On this installment of Buy or Bust I’m going to show you how to convert your trail camera from a battery draining box to a solar powered beast. The Cabela's External Battery Box/Solar Panel with 6-Volt Battery. This solar unit voids the need for batteries on your existing trail camera and uses solar power to run it instead. In general, most cameras require 8-12 AA batteries and depending on the frequency of which they take photos the batteries have varied life spans. However, you can take it to the bank that you’ll have to change your batteries no less than once a month in most cases. Now, let's do a quick wallet check. One jumbo pack of batteries costs about $20, or about $1 each. That’s $8-$12 every time you change the batteries on your trail camera. Depending on how many trail cameras you run, that can become a pricey ordeal. The Cabela's External Battery Box/Solar Panel with 6-Volt Battery is $39.99, a price point that will more than pay for itself in just one season of running your trail camera(s).
This Cabela's External Battery Box/Solar Panel with 6-Volt Battery is essentially a rechargeable external battery with adjustable solar panel that connects to your trail camera via a biteproof cable and allows you to mount your camera directly to the box. You can use it with or without the included solar panel, and it enables you to capture about 7,000 nighttime images on just a single charge. Using the solar panel allows you to take unlimited photos as it keeps the 6-volt rechargeable battery fully charged. The biteproof cable works with all Cabela’s trail cameras and the unit is also compatible with Primos and Bushnell trail cameras as well. The USB outlet also gives you the ability to charge your devices in the field if necessary.
It might be time to go green, friends. Put down that Duracell, leave the Bunny behind. Check out the Cabela's External Battery Box/Solar Panel with 6-Volt Battery available at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.