Can CCTV Camera Work Without Electricity?

Can CCTV Camera Work Without Electricity?

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Whether they are residential or commercial, your properties need to be secured. There are several approaches to property security, and the ideal strategy often involves combining several of them. Using CCTV cameras is one of the most common ways to secure a space.

CCTV cameras broadcast pictures to a hub across a closed network. Many contemporary systems additionally allow for remote viewing stations even while the network is locked. Many people have inquiries concerning CCTV cameras from all around the globe. The topic at hand today is whether CCTV cameras function without power.

The quickest response is that when there is no power, CCTV cameras will not function. But the solution is more nuanced than that.

The cameras in a security camera system are plugged into the wall and connected to electricity during installation. The typical method for doing this is to tap into an existing electrical wire in the wall. The camera is connected to the network via a different connection. That cable’s opposite end has a network gadget that likewise requires electricity.

Some CCTV cameras prepare for a power loss or a deliberate power reduction. These cameras contain an internal battery and storage space to continue recording even when the power is down. Due to the limitations of batteries, such devices often have limited recording times and power.

In most cases, you won’t be able to watch your CCTV camera during the power outage even if it has a built-in backup battery and storage. Before you may access the camera, the system must be brought back up. Alternately, remove the storage if it is detachable and view it on your computer. But deleting the storage will also stop the camera from being able to record.

However, few cameras come with a backup capability. Having backup power for your house or place of business is the easiest approach to keep your cameras running during a power loss. A generator will enable the network equipment to function and keep the cameras operating normally. All of your security systems can continue to function with this kind of property-wide emergency power.

Another option is to add battery backups to every device. Without the requirement for a facility-wide system to be set up, this will maintain the whole security system operational. Each camera may have a small backup set up. Then, you may use a UPS power backup for the DVR or NVR. Batteries have the drawback of having a shorter lifetime than a generator backup and, once dead, being dead until they can be recharged.

Hospitals and other critical infrastructure sites often include backup UPS systems in addition to a generator to which the CCTV system is attached. This makes continuous coverage more likely. Additionally, it enables you to have backup power in case your generator doesn’t start. Other properties may also have this kind of system in place, but less often.

Your CCTV camera system won’t be able to operate if it depends on the internet, regardless of the backup strategy you use. Internet access is rarely possible when using backup power unless a sophisticated backup system is in place. Additionally, when using backup power, remote viewing and other remote access features won’t be accessible.

Security cameras need electricity to function because of their nature. But the source of that power need not be an outlet. You can set up emergency power for your camera system in a variety of ways, as you can see from this article. You can discuss options in your area with the installation technician when having your security camera system set up.

Although some of the more complex backup systems may be beyond the capabilities of security camera installation technicians, they usually know where you can go to have one installed. In addition to making sure the cameras are installed correctly, professional installers can also make sure you have everything you need to secure your property. Since every property is unique, no one solution will work in every situation.



1st Solution Group is a well-established CCTV service provider in Singapore. It was established a decade ago specializing exclusively in security systems such as Close Circuit Television (CCTV), Data Communications, Security Systems, Phone Systems, Alarm Systems, Door Access, Time Attendance and many more.

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  • Jason

    Jason is an expert in CCTV, door access, and video intercom systems with 10+ years of experience in the security industry. Graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. Offering tailored solutions and exceptional customer service. He is committed to ensuring the safety and security of clients' businesses and homes.