When setting up a video surveillance system at home, cabling can be a right nightmare, be it for data or power or both. Most wireless IP cameras still require power which takes out the flexibility of being able to place the security cameras anywhere you want.
The easiest post-build home video security system to install is one that uses internal rechargeable battery making it completely wire-free. Just be prepared to charge the battery when it goes flat, a small price to pay compared to the cost and hassle of cabling.
Battery life lasts for months and takes up to a couple of hours to charge. Some model offers removable rechargeable battery and optional batter packs and chargers for quick swap out.
All wireless security camera options listed below offers HD quality image, has motion detector and night vision built-in.
Top 5 Totally Wire-Free Home WiFi Security Cameras with Rechargeable Battery for Indoor and Outdoor
In this article we look at 5 of the best completely wire free, self powered video cameras.
1. Netgear Arlo Pro – up to 6 battery powered 720p cameras, totally wire free, outdoor, base station, free or monthly plan
Have up to 6 cameras, each recording HD quality live streams with integrated automatic night vision lens to cover all areas in or outside of your home without the hassle of cabling.
The NetGear Arlo Pro is easy to setup, simply hook up the Base Station via the LAN port to your home wireless router for Internet and WiFi connection to the cameras, follow the setup steps and you will be up and running in no time.
The system is completely cable free, no network or power cable, simply charge up the removable and rechargeable battery and you are in business. It last for months on charge depending on how busy the area you are covering, Netgear claims 4-6 months usage between charge.
Just pick the right package with the correct number of cameras or purchase extra cameras to complete your very own integrated and connected video surveillance system.
The cameras are also IP65 rated meaning they are waterproof so can be placed outside. What’s more the lense are wide angle up to 130 degrees vision so you can see more. They also come with advanced motion detection with the use of wide angle PIR motion sensor to pick up any movement and 850nm LEDs that illuminates up to 25 feet for night vision.
There is also a built-in 100+ decibel siren in the base station removing the need for a separate alarm siren. This can be controlled remotely or when motion or sound sets if off. You can connect a USB drive to the base station save your video recordings locally or use Netgear’s free cloud storage for up to 7 days to keep tabs on motion and audio triggered video recording.
For efficiency, set the system to record motion or sound-triggered events and receive instant mobile alerts in even that movements are detected by the cameras. Use the Netgear Arlo app on your smartphone to connect to the Base Station and all its cameras. As the cameras have built-in mic and speaker, use the push-to-talk feature for a two way conversation if needed.
If you are using the camera system in a busy area it’s worth considering extra removable and rechargeable batteries as well as Arlo Pro Charging Station that charges up to 2 batteries at a time and takes 90 minutes to fully charge a battery.
- Camera Dimensions: 79.3 x 48.6 x 70.5 mm 136 grams
- Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
- Field of View 130 degrees
NOTE: Free cloud storage plan includes 7 days of cloud recording for up to 5 cameras, pay to add more cameras and more days of cloud recording.
ALSO CONSIDER: Arlo Smart Security System with up to 6 cameras
2. Ring Stick Up Cam – battery powered 720p camera, totally wire free, outdoor, monthly plan
The Ring Stick Up Cam is a weather resistant, wire free, mount anywhere camera. It lets you listen in and speak to the visitor or intruder. Perfect to monitor entrances and comes with motion activated alerts. It does have a disadvantage in that there is no onboard siren.
Adjustable motion sensors let you focus on your most important areas, while night vision sensors and a weather-resistant design let you protect your property or night, rain or shine. With the companion app, tap into Live View for on-demand video and audio.
You can also get an optional Solar Panel to charge the onboard battery on the Rig Stick Up Cam during the day. A Ring Video Doorbell with camera option is also available.
You will however need a Ring Video Recording Basic plan for each camera that saves you live stream to the cloud for up to 60 days with anytime and anywhere access. If you have more than 3 cameras, it would be more cost effective to go for Ring Video Recording Protect plan that offers unlimited camera storage. Both are monthly plans with option to pay annually with some savings.
