This is an example, of my one camera, and what kind of
battery life I get, as many guys ask me about how
heavy they are on power etc.
Firstly let me say
different cameras use different batteries, example,
this camera I am quoting on in this article is a
Moultrie 140 with infra red flash – it takes 6 big D
batteries, HOWEVER another camera I use- a Bushnell
Trophy (the latest model in 2010) takes penlights, so
all you do is recharge them! So, it’s no big deal, but
anyway here is your questions answered as to how
heavy they are on diesel….
November 12th / 2009 I went away on a
calling course, so I bought a set of new batteries for
that time, I bought them on October 29th /
2009. I put them in the camera and took about 70
photos to check all was working. I left them in the
camera. Eveready GOLD,
Power plus, 1,5V ( x6). I know these
are not the best batteries around, but just see the
For the 70 photos below and the 950 photos it was
outside in the ON position for over 8 days and nights
In November I took about 70 photos on the course with
the camera, and in December on a hunt over 4 days I
took over 950 photos yes 950 photos! As it was a busy
farm with plenty sheep, cattle, buck etc, so the
camera was really busy. In January 2010 so far I have
taken no pictures.
Today is January 22nd; on my trail camera
the battery metre shows the battery level is
89%. Yes it still is
at 89% in battery power, so it shows just how low
these really are on fuel!
I checked on my battery metre by hand, and all the
batteries (6) say the battery level is 1, 48 and one
said 1, 49.
(They are 1,5V each when new)
2009 - October 29th / 2009 BOUGHT NEW.
TOOK total about 1,200 photos.
2010 - January 22nd batteries are at 89%
Total of 8 days and nights in ON position permanently.
Total power used in 3 months and 1,200 photos later -
So, if this is you and you are trying to save money-
here you can see it does not draw much power at all,
and if you are still unhappy, get trail cams with
Here is a model like the one I use, see all the info
on it and the batteries it uses.
Bushnell Trophy Cam Scouting Camera
• 5.0 mega pixel color day shots / Infrared night
• Invisible infrared flash 24 emitters – 40 ft range
• Adjustable PIR (Lo/Med/Hi) out to 45ft
• Trigger Time - Approx. 1 second
• Time Out Delay between activation - 0-59 sec, 1-60
• Accepts SD Memory cards up to 2GB (not included)
• 5MP and 3MP resolution settings
• 3 picture multi-shot mode
• Day/Night - Video Clips 1-60 seconds
• Date & Time Stamp on every Image!
• Time of Day Operation
• Battery Life - 1 year (mfg claim) ~10,000 pictures
• Runs on 8 AA batteries (not included)
• 6V external battery port
• Dimensions: 6" x 4" x 3" (approximate)
• Weather resistant rubber gasket seal
• 2 year warranty
• Models 119405 (without viewer),
119415 (with viewer)
It is No 5 on this page down the list; also note how
small it is.
This is if you set your trail cam on PHOTOS,
as a video
setting will draw far more power, this is however just
to illustrate how little power a trail camera draws.