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Solar Power Enclosures

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  • Product Codes: SOLAR-6W
    SOLAR-9W

     

    The CamDo Solar Power System is designed for use with our Blink controller board for long term operation of GoPro cameras off the grid for time lapse photography and wildlife photography or security when Blink is combined with our X-Band Motion Sensor.

    Our outdoor enclosure is fitted with a sturdy aluminum mounting bracket that contains multiple 1/4"-20 threaded holes on the top, back, and bottom for use with standard tripod screws. It also has 2 slots at the back for using straps to attach the enclosure to a pole. The solar panel is removable and attached to the top of the enclosure using a dual ball socket arm so it can be positioned for optimum sun exposure. The solar panel charges the included Lithium Polymer battery which outputs 5 volts to power the camera or other accessories in a weatherproof enclosure.

    We offer a choice of a 6 watt or 9 watt solar panel. If your installation is an area where less than approximately 5.5 hours of sunshine is present each day, we recommend the 9W solar panel option which provides 50% greater capacity in harnessing the sun's energy. On the 9 watt option, we also offer the choice between a V15 (while supplies last) or V44 battery. The 6 watt option includes a V15 battery.

    The enclosures are designed to be crushproof and dust tight. Inside the weather resistant enclosure contains an aluminum bracket designed to hold the GoPro camera, and CamDo Controller board. It is possible to access the SD card, or USB connector without removing the camera. If the camera needs to be replaced, the fit is extraordinarily tight, guaranteeing that the camera will be in the exact same position as before. The interior has space for extra batteries or other accessories. The enclosure is fitted with a standard 55mm filter adapter and a neutral density UV optical glass “digital filter” is included. You can replace the filter with your filter of choice.

    camera_enhanceSecure Camera Alignment

    • The camera mounting allows the SD card to be removed without disturbing the camera position.
    • The camera can even be removed and replaced without changing the alignment because the fit is perfectly sized to the camera

    aspect_ratioSpace for Additional Accessories

    • There is plenty of extra room for a larger battery or other USB powered accessories, or for charging your cellphone in the field.

    cameraAdjustable Lens Filter

    • The enclosure is fitted with a standard 55mm filter adapter. You can replace the lens with your 55mm filter of choice.

    extensionMounting and Locking Options

    DRY Enclosure for GoPro CamerasOur case has several mounting options for different situations. There are two ¼” locking holes, one on each side of the case, through which bolts, threaded rods, or U-bolts can be used to secure the contents of the box as well as attach it to to a mounting bracket on a wall or pole. 

    CamDo Solutions Solar Enclosure MountingThere are 2 slots on the back of the aluminum mounting bracket which allow it to be easily attached to a pole or structure using straps such as hose clamps or zip ties. The tripod screw holes at the back of the bracket can then be used to angle the camera. 

    CamDo Solutions Solar Enclosure Mounting BracketWe also offer a high quality swivel mount bracket that can be added to your system which allows fantastic aiming flexibility. Read more here.


    CamDo Solutions Solar Enclosure Aluminum BracketThe aluminum mounting bracket has multiple tripod screw holes on the top, back and bottom that can be used with any standard photographic tripod or mounting bracket with a normal tripod thread (1/4" x 20). 1/4 x 20 bolts are easily obtained from any hardware store if you are making your own mount. There are hundreds of different compatible mounting brackets and
    magic arm brackets. Magic Arm Brackets


    Solar Panel Specifications (6 Watt):

    • Dimensions: 220 x 175 x 5mm (8.7 x 6.9 x 0.2 in)
    • Weight: 241 g (8.5 oz)
    • Cell Type: Monocrystalline
    • Open Circuit Voltage: 7.0 V
    • Peak Voltage: 6.0 V
    • Peak Current: 975 mA
    • Peak Power: 5.85 W
    • Cell Efficiency: 18%

    Battery Specifications (V15):

