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Audio Receivers | Car Entertainment

Car Entertainment

1DIN CD Receivers

  • KD-T925BTSNEW

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / Front & Rear Dual USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination /JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-T920BTSNEW

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-T915BTS

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth / Front & Rear Dual USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-T910BTS

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-TD91BTS

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-T720BTNEW

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-T710BT

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-TD72BTNEW

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-TD71BT

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-R690S

    CD Receiver featuring Front USB / AUX Input / SiriusXM Ready / Variable Illumination

  • KD-R490

    CD Receiver featuring Front USB / AUX Input

  • KD-R370

    CD Receiver featuring AUX Input

  • KD-T92MBS

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / Backlit Display / Conformal Coated PCB / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-T91MBS

    CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / Backlit Display / Conformal Coated PCB/ 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

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2DIN Audio Receivers

  • KW-R950BTSNEW

    2-DIN CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KW-R940BTS

    2-Din CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KW-X855BTSNEW

    2-DIN Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / Front & Rear Dual USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination /JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KW-X850BTSNEW

    2-DIN CD Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KW-X840BTS

    2-Din Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

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Digital Media Receivers

  • KD-X480BHSNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / HD Radio/ SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-X470BHS

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / HD Radio/ SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-X380BTSNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-X370BTS

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-X280BTNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-XD28BTNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-X270BT

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-MR305BTSNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / SiriusXM / 2. 7″ Color Display / Dust-proof & Waterproof (IP66) / UV Protection (ASTM D4329) / Rustproof (ASTM B117) / Global Tuner with Weather Band / 13-Band EQ / Variable Color Illumination

  • KD-X38MBSNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth® / USB / Backlit Display / Conformal Coated PCB / 13-Band EQ / Variable-Color Illumination / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-X37MBS

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / Amazon Alexa / Backlit Display / Conformal Coated PCB/ 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KD-MR1BTS

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / SiriusXM / 2. 7″ Color Display / Waterproof (IPX6) / Global Tuner with Weather Band / 7-Band EQ / 3″ Hole Installation

  • KD-X560BT

    Digital Media Receiver featuring Bluetooth / USB / 3″ Color Display / Conformal Coated PCB / Camrea-Input / 13-Band EQ

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Accessories – Audio Receivers

  • KS-U60

    HDMI Extension Cable

  • KS-U62

    Lightning – USB Cable

  • RM-RK52

    Optional Wireless Remote Control (Oval-Shaped)

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Multimedia Receivers | Car Entertainment

Car Entertainment

  • KW-Z1000W

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 10. 1″ HD Screen / Wireless Apple CarPlay / Wireless Android Auto / HDMI Input / 4-Cam Input / High-Resolution Audio / iDatalink Maestro Ready / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ

  • KW-V960BW

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6.8″ Clear Resistive Touch Monitor / Wireless Apple CarPlay / Wireless Android Auto /4-Cam Input / High-Resolution Audio / iDatalink Maestro Ready / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ

  • KW-M875BWNEW

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6. 8″ Clear Resistive Touch Monitor / Wireless Apple CarPlay / Wireless Android Auto / HDMI Input / 4-Cam Input / High-Resolution Audio / iDatalink Maestro Ready / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ / USB Type-C

  • KW-M865BW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6.8″ Clear Resistive Touch Monitor / Wireless Apple CarPlay / Wireless Android Auto / 4-Cam Input / High-Resolution Audio / iDatalink Maestro Ready / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ

  • KW-V850BT

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6. 8″ Clear Resistive Touch Monitor / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / High-Resolution Audio / iDatalink Maestro Ready / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ

  • KW-M785BWNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6.8-inch Capacitive Touch Control Monitor (6.8″ WVGA) / Wireless Apple CarPlay / Wireless Android Auto / USB Mirroring for Android Phones / iDatalink Maestro Ready / HDMI Input / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ / Short Chassis

  • KW-M788BHNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6. 8-inch Capacitive Touch Control Monitor (6.8″ WVGA) / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / USB Mirroring for Android Phones / iDatalink Maestro Ready / HD Radio / HDMI Input / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ / Short Chassis

  • KW-M780BTNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6.8-inch Capacitive Touch Control Monitor (6.8″ WVGA) / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / USB Mirroring for Android Phones/ iDatalink Maestro Ready / HDMI Input / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ / Short Chassis

  • KW-M750BT

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6. 8″ Clear Resistive Touch Monitor / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / High-Resolution Audio / iDatalink Maestro Ready / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ

  • KW-V66BT

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6.8″ Capacitive Touch Monitor / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / USB Mirroring for Android Phones / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ

  • KW-V660BT

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6. 8″ Capacitive Touch Monitor / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / USB Mirroring for Android Phones / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ

  • KW-M56BT

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6.8″ Capacitive Touch Monitor / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / USB Mirroring for Android Phones / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ / Shallow Chassis

  • KW-M560BT

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6. 8″ Capacitive Touch Monitor / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / USB Mirroring for Android Phones / Bluetooth® / 13-Band EQ / Shallow Chassis

  • KW-V350BT

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6.8″ Clear Resistive Touch Panel / iDatalink Maestro Ready / Bluetooth /13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KW-V250BT

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6. 2″ WVGA Clear Resistive Touch Monitor / Bluetooth / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KW-V25BT

    Multimedia Receiver featuring 6.2″ WVGA Clear Resistive Touch Monitor / Bluetooth / 13-Band EQ / JVC Remote App Compatibility

  • KW-M180BTNEW

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6. 8″ WVGA Capacitive Monitor / USB Mirroring for Android™ / Bluetooth / 13-Band EQ / Short Chassis / Fast Bootup

  • KW-M150BT

    Digital Media Receiver featuring 6.8″ WVGA Capacitive Monitor / USB Mirroring for Android Phones / Bluetooth / 13-Band EQ / Shallow Chassis

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  • KS-U70

    HDMI Cable (Type-A to Type-D)

  • KS-U60

    HDMI Extension Cable

  • KS-U62

    Lightning – USB Cable

  • RM-RK258

    Wireless Remote for Multimedia Receivers

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Car radio – past and present

Today, a radio is often included in the basic equipment of a car, but this was not always the case. The car radio career began in 1930 when the Galvin brothers built the first AM receiver in the United States and installed it in a car. It was the Motorola 5T71 (the Galvin brothers later renamed their company to the widely known Motorola today). Of course, it is difficult to compare this device with modern receivers not only for technological reasons, but also for overall dimensions. The first audio equipment was large and took up a lot of space in the car, but it was a milestone in the development of the world of car audio. The first car radio in Europe appeared at 1932 in Germany and was the result of the activities of the local company Ideal-Werke AG, which changed its name six years later to Blaupunkt Werke, a brand known and appreciated also in the 21st century. Of course, these were not the times when you could freely choose which car radio you want to install in your car. Receivers were expensive and rarely installed in cars.

In 1952 another milestone in car audio was made and Blaupunkt reasserted itself with the first FM radio on the market. It was the A520KU Frankfurt model installed on Opel cars. At 19In 1964, the cassette appeared on the market, and as a result, radios using this medium began to be designed. In 1984, the market was taken over by CDs, and a year later Blaupunkt began selling car CDs. Then there were further improvements and more and more advanced models, such as USB car radios or the ability to integrate the receiver with a smartphone.

Car radio – USB and other functions.

Modern car radios have long ceased to serve only to receive radio stations or play music from CDs or DVDs. The most advanced models can connect to phones, surf the Internet, and even have built-in GPS navigation. The wide variety of models on the market means that everyone will find a receiver suitable for their needs, no matter what kind of car radio they dream of.

Both standard sized receivers (1-DIN) and larger multimedia stations (2-DIN) can be found on store shelves. When choosing a particular model, you should pay attention not only to how you can connect the car radio, but also to its output power, which will be reflected in how loudly you can listen to, for example, music. In addition, modern radio tuners should have features such as RDS (displays information, automatically tunes the frequency), TP / TA (displays traffic messages), autoscan (automatically searches for stations in a given range), DAB (digital radio reception).

Nowadays, radios no longer need a cassette pocket, but the ability to play DVDs and MP3s, WMA or AAC does not interfere. You should also choose a car radio with USB and AUX. The last connector allows you to connect, for example, a portable MP3 / MP4 player. The USB connector gives even more options when we want to integrate the car audio system with a portable device such as an iPad or smartphone. A slot for a memory card and the ability to connect via Bluetooth can also be useful. However, no matter which model is chosen, another important question remains: how to connect the car radio so that it works properly?

How to connect a car radio?

Buying a radio is really just the first step to enjoying its possibilities. Regardless of the model – be it USB, CD or other car radio – manufacturers often use similar solutions. Most often, the colors of individual wires are the same for most manufacturers, at least for European ones (they are different for American ones). The black wire is usually a ground (brown in German receivers), it should be connected to the negative terminal of the battery (connection to the car body may interfere with radio reception). Connect the yellow wire (red for German models, orange for Pioneer) to the positive battery terminal. In some models, red must be connected to a wire showing voltage after turning the key in the ignition (this information will appear in the instructions). Sometimes it is enough to connect wires of the same color, and this can be the easiest solution. Then another connection of speakers, often labeled as RF (right front), LF (left front), LR (left rear), RR (right rear). Lastly, you also need to connect the antenna pin to a socket, which is fairly easy to identify. However, if you still do not know how to connect a car radio, it is recommended to use the services of a specialist. This will not only save time and nerves, but also instill confidence that our radio will work properly.

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car radio – Translation into Russian – examples English

These examples may contain rude words based on your search.

These examples may contain colloquial words based on your search.

Now imagine going home and your car radio suddenly goes on and off.

Now imagine you are driving home and car radio suddenly starts working and then turns off by itself.

the car radio was invented in 1929?

Did you know that the first car radio was invented in 1929?

In 1930, it was this company that invented the first car radio in the world.

In 1930, it was this company that invented the world’s first car radio .

In 1930 the company introduced the first practical and affordable car radio .

In 1930, the company created the first practical and affordable car radio .

Verify that the head unit hasn’t entered an anti-theft mode that requires a car radio code.

Make sure the head unit has not entered anti-theft mode, which requires car radio code .

For example, there are car radio and underwater distortions.

For example, there is car radio and underwater distortion.

I forgot my car radio and he forgot his wooly hat.

I forgot my car radio and he forgot his wool cap.

Peter, you appear to have a car radio attached to your bath.

Peter, you have car radio installed in your bathtub.

The car radio of the future works in a similar manner to a satellite receiver for television channels.

Car radio of the future works as a satellite TV receiver.

In most cases, you will find that the fasteners that hold your car radio in place are hidden.

In most cases, you will find that the fasteners holding the car radio are hidden.

You can almost hear the car radio playing.

You can hear car radio playing.

In 1930, the first commercially available car radio was installed.

In 1930, the first practical and affordable car radio was created.

Chevrolet introduced the first car radio in 1922 for $200.

In 1922, Chevrolet introduced the first car radio, the , for $200.

In the 1930’s Motorola created the first ever car radio , as well as public safety networks.

Motorola was a pioneer in mobile communications, in 1930 creating car radio and public safety networks.

The car radio was introduced in the US in 1929.

The car radio was invented in the USA in 1929.

In 1930, the company introduced the first low-cost ($110 value) and practical (not required to turn off the engine) car radio .

In 1930, the company introduced the first inexpensive (costing $110) and practical (no need to turn off the engine), the car radio.

The phone also has a built-in FM transmitter, which makes it possible to listen to music via a car radio .

This model also has a built-in FM radio that allows you to listen to music through the car radio .

In 1922, Chevrolet would release its car radio at a whopping price of $200.

In 1922, Chevrolet introduced the first car radio, the , for $200.

Car charger usb: The 3 Best USB Car Chargers of 2023

Best USB-C Car Charger for Your iPhone or Android Phone

Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too.)

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
Aukey Dual 48 6 min 47 sec 33 min 55 sec
Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus 2 7 min 01 sec 35 min 05 sec
Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
Wotobeus PD 65W PPS 7 min 25 sec 37 min 05 sec

Car charger FAQs

The large Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus on the left, the winning Aukey Dual (USB-C/USB-A) Car Charger on the right.

Geoff Morrison/CNET

How fast can car chargers really charge?

Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

Will an 80-watt charger blow up my 18-watt phone?

What about dual USB-C chargers?

What about 4x USB-C and larger?

Do I need special cables?

Best USB-C Car Charger for Your iPhone or Android Phone

Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too. )

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
Aukey Dual 48 6 min 47 sec 33 min 55 sec
Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus 2 7 min 01 sec 35 min 05 sec
Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
Wotobeus PD 65W PPS 7 min 25 sec 37 min 05 sec

Car charger FAQs

The large Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus on the left, the winning Aukey Dual (USB-C/USB-A) Car Charger on the right.

Geoff Morrison/CNET

How fast can car chargers really charge?

Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

Will an 80-watt charger blow up my 18-watt phone?

What about dual USB-C chargers?

What about 4x USB-C and larger?

Do I need special cables?

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Charging a new phone, at first glance, seems like a simple task – just take the charging cable, insert one end into the phone, and the other end into a power outlet or USB connector. However, the situation is complicated by many myths and misconceptions about charging phones. Some people think that for the first battery charge

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Dual USB Car Charger Specifications

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USB Common Output: 5V=3. 1A

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FAQ

Are all car chargers the same?2023-07-14 19:47:56

No, car chargers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and power outputs. It is important to choose a car charger that is compatible with your device and that provides enough power to charge it efficiently.

Can I use a car charger with a phone case on my device?2023-07-14 19:43:57

Yes, you can use a car charger with a phone case on your device as long as the case does not block the charging port.

How long does it take to charge the device with a car charger?2023-07-14 19:41:49

Charging time depends on the device and car charger you are using. It usually takes longer to charge a device with a car charger than with a wall charger.

Can I charge multiple devices at the same time using the car charger?2023-07-14 18:57:31

Yes, the Dual Port Car Charger can charge multiple devices at the same time. However, keep in mind that charging multiple devices at the same time may slow down the charging process for each device.

Can I charge my laptop with a car charger?2023-07-14 18:54:53

Yes, some laptops can be charged with a car charger, but not all laptops can be charged this way. Check your laptop’s specs to see if it’s compatible with your car charger.

How does a car charger work?2023-07-14 18:50:33

Car charger plugs into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter or power port and converts the car’s DC power into AC power that your electronic device can use to charge.

What is a car charger?2023-06-09 17:46:16

A car charger is a device that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter adapter and charges your phone or other electronic devices. Car chargers are often compact and lightweight, making them easy to take on the go.

Will the car charger turn off automatically after charging is complete?2022-04-16 18:11:45

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Camera monitoring systems: The 12 Best Home Security Cameras of 2023

Home Security Camera Comparison

  • Why Get Cameras
  • Features
  • Wireless vs. Wired
  • Cost
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Comparing one camera to another in the massive home security industry can feel like a monumental task, so we’ll simplify it for you. Today, we’re putting some of the biggest and best cameras head to head. We’ll also break down why cameras are important, how we compare and test them, and how much you’ll pay for home security cameras.

