hashwhy 5V MicroUPS for 5V Wireless CCTV Home Security Cameras

The market has now wireless CCTV Home security cameras from Mi, Yi IoT, RealMe, Qubo, Ezwiz etc which run on 5V. The independent cameras can be easily placed anywhere and are connected to the internet. They are a cost effective way for surveillance as they don’t need DVR or other expensive and bulky accessories. They also come with easy plug and play, which also reduces the wiring expenses.

RegalDream Technologies (our parent company) has launched the MicroUPS for 5V devices in June 2020 ( https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07YQ8C5PC ) The product came with 5000mAh battery capacity and a 5V 2A output capability. The above video shows the endurance test for the 5000mAh version of MicroUPS with the Mi 1080p home smart security camera.

hashwhy MicroUPS takes in the same battery backup capacity from its predecessor. hashwhy MicroUPS also has a better switching characteristic and a 3A current capacity compared to the 5V 2A output of the earlier version. hashwhy MicroUPS also has a USB C port to enable users the ease to plug in their devices. The output port is still the USB A port.

Some users had found the backup to be inadequate for their use. Thus we have brought in bigger batteries for the same. hashwhy MicroUPS now comes in 3 battery configurations, 5000mAh, 7500mAh and 10000mAh. The power handling capability remains the same.

The following is the maximum expected backup hours obtained while testing, with minimal movement on the camera. When using the IR night visions and motion sensors, the cameras showed a much less backup time, dropping up to 50% for cameras with very powerful IR lights, such as the Mi 1080p steady state and Ezviz steady 1080p smart security camera. The following is the result obtained on Mi 1080p 360 degree camera.

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It is advisable to opt for 5000mAh version if you need a small backup duration and 10000mAh if you need a very long power backup duration for almost a days outage, especially in remote areas. The power backup duration can drop down for other cameras. For instance, ezviz camera runs for about 5-7 hours only on 5000mAh, with IR sensors on. If your application is indoors or where the light is low, we would recommend that you add more battery power to your buy list as the IR consumes a significant amount of power when in night vision.

The Expected Maximum Backup Hours for Some CCTV Wireless Cameras

The following results are collected from the users who use hashwhy devices. These are real life figures and could vary depending on configurations and power consumption of your device, such as IR and night vision usages. These are for references only, and are in no way guaranteed. A normal CCTV camera consumes very less power during the day, and significantly higher power during the night, when it has to emit IR or do image processing. Given below are the maximum backup duration experienced. These can vary with cameras and their configurations. For example, the Mi 360 degree camera, which normally runs for more than 11 hours during the day on the 5000mAh MicroUPS, lasts only for 70% of that time, when it is in low light vision for a few hours. If the hours are extended and the movements and other power consuming features are more, the back up duration can drop down significantly.

Mi 360 degree camera

5000mAh - 11hr
7500mAh - 16hr
10000mAh - 22hr

RealMe 360 degree camera

5000mAh - 11hr
7500mAh - 16hr
10000mAh - 22hr

Mi 1080p camera

5000mAh - 12hr
7500mAh - 18hr
10000mAh - 24hr

Ezviz 1080p camera

5000mAh - 8hr
7500mAh - 12hr
10000mAh - 16hr

D-Link HD camera

5000mAh - 9hr
7500mAh - 14hr
10000mAh - 18hr

Typical Installation Methods - Indoor & Outdoor

The most common method how our MicroUPS is installed for a CCTV is inside a 6×6 inch junction box, which is easily available. The MicroUPS is housed inside the junction box, and is invisible to a normal person. They believe that the camera goes off with power and they can’t see the UPS. Thus, the UPS system is secured from a common man. Even if the main power is switched off, the camera still remains on from the battery. The camera is usually placed on top of the junction box as well. This ensures that the wires from the UPS to the CCTV Camera is not accessible to be cut off. The wire from the UPS out is taken through a small opening just below the CCTV Camera. This is the most adopted method as this requires the intruder to remove the camera or UPS to escape surveillance and both are placed in a very high inaccessible area. This method is also used as a back-up camera for the normal DVR systems to check if someone is tampering with the DVR to ensure a second layer of safety.

MicroUPS is not water-proof on its own. The CCTV installation service providers install the MicroUPS in the 6×6 inch junction box, and seal the box, which prevents water from getting in. Also, placing the junction box in a water free location, and then extending the wire to the outdoor camera could also be used for installing the MicroUPS outdoors, especially in outdoor remote locations.