Solar panel AND battery for Wyze Cam 3

I have my driveway cameras v3’s on a Solar panel with a charge controller and a 100 Ah battery connected to 12v to 5v Micro-USB adapters. Works very well for me.

I would not own a Wyze WCO camera as in my opinion they are junk, just look at all the complaints and issues with the Wyze Cam Outdoor units…

What I have is the Wyze 3 Indoor/Outdoor camera. Is that different from a Wyze standalone outdoor camera? I wasn’t aware a different model was available. And does the Indoor/Outdoor camera have a battery in it? A power cord came with it, so I assumed it needed to be connected continuously to a power source.

EDIT: What I have is the V3 version of the camera, not the one devoted to exclusive outdoor use, which is the one I really needed. Will have to put it on order now.

I guess I need to take another look at Wyze’s camera offerings. I ordered the one I have some months back, and it was relatively newly available at the time. It was sold, if I remember correctly, as an indoor/outdoor weatherized version of their $25 camera for the interior of a building, which is why I bought it. When the logistics of supplying power to it became more clearly evident, I just put the project on a back burner and dropped the camera in a drawer.

Here is my solar setup, I have 2 panels due to lack of sun/hours coverage because of tall trees in forest. Most setups will only need one smaller solar panel.





12 volt to 5 volt Micro-USB regulator adapter <— Click the Link for more info…
Low cost Solar Charge Controllers <— Click the Link for more info…
Gel Cell Batteries - You choose size according to your needs <— Click the Link for more info…
Solar Panels 100 Watt <— Click the Link for more info…

14/2 Low Voltage Landscape Wire for solar/battery to 12v to 5v Micro-USB adapter for camera

The cable I used for Solar panel to control connection
Note that some panels use different type of connectors so verify connect type before ordering, or let me know what panel you ordered so I can suggest correct cable/connector

The ice chest I made into a container for controller and battery can be found at Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc…

I added a vent for battery gases to escape (if any) and small holes in lowest point for water / moisture to escape (A.K.A. Weep-Holes)

Removed Drain plug on ice chest and put in a twist-tight wire egress for solar panel power cables and cables to cameras.

Most locations may not even need a 100 watt panel, my location needs 2 x 100 watt panels as from November to mid-February I do not get enough sunlight to keep up, as you can see in view of solar controller my usage is currently equal to my charge at 3.9 Amp-Hours per day.

This project is NOT for everybody but some people with the right background it is not that hard to do.

And the advantage is not having to remove the cameras to recharge all the time as with the Wyze Cam Outdoor units. One camera is up a tree 12 feet and needs a ladder to get to.

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Here is a link to another of my overly-engineered Wyze cam setups
Battery Backed-Up 14 V3 cams and Internet Communications

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That’s definitely an advanced installation from my perspective! So you . . .

  1. Install a solar panel (where did you get yours?),
  2. run a cable (does it come with the panel?) from it to the + and - terminals of your battery, and
  3. also to the terminals of the battery you connect the regulator.
  4. Then you just plug the camera into a line going to your camera.

Did I get that right? How about that 85-foot run from the battery to the camera? Does the distance cause a problem?

  1. I gave links for most the items in post above including solar panels, they are in blue…

  2. Cables vary on connector types that come with panels, I will add those cable links to the post above.

  3. Standard Crimp Lugs available at Auto parts stores, Amazon, etc… Will add Links too…

  4. I use outdoor Low Voltage Lighting wiring which is UV-Resistant and can be buried, will add link
    The solar system/battery outputs 12 volts and the 12 volt to 5 volt Micro-USB regulator I posted link to above must be used as camera runs on 5 volts ONLY.

There may be a voltage drop on long cable runs but the 12 volt to 5 volt Micro-USB regulator will work with as low as 9 volts on input and still supply 5 volts to camera. I have a camera on an 188 foot run of cable to the 12v to 5v Micro-USB regulator which works fine,

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There is another way to power without solar also, which I will cut & paste from another post of mine:

You could also consider using “Low Voltage Wiring” and burying the wire from an A.C. power outlet (indoors) power supply to the cameras. Then use a 12 volt to 5 volt micro-USB regulator adapter and install to camera.

The power Supply mounts indoors but the cable to camera can be longer as the 5 volts is regulated at the camera. And Voltage drop due to cable length is not an issue as the regulator will work with as low as 9 volts input.

I have ran over 180 feet of 2 conductor cable to camera with this setup, use low voltage lighting wiring it can be buried, it is weatherproof and UV resistant.

Connect the 12v to 5v micro-USB regulator adapter to cable matching polarity ( +red -black ) along cable where a camera is needed if more than 1 camera just get a 12 volt adapter with more current (Amps) The Adapter regulator is weatherproof except the micro-USB itself but the boot on the V3 takes care of that.

