Powering your Blink camera with USB

Use this article to understand how to install a micro USB cable on a Blink camera.

The USB port on the back of all Blink cameras can be used with a micro USB cable and adapter to power them, rather than using batteries. Plugging your camera into power adapter with a USB cable allows the batteries to not drain as quickly. This can be beneficial for cameras that are frequently used or capture motion or live view often.

  • For proper safety, use a 5V/1A USB power adapter.
  • Blink Mini cameras do not use batteries and are powered by USB. A cable and power adapter comes included in the box.
  • DO NOT force the adapter into a power outlet.
  • DO NOT expose the adapter, metal connectors, or cable to liquids.
  • If the adapter or cable appears damaged, discontinue use immediately.
  • Be sure to hold the plug, not the cable, when plugging in or out. Grabbing the cable may damage the wire or cause problem.
  • DO NOT install when it is raining.
  • DO NOT install on a hot surface or metal surface (one that stores heat).
  • Ensure the cable is securely fastened along its length and be aware of hazards from a weed whacker, hedge trimmer, or similar equipment.
  • DO NOT expose the adapter to corrosive materials.

Using a USB cable with a power adapter

Indoor camera use

  • There will be a small amount of drain on your batteries even when your device is powered by a USB cable.

  • Use only size AA 1.5 volt lithium non-rechargeable batteries. The lithium batteries that are included with the Blink device do not have any capability of being recharged.

    • Do not use lithium-ion, alkaline, or rechargeable batteries in your Blink camera.

    • Remove the batteries if you are planning to store your Blink devices for an extended time period.

  • If the camera is powered by USB with batteries installed and the power goes out, the camera will continue to run on the available battery power.

    • However, if both your Sync Module and Wi-Fi router are not running on backup power, your camera will not function.

    • If your Sync Module is offline and your Wi-Fi is functional, your camera may continue to detect motion and record and upload clips for a short time period.

    • When power returns, your battery indicator for this camera will display the batteries as OK due to the USB power, but the batteries may be low or depleted.

Outdoor camera use

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