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Home Security Camera Comparisons

We’ve completed detailed comparisons between these home security cameras:

  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Blink XT
  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
  • Arlo Pro 3 vs. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor vs. Blink XT2
  • Arlo Ultra vs. eufyCam E
  • Arlo vs. Blink
  • Blink vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Night Owl
  • Lorex vs. Reolink
  • Lorex vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Swann
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Amazon Cloud Cam
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Arlo Pro 2

Read our comparisons to put two cameras, or sometimes three, head to head. If you’re interested in home security systems with sensors and base stations, read our home security system comparison.

Which Security Cameras Stand Out?

Like we said, comparing security cameras can be a big undertaking. The security camera industry has thousands of different options available. To help you out, we suggest starting with these three brands: Lorex, Ring, and Arlo. They offer a wide selection of cameras, and they are the highest rated brands in our testing. Most likely, you’ll find a good fit for you from these brands.

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Why Are Cameras Important?

We’ve all heard the stories and read the stats. Package theft and home burglaries are still real and recurring threats. In fact, package theft has impacted 4 in 10 Americans, according to our latest research.

Package Theft

And that’s just scratching the surface. We’ve followed crime trends closely to help you prepare for the unexpected, and that includes property crime. Check out these stats from our original package theft research:

  • 40 percent of Americans have reported having a package stolen from their property at least once.
  • Of the package theft victims, 44 percent have had a package stolen at least twice.
  • Very few package theft victims (11 percent) reported getting their package back after the theft.

You can’t put a price on personal safety. There’s always the emotional toll of a burglary to consider; indeed, the aftermath of a home invasion can feel like your whole world has been turned upside down.

When all is said and done, most of us are looking for peace of mind. We want a camera that can be an effective deterrent against a home invasion,1 one of the most traumatic events to endure.

What to Look for in a Camera

To know what to look for in security cameras, it’s best to first determine where you’ll install your cameras. Think about how a burglar might enter your property. Consider which areas they might see as easy targets.

Indoors or Outdoors

A camera’s design is often tied to its function.

If you’re placing cameras outdoors, they should be weatherproof or weather-resistant, while that’s not necessary for indoor cameras. In cameras, weather resistance is measured by IP ratings. A rating of IP65 or above is the industry standard. Cameras with IP ratings of 65 are dust-tight and can withstand low-pressure water jets.

Most security companies claim their outdoor cameras are weatherproof, weather-resistant, or waterproof, but these terms don’t really mean much; to truly know how a camera will fare in different weather conditions, check its IP rating.

These ratings should help you determine the best place to display or install the camera. Many homeowners end up using indoor security cameras as pet or baby monitors too, so you can keep an eye on all the things that matter, even when you’re not home. (Visit our best pet cameras page for lots more.) If you want a camera for your front door, you should look at our list of the best video doorbells.

Blue by ADT Outdoor Camera Closeup

NVR/DVR Options

It’s not as common these days, but we still see a good number of security camera systems with network video recorders (NVR) or digital video recorders (DVR). In simple terms, DVRs work by processing video data within the recorder, while NVR systems process data within the camera, then stream it to the recorder.

Since they process video differently, not all cameras work with NVRs. DVR systems are typically tied to wired cameras, whereas NVR systems can process data from both wired and wireless cameras. In security systems that run on NVRs or DVRs, the biggest advantage is that you have a convenient way to store video history. You can also view your footage without signing up for a monthly cloud subscription or attaching a memory card.

Lorex 4K with NVR

Additionally, using cameras with NVR or DVR hard drives tends to work well for covering large spaces. NVR and DVR systems are also helpful in recording and storing video on 4K ultra-HD cameras, which are becoming more commonplace.

HOT TIP: If you’re setting up several Wi-Fi cameras, consider how they might affect your internet speed. It may be wise to get a second router to avoid straining the network.

Wireless vs. Wired Cameras

Wireless, battery-powered cameras are most often associated with DIY installation, although that’s not consistent across the board. Some wireless cameras involve more complex setups, but the general idea is that if you can operate a drill and follow in-app instructions, you can install wireless cameras. That’s the basic idea behind DIY cameras, although you can hire a professional to perform the installation if you’re not comfortable.

Wired cameras have many advantages too, though they tend to be a bit more difficult to install. With wired installations, you’ll want to do some planning before getting out the drill.

Here are some pros and cons of both wired and wireless cameras:

Pros of Wired Cameras
  • Wired camera systems can support a large number of cameras.
  • Wired systems offer more reliability and stability in your connection.
  • Wired cameras are best for long-term security setups.
Cons of Wired Cameras
  • Wired cameras can be difficult to install, as they often require drilling, running cables, and connecting to a power supply.
  • Wired cameras won’t work if there’s a power outage unless they have battery backup.
  • Wired cameras are not as portable as wireless cameras, and it’s not as easy to relocate them.
Pros of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Most wireless security cameras are quick and easy to install, since they don’t require hardwiring or complex installations.
  • You can relocate wireless cameras more easily than wired cameras.
Cons of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Many wireless cameras rely on Wi-Fi signals, so they are more susceptible to signal interference.
  • Wireless cameras that run on batteries require a bit more maintenance. You’ll need to replace or recharge them periodically.

Motion Activation

The best security cameras offer fast motion sensor activation. This means that as soon as the camera detects motion, it sends you an alert. Since most security cameras these days run on Wi-Fi, you might encounter some speed fluctuations. In most cases, a good camera will “wake up” the moment motion occurs to send you alerts.

Smartphone Alerts

Most modern security cameras have mobile apps that are easy to learn and use. If you’re out of the house, smartphone alerts are a great way to keep an eye on things from afar (such as when your puppy starts misbehaving). Beyond that, cameras offer plenty of customization. If you don’t want to receive motion alerts while you’re asleep, for example, you can open your camera’s mobile app and create a schedule to receive alerts only when you’re awake.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Familiar Face Alerts

Video Resolution

In security cameras and smart TVs, video resolution refers to the number of pixels in each frame, otherwise known as the video quality. The most common video resolution in cameras is 1080p. The only exceptions are the SimpliCam from SimpliSafe and a few low-cost Zmodo cameras, which have 720p HD video. That being said, 4K is becoming a popular choice along with 1080p HD.

Cameras with 1080p resolution have 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically, while 4K cameras have 3,840 pixels horizontally and 2,160 pixels vertically. Clearly, 4K video will give you a much sharper picture than 1080p, with four times as many pixels. If you’re looking for a flawless picture in your camera’s footage, consider one of our top-rated 4K cameras.

Night Vision

We’ve seen some spectacular night-vision images from our tests of security cameras, especially the best outdoor cameras. Most cameras have infrared night vision as a minimum, which is black and white but still records clear video at night. With the addition of long-range lighting like spotlights or floodlights, you’ll get sharp, colored night vision at night. Bright lights aren’t always ideal, though, especially if you want a hidden outdoor camera.

Argus 2 Night Vision

Two-Way Audio

Like 1080p HD and night vision, two-way audio has become a standard we expect in home security cameras. Cameras with two-way audio have built-in speakers and microphones for communication through the mobile app.

Just like making a phone call, you can use two-way audio to talk to people around the house, but since we’re talking about home security, you can also use it to spook intruders. Believe it or not, a homeowner’s voice is one of the most effective deterrents to home invasions. Even saying something as simple as “May I help you?” has a way of sending crooks fleeing.

Field of View

Your camera’s field of view is how much the human eye can see through its display. Some camera vendors calculate the field of view using the two horizontal edges of the screen; for others, the field of view refers to the diagonal edges, measured in degrees.

A 120-degree field of view is pretty standard across the board. For larger spaces like playrooms or open floor plans, a wider view might be more suitable. But be careful with cameras that boast wider fields of view (up to 180 degrees). A few cameras we’ve tested had a slight problem with distorted edges.

Emergency Connectivity

Once a mainstay of professional security systems, emergency connection is starting to pop up in stand-alone security cameras too. Brands like YI and Canary are partnering with Noonlight,2 a professional monitoring service that can dispatch appropriate emergency responders if you’re feeling unsafe.

FYI: Safety features like Noonlight usually require you to keep your smartphone’s location detection on at all times. Otherwise, the emergency response might not work properly.

If you want a camera that connects to emergency services, this will add to the cost. Like we said, though, few things are more important than feeling safe in your own home.

Artificial Intelligence

Person detection lets cameras differentiate between people, pets, and moving objects like cars. That leads to stronger and more specific notifications.

Moving a step forward, facial recognition technology means that the camera can map out facial features of someone in your home. The data is stored in a database to compare with other individuals’ data. The more robust the data set is, the more the camera can identify people you recognize.

Facial Recognition on the Nest App

Many camera brands are starting to embrace AI facial recognition technology, as it adds a lot of intel to the home security experience. If someone appears at your front porch, for example, the camera works to determine whether it’s someone suspicious, or just the kids coming in from a bike ride.

TIP: Read our complete guide to the best cameras for artificial intelligence for lots more insight on facial recognition.

Connectivity

Most cameras connect to smartphones through standard Wi-Fi. Some cameras also offer 4G or cellular connection if you’d rather not rely on wireless internet. Typically, you’ll download the mobile app, scan the QR code, and pair the camera with your home network. Often, the camera will require a firmware update before the syncing process is complete.

TIP: If your Wi-Fi is spotty or unreliable, don’t worry; check out all the ways to use cameras without Wi-Fi.

One quick tip for Wi-Fi setups: Find your Wi-Fi network credentials before beginning any camera setup, and keep them on hand. You’ll need to enter your login and password to link the device to your home network.

Keep in mind that each additional camera will add about two to three minutes of setup time. You might encounter more complex setups if you’re adding six or more cameras to your home. Learn more about the camera installation experience in our security camera installation guide.

Smart Platform Integrations

If you already have a smart home, get a camera that works with one of the two most popular voice assistants, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. There are also cameras that work with IoT devices like smart locks, smart lighting, and smart plugs, allowing devices to trigger one another.

Smart Lock

How Much Do Security Cameras Cost?

Individual security cameras start as low as $26 and go up to around $400. If you’re looking to store video footage through your camera’s mobile app, you might consider a cloud storage subscription. With wireless cameras, you might pay $3 to $10 per month for video storage, depending on the features you’re looking for and the amount of video footage you’re planning to store. A Nest Aware subscription, for example, costs $6 a month or $60 a year for 30 days’ worth of cloud storage. Learn more about Nest camera pricing.

Some cameras let you save your video history to a micro-SD card and avoid monthly cloud subscription fees. Micro-SD cards are fairly inexpensive, so if your camera has a micro-SD card slot, this is a great option to record video.

Here are a few more cost considerations to remember.

Self-Monitoring vs. Professional Monitoring

Self-monitoring is a convenient and free option for using your cameras. With cameras that offer micro-SD card storage, you can keep an eye on your home whenever you’d like just by opening your cameras’ mobile app. All you have to worry about is the storage space on your micro-SD card. Many cameras offer both micro-SD card storage and cloud storage.

Blink App – Activity Zones

Professional monitoring, on the other hand, means you’re paying for 24/7 coverage through a third-party security service. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to do your own monitoring or go the extra mile for professional monitoring. Self-monitoring is definitely the more budget-friendly option, though.

To help you demystify the buying process, check out our full guide to security camera costs.

How to Save Money on Security Cameras

How much you’ll save on a security camera depends on which camera or system you choose. Some brands offer deals on camera or system bundles, or you can try buying during sales holidays like Prime Day, Cyber Monday, and Black Friday.

Bundles and Packages

In home security, bundling means buying several cameras at once. Normally, buying cameras as a bundle is pretty cost-efficient. The bigger the bundle, the more you’ll save.

Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Week Deals

Amazon Prime Day is an ideal time to save money on home security products like Ring and Blink cameras, as well as devices from companies that Amazon doesn’t own. There are also other savings events throughout the year, like Black Friday, the official kickoff to the weeklong holiday shopping season. Whether you’re looking at early-bird sales or waiting a few days to check out the Cyber Monday deals, discounts on cameras are plentiful.

For specific ways to save, check out the latest Prime Day home security camera deals, or head over to our security camera Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals guide.

Final Thoughts

You can learn a lot by comparing security cameras side by side. If you have more questions or are curious about security cameras in general, read our complete home security camera buying guide, as well as our guide to where to place your home security camera once you have it. We hope these resources, combined with our extensive research on property crime and home safety, give you a better picture of which cameras will work best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t worry; we’re not leaving without answering a few of your most burning questions about security cameras.

  • Which brand of security cameras is the best?

    The best security camera brand is Lorex. The company has a large selection of home security products. Cameras record in high-quality 1080p HD resolution or above. Additionally, many Lorex cameras offer clear two-way audio and infrared night vision.

  • What are the best outdoor security cameras to buy?

    Lorex cameras are among the best outdoor cameras to buy. They’re rated IP65 for water protection and built to withstand the elements. Lorex boasts sleek, wire-free devices in addition to durable, wired cameras.

  • How much do security cameras cost?

    Security cameras cost anywhere from $25 to $400, depending on the brand, features, mobile app, design, weather protection, and monitoring options.

  • What is the most affordable home security camera system?

    Wyze is one of the most affordable camera systems out there. The Wyze Cam v2 sold for only $19.99 originally and boasted 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, and free cloud and local storage. Currently, the Wyze Cam v3 is priced at $35.98.

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Video surveillance systems. Types and application. Structure and work

The world around us and the modern rhythm of life, the threats of terrorists and criminal elements force many institutions, organizations, as well as ordinary people to exercise control over the environment. Therefore, CCTV systems are becoming more and more popular in our life.

Their function is not only to transfer the image to the monitor, but also to highlight some important elements, such as recognizing a person’s face or a car number. In this case, video surveillance systems are a semblance of human vision. There is an interaction with the participation of the perceiving and analyzing devices.

Video surveillance systems are divided into two types:

  1. Analog.
  2. Digital.

The main difference between digital technology in video surveillance and analog is the improved quality of the picture on the screen. Naturally, the cost of such systems is much higher.

Analogue

The figure shows the analogue video surveillance circuit.

Currently, there are a large number of varieties of analog video cameras:
  • Domed.
  • Cylindrical.
  • Microcameras.
  • Outdoor.
  • Infrared.

In addition to image quality, their difference lies in functionality and cost. The video signal recorder can be either a separate device or a computer equipped with a video capture card.

Remote control

Recorder

Video capture card

Advantages
  • Easy installation and setup.
  • Good compatibility between different camera types.
  • Low cost parts.
  • A wide selection in the distribution network.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to scale large systems.
  • Unable to encrypt video signal.
  • No interference protection.
  • None of these useful features: motion detection, built-in audio, digital zoom, tilt and pan all in one cable.

Digital video surveillance systems

Digital video surveillance is divided into computer systems and separate equipment. Digital video recording is carried out by devices operating on a computer with the application of video capture cards. The computer type of video surveillance has much more functions in comparison with non-computer one.

On the basis of a computer, video surveillance can be easily upgraded and set up a wide range of control options. A feature of non-computer video surveillance devices is the lack of audio inputs.

