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12-21-2012, 08:05 PM
what is the best game camera for cold weather. I have moultrie and wildlife veiw and the cold is raiseing hell with my batt life. usually my batt life only last a day or 2. looking at a cuddie back, any opinions?
I've had good luck with the moultries.. Try using lithium batteries, and setting your cams to only take one pic a minute.. That should really extend battery life.
12-21-2012, 11:54 PM
If you don't mind spending the money a cuddie back is the best.
12-22-2012, 12:14 AM
Doesn't have much to do with the camera, it's the batteries that fail at low temps.
Normal low temps like 30 or so doesn't screw things up too bad but the colder it gets the worse they are. At 0 degrees brand new batteries have about 40% of the available power they would have at 60 degrees.
We run a bunch of cameras in the elk woods over the winter and we get a couple months on a new set of batteries max without taking more than 20 or so pictures. The rechargeable batteries will probably perform worse than standard batteries.
12-22-2012, 02:00 AM
Just a thought but possibly find someway to insulate the camera in order to keep batteries a bit warmer possibly wrapping the whole deal and cutting the openings needed. Be inexpensive compared to a new setup
12-22-2012, 06:57 PM
havent tried lithium batts yet. I think that this year alone I could've went on a hunting trip with the amount of batt I've used.
12-22-2012, 07:26 PM
I use Reconyx, they are easy on batteries.
01-27-2013, 05:01 PM
borrowed a friends cuddeback, and put it our for 3 weeks in sub zero weather and never changed the batteries once.
Was really inpressed. Had many nights that it was well under 0 deg. and it didn't have any effect on the cameras operation. I am going to try a cuddeback and maybe a recon they have peaked my interest to.
01-27-2013, 05:45 PM
Reconyx, look no further.
03-23-2013, 09:11 AM
I just came across this post and as it is this post hits right where my job is. I happen to work for one of the main battery manufacturing companies out there testing batteries in all types of products in all types of environments. I can go into great scientific detail if wanted, but in short, if you have a camera and it will use 2a batteries. Go with lithium. Lithium batteries are minimally effected by cold weather (even to -45) and they are best suited for quick bursts with high drain requirements i.e. a digital camera.
If you are looking to get a new camera go with a camera that advertises long battery life, like the previously mentioned reconyx or a cuddeback. I prefer cuddeback for the cost. I can buy 2 of these for every reconyx and I don't notice a difference in the picture quality IMHO. If you go with the new version of the cuddeback or stealth or moultrie or whatever you desire look for one that uses 2a batteries and buy lithium batteries. They are more expensive but I notice 6-8 times the life with the lithium batteries compared to regular alkaline batteries and even longer when the temperature starts getting below zero. The difference between alkaline and lithium will become even greater if the camera is taking large amounts of pictures. In the long run lithium will be cheaper. Also, for what it is worth never use rechargeable unless you are willing to frequently check your camera (like every couple days). Rechargeable batteries are nice but not very convenient and do not last very long in a high drain application such as picture taking.
03-23-2013, 09:29 AM
The reconyx and cuddeback are pretty pricey. My dad has owned numerous cuddeback, and had problems with all of them. I've got a primos truth35 (about 75$) and was blown away by the battery life. Over 2000 pics on one set of batteries, with 1200 of them in a 3 week period of a cold Minnesota winter. We're talking night temps from 0-20 below. That's with standard nicad batteries. An added bonus is they're easy to use.
03-23-2013, 04:53 PM
Bushnell Trophy Cams have a long battery life. I put them out in Jan and they will take pics all through the winter. I can get 5 months of life out of the lithium batteries in temps down to -25•. Usually the card is full or close to it. They advertise 1 year of battery life and I would say in decent weather they do a achieve it. I run 8 trophy cams and have had to send only one back because of it continually taking pics without being triggered. No other issues with them.
03-23-2013, 06:48 PM
I like nimh batteries and have honestly had all kinds of heck with the newer cuddeback IR cams. At one time they were the best available, but they didn't improve from there. The ones I have that will keep battery life are the mid level spy point & primos cams. The xcam blackouts (primos) maintained about 26000 pics on sets of batteries, shooting 3 shot bursts w/ 10s delay.
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