The Blink XT2 cameras are a great way to get into home monitoring without spending a lot on cameras, servers and storage options. They integrate well with most home WiFi setups and provide free cloud storage of your videos. Use these Blink XT2 camera tips to get the most out of your new home monitoring system.
Best Settings for Blink XT2 Camera
Use the following Blink XT2 camera tips to improve your battery life and motion detection. The standard settings for the Blink XT2 cameras my be suitable for most situations, but you can change them through the Blink app, if necessary. Remember, increasing sensitivity, clip length or anything else makes the cameras work harder and will reduce battery life.
Motion Detection – You can toggle this on or off. In most cases you would want it on.
Activity Zones – Take a picture through the camera when you have it setup and use the grid overlay on the picture to pick what areas you want the motion sensor to activate on. This is handy if the camera is facing a street and you do not want to pick up every passing car.
Re-trigger Time – If you have the Blink camera in an area that has frequent traffic, you may want to raise the re-trigger time, which is the duration between first activation of the motion sensor to the time it will allow the trigger to reoccur. If you have it in the back yard, for example, you would not want the motion sensor triggering every time you walk by pushing the lawnmower.
Sensitivity – You can raise or lower the sensitivity of the motion sensor. You can tweak this over time if you feel you are getting a lot of false-positives.
Clip Length – The default clip length is five seconds. You can raise or lower this, if necessary. The longer the clip, the shorter the battery life, however.
End Clip Early If Motion Stops – If something activates the motion sensor, the camera can stop recording earlier than the clip length setting if it no longer detects movement.
What Comes In The Blink XT2 Box
The Blink XT2 camera ships with the following:
- Blink XT2 camera (dependent on quantity selected)
- 1 sync module
- 2 AA 1.5V lithium batteries (2 per camera)
- 1 mounting kit (per camera)
- 1 user guide
- 1 USB cable
- 1 power adapter for sync module.
How To Mount Blink XT2 Camera Outside
Before you start drilling holes in your house, there are a few things you should consider when mounting your Blink XT2 Camera outside. How many cameras do you have? If you can’t plug the camera in, you will eventually need to change the batteries. Make sure the camera is accessible, but not so accessible that someone can steal it. Are you planning on mounting it right next to a light? If so, the night vision may be affected by the glare.
If possible, consider fixing the camera in place for a day or two to make sure the location is appropriate before drilling into your house and attaching the permanent bracket.
Also, consider keeping the cameras out of arm’s length. While it may make changing the batteries easier, it can also make it more accessible to tampering or theft. These cameras are very easy to pop off of their mount.
Alternative Ways To Power Your Blink XT2 Camera
Fortunately, there are more ways to keep your cameras powered rather than using the internal battery. If you have really high traffic areas like the front of your house or a busy backyard, you can plug the cameras into third-party power sources. We use an AC adapter that plugs into an internal outlet and a couple of solar-powered units that plug into cameras where we have good sun exposure. Both are waterproof and allow us to get maximum quality and sensitivity from the cameras without having to rely on changing the internal Blink battery weekly.
Blink XT2 Camera Pros and Cons
Blink XT2 Pros:
- Camera has an excellent picture.
- Range from sync module is good. No noticeable signal loss.
- Cameras are small at around three inches square.
- Excellent battery life (based on settings).
- Good support.
- Free cloud storage.
Blink XT2 Cons:
- Initial setup required a firmware update to work. (Your results may vary).
- Motion sensor allows for targeted areas but seems spotty.
- App can be improved. Mass deletion of videos would be nice.
- Night vision is fair, can be better.
Overall opinion of these cameras is that they are a good value for the price. It would also appear that the product is being actively supported and developed, which is good for consumers, but bad for early tech adopters that may have been disappointed by some of its short-comings during the initial release.
Blink XT2 Camera Troubleshooting
Setting up the Blink app, sync module and cameras should be pretty straight-forward. However, you may run into situations that require a call to their support staff. Or you can simply place a help ticket on the Blink website. Some issues include the Blink sync module not having the solid green light and requiring a special firmware push to the device from the support team. Other issues may be poor battery life or complete failures in the sync module or any of the cameras. While frustrating, these issues can usually be fixed by the support staff. You can read some reviews and specs for the Blink cameras here. Good luck and enjoy. Feel free to leave a comment with your Blink XT2 camera tips below. Or read our other tech gadget articles for more helpful tips and tricks.