    • Capacity: 4,000 mAH, 15 Wh
    • Output: 5 V, 1000 mA
    • Input: 5-6 V, 1000 mA
    • Maximum Output Power: 5 Watts
    • Weight: 4.4 oz (126 g)
    • Dimensions: 4" x 2.6" x 0.6" (102 x 65 x 16 mm)
    • Always On Mode - does not shut down when camera is charged
    • Protection: Overcharge, Over discharge, Over Current, Short Circuit
    • LEDs light sequentially when charging to indicate the current capacity

    Enclosure Specifications:

    • Material: NK-7 Polypropylene Resin
    • Exterior Dimensions: 9.1" x 6.8" x 3.8" (231 x 173 x 97 mm)
    • Interior Dimensions: 7.4" x 4.9" x 3.1" (188 x 124 x 79 mm)
    • 2 Padlock holes on the latch secures the contents.
    • Tripod, wall and pole mounting are possible.

    Colors Available

    * We are currently stocking only the favorite pick, black. All of the colors are available on custom orders, but please allow up to one month delivery time. We will add other colors to general stock if there is sufficient demand.


  • Camera

    Compatibility ( Y / N )

    HERO4 Black

    HERO4 Silver

    HERO (2014)

    HERO3+ Black

    HERO3+ Silver

    HERO3 Black

    HERO3 Silver

    HERO3 White

    HERO2

    HERO

    Compatible with all GoPro cameras and CamDo Solutions products.
  • Which CamDo Solar System is right for my GoPro camera?

    Our currently available Solar-6W and Solar-9W products are compatible with Hero3, Hero3+ and Hero4 cameras. Refer Compatibility tab.

    How do I setup my system?

    View the Solar Power System set-up guide here.

    How long does it take to charge the battery?

    In direct sun, the V15 (4,000 mAH Lithium Polymer battery) will fully charge in approximately 5.5 hours using the 6W solar panel. Where the weather is frequently cloudy/raining we recommend the 9W solar panel option. The battery system incorporates protection against overcharging, over discharge, over current (short circuit), unusual voltage input, and temperature extremes.

    Will the solar panel be able to keep my time lapse running indefinitely?

    This would depend on the shooting cycle used and the sun exposure available in your location. We advise all customers to calculate their battery needs due to the many variables. We have a Time Lapse Calculator that can be used to help determine your ideal shooting interval and how long your battery should theoretically last using our controller boards and batteries. The Calculator also gives the rate at which the solar panel should be able to recharge your battery at your given location and with the panel angle that is used. Keep in mind that temperature, battery fatigue, and other electrical inefficiencies will prevent the camera from using the full battery capacity.

    What is the original dust and water ingress rating of your enclosures? Can I submerge your Solar or DRY enclosures?

    The enclosures have an IP67 rating prior to installation of CamDo accessories. Our Solar and DRY enclosures are not meant to be immersed in water.

    How long will the battery last before it is discharged?

    It depends on many factors including your latitude, the amount of sun and cloud during your shoot, the controller you are using, the camera you are using and the shooting schedule you have programmed. There are too many variables to give a perfect answer but we have created a Time Lapse Calculator to work out the best setup for your shoot in your location.

    This uses our analysis of the power consumption of the various GoPro cameras and provides an explanation of how to calculate the theoretical battery life.

    Practically, we have run the system indefinitely taking one picture every 15 minutes with the WiFi on, in Canada in the summer.

    Why is "Always On" mode for batteries important?

    Since our controllers turn the camera off between triggers to conserve power, Always On mode is important to prevent the battery from automatically turning off. Most of the USB battery packs on the market have an automatic power saving feature which turns off the battery if the battery is not constantly supplying power to a device. If the GoPro is powered off for more than a few minutes between triggers, the external battery might automatically shutdown due to inactivity. However, our V15 and V44 have two modes of operation, the standard Auto Off mode and an Always On mode. The Always On mode prevents the battery from automatically turning off when insufficient current is being drawn due to the camera being powered off.

    Refer to our support page here to make sure you are in "Always On" mode when setting up your system. Refer Step 2 of the guide.

