2017 Battery Consumption Test For Trail Cameras

It's extremely difficult to estimate trail camera battery life.  Variables include number of pictures taken, percentage of day to night photos, temperature and power consumption characteristics unique to each camera.

Even if you're not a "technical wizard," these numbers indicate how well each model compares relative to industry peers.

Additionally, we use these precise measurements to extrapolate the anticipated months of battery life in a scenario where each non-cellular game camera takes a set number (35) of day and night photos - every 24 hours, on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries.  We use the same calculation for cellular game cameras, except the set number of day and night photos is 15 each.

We use a Keithley 2110 5/12 Digital Multimeter sampling 32 readings per second



We strive to deliver the highest quality and most accurate data.  We will continue to push the envelope to ensure that we are representing all the trail cameras as accurately as possible.

Trail Camera Battery Life

The below results are the game cameras we have done in 2017. Here is how we calculate battery life...

Battery life is calculated with our propriety formula which accounts for resting power draw + daytime power consumption + nighttime power consumption. This is done for pictures and videos.

Picture Battery Life

This calculation accounts for taking 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours. For cellular cameras, we make it 15-day and 15-night pictures.

Video Battery Life

This calculation accounts for taking 15-day and 15-night videos every 24 hours. Each video is 10 seconds long.

TableSaw Sortable Table
Trail Camera Review (model) Photo Battery Life Video Battery Life

Browning Strike Force HD Pro

11.2 months 4.5 months

Browning Spec Ops Extreme

7.1 months 2.3 months

Browning Recon Force Extreme

6.8 months 2.1 months

Browning Strike Force 850 HD

6.9 months 2.1 months

Browning Dark Ops 940 HD

6.9 months 2.2 months

Browning Defender 850

3.6 months 2.8 months

Bushnell Natureview Cam HD

11.4 months 2.7 months

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor No Glow

8.2 months 1.5 months

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor Low Glow

8.1 months 1.5 months

Bushnell Essential E3

4.8 months 1.7 months

Bushnell Aggressor Wireless

2.6 months 99 No Video

Covert Code Black 12.1

3 months 99 No Video

Covert Blackhawk 12.1

4.2 months 99 No Video

Covert Black Maverick

10.3 months 1.9 months

Covert Red Maverick

10.3 months 2.6 months

Covert Black Viper

11.6 months 2.7 months

Covert Red Viper

11.7 months 2.9 months

Covert Illuminator

11.2 months 3.3 months

HCO Spartan No Glow ATT

2.4 months 99 No Video

HCO Spartan No Glow Verizon

2.4 months 99 No Video

HCO Spartan No Glow Verizon

2.4 months 99 No Video

HCO Spartan Red Glow ATT

3.9 months 99 No Video

HCO Spartan Red Glow Verizon

3.3 months 99 No Video

HCO Scoutguard SG560C

2-3 months 99 No Video

HCO Scoutguard SG565

6 months 99 No Video

Moultrie M-40I

9 months 1.4 months

Moultrie M-40

7.7 months 0.8 months

Moultrie P180I

7 months 1.6 months

Moultrie S-50I

5.7 months 1.5 months

Moultrie White Flash

3.3 months 99 No Video

Moultrie A-30I

6.6 months 1.1 months

Moultrie A-30

6.7 months 1 month

Primos Proof Cam 03 Gen2

6 months 1.5 months

Primos Proof Cam 02 Gen2

6.2 months 1.6 months

Primos Proof Cam 01 Gen2

5.3 months 1.8 months

Reconyx Hyperfire HC500

18.9 months 99 No Video

Reconyx Hyperfire HC600

18.9 months 99 No Video

Reconyx Hyperfire HC500

20.5 months 99 No Video

Reconyx Hyperfire SC950

13.2 months 99 No Video

Reconyx Microfire MR5

6.8 months 1.4 months

Reconyx Microfire MS8

5.9 months 1.4 months