- Dimensions: 12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm
- Field of View: 80 degrees
3. Ring Spotlight Cam – battery powered 1080p camera, totally wire free, outdoor, integrated spotlight, solar panel option, monthly plan
Other cable free models from Ring include Spotlight Cam Battery and Spotlight Cam Solar with 1080p HD security camera, two-way audio, LED spotlights, siren and rechargeable battery pack than can be charged manually or using a solar panel.
- Dimensions: 12.6 x 6.91 x 7.59 cm
- Video Resolution: 1280 x 1080
- Field of View: 140 degrees
4. Canary Flex – battery powered 720p camera, totally wire free, outdoor, monthly plan
Canary Flex it s a smaller sibling of the Canary, an all-in-one security camera with HD camera, siren and air monitor. The Flex however is a waterproof (IP65 rated), wire-free HD camera that can be used for both indoor or outdoor be it day or night, rain or shine.
The magnetic 360° swivel base lets you rest the unit on a flat surface or mount it on a wall and twist it to any direction to suit. The autonomous wireless video camera records remarkably crisp HD video and audio with automatic night vision and a wide-angle lens for increased field of view.
It has a built-in extended life 6700 may Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and works just as well powered via a cable. Dual-band Wi-Fi technology and Bluetooth delivers a robust signal for reliable performance. The companion Canary Mobile App lets you access multiple cameras and member services.
While it comes with a built-in speaker and microphone making it two-way talk capable, the feature yet to be activated at time of writing. Canary is looking to have this feature available in the coming months.
Without a Membership subscription, you can access video history in your timeline for up to 24 hours and can be shared by up to four devices. You can also bookmark and export your videos with unlimited downloads and sharing on social media.
Monthly membership plan includes 30 days of recorded video history stored in the cloud with unlimited downloads and no data cap. One, up to three or four device plans are available with the later offering the option of addition more cameras with a top up fee per camera.
Access the cameras using the companion app on iOS or Android device. Web App is not currently supported.
- Dimensions: Height: 4.35 in, Diameter: 1.9 in, Weight: .53 lbs
- Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
- Field of View: 116 degrees
5. Blink XT – battery powered 720p camera, totally wire free, indoor or outdoor
Blink XT is an affordable and easy to setup 720p HD video camera that is battery-powered and truly wire-free, so it’s easy to place and move within any indoor environment. The 720p HD video capture offers a clear view of your home or business, with minimal distortion or blurring.
The camera also includes a motion detector; when armed, any detected motion triggers the recording of a short video clip. This in turn is sent as an alert to your smartphone with the recorded event stored in the cloud.
The camera is powered by standard 2 AA Lithium Batteries which can be replaced with high capacity rechargeable batteries available from third party. The manufacturer claims that the batteries will last for 2 years.
Using companion Blink iOS or Android apps, you can control the wireless cameras and access on-demand Live View video streaming. The cameras also support voice control using Amazon Alexa Skill. You can arm, disarm and receive system information using voice command.
What makes it even more appealing apart from the affordable price tag is the free cloud storage for your footage with no contract or monthly fee to pay. See note below for limitations.
Like Netgear Arlo Pro, the Blink XT is available as 1, 2, 3 or 5 camera kit each with a Blink Sync Module, the center of every Blink Video Home Security system.
The Blink Sync Module enables up-to 10 wire-free Blink Security Cameras. A second module can be added to extend the range in larger house, create different zones for indoor and outdoor cameras or control Blink systems in multiple locations. Multi-system support allows you to access each of your Blink home security systems from within a single Blink Home Monitor app account.
NOTE: Standard video clips are limited to 5 seconds for efficiency, although you can increase this up to 60 seconds. At five seconds each clip uses up to 750KB of data. Live View is not continuous and lets you stream 30 seconds of video at a time. If you need more, just tap continue for another 30 seconds. While the Blink’s cloud storage for your recording is free, it is limited to 7200 seconds. However, that is enough for 1440 five-second events and Blink will automatically delete the oldest alert clips when the limit is reached.
BONUS: Reolink Argus – battery powered 1080p camera, totally wire free, outdoor
100% wire-free battery-powered outdoor/indoor security camera, with two-way audio, built-in PIR motion sensor, IP65 weatherproof, 1080p Full HD & night vision.
Other totally wire free video cameras to consider.