Benefits
  • Possibility to create video surveillance based on the institution’s local network.
  • Ability to quickly transfer video surveillance to other computers.
  • Easy combination of video surveillance system with different security systems, as well as its modernization.
  • The video signal is protected from unauthorized access.
  • Enhanced monitor image quality from a digital camera.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult camera setup.
  • A large amount of memory is required to store video files due to their high quality.
  • Increased equipment price.

Device and principle of operation

The technical parameters of various types of video surveillance can vary significantly, depending on the scope of use and the technology of the system.

The main elements of any video surveillance system are:
  • Video cameras.
  • Devices for processing video data (for analog systems).
  • DVRs process and store information.
  • Monitors for visual display of real-time images, as well as for working with stored data.
  • Control panels for cameras equipped with a swivel mechanism.
  • Cables.

Cameras

Video surveillance installation always begins with the design of the layout and selection of cameras. These stages are interconnected, since the operation of the entire system depends on it.

Surveillance cameras can be divided into two types:
  • Open.
  • Hidden.

Most often, video surveillance systems are installed to prevent any violations, so open cameras are more popular and have a lower cost.

Open cameras

The main options for open cameras are shown in the photographs. The first camera is a wireless console camera, although wired console cameras also exist. They are low cost, serve for fixed indoor surveillance. Such a camera can be independently equipped with anti-vandal devices for outdoor installation.

The second camera is outdoor, equipped with a rigid mounting bracket. Typically, such cameras have infrared illumination, anti-jamming, a motion detector that can recognize people’s faces and car numbers, and a zoom function. Their cost is quite high, so the use of such cameras is not always justified. They are more suitable for monitoring large areas and areas.

The third camera is a full rotatable internal positionable. It has a high cost. However, it can replace four console cameras when mounted on the ceiling.

The fourth type of open cameras refers to dome models. It is designed for any weather, protected by anti-vandal devices. In addition to the functions of an external camera, they are equipped with autonomous positioning, which makes it possible to scan the entire hemisphere, regardless of the computer.

Dome cameras are expensive, but their high functionality makes them the most popular. Every CCTV system must have at least one dome camera.

Hidden cameras

The first camera is very compact. However, experienced offenders quickly find it. Such a camera has very weak protection against anti-bugs and jammers. It is most often characterized as an expensive toy.

The following three types of cameras are usually disguised as a ceiling light, motion detector or fire detector. Experienced violators quickly find them, and make various mocking inscriptions on them for the owner. For monitoring work in a workshop or office, such cameras are quite suitable, especially since they are inexpensive. Masked cameras do not irritate workers, unlike open cameras, since they are not visible.

The last two types of chambers are hidden. They are built into the ceiling, masked in the surface of the walls and in other places. For professional operatives, covert video cameras are a powerful development tool. With their help, many crimes and secrets are exposed. Such cameras are not suitable for preventive video surveillance, their cost is quite high. In domestic conditions, their use is inappropriate.

Video recorders and video capture cards

There are many different video capture devices. The most popular are video recorders and video capture boards.

Video recorders are produced as a separate device. They have the same parameters as video capture cards, but they have much more functions. This device can transfer information to a computer, is equipped with internal memory for storing video files, can work with network protocols for transferring information to a remote computer. This type of video capture equipment is used when it is necessary to connect a large number of cameras, as well as when it is necessary to connect to a remote computer for storing information, for example, in a large supermarket.

Video capture cards are the simplest devices that cannot function separately from a computer, and without a special program. They can only be used in a system with a small number of cameras. In domestic conditions, the video capture card is the best option for use in video surveillance. The video file is recorded directly to the computer’s hard drive. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the availability of free disk space in advance. When choosing a video capture board, pay attention to the number of cameras and the video file format, as well as the capture speed and video image resolution.

Video monitors

New low-cost video surveillance systems most often use monitors used for computers. However, using them is not the best option, as they will fail faster due to their 24/7 operation. To do this, it is better to use specialized monitors designed for long-term round-the-clock operation.

The image from the camcorder is displayed on the monitor. To display the image, special equipment is used: video switches, multiplexers and other devices. Their difference lies in the degree of complexity of the design. They are capable of displaying images from multiple cameras simultaneously.

Remote controls

These devices are not much different from the remotes of other devices. They have push-button control of video surveillance modes, turning the system on and off, controlling the camera and other functions.

Cables

Types of cables for video surveillance:
  • Fiber optic.
  • Twisted pair.
  • Coaxial.

Optical fiber is a more expensive cable. This option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Of the advantages, it can be noted that the fiber optic cable can be used for both analog devices and digital ones. The quality of the transmitted signal in this cable is very high. You can transmit information over long distances. Among the shortcomings, its high cost should be noted. It is mainly used only in large video surveillance complexes with a large number of cameras, where a high connection speed is required.

Twisted-pair cable is useful for a small store, and mixed with coaxial cable in industrial production. Twisted pair is used to connect cameras at a distance of more than 200 meters, but this requires an auxiliary receiver and signal transmitter. This increases the cost of the entire system.

Coaxial cable is most convenient when connecting cameras with a video capture card at a short distance (up to 200 meters). It makes it possible to connect analog devices directly.

Accessories

Sometimes it becomes necessary to expand the functionality that video surveillance has. For such purposes, various microphones are used that record audio sound.

Thermal imagers can receive a region of the spectrum that cannot be seen by the human eye. This region includes thermal radiation. This is the best option for detecting an intruder hiding in the dark.

At present, scientific technologies are developing rapidly, and such observation systems are being created that do not require human participation. Such “smart” systems can independently receive the necessary data, process them, and store them in the device’s memory. Only when absolutely necessary, they will give a signal to call a team of repairmen or security workers.

Scope of use

  • Video surveillance in financial institutions: pawnshops, cash desks, banks, etc. The main task is to create security, record working hours, access control, and collect evidence in disputes with customers.
  • At industrial enterprises, video surveillance is used to control product quality, ensure the safety of property, and respond quickly in case of an accident. This can save people’s lives and the health of production equipment.
  • In stores and shopping centers: first of all, the safety of employees and customers, control of cash desks, safety of goods are ensured.
  • Video surveillance in offices ensures control of the territory adjacent to the office, the safety of visitors and employees, a quick response to hooligan actions, the safety of property, and control over the movement of customers.

The use of a video surveillance system on city streets today is a vital necessity. This is due to the difficult situation with security, protection of people from illegal actions, terrorist acts. Video cameras in the city are most often installed at traffic police posts, at the entrances of houses, in public places, on the streets, stations and squares.

Urban video surveillance performs the following main tasks:
  • Prevention of accidents and emergencies.
  • Control over engineering networks.
  • Prevention of criminal manifestations.
  • Avoiding the threat of terrorists.
  • Ensuring the safety of people.

Advantages of video surveillance

The use of any type of video surveillance system justifies itself and has advantages over other types of control.

  • Specialized video equipment is far beyond the human senses. The camcorder will never fall asleep, will not be distracted, and does not make mistakes in its work.
  • High control efficiency. Video surveillance equipment, set up by qualified specialists, is able to cover a large area of ​​the territory, freeing several security officers from the need for direct visual control.
  • Video cameras are not visible to humans and human behavior occurs naturally. The real natural environment is transmitted to the monitor screen, which cannot be obtained in the presence of a security officer.
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Today video surveillance systems are a reliable way to control the inviolability of human rights, the safety of human life, and the safety of material values.
Video surveillance is used both for business and personal space, whether it is an apartment, a country house or a parking space. The areas of use of video surveillance systems are unlimited, and their hardware and software capabilities are constantly being improved, making security surveillance more and more simple, convenient and available with tool .

Line software is supplied with all the company’s products, has no network, administrative or functional restrictions .

Functional advantages of the Line video surveillance system

Motion detector

Digital motion detector with the ability to create up to 64 detection zones.

Administration

Detailed system configuration in the Administration menu.

Line Cloud

Online service for remote control of an unlimited number of servers.

Video analytics

Archive filtering by detection, size, autonumbers, people, faces, events, OSD.

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Synchronous viewing of recordings from any cameras with the ability to export.

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Dedicated software for viewing video via Android and iOS mobile devices.

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The Multi-Monitor function allows you to display video from cameras on multiple monitors at the same time.

There are several main versions of the Line product

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“Line IP” – scratch cards for activating IP cameras in the software “Line”. The company focuses on ease of use: the program is not burdened with hardware keys. Based on this product, you can activate up to 256 video surveillance channels on one system unit.

IP-cameras

The line of IP-cameras for video surveillance is represented by three models: Line 2Mp Dome, Line 2Mp Bullet and Line 4Mp Bullet. The devices are made in a metal case with IP 65 protection, equipped with IR illumination and a built-in microphone. These devices can operate both autonomously and as part of the Line system without purchasing a license.

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Line of video recorders for video surveillance “Line” is represented by budget devices based on Linux. The main features of these models are a quick start of work, the ability to install hard drives inside the case and individual settings for each channel. “Line XVR N H.265-N” are intended for connection of 4 or 8 cameras of formats: TVI, CVI, AHD, CVBS and IP.

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The range includes PC-based video servers, storage systems and ready-made client computers. The kit includes everything you need to ensure full operation. DevLine also provides a cloud server rental service.

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Comparing one camera to another in the massive home security industry can feel like a monumental task, so we’ll simplify it for you. Today, we’re putting some of the biggest and best cameras head to head. We’ll also break down why cameras are important, how we compare and test them, and how much you’ll pay for home security cameras.

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Home Security Camera Comparisons

We’ve completed detailed comparisons between these home security cameras:

  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Blink XT
  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
  • Arlo Pro 3 vs. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor vs. Blink XT2
  • Arlo Ultra vs. eufyCam E
  • Arlo vs. Blink
  • Blink vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Night Owl
  • Lorex vs. Reolink
  • Lorex vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Swann
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Amazon Cloud Cam
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Arlo Pro 2

Read our comparisons to put two cameras, or sometimes three, head to head. If you’re interested in home security systems with sensors and base stations, read our home security system comparison.

Which Security Cameras Stand Out?

Like we said, comparing security cameras can be a big undertaking. The security camera industry has thousands of different options available. To help you out, we suggest starting with these three brands: Lorex, Ring, and Arlo. They offer a wide selection of cameras, and they are the highest rated brands in our testing. Most likely, you’ll find a good fit for you from these brands.

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Why Are Cameras Important?

We’ve all heard the stories and read the stats. Package theft and home burglaries are still real and recurring threats. In fact, package theft has impacted 4 in 10 Americans, according to our latest research.

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And that’s just scratching the surface. We’ve followed crime trends closely to help you prepare for the unexpected, and that includes property crime. Check out these stats from our original package theft research:

  • 40 percent of Americans have reported having a package stolen from their property at least once.
  • Of the package theft victims, 44 percent have had a package stolen at least twice.
  • Very few package theft victims (11 percent) reported getting their package back after the theft.

You can’t put a price on personal safety. There’s always the emotional toll of a burglary to consider; indeed, the aftermath of a home invasion can feel like your whole world has been turned upside down.

When all is said and done, most of us are looking for peace of mind. We want a camera that can be an effective deterrent against a home invasion,1 one of the most traumatic events to endure.

What to Look for in a Camera

To know what to look for in security cameras, it’s best to first determine where you’ll install your cameras. Think about how a burglar might enter your property. Consider which areas they might see as easy targets.

Indoors or Outdoors

A camera’s design is often tied to its function.

If you’re placing cameras outdoors, they should be weatherproof or weather-resistant, while that’s not necessary for indoor cameras. In cameras, weather resistance is measured by IP ratings. A rating of IP65 or above is the industry standard. Cameras with IP ratings of 65 are dust-tight and can withstand low-pressure water jets.

Most security companies claim their outdoor cameras are weatherproof, weather-resistant, or waterproof, but these terms don’t really mean much; to truly know how a camera will fare in different weather conditions, check its IP rating.

These ratings should help you determine the best place to display or install the camera. Many homeowners end up using indoor security cameras as pet or baby monitors too, so you can keep an eye on all the things that matter, even when you’re not home. (Visit our best pet cameras page for lots more.) If you want a camera for your front door, you should look at our list of the best video doorbells.

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NVR/DVR Options

It’s not as common these days, but we still see a good number of security camera systems with network video recorders (NVR) or digital video recorders (DVR). In simple terms, DVRs work by processing video data within the recorder, while NVR systems process data within the camera, then stream it to the recorder.

Since they process video differently, not all cameras work with NVRs. DVR systems are typically tied to wired cameras, whereas NVR systems can process data from both wired and wireless cameras. In security systems that run on NVRs or DVRs, the biggest advantage is that you have a convenient way to store video history. You can also view your footage without signing up for a monthly cloud subscription or attaching a memory card.

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Additionally, using cameras with NVR or DVR hard drives tends to work well for covering large spaces. NVR and DVR systems are also helpful in recording and storing video on 4K ultra-HD cameras, which are becoming more commonplace.

HOT TIP: If you’re setting up several Wi-Fi cameras, consider how they might affect your internet speed. It may be wise to get a second router to avoid straining the network.

Wireless vs. Wired Cameras

Wireless, battery-powered cameras are most often associated with DIY installation, although that’s not consistent across the board. Some wireless cameras involve more complex setups, but the general idea is that if you can operate a drill and follow in-app instructions, you can install wireless cameras. That’s the basic idea behind DIY cameras, although you can hire a professional to perform the installation if you’re not comfortable.

Wired cameras have many advantages too, though they tend to be a bit more difficult to install. With wired installations, you’ll want to do some planning before getting out the drill.

Here are some pros and cons of both wired and wireless cameras:

Pros of Wired Cameras
  • Wired camera systems can support a large number of cameras.
  • Wired systems offer more reliability and stability in your connection.
  • Wired cameras are best for long-term security setups.
Cons of Wired Cameras
  • Wired cameras can be difficult to install, as they often require drilling, running cables, and connecting to a power supply.
  • Wired cameras won’t work if there’s a power outage unless they have battery backup.
  • Wired cameras are not as portable as wireless cameras, and it’s not as easy to relocate them.
Pros of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Most wireless security cameras are quick and easy to install, since they don’t require hardwiring or complex installations.
  • You can relocate wireless cameras more easily than wired cameras.
Cons of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Many wireless cameras rely on Wi-Fi signals, so they are more susceptible to signal interference.
  • Wireless cameras that run on batteries require a bit more maintenance. You’ll need to replace or recharge them periodically.

Motion Activation

The best security cameras offer fast motion sensor activation. This means that as soon as the camera detects motion, it sends you an alert. Since most security cameras these days run on Wi-Fi, you might encounter some speed fluctuations. In most cases, a good camera will “wake up” the moment motion occurs to send you alerts.

Smartphone Alerts

Most modern security cameras have mobile apps that are easy to learn and use. If you’re out of the house, smartphone alerts are a great way to keep an eye on things from afar (such as when your puppy starts misbehaving). Beyond that, cameras offer plenty of customization. If you don’t want to receive motion alerts while you’re asleep, for example, you can open your camera’s mobile app and create a schedule to receive alerts only when you’re awake.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Familiar Face Alerts

Video Resolution

In security cameras and smart TVs, video resolution refers to the number of pixels in each frame, otherwise known as the video quality. The most common video resolution in cameras is 1080p. The only exceptions are the SimpliCam from SimpliSafe and a few low-cost Zmodo cameras, which have 720p HD video. That being said, 4K is becoming a popular choice along with 1080p HD.