Links below to several power supplies, 1 Amp for 1 camera, 2 Amp for 2 cameras, or 5 amp for 5 cameras,
choose according to your needs. The cable run can have multiple connections for cameras along cable.

12 volt input to 5 volt output micro-USB cable (adapter)

12 volt power supply 1 amp with connector adapter

12 volt power supply 2 amp with connector adapter

12 volt power supply 5 amp with connector adapter

14/2 Low Voltage Landscape Wire - 100 feet

Gardner Bender 25-1W1 Watergard Weatherproof Twist-On Wire Connectors, 22-12 AWG, Small Direct-Buried

This location originally had a V2 in an enclosure, the 12v to 5v adapter has been exposed to rain, snow, and heat of summer for over 3 years. Recently replaced V2 with a V3

Below is an event captured by this camera, note I don’t use IR as I get too many flying bug triggers.

This is a link to my Overly-Engineered Wyze Cam setup…LOL
Battery Backed-Up 14 V3 cams and Internet Communications

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Thank you!

Forgot to mention this about one of your questions,

The Solar panels connect to the Solar Controller/Charger

The Solar Controller/Charger connects to the Battery

Any devices you get the 12 volt power from like the adapter to camera connects to the Solar Controller.

Only the Solar Controller connects to the battery, this is to protect battery when it gets to low and disconnect the loads via the solar controller.

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FYI - I have three WCOs 20 V2s 6V3s and 4 pancams They all work exactly as they’re supposed to…
(None are junk) :wink:
I’ve had no problems with any of them…

That’s quite a system you’ve got cobbled together there!! Rube Goldberg would be proud! :sweat_smile::wink:

Consider yourself very lucky. So far my failure rate is over 50%.

Actually I wouldn’t call it lucky… More like an average user experience…
… they’ve sold millions of these products, The failure rate is at less than 1%…

I’ve got literally dozens of various devices, I’ve only had a couple fail…
and those were when I used them outside, and they weren’t supposed to be used outside… :wink:

Not really, since the point of Rube Goldberg devices were to complicate performing a simple task.

That set up doesn’t look very simple to me. :sweat_smile:

Actually very basic electrical knowledge is needed.

If you can change a car battery, change and wire a light switch in your home, run some cable and plug it in to a connector then tighten screws to connect wires.

That is the extent of complexity of this solar setup.


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But I am an Electronics Engineer and a IBEW union electrician so this is childs play…:rofl:

I understand some people can’t change a car battery or a fuse so they go to a auto shop, others enjoy doing their own work.

And as @LonnieM said this is nowhere near a Rube Goldberg machine, but if you like I could design you a more complicated Rube Goldberg device to accomplish the same thing.:rofl::rofl::rofl:

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I didn’t say anything about “knowledge”… The knowledge required is the only thing simple about that. :sweat_smile:

I know everything is personal with aesthetics… but I wouldn’t want all that crap tied to a tree in my backyard…

The camera is only on the tree, the solar system is elsewhere and powers several cams and Motion Activated Spotlights.

I have over 4.5 Acres so it really is not taking up much space.

I also showed the option of using buried low voltage wiring with power supply and 12v to 5v micro-USB Adapter to power camera in post above.

If you look back up in this post the camera up 12 feet on the tree is the only visible thing on tree, go ahead and click on image the click again to zoom in and you can barely if at all see the black wire going 12 feet to base of tree.

You do you, I will do me and my setups.:beer:

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He is not telling the truth. The :bear:, the :cat2:, the stinky :skunk: and the deer :deer: built that set up to keep an :eye: on him.

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Mr. Aesthetics @CapeCodTodd do these cams pass your aesthetics test, please grade me sir :grin:

These are powered by my battery backed up system and low voltage wiring was used to location of battery backed up system in 2nd floor of my garage store room
Battery Backed-Up 14 V3 cams and Internet Communications ← Click the link to see info



This one has my counties Air Quality Sensor next to it and is available on purpleair.com


Buried low voltage wiring to location over 120 feet from Battery backup system.



The bear climbed the tree to mount this one, but had a little trouble with screwdriver @Antonius

What @Antonius was referring to link Pepe’ Le Pew & Friends

@Antonius - Shhh. I don’t want the state labor board finding out I pay the laborers in nuts and fruit, etc…

@CapeCodTodd - The Motion Flood Light 12 volt LED recently died and will be replaced, I will try to do a better job at aesthetics of wiring when replaced. Then I will have you grade it professor aesthetica :grin:

Also have been trying to find a big enough Fake Fiberglass Boulder to cover Ice Chest Solar power enclosure, the ones for satellite dishes are just a few inches to small…

The Motion Flood light makes a V3 behave like a Wyze Cam Outdoor if you turn off IR and night vision, then you get no flying bug, pollen and debris triggers. The bear video below I did have IR off but not the night vision which I thought about doing later and will once motion flood light is fixed then color night vision would work.