Google’s Nest devices are getting quite popular given their relatively high technical specs, easy installation, and affordable prices. Many people ask, how long do the Nest camera batteries last? That’s a good question because people need to know how long before the batteries expire and Nest cameras stop recording.
Nest Cam batteries last approximately 7 months if they’re set to record 4 events per day. The more events set for recording, the shorter the battery’s lifespan. If you set 12 events (videos) per day, the batteries will last 3 months.
If set on 20 videos per day, they’ll last merely 45 days. However, you can plug the camera into a power source and you don’t have to worry about batteries anymore.
According to Nest, the battery’s lifespan and reliability depend on the type of recording setting and the temperature. For example, the number of videos (motion events) set for recording will affect how long the batteries last, the image quality as well. More recordings, more power needed by the camera, the faster the batteries will expire.
Generally speaking, Nest camera batteries will last as shown below:
- 7 months: If the camera is set to record 4 videos per day based on motion detection at regular video settings.
- 3 months: If the camera is set to record 12 motion videos a day.
- 45 days: If the camera is set to record 20 motion videos per day.
As we mentioned earlier, video quality affected the longevity of the batteries as well. The clearer the image, the more power will the camera require to process it, hence, the shorter the batteries’ lifespan.
How often can the Nest batteries be charged before completely expiring
Nest cam batteries are rechargeable and you can reuse them continuously on your cameras. Usually, they can last for a few years with proper care and maintenance.
These batteries are not waterproof and you need to install them correctly and ensure that no water will go in and keep them dry. Any water close to the batteries may damage them and you’ll need to completely replace them.
Another thing to consider, the batteries need to be replaced before they are completely discharged. The app will notify you when the camera’s batteries are about to die, and you should recharge them as soon as possible. If you wait until the camera dies, then the longevity of the battery will be gradually shortened.
Another thing, the lower the temperatures, the quicker the battery will be discharged. You need to take the temperature levels into consideration if you plan to install the cameras outdoors and in colder climates (especially during the wintertime).
How to make Nest cam batteries last longer?
There are things, you can make the batteries last longer in one charge, and you can make them have a longer lifespan before they can’t be recharged anymore. To make the batteries last longer you need to:
- Reduce the video quality. Be careful not to go too low, otherwise, the recordings won’t be very clear.
- Keep the number of events low. The lower the number of recorded videos, the longer the battery will last.
- Lower the pre and after-record settings.
- Consult the camera’s guide on how to increase the longevity of the batteries.
Nest cameras are considered smart and they can tell the difference between animals and people. You can tweak the settings to record only meaningful events and avoid unusable clips of winds shaking the trees, or insects or animals triggering the camera.
Should I use the Nest cam outdoors?
Nest battery-powered cameras are supposed to be multipurpose, meaning they can be used indoors and outdoors. However, the cameras are not properly designed for outdoor use, especially if the camera will be exposed to harsh elements.
While it may be okay to install the camera under a soffit, we’d suggest being careful if installing the camera in an unprotected spot. The Nest cam is not waterproof and the unit will be damaged if the water goes inside.
So, if you need to install the Nest cam outside, try to install it under a soffit on a protected spot. Additionally, you may use third-party waterproof housing and place the camera inside. These housings should protect the camera from rain, snow, heavy wind, etc. Ensure any wire is secured and waterproofed.
The Nest cam batteries last a few months depending on the recording settings set on the camera. The rule is that more motion recording clips and the higher the quality of them, the shorter the lifespan of the battery. You need to recharge the cameras’ batteries once every 3-7 months.
As shown above, you can extend the battery’s life by adjusting the camera settings and taking proper care of them. Also, you need to ensure the water doesn’t get into the batteries’ compartment.
If the battery life span is not enough for you, consider getting a wired IP camera system and you’ll never need to worry about batteries expiring.