How long is the Canary Flex Battery Life?
The Canary Flex comes with a 6700 mAh lithium ion battery. Canary calls it an “extended-life rechargeable battery”. The battery is used only when the camera is unplugged and using features like Infrared motion detection, watching live feed and a dropping Wi-Fi connection. If the Canary Flex is plugged in at all times then it will use the battery as a backup power source. On a single charge and at normal usage the battery life of Canary Flex is two to three months.
Improve Canary Flex Battery Life
You can extend the Canary Flex’s battery life by making sure you use the following tips:
Configure the motion detection as per your need
Canary Flex uses the most energy when recording motion. It uses the infrared sensor to do so. The more the motion it detects while unplugged, more the battery is drained.
Make sure that you set your device to private if it’s present indoors and turn on Auto-mode switching.
You can also adjust the recording range of the Flex. A shorter range will help conserve power and increase your battery life.
Let the camera notify you about motion detection only while you are away from home. This can be done via geofencing.
Stable Wi-Fi Connection
Canary Flex needs to be connected to the internet in order to record video. If the Wi-Fi signal is weak, it could cause your device do lose connection to the local network.
If your camera keeps disconnecting from the internet, the constant reattempts at connecting would drastically reduce your battery life.
The Canary Flex uses a low-power standby state when unplugged. This reduces the connection attempts. Nonetheless, the battery life is affected.
Make sure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection with a strong signal for your Canary Flex.
Canary Flex has an operating temperature range of -4° to 113 °F with deviations permitted to 122 °F. At temperatures lower than 40°F the ability to hold charge reduces.
Since Canary Flex is easy to move, you should bring it indoors when the temperature is very high or low.
Canary Flex Placement and Live Feed
Place the Canary Flex in an area with minimal background activity. If the device is in wire-free mode and there is constant background activity detected the battery will drain faster.
Limit the number of times you pull live feed from the Canary Flex when it’s in wire-free mode. Live feed drains the battery.
The Canary Flex App displays the charge stats on the home screen. You can monitor your battery levels via the app or set the app such that it notifies you when the camera needs to be charged.
Connect Canary Flex to a Power Source
To do away with the hassle of recharging your Canary Flex you can plug it in to a power source at all times. The USB cable that it comes with is weatherproof, the power adaptor that plugs into the wall is not. This means that you need to get a waterproof outlet cover to protect the AC adaptor of the Canary Flex.
The main advantage of plugging in your Canary Flex is that you can pull live feed at a much faster speed.
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