Cameras with 1080p resolution have 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically, while 4K cameras have 3,840 pixels horizontally and 2,160 pixels vertically. Clearly, 4K video will give you a much sharper picture than 1080p, with four times as many pixels. If you’re looking for a flawless picture in your camera’s footage, consider one of our top-rated 4K cameras.

Night Vision

We’ve seen some spectacular night-vision images from our tests of security cameras, especially the best outdoor cameras. Most cameras have infrared night vision as a minimum, which is black and white but still records clear video at night. With the addition of long-range lighting like spotlights or floodlights, you’ll get sharp, colored night vision at night. Bright lights aren’t always ideal, though, especially if you want a hidden outdoor camera.

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Two-Way Audio

Like 1080p HD and night vision, two-way audio has become a standard we expect in home security cameras. Cameras with two-way audio have built-in speakers and microphones for communication through the mobile app.

Just like making a phone call, you can use two-way audio to talk to people around the house, but since we’re talking about home security, you can also use it to spook intruders. Believe it or not, a homeowner’s voice is one of the most effective deterrents to home invasions. Even saying something as simple as “May I help you?” has a way of sending crooks fleeing.

Field of View

Your camera’s field of view is how much the human eye can see through its display. Some camera vendors calculate the field of view using the two horizontal edges of the screen; for others, the field of view refers to the diagonal edges, measured in degrees.

A 120-degree field of view is pretty standard across the board. For larger spaces like playrooms or open floor plans, a wider view might be more suitable. But be careful with cameras that boast wider fields of view (up to 180 degrees). A few cameras we’ve tested had a slight problem with distorted edges.

Emergency Connectivity

Once a mainstay of professional security systems, emergency connection is starting to pop up in stand-alone security cameras too. Brands like YI and Canary are partnering with Noonlight,2 a professional monitoring service that can dispatch appropriate emergency responders if you’re feeling unsafe.

FYI: Safety features like Noonlight usually require you to keep your smartphone’s location detection on at all times. Otherwise, the emergency response might not work properly.

If you want a camera that connects to emergency services, this will add to the cost. Like we said, though, few things are more important than feeling safe in your own home.

Artificial Intelligence

Person detection lets cameras differentiate between people, pets, and moving objects like cars. That leads to stronger and more specific notifications.

Moving a step forward, facial recognition technology means that the camera can map out facial features of someone in your home. The data is stored in a database to compare with other individuals’ data. The more robust the data set is, the more the camera can identify people you recognize.

Facial Recognition on the Nest App

Many camera brands are starting to embrace AI facial recognition technology, as it adds a lot of intel to the home security experience. If someone appears at your front porch, for example, the camera works to determine whether it’s someone suspicious, or just the kids coming in from a bike ride.

TIP: Read our complete guide to the best cameras for artificial intelligence for lots more insight on facial recognition.

Connectivity

Most cameras connect to smartphones through standard Wi-Fi. Some cameras also offer 4G or cellular connection if you’d rather not rely on wireless internet. Typically, you’ll download the mobile app, scan the QR code, and pair the camera with your home network. Often, the camera will require a firmware update before the syncing process is complete.

TIP: If your Wi-Fi is spotty or unreliable, don’t worry; check out all the ways to use cameras without Wi-Fi.

One quick tip for Wi-Fi setups: Find your Wi-Fi network credentials before beginning any camera setup, and keep them on hand. You’ll need to enter your login and password to link the device to your home network.

Keep in mind that each additional camera will add about two to three minutes of setup time. You might encounter more complex setups if you’re adding six or more cameras to your home. Learn more about the camera installation experience in our security camera installation guide.

Smart Platform Integrations

If you already have a smart home, get a camera that works with one of the two most popular voice assistants, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. There are also cameras that work with IoT devices like smart locks, smart lighting, and smart plugs, allowing devices to trigger one another.

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How Much Do Security Cameras Cost?

Individual security cameras start as low as $26 and go up to around $400. If you’re looking to store video footage through your camera’s mobile app, you might consider a cloud storage subscription. With wireless cameras, you might pay $3 to $10 per month for video storage, depending on the features you’re looking for and the amount of video footage you’re planning to store. A Nest Aware subscription, for example, costs $6 a month or $60 a year for 30 days’ worth of cloud storage. Learn more about Nest camera pricing.

Some cameras let you save your video history to a micro-SD card and avoid monthly cloud subscription fees. Micro-SD cards are fairly inexpensive, so if your camera has a micro-SD card slot, this is a great option to record video.

Here are a few more cost considerations to remember.

Self-Monitoring vs. Professional Monitoring

Self-monitoring is a convenient and free option for using your cameras. With cameras that offer micro-SD card storage, you can keep an eye on your home whenever you’d like just by opening your cameras’ mobile app. All you have to worry about is the storage space on your micro-SD card. Many cameras offer both micro-SD card storage and cloud storage.

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Professional monitoring, on the other hand, means you’re paying for 24/7 coverage through a third-party security service. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to do your own monitoring or go the extra mile for professional monitoring. Self-monitoring is definitely the more budget-friendly option, though.

To help you demystify the buying process, check out our full guide to security camera costs.

How to Save Money on Security Cameras

How much you’ll save on a security camera depends on which camera or system you choose. Some brands offer deals on camera or system bundles, or you can try buying during sales holidays like Prime Day, Cyber Monday, and Black Friday.

Bundles and Packages

In home security, bundling means buying several cameras at once. Normally, buying cameras as a bundle is pretty cost-efficient. The bigger the bundle, the more you’ll save.

Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Week Deals

Amazon Prime Day is an ideal time to save money on home security products like Ring and Blink cameras, as well as devices from companies that Amazon doesn’t own. There are also other savings events throughout the year, like Black Friday, the official kickoff to the weeklong holiday shopping season. Whether you’re looking at early-bird sales or waiting a few days to check out the Cyber Monday deals, discounts on cameras are plentiful.

For specific ways to save, check out the latest Prime Day home security camera deals, or head over to our security camera Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals guide.

Final Thoughts

You can learn a lot by comparing security cameras side by side. If you have more questions or are curious about security cameras in general, read our complete home security camera buying guide, as well as our guide to where to place your home security camera once you have it. We hope these resources, combined with our extensive research on property crime and home safety, give you a better picture of which cameras will work best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t worry; we’re not leaving without answering a few of your most burning questions about security cameras.

  • Which brand of security cameras is the best?

    The best security camera brand is Lorex. The company has a large selection of home security products. Cameras record in high-quality 1080p HD resolution or above. Additionally, many Lorex cameras offer clear two-way audio and infrared night vision.

  • What are the best outdoor security cameras to buy?

    Lorex cameras are among the best outdoor cameras to buy. They’re rated IP65 for water protection and built to withstand the elements. Lorex boasts sleek, wire-free devices in addition to durable, wired cameras.

  • How much do security cameras cost?

    Security cameras cost anywhere from $25 to $400, depending on the brand, features, mobile app, design, weather protection, and monitoring options.

  • What is the most affordable home security camera system?

    Wyze is one of the most affordable camera systems out there. The Wyze Cam v2 sold for only $19.99 originally and boasted 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, and free cloud and local storage. Currently, the Wyze Cam v3 is priced at $35.98.

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The world around us and the modern rhythm of life, the threats of terrorists and criminal elements force many institutions, organizations, as well as ordinary people to exercise control over the environment. Therefore, CCTV systems are becoming more and more popular in our life.

Their function is not only to transfer the image to the monitor, but also to highlight some important elements, such as recognizing a person’s face or a car number. In this case, video surveillance systems are a semblance of human vision. There is an interaction with the participation of the perceiving and analyzing devices.

Video surveillance systems are divided into two types:

  1. Analog.
  2. Digital.

The main difference between digital technology in video surveillance and analog is the improved quality of the picture on the screen. Naturally, the cost of such systems is much higher.

Analogue

The figure shows the analogue video surveillance circuit.

Currently, there are a large number of varieties of analog video cameras:
  • Domed.
  • Cylindrical.
  • Microcameras.
  • Outdoor.
  • Infrared.

In addition to image quality, their difference lies in functionality and cost. The video signal recorder can be either a separate device or a computer equipped with a video capture card.

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Advantages
  • Easy installation and setup.
  • Good compatibility between different camera types.
  • Low cost parts.
  • A wide selection in the distribution network.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to scale large systems.
  • Unable to encrypt video signal.
  • No interference protection.
  • None of these useful features: motion detection, built-in audio, digital zoom, tilt and pan all in one cable.

Digital video surveillance systems

Digital video surveillance is divided into computer systems and separate equipment. Digital video recording is carried out by devices operating on a computer with the application of video capture cards. The computer type of video surveillance has much more functions in comparison with non-computer one.

On the basis of a computer, video surveillance can be easily upgraded and set up a wide range of control options. A feature of non-computer video surveillance devices is the lack of audio inputs.

Benefits
  • Possibility to create video surveillance based on the institution’s local network.
  • Ability to quickly transfer video surveillance to other computers.
  • Easy combination of video surveillance system with different security systems, as well as its modernization.
  • The video signal is protected from unauthorized access.
  • Enhanced monitor image quality from a digital camera.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult camera setup.
  • A large amount of memory is required to store video files due to their high quality.
  • Increased equipment price.

Device and principle of operation

The technical parameters of various types of video surveillance can vary significantly, depending on the scope of use and the technology of the system.

The main elements of any video surveillance system are:
  • Video cameras.
  • Devices for processing video data (for analog systems).
  • DVRs process and store information.
  • Monitors for visual display of real-time images, as well as for working with stored data.
  • Control panels for cameras equipped with a swivel mechanism.
  • Cables.

Cameras

Video surveillance installation always begins with the design of the layout and selection of cameras. These stages are interconnected, since the operation of the entire system depends on it.

Surveillance cameras can be divided into two types:
  • Open.
  • Hidden.

Most often, video surveillance systems are installed to prevent any violations, so open cameras are more popular and have a lower cost.

Open cameras

The main options for open cameras are shown in the photographs. The first camera is a wireless console camera, although wired console cameras also exist. They are low cost, serve for fixed indoor surveillance. Such a camera can be independently equipped with anti-vandal devices for outdoor installation.

The second camera is outdoor, equipped with a rigid mounting bracket. Typically, such cameras have infrared illumination, anti-jamming, a motion detector that can recognize people’s faces and car numbers, and a zoom function. Their cost is quite high, so the use of such cameras is not always justified. They are more suitable for monitoring large areas and areas.

The third camera is a full rotatable internal positionable. It has a high cost. However, it can replace four console cameras when mounted on the ceiling.

The fourth type of open cameras refers to dome models. It is designed for any weather, protected by anti-vandal devices. In addition to the functions of an external camera, they are equipped with autonomous positioning, which makes it possible to scan the entire hemisphere, regardless of the computer.

Dome cameras are expensive, but their high functionality makes them the most popular. Every CCTV system must have at least one dome camera.

Hidden cameras

The first camera is very compact. However, experienced offenders quickly find it. Such a camera has very weak protection against anti-bugs and jammers. It is most often characterized as an expensive toy.

The following three types of cameras are usually disguised as a ceiling light, motion detector or fire detector. Experienced violators quickly find them, and make various mocking inscriptions on them for the owner. For monitoring work in a workshop or office, such cameras are quite suitable, especially since they are inexpensive. Masked cameras do not irritate workers, unlike open cameras, since they are not visible.

The last two types of chambers are hidden. They are built into the ceiling, masked in the surface of the walls and in other places. For professional operatives, covert video cameras are a powerful development tool. With their help, many crimes and secrets are exposed. Such cameras are not suitable for preventive video surveillance, their cost is quite high. In domestic conditions, their use is inappropriate.

Video recorders and video capture cards

There are many different video capture devices. The most popular are video recorders and video capture boards.

Video recorders are produced as a separate device. They have the same parameters as video capture cards, but they have much more functions. This device can transfer information to a computer, is equipped with internal memory for storing video files, can work with network protocols for transferring information to a remote computer. This type of video capture equipment is used when it is necessary to connect a large number of cameras, as well as when it is necessary to connect to a remote computer for storing information, for example, in a large supermarket.

Video capture cards are the simplest devices that cannot function separately from a computer, and without a special program. They can only be used in a system with a small number of cameras. In domestic conditions, the video capture card is the best option for use in video surveillance. The video file is recorded directly to the computer’s hard drive. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the availability of free disk space in advance. When choosing a video capture board, pay attention to the number of cameras and the video file format, as well as the capture speed and video image resolution.

Video monitors

New low-cost video surveillance systems most often use monitors used for computers. However, using them is not the best option, as they will fail faster due to their 24/7 operation. To do this, it is better to use specialized monitors designed for long-term round-the-clock operation.

The image from the camcorder is displayed on the monitor. To display the image, special equipment is used: video switches, multiplexers and other devices. Their difference lies in the degree of complexity of the design. They are capable of displaying images from multiple cameras simultaneously.

Remote controls

These devices are not much different from the remotes of other devices. They have push-button control of video surveillance modes, turning the system on and off, controlling the camera and other functions.

Cables

Types of cables for video surveillance:
  • Fiber optic.
  • Twisted pair.
  • Coaxial.

Optical fiber is a more expensive cable. This option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Of the advantages, it can be noted that the fiber optic cable can be used for both analog devices and digital ones. The quality of the transmitted signal in this cable is very high. You can transmit information over long distances. Among the shortcomings, its high cost should be noted. It is mainly used only in large video surveillance complexes with a large number of cameras, where a high connection speed is required.

Twisted-pair cable is useful for a small store, and mixed with coaxial cable in industrial production. Twisted pair is used to connect cameras at a distance of more than 200 meters, but this requires an auxiliary receiver and signal transmitter. This increases the cost of the entire system.

Coaxial cable is most convenient when connecting cameras with a video capture card at a short distance (up to 200 meters). It makes it possible to connect analog devices directly.

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Sometimes it becomes necessary to expand the functionality that video surveillance has. For such purposes, various microphones are used that record audio sound.

Thermal imagers can receive a region of the spectrum that cannot be seen by the human eye. This region includes thermal radiation. This is the best option for detecting an intruder hiding in the dark.

At present, scientific technologies are developing rapidly, and such observation systems are being created that do not require human participation. Such “smart” systems can independently receive the necessary data, process them, and store them in the device’s memory. Only when absolutely necessary, they will give a signal to call a team of repairmen or security workers.

Scope of use

  • Video surveillance in financial institutions: pawnshops, cash desks, banks, etc. The main task is to create security, record working hours, access control, and collect evidence in disputes with customers.
  • At industrial enterprises, video surveillance is used to control product quality, ensure the safety of property, and respond quickly in case of an accident. This can save people’s lives and the health of production equipment.
  • In stores and shopping centers: first of all, the safety of employees and customers, control of cash desks, safety of goods are ensured.
  • Video surveillance in offices ensures control of the territory adjacent to the office, the safety of visitors and employees, a quick response to hooligan actions, the safety of property, and control over the movement of customers.

