ARLO battery

What Batteries Does Arlo Use (And How Long Do they Last?)

Arlo is one of the top home security providers available on the market, especially for those looking for long-lasting battery life. Below we went through the specs and information of every single Arlo model to give you the info you need.

Short on time? Check the below table for the latest models.

 Arlo UltraArlo ProArlo Pro 2Arlo Wire-FreeArlo Go
Battery Life3-6 months4-6 months4-6 months3-6 months2-3 months
Rechargeable  YesYesYesNoYes
TypeNot interchangeable. Proprietary. Link.Interchangeable with Arlo Pro 2. Proprietary. LinkInterchangeable with Arlo Pro. Proprietary. Link2 CR123 batteries. Tenergy Li-Ion RCR123A 3.7V 650mAh. LinkNot interchangeable. Proprietary. Link
SummaryBattery life lasts ~3-4 months in our testing. Improved magnetic plug attaches to the bottom of the camera.Battery life lasts ~6 months in our testing.Battery life lasts ~6 months in our testing.Original Arlo cameras. Weakest battery life and features.3G/4G camera that doesn’t require WiFi, but drains the battery faster.

Rechargeable Batteries

arlo rechargeable batteries

The original rechargeable batteries for ARLO security cameras were shown to work with first-gen Arlo cameras. TENERGY products are used all around the Globe to keep Arlo devices running 24/7.

Arlo Ultra and Ultra 2, as well as Arlo Pro 3 and Pro 4

A 3.85V 4800mAh 18.48Wh rechargeable lithium polymer battery is used in the new Arlo Ultra and Pro range cameras.

Arlo Essential Wire-Free

The Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera and Arlo Essential Camera are powered by a 3.63V 5100mAh 18.51Wh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.

Arlo Pro 2 and Pro

A 7.2V 2440mAh 17.57Wh rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the Arlo Pro 2 and Pro cameras. The Arlo Ultra and Pro 3 batteries have different designs and kinds of batteries. (1)

Arlo Go

The Arlo Go camera includes a larger rechargeable lithium-ion battery than the Arlo Pro and Pro 2 cameras, with a capacity of 7.2V 3660 mAh 26.35Wh.

The Arlo Go and Pro cameras do not share a common battery type. It is crucial to use the appropriate battery in each device.

Arlo Wire-Free

Arlo Wire-Free cameras are intended for use with batteries. However, they are starting to collaborate with Tenergy to offer rechargeable CR123 batteries that are compatible with your Arlo cameras. Unlike standard disposable alkaline or lithium AA/AAA batteries, Tenergy rechargeable CR123s do not deplete quickly when in use.

Quick Comparison Chart

FeaturesArlo Gen 1Arlo Gen 2 Premium
Arlo Certified: “Works with Arlo”YesYes
Compatible Arlo modelsVMC3030/ VMK3200/ VMS53330/ 3430/ 3530VMC3030/ VMK3200/ VMS53330/ 3430/ 3530
  Advanced ProtectionsOvercharge, over-discharge, over-current, and short-circuit protection are all available.Overcharge, over-discharge, over-current, and short-circuit protection are all available.
Battery Capacity650mAh750mAh
Simple LED ChargerYesNo
Fast ChargeYesYes
Full Status LCD ChargerNoYes

Features

Safety First

Every ARLO battery has an integrated safety mechanism that prevents overheating and overcharging. This is to ensure consistent performance in a wide variety of climates. Short-circuit, over-charge, over-current, over-voltage, and reversal direction are all detected by a built-in security system. (2)

Peak Performance

ARLO Ni-MH Batteries are rechargeable and are just made for use with Arlo’s Security Camera. With the expertise of optimization techniques used to save energy, they’re able to last 21.8% longer than previous ARLO batteries. ARLO batteries are durable and well-built. The 550 charge cycle offers you value for your time and money investment. (3)

Multi Compatibility

WEGWANG batteries are designed to work specifically with Arlo wireless security cameras (VMC3030/ VMK3200/ VMS3330/ 3430/ 3530). For rechargeable ARLO batteries for Arlo cameras, a big Ni-MH 800mAh, 3.7V capacity delivers the best run time possible. Suitable for a wide range of everyday devices.

Long-Lasting

A long-lasting, long-standing battery is inside your Arlo camera. You will feel safe even if the climate is extreme – it could function well between 4 and 45 degrees. This battery is designed with long-lasting power to ensure that you never run out of a charge.

