Has anyone else encountered solar panels no longer charging their cameras?
I’ve got Reolink Solar panels connected to two of my 2c cameras, but I’ve noticed they are no longer charging the cameras.
I’ve checked both solar panels and they charge other usb items like power banks and mobile phones, even on a cloudy overcast day. I’m wondering has Eufy done a firmware update so cameras will only charge from Eufy solar panels now.
Has anyone else experienced a similar issue with solar power charging?
Have you changed the Power source setting? Eufy did an update that added a power source setting that will let you choose between battery and solar panel. The setting is at the bottom of the Power Manager page for each camera. This is probably to keep the charge controller from overcharging when hooked to the solar panel, but it may have other functionality.
but. @preset mentioned is possibly why it’s no longer charging the cameras. If they reached max charge then the controller would shut off stopping them from being overcharged. Also make sure the panels are clean, dirt/dust/pollen can impede charging and with as much pollen that’s been blanketing some states it would be enough to disrupt solar charging.
Same issue here. Although I’m using a different solar panels, they were working a couple of weeks ago but now no longer charging the eufy cameras.
Solar panels are working and charging other devices fine.
Are the cams losing charge or just staying at around the same level? If they are losing charge while still hooked up, then you may have had more activations or longer recordings and the solar power isn’t enough to compensate. If the cams are just staying at a point somewhere between 80-95% and not charging further, that’s just the charge controller shutting down early to prevent overcharge. It sounds like your panels are OK.
For about $10 on Amazon, you can get a USB voltmeter that will tell you voltage and current from the panel. If you go that route, make sure that one or both of the connections on the voltmeter has a micro-usb connector so you can plug it between the solar panel cord and the camera.
Mine started the same last week. It drains the battery and in Solar Panel Mode, it doesn’t recharge …
Switched now to battery mode and it indicates charging (via the connected panel, now from 2% to 5% with loading flash displayed) … very strange
If you are down to less than 20%, I would charge it manually until it gets to 80-90%. That way the solar panel doesn’t have to work so hard to bring it back. The Eufy panels are only 2.6 watts, which is good enough for maintaining a charge under normal conditions.
If you have more than 10 activations a day, or recording times longer than 30 seconds, or both, you could still draw your batteries down even when they are hooked to the panel. The panel only supplies a max of 500 ma of current under full sunlight, so cloudy or shaded, it won’t provide enough to catch up if your activations go up or your recording times are longer.
I’m having the same problem, it started about 3-4 week ago… I have the Eufy solar panels with the EufyCam 2c pro cameras.
I’m having the same problem. Two 2c cameras; one charges with the solar panel and one doesn’t. Checked the panel to make sure there wasn’t something wrong with it. I recharged the camera via usb and it is losing power. The other 2c camera is at 100%.
The Reolink Solar panel produces too high a voltage in very bright light (our now current summer). This interferes with the eufy cam circuitry (not Reolinks own cameras though).
You could try pointing the camera down at an angle to avoid strong summer sunlight.
It should show the moving charging indicator if working and in non solar mode.
An issue I found is if switching to solar mode it will stop charging and even switching back to non solar does not fix this. You have to switch the camera off from the app and physically block light to the solar panel. It will then start charging again on reintroduction of low-level light.
It seems to be an issue with eufycam charging circuitry not liking over voltages. It likely worked for you before because we weren’t in the middle of summer.
Let me know if this works for you
A further update from my last post. When the sunlight level is less bright ( summer evening) - you can switch between in battery and solar charging without issue - it will show the active charging when on battery mode without having to switch the camera on and off.
Even having adjusted the solar panel downward, summer sunlight is still too bright causing the camera not to charge. I am going to experiment with a step down voltage converter - buck converter - to see if this helps. I suppose a simpler option maybe to put some coloured filter over the solar panel.