The use of a video surveillance system on city streets today is a vital necessity. This is due to the difficult situation with security, protection of people from illegal actions, terrorist acts. Video cameras in the city are most often installed at traffic police posts, at the entrances of houses, in public places, on the streets, stations and squares.

Urban video surveillance performs the following main tasks:
  • Prevention of accidents and emergencies.
  • Control over engineering networks.
  • Prevention of criminal manifestations.
  • Avoiding the threat of terrorists.
  • Ensuring the safety of people.

Advantages of video surveillance

The use of any type of video surveillance system justifies itself and has advantages over other types of control.

  • Specialized video equipment is far beyond the human senses. The camcorder will never fall asleep, will not be distracted, and does not make mistakes in its work.
  • High control efficiency. Video surveillance equipment, set up by qualified specialists, is able to cover a large area of ​​the territory, freeing several security officers from the need for direct visual control.
  • Video cameras are not visible to humans and human behavior occurs naturally. The real natural environment is transmitted to the monitor screen, which cannot be obtained in the presence of a security officer.
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The Russian video surveillance system “Line” is one of the best solutions on the market security systems due to its wide functionality and reasonable cost.

Today video surveillance systems are a reliable way to control the inviolability of human rights, the safety of human life, and the safety of material values.
Video surveillance is used both for business and personal space, whether it is an apartment, a country house or a parking space. The areas of use of video surveillance systems are unlimited, and their hardware and software capabilities are constantly being improved, making security surveillance more and more simple, convenient and available with tool .

Line software is supplied with all the company’s products, has no network, administrative or functional restrictions .

Functional advantages of the Line video surveillance system

Motion detector

Digital motion detector with the ability to create up to 64 detection zones.

Administration

Detailed system configuration in the Administration menu.

Line Cloud

Online service for remote control of an unlimited number of servers.

Video analytics

Archive filtering by detection, size, autonumbers, people, faces, events, OSD.

Synchronous viewing

Synchronous viewing of recordings from any cameras with the ability to export.

Remote control

Remote control and monitoring in real time.

Network clients

Unlimited number of network clients for remote work with the video server.

Mobile Clients

Dedicated software for viewing video via Android and iOS mobile devices.

PTZ

PTZ control interface in two modes: standard and advanced.

Multi-Monitor

The Multi-Monitor function allows you to display video from cameras on multiple monitors at the same time.

There are several main versions of the Line product

Software

“Line IP” – scratch cards for activating IP cameras in the software “Line”. The company focuses on ease of use: the program is not burdened with hardware keys. Based on this product, you can activate up to 256 video surveillance channels on one system unit.

IP-cameras

The line of IP-cameras for video surveillance is represented by three models: Line 2Mp Dome, Line 2Mp Bullet and Line 4Mp Bullet. The devices are made in a metal case with IP 65 protection, equipped with IR illumination and a built-in microphone. These devices can operate both autonomously and as part of the Line system without purchasing a license.

Video recorders

Line of video recorders for video surveillance “Line” is represented by budget devices based on Linux. The main features of these models are a quick start of work, the ability to install hard drives inside the case and individual settings for each channel. “Line XVR N H.265-N” are intended for connection of 4 or 8 cameras of formats: TVI, CVI, AHD, CVBS and IP.

Video servers

The range includes PC-based video servers, storage systems and ready-made client computers. The kit includes everything you need to ensure full operation. DevLine also provides a cloud server rental service.

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Best USB-C Car Charger for Your iPhone or Android Phone

Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too.)

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
Aukey Dual 48 6 min 47 sec 33 min 55 sec
Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus 2 7 min 01 sec 35 min 05 sec
Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
Wotobeus PD 65W PPS 7 min 25 sec 37 min 05 sec

Car charger FAQs

The large Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus on the left, the winning Aukey Dual (USB-C/USB-A) Car Charger on the right.

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How fast can car chargers really charge?

Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

Will an 80-watt charger blow up my 18-watt phone?

What about dual USB-C chargers?

What about 4x USB-C and larger?

Do I need special cables?

Best USB-C Car Charger for Your iPhone or Android Phone

Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too. )

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
Aukey Dual 48 6 min 47 sec 33 min 55 sec
Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus 2 7 min 01 sec 35 min 05 sec
Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
Wotobeus PD 65W PPS 7 min 25 sec 37 min 05 sec

Car charger FAQs

The large Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus on the left, the winning Aukey Dual (USB-C/USB-A) Car Charger on the right.

Geoff Morrison/CNET

How fast can car chargers really charge?

Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

Will an 80-watt charger blow up my 18-watt phone?

What about dual USB-C chargers?

What about 4x USB-C and larger?

Do I need special cables?

Dual USB Car Charger

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Dual USB Car Charger Introduction

Dual USB Car Charger Specifications

Input: DC12-24V

USB Common Output: 5V=3.1A

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Material: flame retardant ABS + PC material, shrapnel electroplating process does not damage the machine, maximum single-port current 3.1A, over-current, over-voltage, short circuit, overcharge, overload protection, compatible with mainstream USB chargers on the market

FAQ

Are all car chargers the same?2023-07-14 19:47:56

No, car chargers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and power outputs. It is important to choose a car charger that is compatible with your device and that provides enough power to charge it efficiently.

Can I use a car charger with a phone case on my device?2023-07-14 19:43:57

Yes, you can use a car charger with a phone case on your device as long as the case does not block the charging port.

How long does it take to charge the device with a car charger?2023-07-14 19:41:49

Charging time depends on the device and car charger you are using. It usually takes longer to charge a device with a car charger than with a wall charger.

Can I charge multiple devices at the same time using the car charger?2023-07-14 18:57:31

Yes, the Dual Port Car Charger can charge multiple devices at the same time. However, keep in mind that charging multiple devices at the same time may slow down the charging process for each device.

Can I charge my laptop with a car charger?2023-07-14 18:54:53

Yes, some laptops can be charged with a car charger, but not all laptops can be charged this way. Check your laptop’s specs to see if it’s compatible with your car charger.

How does a car charger work?2023-07-14 18:50:33

Car charger plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter or power port and converts the car’s DC power into AC power that your electronic device can use to charge.

What is a car charger?2023-06-09 17:46:16

A car charger is a device that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter adapter and charges your phone or other electronic devices. Car chargers are often compact and lightweight, making them easy to take on the go.

Will the car charger turn off automatically after charging is complete?2022-04-16 18:11:45

Yes, the car charger uses ICs for overload, overcurrent and short circuit protection. When charging is over, it will turn off automatically to protect your device.

Does the car charger come with wired charging?2022-04-15 16:15:52

Car charger and charging cable sold separately, you need to buy an additional charging cable.

Can I leave my car charger in my car without unplugging it?2022-04-15 16:10:46

Yes, after the car is turned off, the cigarette lighter interface does not turn on or heat up, and the car charger has an appropriate overload protection mechanism that will not cause damage.

How to choose the power of the car charger?2022-04-15 15:40:27

When buying a car charger, pay attention to voltage and current. The output voltage of the car is 12V, and the output voltage of the truck is 24V. Most universal chargers (12 V) are suitable for cars. For other models, the appropriate voltage standard must be selected.

Does it support fast charging of two USB ports at the same time?2022-04-15 15:16:30

No, fast charging will reduce the range, and you may feel that the car’s power is also reduced. Therefore, it is not recommended to use dual USB fast charging in a car. On the contrary, a smart control car charger would be the best choice.

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Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too.)

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
Aukey Dual 48 6 min 47 sec 33 min 55 sec
Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus 2 7 min 01 sec 35 min 05 sec
Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
Wotobeus PD 65W PPS 7 min 25 sec 37 min 05 sec

Car charger FAQs

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Geoff Morrison/CNET

How fast can car chargers really charge?

Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

Will an 80-watt charger blow up my 18-watt phone?

What about dual USB-C chargers?

What about 4x USB-C and larger?

Do I need special cables?

Best USB-C Car Charger for Your iPhone or Android Phone

Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too. )

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
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Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
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Car charger FAQs

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Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

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What about 4x USB-C and larger?

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USB Common Output: 5V=3. 1A

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Camera monitoring systems: The 12 Best Home Security Cameras of 2023

Home Security Camera Comparison

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Comparing one camera to another in the massive home security industry can feel like a monumental task, so we’ll simplify it for you. Today, we’re putting some of the biggest and best cameras head to head. We’ll also break down why cameras are important, how we compare and test them, and how much you’ll pay for home security cameras.

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Home Security Camera Comparisons

We’ve completed detailed comparisons between these home security cameras:

  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Blink XT
  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
  • Arlo Pro 3 vs. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor vs. Blink XT2
  • Arlo Ultra vs. eufyCam E
  • Arlo vs. Blink
  • Blink vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Night Owl
  • Lorex vs. Reolink
  • Lorex vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Swann
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Amazon Cloud Cam
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Arlo Pro 2

Read our comparisons to put two cameras, or sometimes three, head to head. If you’re interested in home security systems with sensors and base stations, read our home security system comparison.

Which Security Cameras Stand Out?

Like we said, comparing security cameras can be a big undertaking. The security camera industry has thousands of different options available. To help you out, we suggest starting with these three brands: Lorex, Ring, and Arlo. They offer a wide selection of cameras, and they are the highest rated brands in our testing. Most likely, you’ll find a good fit for you from these brands.

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Why Are Cameras Important?

We’ve all heard the stories and read the stats. Package theft and home burglaries are still real and recurring threats. In fact, package theft has impacted 4 in 10 Americans, according to our latest research.

Package Theft

And that’s just scratching the surface. We’ve followed crime trends closely to help you prepare for the unexpected, and that includes property crime. Check out these stats from our original package theft research:

  • 40 percent of Americans have reported having a package stolen from their property at least once.
  • Of the package theft victims, 44 percent have had a package stolen at least twice.
  • Very few package theft victims (11 percent) reported getting their package back after the theft.

You can’t put a price on personal safety. There’s always the emotional toll of a burglary to consider; indeed, the aftermath of a home invasion can feel like your whole world has been turned upside down.

When all is said and done, most of us are looking for peace of mind. We want a camera that can be an effective deterrent against a home invasion,1 one of the most traumatic events to endure.

What to Look for in a Camera

To know what to look for in security cameras, it’s best to first determine where you’ll install your cameras. Think about how a burglar might enter your property. Consider which areas they might see as easy targets.

Indoors or Outdoors

A camera’s design is often tied to its function.

If you’re placing cameras outdoors, they should be weatherproof or weather-resistant, while that’s not necessary for indoor cameras. In cameras, weather resistance is measured by IP ratings. A rating of IP65 or above is the industry standard. Cameras with IP ratings of 65 are dust-tight and can withstand low-pressure water jets.

Most security companies claim their outdoor cameras are weatherproof, weather-resistant, or waterproof, but these terms don’t really mean much; to truly know how a camera will fare in different weather conditions, check its IP rating.

These ratings should help you determine the best place to display or install the camera. Many homeowners end up using indoor security cameras as pet or baby monitors too, so you can keep an eye on all the things that matter, even when you’re not home. (Visit our best pet cameras page for lots more.) If you want a camera for your front door, you should look at our list of the best video doorbells.

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NVR/DVR Options

It’s not as common these days, but we still see a good number of security camera systems with network video recorders (NVR) or digital video recorders (DVR). In simple terms, DVRs work by processing video data within the recorder, while NVR systems process data within the camera, then stream it to the recorder.

Since they process video differently, not all cameras work with NVRs. DVR systems are typically tied to wired cameras, whereas NVR systems can process data from both wired and wireless cameras. In security systems that run on NVRs or DVRs, the biggest advantage is that you have a convenient way to store video history. You can also view your footage without signing up for a monthly cloud subscription or attaching a memory card.

Lorex 4K with NVR

Additionally, using cameras with NVR or DVR hard drives tends to work well for covering large spaces. NVR and DVR systems are also helpful in recording and storing video on 4K ultra-HD cameras, which are becoming more commonplace.

HOT TIP: If you’re setting up several Wi-Fi cameras, consider how they might affect your internet speed. It may be wise to get a second router to avoid straining the network.

Wireless vs. Wired Cameras

Wireless, battery-powered cameras are most often associated with DIY installation, although that’s not consistent across the board. Some wireless cameras involve more complex setups, but the general idea is that if you can operate a drill and follow in-app instructions, you can install wireless cameras. That’s the basic idea behind DIY cameras, although you can hire a professional to perform the installation if you’re not comfortable.

Wired cameras have many advantages too, though they tend to be a bit more difficult to install. With wired installations, you’ll want to do some planning before getting out the drill.

Here are some pros and cons of both wired and wireless cameras:

Pros of Wired Cameras
  • Wired camera systems can support a large number of cameras.
  • Wired systems offer more reliability and stability in your connection.
  • Wired cameras are best for long-term security setups.
Cons of Wired Cameras
  • Wired cameras can be difficult to install, as they often require drilling, running cables, and connecting to a power supply.
  • Wired cameras won’t work if there’s a power outage unless they have battery backup.
  • Wired cameras are not as portable as wireless cameras, and it’s not as easy to relocate them.
Pros of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Most wireless security cameras are quick and easy to install, since they don’t require hardwiring or complex installations.
  • You can relocate wireless cameras more easily than wired cameras.
Cons of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Many wireless cameras rely on Wi-Fi signals, so they are more susceptible to signal interference.
  • Wireless cameras that run on batteries require a bit more maintenance. You’ll need to replace or recharge them periodically.

Motion Activation

The best security cameras offer fast motion sensor activation. This means that as soon as the camera detects motion, it sends you an alert. Since most security cameras these days run on Wi-Fi, you might encounter some speed fluctuations. In most cases, a good camera will “wake up” the moment motion occurs to send you alerts.

Smartphone Alerts

Most modern security cameras have mobile apps that are easy to learn and use. If you’re out of the house, smartphone alerts are a great way to keep an eye on things from afar (such as when your puppy starts misbehaving). Beyond that, cameras offer plenty of customization. If you don’t want to receive motion alerts while you’re asleep, for example, you can open your camera’s mobile app and create a schedule to receive alerts only when you’re awake.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Familiar Face Alerts

Video Resolution

In security cameras and smart TVs, video resolution refers to the number of pixels in each frame, otherwise known as the video quality. The most common video resolution in cameras is 1080p. The only exceptions are the SimpliCam from SimpliSafe and a few low-cost Zmodo cameras, which have 720p HD video. That being said, 4K is becoming a popular choice along with 1080p HD.

Cameras with 1080p resolution have 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically, while 4K cameras have 3,840 pixels horizontally and 2,160 pixels vertically. Clearly, 4K video will give you a much sharper picture than 1080p, with four times as many pixels. If you’re looking for a flawless picture in your camera’s footage, consider one of our top-rated 4K cameras.

Night Vision

We’ve seen some spectacular night-vision images from our tests of security cameras, especially the best outdoor cameras. Most cameras have infrared night vision as a minimum, which is black and white but still records clear video at night. With the addition of long-range lighting like spotlights or floodlights, you’ll get sharp, colored night vision at night. Bright lights aren’t always ideal, though, especially if you want a hidden outdoor camera.

