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Powering a Verkada Camera with a Solar Panel
Powering a Verkada Camera with a Solar Panel

For deployments that don't have a dedicated power source available, a solar panel can be used to power a Verkada camera

Updated over a week ago

This guide will cover some of the basic requirements to power a Verkada camera using solar energy, as well as provide it with internet connectivity using a cellular-based connection.

It's strongly recommended to test all equipment at the planned location for a few days or weeks to ensure everything is working as originally planned. There are usually unexpected variables that you will run into such as a solar panel not producing the expected power or devices consuming more power than originally planned.

Equipment list: 

  • Solar panel

  • Battery to store solar energy with a DC power output

  • 802.3af, 802.3at, or 802.3bt PoE switch or injector (802.3at is required for the PoE heater to function on outdoor Verkada cameras, and 802.3bt is required to fully power a CH52-E)

  • Ethernet cables

  • Cellular connected cradlepoint (required, assuming an ISP connection isn't available)

  • Surge protector (recommended)

  • Water-resistant hardware enclosure for battery, cradlepoint, PoE switch, or injector (strongly recommended)

  • Backup gas powered generator (optional)

Verkada camera running on solar energy

Things to keep in mind when selecting which type or capacity of equipment to use:

  • Amount of devices being powered and their expected power consumption

  • Amount of direct sunlight expected to hit the solar cells on the solar panel

  • Amount of time sunlight may not be available

  • Possible weather conditions the deployment may be exposed to such as wind, rain, snow, or sleet

  • Weight and size of equipment (if the deployment needs to be fully mobile)

Camera power consumption by model:

  • D30, CD52 (Indoor), CD62 (Indoor): 11W

  • CD42 (Indoor): 9W

  • Dome (CD) Series Outdoor, Bullet (CB) Series Outdoor: 12W, 20W (extended temperature range)

  • CF81: 13W, 23W (extended temperature range)

  • CH52: 27.69W, 38.68W (extended temperature range)

If you still have further questions regarding your deployment after reading this article, please contact Verkada Sales. 

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