INTCAM: Maximizing Battery Performance


Userlevel 4
Badge +2
The length of time your camera can operate on a full charge depends on a myriad of factors, such as how frequently you use it for live video streaming, how frequently motion activity is detected, the wireless connection quality, as well as the local environmental conditions.

Here are some simple and practical tips to get more battery life out of your camera:
  • Make sure your camera’s firmware is the latest version.
  • Limit the amount of time (no more than a few minutes a day) streaming live video from your camera when you want to prioritize battery life.
  • Your camera will last longer when you stream at a lower resolution. The fewer pixels that your camera has to stream, the less power it uses.
  • Lower the motion sensor sensitivity or turn off the motion sensor to conserve battery life if you don’t need to monitor for activity, for example, when everyone’s home.
  • Make sure your camera is properly positioned to eliminate any false motion triggering. The more events the camera records, the faster the battery life will drain. Adjust your camera angle downward so its field of view is focused only on the immediate area of concern and excludes as much background activity as possible. If placed outdoors, avoid spots where your camera will be directly exposed to sunlight during the day. Also, take note of shiny surfaces in the vicinity, such as house or car windows, which can reflect sunlight and set off the motion sensor.
  • Going away for a short trip? Give your camera a full charge the night before.
  • As a general rule, the nearer your camera is to your router, the better the wireless connection quality and battery performance. Your camera will work harder and use more power trying to maintain wireless connection the further it is away from your router. (Note: Physical obstructions in your home such as brick walls and metal frames can also interfere and degrade the Wi-Fi signal.)
  • If your camera has poor Wi-Fi reception where it is located, consider installing a Wi-Fi range extender, or if you've have an older router, upgrade to a current generation high performance router— either option is an effective way of increasing the Wi-Fi coverage range and boosting the Wi-Fi signal in and around your home, which can help to improve your camera's battery life.
  • Your camera can operate over a wide temperature range, however, in freezing conditions, the battery discharges more quickly and will not hold a charge for as long as it normally would in more moderate climates.

5 replies

I'd prefer it if the camera could actually record long enough to capture all the activity. How long the battery lasts means nothing if all you capture is a car drive up and miss the people getting out and breaking into your home.
Really unhappy with the battery on our SWWHD-INTCAM. just fully charged it at the weekend, re-installed it in witchy on Sunday morning and 24 hours later is totally flat. All the settings are as per instructions for "longer battery life", at this stage the 500 charges will last less than a year! It does not do what it should.
Userlevel 4
Badge +2
Hi Richo,

We would like to know more about your concern. Please create a separate thread and provide details that will help our investigation such as where is it mounted, how far is it from the router, how often does it detect movements, and anything that seems relevant to recording and WiFi connectivity.
JohnL wrote:

The length of time your camera can operate on a full charge depends on a myriad of factors, such as how frequently you use it for live video streaming, how frequently motion activity is detected, the wireless connection quality, as well as the local environmental conditions.

Here are some simple and practical tips to get more battery life out of your camera:

  • Make sure your camera’s firmware is the latest version.
  • Limit the amount of time (no more than a few minutes a day) streaming live video from your camera when you want to prioritize battery life.
  • Your camera will last longer when you stream at a lower resolution. The fewer pixels that your camera has to stream, the less power it uses.
  • Lower the motion sensor sensitivity or turn off the motion sensor to conserve battery life if you don’t need to monitor for activity, for example, when everyone’s home.
  • Make sure your camera is properly positioned to eliminate any false motion triggering. The more events the camera records, the faster the battery life will drain. Adjust your camera angle downward so its field of view is focused only on the immediate area of concern and excludes as much background activity as possible. If placed outdoors, avoid spots where your camera will be directly exposed to sunlight during the day. Also, take note of shiny surfaces in the vicinity, such as house or car windows, which can reflect sunlight and set off the motion sensor.
  • Going away for a short trip? Give your camera a full charge the night before.
  • As a general rule, the nearer your camera is to your router, the better the wireless connection quality and battery performance. Your camera will work harder and use more power trying to maintain wireless connection the further it is away from your router. (Note: Physical obstructions in your home such as brick walls and metal frames can also interfere and degrade the Wi-Fi signal.)
  • If your camera has poor Wi-Fi reception where it is located, consider installing a Wi-Fi range extender, or if you've have an older router, upgrade to a current generation high performance router— either option is an effective way of increasing the Wi-Fi coverage range and boosting the Wi-Fi signal in and around your home, which can help to improve your camera's battery life.
  • Your camera can operate over a wide temperature range, however, in freezing conditions, the battery discharges more quickly and will not hold a charge for as long as it normally would in more moderate climates.



ive had one camera both switches on and off charging for 4 days now about 5-10% each day. also why is it when you zoom it freezes the frame and is not in real-time. it looks like someone has edited it and layered the image on top so it looks real but zoom in and you can see raindrops repeating. i’ve also discovered that somehow an FTP was opened on one of them which also somehow to enable FRP on my router!! i’ve now bought 2 Swannn One systems that never worked and just sit here and now more problems with these pieces of shite - u need to be able to disable the functions at the back to
stop people from resetting them.
This doesn't answer why the camera only charges to 5-10%. I have one camera whichtakes many hours to come up to show a charge of 52%. The other 3 cameras charge to 100% in less time.

Reply