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Two-Way Audio

Like 1080p HD and night vision, two-way audio has become a standard we expect in home security cameras. Cameras with two-way audio have built-in speakers and microphones for communication through the mobile app.

Just like making a phone call, you can use two-way audio to talk to people around the house, but since we’re talking about home security, you can also use it to spook intruders. Believe it or not, a homeowner’s voice is one of the most effective deterrents to home invasions. Even saying something as simple as “May I help you?” has a way of sending crooks fleeing.

Field of View

Your camera’s field of view is how much the human eye can see through its display. Some camera vendors calculate the field of view using the two horizontal edges of the screen; for others, the field of view refers to the diagonal edges, measured in degrees.

A 120-degree field of view is pretty standard across the board. For larger spaces like playrooms or open floor plans, a wider view might be more suitable. But be careful with cameras that boast wider fields of view (up to 180 degrees). A few cameras we’ve tested had a slight problem with distorted edges.

Emergency Connectivity

Once a mainstay of professional security systems, emergency connection is starting to pop up in stand-alone security cameras too. Brands like YI and Canary are partnering with Noonlight,2 a professional monitoring service that can dispatch appropriate emergency responders if you’re feeling unsafe.

FYI: Safety features like Noonlight usually require you to keep your smartphone’s location detection on at all times. Otherwise, the emergency response might not work properly.

If you want a camera that connects to emergency services, this will add to the cost. Like we said, though, few things are more important than feeling safe in your own home.

Artificial Intelligence

Person detection lets cameras differentiate between people, pets, and moving objects like cars. That leads to stronger and more specific notifications.

Moving a step forward, facial recognition technology means that the camera can map out facial features of someone in your home. The data is stored in a database to compare with other individuals’ data. The more robust the data set is, the more the camera can identify people you recognize.

Facial Recognition on the Nest App

Many camera brands are starting to embrace AI facial recognition technology, as it adds a lot of intel to the home security experience. If someone appears at your front porch, for example, the camera works to determine whether it’s someone suspicious, or just the kids coming in from a bike ride.

TIP: Read our complete guide to the best cameras for artificial intelligence for lots more insight on facial recognition.

Connectivity

Most cameras connect to smartphones through standard Wi-Fi. Some cameras also offer 4G or cellular connection if you’d rather not rely on wireless internet. Typically, you’ll download the mobile app, scan the QR code, and pair the camera with your home network. Often, the camera will require a firmware update before the syncing process is complete.

TIP: If your Wi-Fi is spotty or unreliable, don’t worry; check out all the ways to use cameras without Wi-Fi.

One quick tip for Wi-Fi setups: Find your Wi-Fi network credentials before beginning any camera setup, and keep them on hand. You’ll need to enter your login and password to link the device to your home network.

Keep in mind that each additional camera will add about two to three minutes of setup time. You might encounter more complex setups if you’re adding six or more cameras to your home. Learn more about the camera installation experience in our security camera installation guide.

Smart Platform Integrations

If you already have a smart home, get a camera that works with one of the two most popular voice assistants, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. There are also cameras that work with IoT devices like smart locks, smart lighting, and smart plugs, allowing devices to trigger one another.

Smart Lock

How Much Do Security Cameras Cost?

Individual security cameras start as low as $26 and go up to around $400. If you’re looking to store video footage through your camera’s mobile app, you might consider a cloud storage subscription. With wireless cameras, you might pay $3 to $10 per month for video storage, depending on the features you’re looking for and the amount of video footage you’re planning to store. A Nest Aware subscription, for example, costs $6 a month or $60 a year for 30 days’ worth of cloud storage. Learn more about Nest camera pricing.

Some cameras let you save your video history to a micro-SD card and avoid monthly cloud subscription fees. Micro-SD cards are fairly inexpensive, so if your camera has a micro-SD card slot, this is a great option to record video.

Here are a few more cost considerations to remember.

Self-Monitoring vs. Professional Monitoring

Self-monitoring is a convenient and free option for using your cameras. With cameras that offer micro-SD card storage, you can keep an eye on your home whenever you’d like just by opening your cameras’ mobile app. All you have to worry about is the storage space on your micro-SD card. Many cameras offer both micro-SD card storage and cloud storage.

Blink App – Activity Zones

Professional monitoring, on the other hand, means you’re paying for 24/7 coverage through a third-party security service. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to do your own monitoring or go the extra mile for professional monitoring. Self-monitoring is definitely the more budget-friendly option, though.

To help you demystify the buying process, check out our full guide to security camera costs.

How to Save Money on Security Cameras

How much you’ll save on a security camera depends on which camera or system you choose. Some brands offer deals on camera or system bundles, or you can try buying during sales holidays like Prime Day, Cyber Monday, and Black Friday.

Bundles and Packages

In home security, bundling means buying several cameras at once. Normally, buying cameras as a bundle is pretty cost-efficient. The bigger the bundle, the more you’ll save.

Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Week Deals

Amazon Prime Day is an ideal time to save money on home security products like Ring and Blink cameras, as well as devices from companies that Amazon doesn’t own. There are also other savings events throughout the year, like Black Friday, the official kickoff to the weeklong holiday shopping season. Whether you’re looking at early-bird sales or waiting a few days to check out the Cyber Monday deals, discounts on cameras are plentiful.

For specific ways to save, check out the latest Prime Day home security camera deals, or head over to our security camera Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals guide.

Final Thoughts

You can learn a lot by comparing security cameras side by side. If you have more questions or are curious about security cameras in general, read our complete home security camera buying guide, as well as our guide to where to place your home security camera once you have it. We hope these resources, combined with our extensive research on property crime and home safety, give you a better picture of which cameras will work best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t worry; we’re not leaving without answering a few of your most burning questions about security cameras.

  • Which brand of security cameras is the best?

    The best security camera brand is Lorex. The company has a large selection of home security products. Cameras record in high-quality 1080p HD resolution or above. Additionally, many Lorex cameras offer clear two-way audio and infrared night vision.

  • What are the best outdoor security cameras to buy?

    Lorex cameras are among the best outdoor cameras to buy. They’re rated IP65 for water protection and built to withstand the elements. Lorex boasts sleek, wire-free devices in addition to durable, wired cameras.

  • How much do security cameras cost?

    Security cameras cost anywhere from $25 to $400, depending on the brand, features, mobile app, design, weather protection, and monitoring options.

  • What is the most affordable home security camera system?

    Wyze is one of the most affordable camera systems out there. The Wyze Cam v2 sold for only $19.99 originally and boasted 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, and free cloud and local storage. Currently, the Wyze Cam v3 is priced at $35.98.

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Video surveillance systems. Types and application. Structure and work

The world around us and the modern rhythm of life, the threats of terrorists and criminal elements force many institutions, organizations, as well as ordinary people to exercise control over the environment. Therefore, CCTV systems are becoming more and more popular in our life.

Their function is not only to transfer the image to the monitor, but also to highlight some important elements, such as recognizing a person’s face or a car number. In this case, video surveillance systems are a semblance of human vision. There is an interaction with the participation of the perceiving and analyzing devices.

Video surveillance systems are divided into two types:

  1. Analog.
  2. Digital.

The main difference between digital technology in video surveillance and analog is the improved quality of the picture on the screen. Naturally, the cost of such systems is much higher.

Analogue

The figure shows the analogue video surveillance circuit.

Currently, there are a large number of varieties of analog video cameras:
  • Domed.
  • Cylindrical.
  • Microcameras.
  • Outdoor.
  • Infrared.

In addition to image quality, their difference lies in functionality and cost. The video signal recorder can be either a separate device or a computer equipped with a video capture card.

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Recorder

Video capture card

Advantages
  • Easy installation and setup.
  • Good compatibility between different camera types.
  • Low cost parts.
  • A wide selection in the distribution network.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to scale large systems.
  • Unable to encrypt video signal.
  • No interference protection.
  • None of these useful features: motion detection, built-in audio, digital zoom, tilt and pan all in one cable.

Digital video surveillance systems

Digital video surveillance is divided into computer systems and separate equipment. Digital video recording is carried out by devices operating on a computer with the application of video capture cards. The computer type of video surveillance has much more functions in comparison with non-computer one.

On the basis of a computer, video surveillance can be easily upgraded and set up a wide range of control options. A feature of non-computer video surveillance devices is the lack of audio inputs.

Benefits
  • Possibility to create video surveillance based on the institution’s local network.
  • Ability to quickly transfer video surveillance to other computers.
  • Easy combination of video surveillance system with different security systems, as well as its modernization.
  • The video signal is protected from unauthorized access.
  • Enhanced monitor image quality from a digital camera.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult camera setup.
  • A large amount of memory is required to store video files due to their high quality.
  • Increased equipment price.

Device and principle of operation

The technical parameters of various types of video surveillance can vary significantly, depending on the scope of use and the technology of the system.

The main elements of any video surveillance system are:
  • Video cameras.
  • Devices for processing video data (for analog systems).
  • DVRs process and store information.
  • Monitors for visual display of real-time images, as well as for working with stored data.
  • Control panels for cameras equipped with a swivel mechanism.
  • Cables.

Cameras

Video surveillance installation always begins with the design of the layout and selection of cameras. These stages are interconnected, since the operation of the entire system depends on it.

Surveillance cameras can be divided into two types:
  • Open.
  • Hidden.

Most often, video surveillance systems are installed to prevent any violations, so open cameras are more popular and have a lower cost.

Open cameras

The main options for open cameras are shown in the photographs. The first camera is a wireless console camera, although wired console cameras also exist. They are low cost, serve for fixed indoor surveillance. Such a camera can be independently equipped with anti-vandal devices for outdoor installation.

The second camera is outdoor, equipped with a rigid mounting bracket. Typically, such cameras have infrared illumination, anti-jamming, a motion detector that can recognize people’s faces and car numbers, and a zoom function. Their cost is quite high, so the use of such cameras is not always justified. They are more suitable for monitoring large areas and areas.

The third camera is a full rotatable internal positionable. It has a high cost. However, it can replace four console cameras when mounted on the ceiling.

The fourth type of open cameras refers to dome models. It is designed for any weather, protected by anti-vandal devices. In addition to the functions of an external camera, they are equipped with autonomous positioning, which makes it possible to scan the entire hemisphere, regardless of the computer.

Dome cameras are expensive, but their high functionality makes them the most popular. Every CCTV system must have at least one dome camera.

Hidden cameras

The first camera is very compact. However, experienced offenders quickly find it. Such a camera has very weak protection against anti-bugs and jammers. It is most often characterized as an expensive toy.

The following three types of cameras are usually disguised as a ceiling light, motion detector or fire detector. Experienced violators quickly find them, and make various mocking inscriptions on them for the owner. For monitoring work in a workshop or office, such cameras are quite suitable, especially since they are inexpensive. Masked cameras do not irritate workers, unlike open cameras, since they are not visible.

The last two types of chambers are hidden. They are built into the ceiling, masked in the surface of the walls and in other places. For professional operatives, covert video cameras are a powerful development tool. With their help, many crimes and secrets are exposed. Such cameras are not suitable for preventive video surveillance, their cost is quite high. In domestic conditions, their use is inappropriate.

Video recorders and video capture cards

There are many different video capture devices. The most popular are video recorders and video capture boards.

Video recorders are produced as a separate device. They have the same parameters as video capture cards, but they have much more functions. This device can transfer information to a computer, is equipped with internal memory for storing video files, can work with network protocols for transferring information to a remote computer. This type of video capture equipment is used when it is necessary to connect a large number of cameras, as well as when it is necessary to connect to a remote computer for storing information, for example, in a large supermarket.

Video capture cards are the simplest devices that cannot function separately from a computer, and without a special program. They can only be used in a system with a small number of cameras. In domestic conditions, the video capture card is the best option for use in video surveillance. The video file is recorded directly to the computer’s hard drive. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the availability of free disk space in advance. When choosing a video capture board, pay attention to the number of cameras and the video file format, as well as the capture speed and video image resolution.

Video monitors

New low-cost video surveillance systems most often use monitors used for computers. However, using them is not the best option, as they will fail faster due to their 24/7 operation. To do this, it is better to use specialized monitors designed for long-term round-the-clock operation.

The image from the camcorder is displayed on the monitor. To display the image, special equipment is used: video switches, multiplexers and other devices. Their difference lies in the degree of complexity of the design. They are capable of displaying images from multiple cameras simultaneously.

Remote controls

These devices are not much different from the remotes of other devices. They have push-button control of video surveillance modes, turning the system on and off, controlling the camera and other functions.

Cables

Types of cables for video surveillance:
  • Fiber optic.
  • Twisted pair.
  • Coaxial.

Optical fiber is a more expensive cable. This option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Of the advantages, it can be noted that the fiber optic cable can be used for both analog devices and digital ones. The quality of the transmitted signal in this cable is very high. You can transmit information over long distances. Among the shortcomings, its high cost should be noted. It is mainly used only in large video surveillance complexes with a large number of cameras, where a high connection speed is required.

Twisted-pair cable is useful for a small store, and mixed with coaxial cable in industrial production. Twisted pair is used to connect cameras at a distance of more than 200 meters, but this requires an auxiliary receiver and signal transmitter. This increases the cost of the entire system.

Coaxial cable is most convenient when connecting cameras with a video capture card at a short distance (up to 200 meters). It makes it possible to connect analog devices directly.

Accessories

Sometimes it becomes necessary to expand the functionality that video surveillance has. For such purposes, various microphones are used that record audio sound.

Thermal imagers can receive a region of the spectrum that cannot be seen by the human eye. This region includes thermal radiation. This is the best option for detecting an intruder hiding in the dark.

At present, scientific technologies are developing rapidly, and such observation systems are being created that do not require human participation. Such “smart” systems can independently receive the necessary data, process them, and store them in the device’s memory. Only when absolutely necessary, they will give a signal to call a team of repairmen or security workers.

Scope of use

  • Video surveillance in financial institutions: pawnshops, cash desks, banks, etc. The main task is to create security, record working hours, access control, and collect evidence in disputes with customers.
  • At industrial enterprises, video surveillance is used to control product quality, ensure the safety of property, and respond quickly in case of an accident. This can save people’s lives and the health of production equipment.
  • In stores and shopping centers: first of all, the safety of employees and customers, control of cash desks, safety of goods are ensured.
  • Video surveillance in offices ensures control of the territory adjacent to the office, the safety of visitors and employees, a quick response to hooligan actions, the safety of property, and control over the movement of customers.

The use of a video surveillance system on city streets today is a vital necessity. This is due to the difficult situation with security, protection of people from illegal actions, terrorist acts. Video cameras in the city are most often installed at traffic police posts, at the entrances of houses, in public places, on the streets, stations and squares.

Urban video surveillance performs the following main tasks:
  • Prevention of accidents and emergencies.
  • Control over engineering networks.
  • Prevention of criminal manifestations.
  • Avoiding the threat of terrorists.
  • Ensuring the safety of people.

Advantages of video surveillance

The use of any type of video surveillance system justifies itself and has advantages over other types of control.

