Status Update Interpretation

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  • John Lockburner

    Are you using a 20 watt panel? If so something isn't right.

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  • Mike Cox

    15 watt panel

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  • John Lockburner

    I'm sorry, I meant 12 volt.

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  • Mike Cox

    The only panels I see at Spartan are 10 watt and 15 watt.

    I have the 15 watt.

    The camera is new and has been online less than a month.

    I have the camera set for status updates at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

    When I received this mornings update it still showed AA external voltage (8.98 volts). By 8:00 a.m. the solar panel voltage has been 19.00 to 21.00 volts depending on sun.

    There was activity in front of the camera midday today and the updated status report after pictures still showed what appeared to be AA voltage rather than solar panel voltage.

    Not sure how to determine if there is a camera problem or a solar panel problem.

    Thanks

    Mike

     

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  • John Lockburner

    I'm thinking it's a panel issue but can't say for sure. Any chance something might have jumped on the panel and tilted it down?

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  • Mike Cox

    No, I just got back from checking the panel and also checked to make sure something hadn't chewed the wiring.

    Last weekend on the 8:00 a.m. status update it showed AA external voltage. I went to the camera and did a walk test. After the walk test the status update report indicated solar panel voltage. It had been reporting fine until today.

    Is there any chance that with the internal voltage being so high that the camera would not recognize the solar panel or allow it to charge the internal battery?

    The activity in front of this camera has slowed dramatically and the internal voltage has stayed at or above 4.03 for a few days

    I'll see how we get along tomorrow.

    Thanks

    Mike

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  • Mike Cox

    For the last five days external voltage has been AA voltage between 9.00V & 10.00V.

    I've checked connections couple of times, pulled them apart, put them back together, still no external voltage above 9.75V.

    Camera seems to work fine otherwise.

    Other camera and solar panel will give readings of 17+V on foggy mornings, 20+V on a cloudy day and 21+ on a sunny day.

    Any suggestions?

    Mike

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Can you try swapping the solar panels (or cameras)? 

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  • Mike Cox

    I can, but I didn't want to disturb the other area just yet. Have some pretty nice bucks staying close and didn't want to push them.

    I tried to order another solar panel and cable off of the Spartan website but did not see an option for just the panel and cable.

    If switching cameras or panels is the only option, that's what I'll do.

    Mike

     

     

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    I'm only suggesting it because it's a quick way to determine whether the problem is the camera or the power cable/solar panel.

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  • Mike Cox

    I understand and appreciate your suggestion.

    I'll let you know how it turns out.

    Thanks!

    Mike

     

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Being able to swap out parts is often the quickest way of figuring out which part of the system is the culprit. If it seems to be the solar panel, it could be a loose cable connection to the panel or bad cable. Better to find out it’s the cable or panel than the camera, but regardless, knowing where the problem is gets you that much closer to a resolution.

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  • John Lockburner

    Do you have a multimeter? You could check voltage at the plug between the panel and cable and at the plug that goes into the camera. To check the plug that goes into the camera you will need a short piece of wire or paperclip to check inside of the plug. If you use a paperclip use one that doesn't have the plastic coating or scrape it off so it can make contact.

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  • Mike Cox

    Haven't been able to make it back to the camera yet.

    I will let you know.

    Thank you!

    Mike

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