    Make sure to disconnect the battery from all devices to check this. If you hold down the power button for six seconds and the charge indicator flashes 3 times and stays lit for a second or two, you are now in Always On mode. If you hold down the power button for six seconds and the charge indicator flashes 3 times and then goes dark straight away, you are in Auto Off mode.

    How can I avoid condensation on the lens?

    Our enclosures have an integrated auto-pressure valve that equalizes the atmospheric pressure difference to reduce condensation. The IP67 micro vent allows air to pass through while preventing water from entering. If you need additional protection against condensation, the extra space in the solar enclosure allows for one or more sacks of desiccant to be inserted in the box. For even more protection, there are some products available to coat the lens, such as those used on ski-goggles. The standard 55mm threaded lens filter can also be replaced with another 55mm threaded lens that already has anti-fog characteristics or coating.

    TIP: Condensation is a result of humid air being sealed in the box when you close it and condensing when there is a temperature change. Try to close the box in as dry an environment as possible. If you need additional protection against condensation, the extra space in the solar enclosure allows for one or more sacks of desiccant to be inserted in the box. For more information, Google for avoiding condensation in underwater cameras, where the problem is discussed at length by many experienced photographers.

    Can I lock the case?

    DRY Enclosure for GoPro CamerasThere are two ¼” locking holes, one on each side of the case, through which padlocks, bolts, or threaded rods can be used to secure the contents of the box. 

    Is it possible to separate the solar panel from the box?

    Yes. The solar panel is removable, and has a 4ft charging cable that enters the enclosure through a waterproof cable gland at the bottom of the enclosure.

    Can I mount the solar panel remotely from the enclosure?

    Yes. However, if you need to place the panel remotely from the enclosure, attention must be paid to the gauge of wire used to connect the solar panel to the battery. The connectors on the solar panel cable are 3.5mm outer diameter, 1.1mm inner diameter barrel power connectors. So you'll need one end male (M3.5x1.1), the other one end female (F3.5x1.1). A local electronics store will have these connectors. We recommend using the largest cable that can physically fit into the particular connector you source to minimise voltage drop from the panel to the battery. The voltage drop must not exceed 0.5 volts. A 16 AWG or larger wire is recommended for distances exceeding a few feet.

    Which cables and adapters come with the system and what do I use to connect the battery to the solar panel?

    The system comes with all necessary cables along with a number of useful adapters for charging phones and other cameras as well as the cables used to charge the battery. CamDo Solutions Solar Power System with V15 Battery

    Refer Step 6 of our Solar Setup Guide.

    Can I use this system to charge other devices as well?

    Absolutely. The V44 battery that comes with the new 9W system (or can be purchased separately) has 2 USB outputs. One can be used to charge or run other devices while the 2A output is used to charge the GoPro camera. The V15 only has 1 output, but, if the camera is running off its own battery, it can be unplugged to use the V15 battery.

    Can your systems be used for other purposes than GoPro cameras?

    Yes. You can remove the GoPro mounting fixture to provide extra space for your equipment. The solar panel, battery and enclosure can be used for your custom system or just used as a remote charging station for phones and other USB chargeable devices.

    Does the enclosure O-Ring seal require special care?

    The case is equipped with a hollow core EPDM gasket that has been designed to give superior performance and resist compressive deformation over time. To ensure a watertight seal, the gasket must be free of cuts, abrasions or tears. Debris or foreign material caught between the sealing rib on the bottom of the case and the gasket on the top of the case will prevent the case from sealing properly. A coat of an automotive type surface protector is recommended to help prevent dirt and debris from sticking to the seal. If the seal becomes damaged a replacement seal can be ordered from Cam-Do.com.

    Special care should be taken to ensure that wires or cables do not get trapped in the door when it is closed. The power-claw latches can exert extreme force, resulting in damage to the cable and the O-ring seal.

  • Our Solar setup guide and general support can be found on our Support pages here.

    Also read the FAQ's tab for more information.




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