  • Specialized video equipment is far beyond the human senses. The camcorder will never fall asleep, will not be distracted, and does not make mistakes in its work.
  • High control efficiency. Video surveillance equipment, set up by qualified specialists, is able to cover a large area of ​​the territory, freeing several security officers from the need for direct visual control.
  • Video cameras are not visible to humans and human behavior occurs naturally. The real natural environment is transmitted to the monitor screen, which cannot be obtained in the presence of a security officer.
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Today video surveillance systems are a reliable way to control the inviolability of human rights, the safety of human life, and the safety of material values.
Video surveillance is used both for business and personal space, whether it is an apartment, a country house or a parking space. The areas of use of video surveillance systems are unlimited, and their hardware and software capabilities are constantly being improved, making security surveillance more and more simple, convenient and available with tool .

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Functional advantages of the Line video surveillance system

Motion detector

Digital motion detector with the ability to create up to 64 detection zones.

Administration

Detailed system configuration in the Administration menu.

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Archive filtering by detection, size, autonumbers, people, faces, events, OSD.

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There are several main versions of the Line product

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“Line IP” – scratch cards for activating IP cameras in the software “Line”. The company focuses on ease of use: the program is not burdened with hardware keys. Based on this product, you can activate up to 256 video surveillance channels on one system unit.

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The line of IP-cameras for video surveillance is represented by three models: Line 2Mp Dome, Line 2Mp Bullet and Line 4Mp Bullet. The devices are made in a metal case with IP 65 protection, equipped with IR illumination and a built-in microphone. These devices can operate both autonomously and as part of the Line system without purchasing a license.

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Line of video recorders for video surveillance “Line” is represented by budget devices based on Linux. The main features of these models are a quick start of work, the ability to install hard drives inside the case and individual settings for each channel. “Line XVR N H.265-N” are intended for connection of 4 or 8 cameras of formats: TVI, CVI, AHD, CVBS and IP.

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Comparing one camera to another in the massive home security industry can feel like a monumental task, so we’ll simplify it for you. Today, we’re putting some of the biggest and best cameras head to head. We’ll also break down why cameras are important, how we compare and test them, and how much you’ll pay for home security cameras.

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Home Security Camera Comparisons

We’ve completed detailed comparisons between these home security cameras:

  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Blink XT
  • Arlo Pro 2 vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
  • Arlo Pro 3 vs. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor vs. Blink XT2
  • Arlo Ultra vs. eufyCam E
  • Arlo vs. Blink
  • Blink vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Night Owl
  • Lorex vs. Reolink
  • Lorex vs. Ring
  • Lorex vs. Swann
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Amazon Cloud Cam
  • Nest Cam Indoor vs. Arlo Pro 2

Read our comparisons to put two cameras, or sometimes three, head to head. If you’re interested in home security systems with sensors and base stations, read our home security system comparison.

Which Security Cameras Stand Out?

Like we said, comparing security cameras can be a big undertaking. The security camera industry has thousands of different options available. To help you out, we suggest starting with these three brands: Lorex, Ring, and Arlo. They offer a wide selection of cameras, and they are the highest rated brands in our testing. Most likely, you’ll find a good fit for you from these brands.

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Why Are Cameras Important?

We’ve all heard the stories and read the stats. Package theft and home burglaries are still real and recurring threats. In fact, package theft has impacted 4 in 10 Americans, according to our latest research.

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And that’s just scratching the surface. We’ve followed crime trends closely to help you prepare for the unexpected, and that includes property crime. Check out these stats from our original package theft research:

  • 40 percent of Americans have reported having a package stolen from their property at least once.
  • Of the package theft victims, 44 percent have had a package stolen at least twice.
  • Very few package theft victims (11 percent) reported getting their package back after the theft.

You can’t put a price on personal safety. There’s always the emotional toll of a burglary to consider; indeed, the aftermath of a home invasion can feel like your whole world has been turned upside down.

When all is said and done, most of us are looking for peace of mind. We want a camera that can be an effective deterrent against a home invasion,1 one of the most traumatic events to endure.

What to Look for in a Camera

To know what to look for in security cameras, it’s best to first determine where you’ll install your cameras. Think about how a burglar might enter your property. Consider which areas they might see as easy targets.

Indoors or Outdoors

A camera’s design is often tied to its function.

If you’re placing cameras outdoors, they should be weatherproof or weather-resistant, while that’s not necessary for indoor cameras. In cameras, weather resistance is measured by IP ratings. A rating of IP65 or above is the industry standard. Cameras with IP ratings of 65 are dust-tight and can withstand low-pressure water jets.

Most security companies claim their outdoor cameras are weatherproof, weather-resistant, or waterproof, but these terms don’t really mean much; to truly know how a camera will fare in different weather conditions, check its IP rating.

These ratings should help you determine the best place to display or install the camera. Many homeowners end up using indoor security cameras as pet or baby monitors too, so you can keep an eye on all the things that matter, even when you’re not home. (Visit our best pet cameras page for lots more.) If you want a camera for your front door, you should look at our list of the best video doorbells.

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NVR/DVR Options

It’s not as common these days, but we still see a good number of security camera systems with network video recorders (NVR) or digital video recorders (DVR). In simple terms, DVRs work by processing video data within the recorder, while NVR systems process data within the camera, then stream it to the recorder.

Since they process video differently, not all cameras work with NVRs. DVR systems are typically tied to wired cameras, whereas NVR systems can process data from both wired and wireless cameras. In security systems that run on NVRs or DVRs, the biggest advantage is that you have a convenient way to store video history. You can also view your footage without signing up for a monthly cloud subscription or attaching a memory card.

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Additionally, using cameras with NVR or DVR hard drives tends to work well for covering large spaces. NVR and DVR systems are also helpful in recording and storing video on 4K ultra-HD cameras, which are becoming more commonplace.

HOT TIP: If you’re setting up several Wi-Fi cameras, consider how they might affect your internet speed. It may be wise to get a second router to avoid straining the network.

Wireless vs. Wired Cameras

Wireless, battery-powered cameras are most often associated with DIY installation, although that’s not consistent across the board. Some wireless cameras involve more complex setups, but the general idea is that if you can operate a drill and follow in-app instructions, you can install wireless cameras. That’s the basic idea behind DIY cameras, although you can hire a professional to perform the installation if you’re not comfortable.

Wired cameras have many advantages too, though they tend to be a bit more difficult to install. With wired installations, you’ll want to do some planning before getting out the drill.

Here are some pros and cons of both wired and wireless cameras:

Pros of Wired Cameras
  • Wired camera systems can support a large number of cameras.
  • Wired systems offer more reliability and stability in your connection.
  • Wired cameras are best for long-term security setups.
Cons of Wired Cameras
  • Wired cameras can be difficult to install, as they often require drilling, running cables, and connecting to a power supply.
  • Wired cameras won’t work if there’s a power outage unless they have battery backup.
  • Wired cameras are not as portable as wireless cameras, and it’s not as easy to relocate them.
Pros of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Most wireless security cameras are quick and easy to install, since they don’t require hardwiring or complex installations.
  • You can relocate wireless cameras more easily than wired cameras.
Cons of Wireless Security Cameras
  • Many wireless cameras rely on Wi-Fi signals, so they are more susceptible to signal interference.
  • Wireless cameras that run on batteries require a bit more maintenance. You’ll need to replace or recharge them periodically.

Motion Activation

The best security cameras offer fast motion sensor activation. This means that as soon as the camera detects motion, it sends you an alert. Since most security cameras these days run on Wi-Fi, you might encounter some speed fluctuations. In most cases, a good camera will “wake up” the moment motion occurs to send you alerts.

Smartphone Alerts

Most modern security cameras have mobile apps that are easy to learn and use. If you’re out of the house, smartphone alerts are a great way to keep an eye on things from afar (such as when your puppy starts misbehaving). Beyond that, cameras offer plenty of customization. If you don’t want to receive motion alerts while you’re asleep, for example, you can open your camera’s mobile app and create a schedule to receive alerts only when you’re awake.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Familiar Face Alerts

Video Resolution

In security cameras and smart TVs, video resolution refers to the number of pixels in each frame, otherwise known as the video quality. The most common video resolution in cameras is 1080p. The only exceptions are the SimpliCam from SimpliSafe and a few low-cost Zmodo cameras, which have 720p HD video. That being said, 4K is becoming a popular choice along with 1080p HD.

Cameras with 1080p resolution have 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically, while 4K cameras have 3,840 pixels horizontally and 2,160 pixels vertically. Clearly, 4K video will give you a much sharper picture than 1080p, with four times as many pixels. If you’re looking for a flawless picture in your camera’s footage, consider one of our top-rated 4K cameras.

Night Vision

We’ve seen some spectacular night-vision images from our tests of security cameras, especially the best outdoor cameras. Most cameras have infrared night vision as a minimum, which is black and white but still records clear video at night. With the addition of long-range lighting like spotlights or floodlights, you’ll get sharp, colored night vision at night. Bright lights aren’t always ideal, though, especially if you want a hidden outdoor camera.

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Two-Way Audio

Like 1080p HD and night vision, two-way audio has become a standard we expect in home security cameras. Cameras with two-way audio have built-in speakers and microphones for communication through the mobile app.

Just like making a phone call, you can use two-way audio to talk to people around the house, but since we’re talking about home security, you can also use it to spook intruders. Believe it or not, a homeowner’s voice is one of the most effective deterrents to home invasions. Even saying something as simple as “May I help you?” has a way of sending crooks fleeing.

Field of View

Your camera’s field of view is how much the human eye can see through its display. Some camera vendors calculate the field of view using the two horizontal edges of the screen; for others, the field of view refers to the diagonal edges, measured in degrees.

A 120-degree field of view is pretty standard across the board. For larger spaces like playrooms or open floor plans, a wider view might be more suitable. But be careful with cameras that boast wider fields of view (up to 180 degrees). A few cameras we’ve tested had a slight problem with distorted edges.

Emergency Connectivity

Once a mainstay of professional security systems, emergency connection is starting to pop up in stand-alone security cameras too. Brands like YI and Canary are partnering with Noonlight,2 a professional monitoring service that can dispatch appropriate emergency responders if you’re feeling unsafe.

FYI: Safety features like Noonlight usually require you to keep your smartphone’s location detection on at all times. Otherwise, the emergency response might not work properly.

If you want a camera that connects to emergency services, this will add to the cost. Like we said, though, few things are more important than feeling safe in your own home.

Artificial Intelligence

Person detection lets cameras differentiate between people, pets, and moving objects like cars. That leads to stronger and more specific notifications.

Moving a step forward, facial recognition technology means that the camera can map out facial features of someone in your home. The data is stored in a database to compare with other individuals’ data. The more robust the data set is, the more the camera can identify people you recognize.

Facial Recognition on the Nest App

Many camera brands are starting to embrace AI facial recognition technology, as it adds a lot of intel to the home security experience. If someone appears at your front porch, for example, the camera works to determine whether it’s someone suspicious, or just the kids coming in from a bike ride.

TIP: Read our complete guide to the best cameras for artificial intelligence for lots more insight on facial recognition.

Connectivity

Most cameras connect to smartphones through standard Wi-Fi. Some cameras also offer 4G or cellular connection if you’d rather not rely on wireless internet. Typically, you’ll download the mobile app, scan the QR code, and pair the camera with your home network. Often, the camera will require a firmware update before the syncing process is complete.

TIP: If your Wi-Fi is spotty or unreliable, don’t worry; check out all the ways to use cameras without Wi-Fi.

One quick tip for Wi-Fi setups: Find your Wi-Fi network credentials before beginning any camera setup, and keep them on hand. You’ll need to enter your login and password to link the device to your home network.

Keep in mind that each additional camera will add about two to three minutes of setup time. You might encounter more complex setups if you’re adding six or more cameras to your home. Learn more about the camera installation experience in our security camera installation guide.

Smart Platform Integrations

If you already have a smart home, get a camera that works with one of the two most popular voice assistants, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. There are also cameras that work with IoT devices like smart locks, smart lighting, and smart plugs, allowing devices to trigger one another.

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How Much Do Security Cameras Cost?

Individual security cameras start as low as $26 and go up to around $400. If you’re looking to store video footage through your camera’s mobile app, you might consider a cloud storage subscription. With wireless cameras, you might pay $3 to $10 per month for video storage, depending on the features you’re looking for and the amount of video footage you’re planning to store. A Nest Aware subscription, for example, costs $6 a month or $60 a year for 30 days’ worth of cloud storage. Learn more about Nest camera pricing.

Some cameras let you save your video history to a micro-SD card and avoid monthly cloud subscription fees. Micro-SD cards are fairly inexpensive, so if your camera has a micro-SD card slot, this is a great option to record video.

Here are a few more cost considerations to remember.

Self-Monitoring vs. Professional Monitoring

Self-monitoring is a convenient and free option for using your cameras. With cameras that offer micro-SD card storage, you can keep an eye on your home whenever you’d like just by opening your cameras’ mobile app. All you have to worry about is the storage space on your micro-SD card. Many cameras offer both micro-SD card storage and cloud storage.

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Professional monitoring, on the other hand, means you’re paying for 24/7 coverage through a third-party security service. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to do your own monitoring or go the extra mile for professional monitoring. Self-monitoring is definitely the more budget-friendly option, though.

To help you demystify the buying process, check out our full guide to security camera costs.

How to Save Money on Security Cameras

How much you’ll save on a security camera depends on which camera or system you choose. Some brands offer deals on camera or system bundles, or you can try buying during sales holidays like Prime Day, Cyber Monday, and Black Friday.

Bundles and Packages

In home security, bundling means buying several cameras at once. Normally, buying cameras as a bundle is pretty cost-efficient. The bigger the bundle, the more you’ll save.

Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Week Deals

Amazon Prime Day is an ideal time to save money on home security products like Ring and Blink cameras, as well as devices from companies that Amazon doesn’t own. There are also other savings events throughout the year, like Black Friday, the official kickoff to the weeklong holiday shopping season. Whether you’re looking at early-bird sales or waiting a few days to check out the Cyber Monday deals, discounts on cameras are plentiful.

For specific ways to save, check out the latest Prime Day home security camera deals, or head over to our security camera Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals guide.

Final Thoughts

You can learn a lot by comparing security cameras side by side. If you have more questions or are curious about security cameras in general, read our complete home security camera buying guide, as well as our guide to where to place your home security camera once you have it. We hope these resources, combined with our extensive research on property crime and home safety, give you a better picture of which cameras will work best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t worry; we’re not leaving without answering a few of your most burning questions about security cameras.

  • Which brand of security cameras is the best?

    The best security camera brand is Lorex. The company has a large selection of home security products. Cameras record in high-quality 1080p HD resolution or above. Additionally, many Lorex cameras offer clear two-way audio and infrared night vision.

  • What are the best outdoor security cameras to buy?

    Lorex cameras are among the best outdoor cameras to buy. They’re rated IP65 for water protection and built to withstand the elements. Lorex boasts sleek, wire-free devices in addition to durable, wired cameras.

  • How much do security cameras cost?

    Security cameras cost anywhere from $25 to $400, depending on the brand, features, mobile app, design, weather protection, and monitoring options.

  • What is the most affordable home security camera system?

