The below may vary depending on the camera. The below is based on our 4K UHD Camera.
- The Camera draws around 8 watts
- The 4G Router draws around 4 watts
The combined draw can change slightly when the camera is in standby mode or sending an image. When we tested the 4K system it was using 10 watts in standby and 12 watts when sending an image.
OUR UK PARTNERS HAVE DEPLOYED THE FOLLOWING SOLAR SYSTEM WITH SUCCESS
- 1 x 200 Watt Panel
- 1 x 110ah Battery – Leisure / Deep Cycle
- 1 x Solar charge controller
- 1 x Pole, Ground or Roof Mount
- 1 x Required red and black solar cable, usually 2.5mm
If your solar camera project is overseas you may be able to deploy a smaller panel. Consult with your local solar supplier and provide them with the above power draw
The solar charge controller has a “Load Ouput” and this is where you wire in our hardware ( 4G Router & Camera ). One terminal block is + and the other -. You wire in red and black solar cable, usually 2.5mm but please consult with your solar supplier. The other 2 x inputs are the Battery and Solar Panel.
SET UP 1
This direct set up consumes less power. All quite simple, the camera connects to the 4G router on a outdoor data cable. It conencts to the Solar Charge Controller with red and black solar cable. Same with the camera, it connects to the Solar Charge Controller with red and black solar cable.
SET UP 2
This 2nd option can be used: In this set up we use a DC-Input POE injector. The POE Injector and 4G router both take the 12V input through the red and black cable. Then the camera connects and powers over a data cable.
WHY & WHEN WOULD YOU USE THIS ?
This set up adds extra hardware, so why would you use this ? Not every camera we use has a green 12V DC Terminal block available, like in the set up above. Also this set up requires just one cable running to the camera, as the blue data cable powers & connects the camera. This could be useful if the camera location is a very far distance from the solar hardware.
USING A CONNECTOR BLOCK
SET UP 3
The below example is using some kind of connector block. This method removes the need to double up on red and black cable going into the load terminal on the Solar Charge Controller.
You will need a cabinet to house your Battery in. This is something you need to procure. Our 4G Control Box will not fit your battery in. Most people tend to secure the cabinet at the foot of the pole or camera location. In this enclosure would be your Battery, Solar Charge Controller, Our 4G Router and possible the DC POE Injector as show in SET UP 2.
Please note: Burgess Technologies does not employ registered electricians or install solar. The above are hints and tips we have picked up from partners instaling our system with solar. We have had solar projects running for over 2 years now which have passed through winters with no issues.
The below displays the solar kit list we mentioned at the start of this page. A 200 watt panel, a solar panel pole mount, an enclosure to house your battery in and within that enclosure would be our network and cellular hardware.