *** *******, ** without ****** *** ****** side ** ****** ** is ********* ** *****. It ***** ** ***** if *** ***** *** us **** *** ****** model *** *** ***** as **’** ****** ** on ******** ******* ******* issues. ***** ** *** up * ***** ***** call ** *****?

  4. ** **********:** ********* ** *** previous **************, ** **** been ** ****** ***** August **, ****. *** can **** *** ************* here:******** *** ****** *************. ****** *** ***** for *** ************** *** AC41 *** ********.

  • ***, *****-*, ****** *** Audio/video, *********** *** ************* technology ********* – **** 1: ****** ************

  • ***, ***-* *****-**-*, *** CAN; ***** *** ********** Security ******* - **** 11- *: ********** ****** Control ******* - ****** and ********** ************

  • **, *****-*, ****** *** Audio/video, *********** *** ************* technology ********* – **** 1: ****** ************

  • **, *****, ** ******** for ****** ****** ******* System *****

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** ***** #*, ** confirmed ******* ** *******, i.e.:

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*'** ****** *** ******. However, ***** ** *** a ***** ********** **** is * ****** *** not * ****** *********.

***** *** **, *** may *** ********* ** can ** '*******', *** even * ***** ****** around *** **** ***** (like *** ***** ****** circle **** ******* **** active) ***** ******* **** to *** **** ** a ******* ******.

** #* *** #*, we've ********* **** ** discuss ******* **** ******* and **** ****** ****/****** here.

** #*, *'** ******* our *******. *** **** is ******* ** ********* by *** ******* ***, (but *** *** ** database ** ** *****):

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** ********* **** ********** and *** ****** ** this ******: ******* **** is * ******** ********** app **** ***** **** Verkada ******* ***** ***.

***** *** ** ****** features ** *** ******* app *** **** **** be ****. ********, *** Pass *** *** ******* video ********, **** ** analytics ** ***-****** ***** playback. **** ***** **** users *** **** *** apps *** *** **** app **********.

*'** *** ******* ** comment ** ******* **** plan ** **** *** two **** *** ****** back.

***** ***** ** ** an ****** ** *** access ******* ******* ** the ******. ***** **** seems ** ** ** influx ** "****** *** the ******" ***** ******* experts ** ****** ******* and ***** *******. **** of *** *** ****** control ******* * **** seen **** **** ******* functionality **** ** */* board ********* *** *********** or *********** **** ***** systems. *** ****** *********** system * *** ******* allowed ** ** ** active "**********" ** **** 6 ********* ***** ***** my *******. *** ***** 5 ***** **** ** my ****** *******. *** system ******* *** ** us ** ****** *** door ******** ** *** me. * ** ******** to ***** ***** *** validity ** *** ** these *** ******* ***** others **** ** ** jumping ** ***** **** fast. **** *** ****** to ******* *********** *** move ** ***** ***** or ****** ***********. * was ********* *** ***** systems ***** *** **** environments **** **** ****** compliance ******. ***** ** enterprise *** **** **** is ******* ** **** 201, ** **** ***, or ***** ** ******* obligations **** ******** ***** a ****** **** ******* for ***** ** ****** Control? ** ***** ** no ***. **** ** you *****?

***** ** ********** *** user **** ** ******* to **** ***, ** NERC ***, ** ***** or ******* *********** **** consider ***** * ****** like ******* *** ***** OR ****** *******? ** guess ** ** ***. What ** *** *****?

******* *****'* ******** * **** *** compliant ********* ****** ******* ** access. (*************, ****** ****** competitors ***** *** ******* are.) ** **** *****, Verkada ******'* ** *** as **********/*********. ***? *** right ***, *** ****.

*** ***** ****** ****-******** deployments ****'* * *** percentage ** *** ****** market ** *******, *** I ***** ******* ****** focus ** **********/******** ***** things **** ******/******* *****.

**#* **** ***** ******** stood *** *** **. Yes, ***** *** * large ****** ** "***" access ******* ******* ***** days. ** ***** **** physical ******** ** ******* is *** *** *** "hot" ********** ** ******* valley *** ********** ** the ** ****** ***** up *****. * ****** how **** ** *** leadership ***** ** ***** companies *** ******* ** stick ****** *** *, 10, ** ***** ** are **** **** ***** as ***** ***'* ******** working ****** *** **** sellout. * **** **** it ***** ********** ** promote *** **** *************** of *** ****** ********** on *** ******* ******** but ***** **** "****** entrepreneur" ******** ** * long **** ** *****-**/****-**** clearly ****** * ******* of ***** **** *********.

****, **% ** *** executives ** ***** ********* likely **** ** *** of *** ******** ** 2025; *******, *** ***** amount ** ******* ***** them ** ********* **** chance ** ******* *** industry, ********** ***** ********* correctly, ** ** *******, see *** ****** ********* will ** **** ****** control ** * *******.

* ***** **** **** statement. ** *** ****** as ** ******* ******* this ***** ***** * drastic ******** ** *** cloud ****** ************ **** our ******** ***** ****** away **** **-**** *******. I ***** **** **** having *** ***** ** experience **** *** ******** on **** ***** ** increase ***** ******* ***** as **** **** ** our ***** ***** ** roughly *** **** **** system **** ******** *** interfaces *** ****** ************. This ** ********* ********* for *** ***** ***** only ********* ** *********. One ** *** *******, within *** **** *****, was ******* * ******** to **** * ***** customers ****+ ******* ** our *****! **** ********** nearly *** ********* *** 18K *********.

* ****'* *** *** mention ** ********** ** a **** ***** *****?

****** *** ** ********** to ****** *****, *** that *****'* **** ***** to *** *****, ** there's * **** ****** the **** *********** **** need ** ** **** at * ******** ***** supply ******* *********** ** the ***** ***/ ** panel. (*** ** ****** batteries *** ** **** then.)

******* ** ******* **** than ********* "******* *****" at ****. ***** ** that ** *** *** are ****** ** ** it **** ***** **** out ** ******** **** and ******* ****** ** a ********.

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