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Old 11-24-2008, 07:42 PM
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Default Power Panel for I40

I am looking to get a moultrie i40 and a power panel. Is the power panel worth it, assuming it is in good sunlight?
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:56 AM
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my I 40 has been in the woods since July on the same duracells it came with. About 150 pics I guess, no need for a power panel for me.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:38 AM
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Default RE: Power Panel for I40

If you do the math, it will take the power panel3 or4 years to pay for itself at the prices I've seen. (around $70) By that time the rechargeable battery in the power panel will probably need replaced.

I've had mine out for a full year and part of that time it was over a feeder taking 2,000+ pictures a month. I would guess it has taken 8,000 pictures in the last year. It took over 5,000 pictures on the first set of batteries and lasted 5 months. I'm probably going to put in the 2nd set of batteries when I check it this month, it was down to 35% last time I checked it.

I've thought about making my own power panels for some of my cameras, a decent 12v battery and a small solar panel will run around $35 - $40 then a box and you're up to $50 so not really much savings there either.

Probably the most economical solution is just buying D cell batteries in bulk. Also the Rayovacs seem to last just as well as the Duracells and Energizers to me and are about 50% cheaper.
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:44 PM
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i had mine in the woods for a year with over 2000 pics just changed the batts 2 months ago
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:56 PM
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There is no need for a power panel with the I40.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:16 PM
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My I40 is still in the woods since June. Battery life = 42 %
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