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Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 9:58 PM

Solar powered Video Doorbell

89 Messages

3 years ago

Good stuff!

1.2K Messages

3 years ago

I like it!

8 Messages

3 years ago

Okay that didn't work and this has been an odyssey. The doorbell required 8 to 24v AC... Not solar/battery based DC.

I attempted to run it via the micro-USB port, but no luck there either. It will operate for a few days and now it's shutdown and dead. Seems like the micro-USB port might supplement the battery power to run it longer, but I had it plugged into a 1000mA USB charger, so maybe that just wasn't enough? Someone else here on the forums tried the same and he said it would work again when the power was plugged into the AC input.

Having not found ANY good solution for powering the Video Doorbell via DC, I am on the verge of trying a second car DC-AC inverter, and then just plugging in an OhmKat. Yeah the existing one I have out there might be intolerant of voltage fluctuations that come from the solar charge controller.

All told this has been the most frustrating experience.

8 Messages

3 years ago

OMG Good news today.

Yesterday I switched out the USB wall charger from 1000ma to a 2100ma unit and today my Doorbell is operating again. So assuming that your solar charge controller can output more than ~2000ma to the USB ports then you could potentially operate your Simplisafe Video Doorbell on DC power.

Further testing is still required, but I'll post again to confirm if I get an actual install working.
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