Battery Life

batterylife

Arlo Ultra, Arlo Pro and Pro 2, Arlo Wire-Free, and Arlo Go are battery-powered Arlo security cameras. Their battery duration can vary from a few weeks to a few months depending on the product.

 Arlo UltraArlo ProArlo Pro 2Arlo Wire-FreeArlo Go
Battery Life3-6 months4-6 months4-6 months3-6 months2-3 months
Rechargeable  YesYesYesNoYes
TypeNot interchangeable. Proprietary.Interchangeable with Arlo Pro 2. Proprietary.Interchangeable with Arlo Pro. Proprietary.2 CR123 batteries.Not interchangeable. Proprietary.
SummaryBattery life lasts ~3-4 months in our testing. Improved magnetic plug attaches to the bottom of the camera.Battery life lasts ~6 months in our testing.Battery life lasts ~6 months in our testing.Original Arlo cameras. Weakest battery life and features.3G/4G camera that doesn’t require WiFi, but drains the battery faster.

Additional Tip

How to extend your Arlo Essential battery life

If you’re wondering how long Arlo camera batteries last, here are some helpful tips:

  • With the Arlo hard-wired variants, you can plug it into a power outlet 24 hours a day, seven days a week, reducing its dependency on batteries.
  • To save battery life, set the video resolution to the lowest possible setting.
  • The battery life of your Arlo is negatively affected by cold temperatures. Place your Arlo in a room with a temperature of at least 32 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure extended battery life.
  • Arlo should be kept in a well-lit area. It could be near a window or next to a lamp. In low-light conditions, Arlo is forced to use infrared lights, which consume more battery power.
  • Place your Arlo so that it is close to the base station. Always attempt to get three bars as a rule of thumb.

FAQs

To make sure your batteries are working properly or when they need to be replaced, it is important to know the safety rules for Arlo Rechargeable Batteries.

 For your Arlo batteries, here are some crucial safety considerations.

  • Store spare batteries in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place at all times.
  • Before installing new batteries, check the battery compartment is clean and clear of debris.
  • Always double-check that the battery connectors are lined up.
  • Keep all batteries out of reach of children at all times.
  • To charge Arlo batteries, ALWAYS use an Arlo Power Adapter or an Arlo Charging Station (both offered separately).
  • Arlo batteries should never be placed in a pocket, handbag, or another container that contains metal objects.
  • Before, during, or after installation, NEVER get an Arlo battery compartment wet.
  • Keep in mind that while your camera’s exterior is weatherproof, the inside battery compartment and batteries are not.
  • NEVER disassemble, cut, crush, puncture, short-circuit, dispose of in fire or water, or expose your Arlo Pro or Go Rechargeable Battery to temperatures exceeding 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit).

What Other Circumstances Make Arlo Batteries Go Bad?

The life of a camera is largely determined by its usage, but also environmental factors like:

Temperature

If you use your Arlo camera in cold conditions, the cold will significantly reduce battery life.

Poor Wi-Fi Signal

If your Arlo camera is located far away from your Wi-Fi router or there is a lot of Wi-Fi noise in your home, you should expect it to have significantly less battery life than when you monitor the same camera with good signal strength.

Low-Light Environments

Low-light camera conditions will force the infrared sensor in the camera to work hard for image clarity.

High Video Quality Settings

Camera quality settings determine battery life, so choose a setting in which you can capture a clear picture in the lighting conditions in which you plan to grab. The more light you have, the better your chance of getting an ideal video.

What if the Arlo Rechargeable Battery Fails Suddenly?

Around May 2018, Arlo Pro and Wire-Free Cams that use such batteries inexplicably couldn’t hold a charge for more than two weeks. This is an issue because the batteries should last considerably longer in order to avoid repeated recharging or the risk of overcharging.

After complaints, it became clear that the problem was with software. Arlo published a software upgrade in May 2018.

Other issues may arise and if you have these you should contact support to get them resolved.

You may want to check below other Arlo product reviews and learning guides;






References
(1) kinds of batteries – http://butane.chem.uiuc.edu/pshapley/GenChem2/C6/3.html
(2) climates – https://www.britannica.com/science/climate-meteorology
(3) money investment – https://www.fool.com/investing/how-to-invest/