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Choosing a security camera power supply can be intimidating. Pick the wrong voltage and you risk frying the internal components of the camera. If the power supply doesn’t have enough amperage, it might cause the camera to power on and off repeatedly.

A camera which uses IR leds needs a greater amount of electricity than one which does not. Using the wrong power supply on a pan tilt zoom camera can even fry the motor! A security camera with a built in motor and a weak power supply might turn on but won’t rotate. These problems give homeowners and small businesses headaches.

Mission critical applications which lose a surveillance system to power can be devastating and expensive. At A1 Security Cameras, we consider every component when designing a security camera system. With a little research, our experts can help you pick the right power supply for your camera.

For more demanding applications like power plants entrances, power backups are necessary to give personnel time to respond loss of electricity occurs. To find a security cameras power requirements, visit the manufacturer’s page and download a specification sheet. If the spec sheet is unavailable, contact the manufacturer. There are a few things to look at when choosing a power supply. Voltage, amperage, and wattage are all determining what kind of power supply your camera needs.

Some security cameras use both 12 and 24 volts AC/DC making them favorites amongst installers and DIY’ers alike. Power supplies are either plugin transformer style a central distribution box for more than one camera. The plug in type is ideal for small systems or security cameras which have a power outlet close by. For a cleaner installation, users can install a centralized power supply box and distribute electricity to all the cameras from one location making it easy to manage.

A power supply can be the difference between a reliable security camera system and a an expensive paperweight. Let us help you decide which power supply is right for your camera.