    Wyze is one of the most affordable camera systems out there. The Wyze Cam v2 sold for only $19.99 originally and boasted 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, and free cloud and local storage. Currently, the Wyze Cam v3 is priced at $35.98.

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The world around us and the modern rhythm of life, the threats of terrorists and criminal elements force many institutions, organizations, as well as ordinary people to exercise control over the environment. Therefore, CCTV systems are becoming more and more popular in our life.

Their function is not only to transfer the image to the monitor, but also to highlight some important elements, such as recognizing a person’s face or a car number. In this case, video surveillance systems are a semblance of human vision. There is an interaction with the participation of the perceiving and analyzing devices.

Video surveillance systems are divided into two types:

  1. Analog.
  2. Digital.

The main difference between digital technology in video surveillance and analog is the improved quality of the picture on the screen. Naturally, the cost of such systems is much higher.

Analogue

The figure shows the analogue video surveillance circuit.

Currently, there are a large number of varieties of analog video cameras:
  • Domed.
  • Cylindrical.
  • Microcameras.
  • Outdoor.
  • Infrared.

In addition to image quality, their difference lies in functionality and cost. The video signal recorder can be either a separate device or a computer equipped with a video capture card.

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Advantages
  • Easy installation and setup.
  • Good compatibility between different camera types.
  • Low cost parts.
  • A wide selection in the distribution network.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to scale large systems.
  • Unable to encrypt video signal.
  • No interference protection.
  • None of these useful features: motion detection, built-in audio, digital zoom, tilt and pan all in one cable.

Digital video surveillance systems

Digital video surveillance is divided into computer systems and separate equipment. Digital video recording is carried out by devices operating on a computer with the application of video capture cards. The computer type of video surveillance has much more functions in comparison with non-computer one.

On the basis of a computer, video surveillance can be easily upgraded and set up a wide range of control options. A feature of non-computer video surveillance devices is the lack of audio inputs.

Benefits
  • Possibility to create video surveillance based on the institution’s local network.
  • Ability to quickly transfer video surveillance to other computers.
  • Easy combination of video surveillance system with different security systems, as well as its modernization.
  • The video signal is protected from unauthorized access.
  • Enhanced monitor image quality from a digital camera.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult camera setup.
  • A large amount of memory is required to store video files due to their high quality.
  • Increased equipment price.

Device and principle of operation

The technical parameters of various types of video surveillance can vary significantly, depending on the scope of use and the technology of the system.

The main elements of any video surveillance system are:
  • Video cameras.
  • Devices for processing video data (for analog systems).
  • DVRs process and store information.
  • Monitors for visual display of real-time images, as well as for working with stored data.
  • Control panels for cameras equipped with a swivel mechanism.
  • Cables.

Cameras

Video surveillance installation always begins with the design of the layout and selection of cameras. These stages are interconnected, since the operation of the entire system depends on it.

Surveillance cameras can be divided into two types:
  • Open.
  • Hidden.

Most often, video surveillance systems are installed to prevent any violations, so open cameras are more popular and have a lower cost.

Open cameras

The main options for open cameras are shown in the photographs. The first camera is a wireless console camera, although wired console cameras also exist. They are low cost, serve for fixed indoor surveillance. Such a camera can be independently equipped with anti-vandal devices for outdoor installation.

The second camera is outdoor, equipped with a rigid mounting bracket. Typically, such cameras have infrared illumination, anti-jamming, a motion detector that can recognize people’s faces and car numbers, and a zoom function. Their cost is quite high, so the use of such cameras is not always justified. They are more suitable for monitoring large areas and areas.

The third camera is a full rotatable internal positionable. It has a high cost. However, it can replace four console cameras when mounted on the ceiling.

The fourth type of open cameras refers to dome models. It is designed for any weather, protected by anti-vandal devices. In addition to the functions of an external camera, they are equipped with autonomous positioning, which makes it possible to scan the entire hemisphere, regardless of the computer.

Dome cameras are expensive, but their high functionality makes them the most popular. Every CCTV system must have at least one dome camera.

Hidden cameras

The first camera is very compact. However, experienced offenders quickly find it. Such a camera has very weak protection against anti-bugs and jammers. It is most often characterized as an expensive toy.

The following three types of cameras are usually disguised as a ceiling light, motion detector or fire detector. Experienced violators quickly find them, and make various mocking inscriptions on them for the owner. For monitoring work in a workshop or office, such cameras are quite suitable, especially since they are inexpensive. Masked cameras do not irritate workers, unlike open cameras, since they are not visible.

The last two types of chambers are hidden. They are built into the ceiling, masked in the surface of the walls and in other places. For professional operatives, covert video cameras are a powerful development tool. With their help, many crimes and secrets are exposed. Such cameras are not suitable for preventive video surveillance, their cost is quite high. In domestic conditions, their use is inappropriate.

Video recorders and video capture cards

There are many different video capture devices. The most popular are video recorders and video capture boards.

Video recorders are produced as a separate device. They have the same parameters as video capture cards, but they have much more functions. This device can transfer information to a computer, is equipped with internal memory for storing video files, can work with network protocols for transferring information to a remote computer. This type of video capture equipment is used when it is necessary to connect a large number of cameras, as well as when it is necessary to connect to a remote computer for storing information, for example, in a large supermarket.

Video capture cards are the simplest devices that cannot function separately from a computer, and without a special program. They can only be used in a system with a small number of cameras. In domestic conditions, the video capture card is the best option for use in video surveillance. The video file is recorded directly to the computer’s hard drive. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the availability of free disk space in advance. When choosing a video capture board, pay attention to the number of cameras and the video file format, as well as the capture speed and video image resolution.

Video monitors

New low-cost video surveillance systems most often use monitors used for computers. However, using them is not the best option, as they will fail faster due to their 24/7 operation. To do this, it is better to use specialized monitors designed for long-term round-the-clock operation.

The image from the camcorder is displayed on the monitor. To display the image, special equipment is used: video switches, multiplexers and other devices. Their difference lies in the degree of complexity of the design. They are capable of displaying images from multiple cameras simultaneously.

Remote controls

These devices are not much different from the remotes of other devices. They have push-button control of video surveillance modes, turning the system on and off, controlling the camera and other functions.

Cables

Types of cables for video surveillance:
  • Fiber optic.
  • Twisted pair.
  • Coaxial.

Optical fiber is a more expensive cable. This option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Of the advantages, it can be noted that the fiber optic cable can be used for both analog devices and digital ones. The quality of the transmitted signal in this cable is very high. You can transmit information over long distances. Among the shortcomings, its high cost should be noted. It is mainly used only in large video surveillance complexes with a large number of cameras, where a high connection speed is required.

Twisted-pair cable is useful for a small store, and mixed with coaxial cable in industrial production. Twisted pair is used to connect cameras at a distance of more than 200 meters, but this requires an auxiliary receiver and signal transmitter. This increases the cost of the entire system.

Coaxial cable is most convenient when connecting cameras with a video capture card at a short distance (up to 200 meters). It makes it possible to connect analog devices directly.

Accessories

Sometimes it becomes necessary to expand the functionality that video surveillance has. For such purposes, various microphones are used that record audio sound.

Thermal imagers can receive a region of the spectrum that cannot be seen by the human eye. This region includes thermal radiation. This is the best option for detecting an intruder hiding in the dark.

At present, scientific technologies are developing rapidly, and such observation systems are being created that do not require human participation. Such “smart” systems can independently receive the necessary data, process them, and store them in the device’s memory. Only when absolutely necessary, they will give a signal to call a team of repairmen or security workers.

Scope of use

  • Video surveillance in financial institutions: pawnshops, cash desks, banks, etc. The main task is to create security, record working hours, access control, and collect evidence in disputes with customers.
  • At industrial enterprises, video surveillance is used to control product quality, ensure the safety of property, and respond quickly in case of an accident. This can save people’s lives and the health of production equipment.
  • In stores and shopping centers: first of all, the safety of employees and customers, control of cash desks, safety of goods are ensured.
  • Video surveillance in offices ensures control of the territory adjacent to the office, the safety of visitors and employees, a quick response to hooligan actions, the safety of property, and control over the movement of customers.

The use of a video surveillance system on city streets today is a vital necessity. This is due to the difficult situation with security, protection of people from illegal actions, terrorist acts. Video cameras in the city are most often installed at traffic police posts, at the entrances of houses, in public places, on the streets, stations and squares.

Urban video surveillance performs the following main tasks:
  • Prevention of accidents and emergencies.
  • Control over engineering networks.
  • Prevention of criminal manifestations.
  • Avoiding the threat of terrorists.
  • Ensuring the safety of people.

Advantages of video surveillance

The use of any type of video surveillance system justifies itself and has advantages over other types of control.

  • Specialized video equipment is far beyond the human senses. The camcorder will never fall asleep, will not be distracted, and does not make mistakes in its work.
  • High control efficiency. Video surveillance equipment, set up by qualified specialists, is able to cover a large area of ​​the territory, freeing several security officers from the need for direct visual control.
  • Video cameras are not visible to humans and human behavior occurs naturally. The real natural environment is transmitted to the monitor screen, which cannot be obtained in the presence of a security officer.
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The Russian video surveillance system “Line” is one of the best solutions on the market security systems due to its wide functionality and reasonable cost.

Today video surveillance systems are a reliable way to control the inviolability of human rights, the safety of human life, and the safety of material values.
Video surveillance is used both for business and personal space, whether it is an apartment, a country house or a parking space. The areas of use of video surveillance systems are unlimited, and their hardware and software capabilities are constantly being improved, making security surveillance more and more simple, convenient and available with tool .

Line software is supplied with all the company’s products, has no network, administrative or functional restrictions .

Functional advantages of the Line video surveillance system

Motion detector

Digital motion detector with the ability to create up to 64 detection zones.

Administration

Detailed system configuration in the Administration menu.

Line Cloud

Online service for remote control of an unlimited number of servers.

Video analytics

Archive filtering by detection, size, autonumbers, people, faces, events, OSD.

Synchronous viewing

Synchronous viewing of recordings from any cameras with the ability to export.

Remote control

Remote control and monitoring in real time.

Network clients

Unlimited number of network clients for remote work with the video server.

Mobile Clients

Dedicated software for viewing video via Android and iOS mobile devices.

PTZ

PTZ control interface in two modes: standard and advanced.

Multi-Monitor

The Multi-Monitor function allows you to display video from cameras on multiple monitors at the same time.

There are several main versions of the Line product

Software

“Line IP” – scratch cards for activating IP cameras in the software “Line”. The company focuses on ease of use: the program is not burdened with hardware keys. Based on this product, you can activate up to 256 video surveillance channels on one system unit.

IP-cameras

The line of IP-cameras for video surveillance is represented by three models: Line 2Mp Dome, Line 2Mp Bullet and Line 4Mp Bullet. The devices are made in a metal case with IP 65 protection, equipped with IR illumination and a built-in microphone. These devices can operate both autonomously and as part of the Line system without purchasing a license.

Video recorders

Line of video recorders for video surveillance “Line” is represented by budget devices based on Linux. The main features of these models are a quick start of work, the ability to install hard drives inside the case and individual settings for each channel. “Line XVR N H.265-N” are intended for connection of 4 or 8 cameras of formats: TVI, CVI, AHD, CVBS and IP.

Video servers

The range includes PC-based video servers, storage systems and ready-made client computers. The kit includes everything you need to ensure full operation. DevLine also provides a cloud server rental service.

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Video surveillance systems. Types and application. Structure and work

The world around us and the modern rhythm of life, the threats of terrorists and criminal elements force many institutions, organizations, as well as ordinary people to exercise control over the environment. Therefore, CCTV systems are becoming more and more popular in our life.

Their function is not only to transfer the image to the monitor, but also to highlight some important elements, such as recognizing a person’s face or a car number. In this case, video surveillance systems are a semblance of human vision. There is an interaction with the participation of the perceiving and analyzing devices.

Video surveillance systems are divided into two types:

  1. Analog.
  2. Digital.

The main difference between digital technology in video surveillance and analog is the improved quality of the picture on the screen. Naturally, the cost of such systems is much higher.

Analogue

The figure shows the analogue video surveillance circuit.

Currently, there are a large number of varieties of analog video cameras:
  • Domed.
  • Cylindrical.
  • Microcameras.
  • Outdoor.
  • Infrared.

In addition to image quality, their difference lies in functionality and cost. The video signal recorder can be either a separate device or a computer equipped with a video capture card.

Remote control

Recorder

Video capture card

Advantages
  • Easy installation and setup.
  • Good compatibility between different camera types.
  • Low cost parts.
  • A wide selection in the distribution network.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to scale large systems.
  • Unable to encrypt video signal.
  • No interference protection.
  • None of these useful features: motion detection, built-in audio, digital zoom, tilt and pan all in one cable.

Digital video surveillance systems

Digital video surveillance is divided into computer systems and separate equipment. Digital video recording is carried out by devices operating on a computer with the application of video capture cards. The computer type of video surveillance has much more functions in comparison with non-computer one.

On the basis of a computer, video surveillance can be easily upgraded and set up a wide range of control options. A feature of non-computer video surveillance devices is the lack of audio inputs.

Benefits
  • Possibility to create video surveillance based on the institution’s local network.
  • Ability to quickly transfer video surveillance to other computers.
  • Easy combination of video surveillance system with different security systems, as well as its modernization.
  • The video signal is protected from unauthorized access.
  • Enhanced monitor image quality from a digital camera.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult camera setup.
  • A large amount of memory is required to store video files due to their high quality.
  • Increased equipment price.

Device and principle of operation

The technical parameters of various types of video surveillance can vary significantly, depending on the scope of use and the technology of the system.

The main elements of any video surveillance system are:
  • Video cameras.
  • Devices for processing video data (for analog systems).
  • DVRs process and store information.
  • Monitors for visual display of real-time images, as well as for working with stored data.
  • Control panels for cameras equipped with a swivel mechanism.
  • Cables.

Cameras

Video surveillance installation always begins with the design of the layout and selection of cameras. These stages are interconnected, since the operation of the entire system depends on it.

Surveillance cameras can be divided into two types:
  • Open.
  • Hidden.

Most often, video surveillance systems are installed to prevent any violations, so open cameras are more popular and have a lower cost.

Open cameras

The main options for open cameras are shown in the photographs. The first camera is a wireless console camera, although wired console cameras also exist. They are low cost, serve for fixed indoor surveillance. Such a camera can be independently equipped with anti-vandal devices for outdoor installation.

The second camera is outdoor, equipped with a rigid mounting bracket. Typically, such cameras have infrared illumination, anti-jamming, a motion detector that can recognize people’s faces and car numbers, and a zoom function. Their cost is quite high, so the use of such cameras is not always justified. They are more suitable for monitoring large areas and areas.

The third camera is a full rotatable internal positionable. It has a high cost. However, it can replace four console cameras when mounted on the ceiling.

The fourth type of open cameras refers to dome models. It is designed for any weather, protected by anti-vandal devices. In addition to the functions of an external camera, they are equipped with autonomous positioning, which makes it possible to scan the entire hemisphere, regardless of the computer.

Dome cameras are expensive, but their high functionality makes them the most popular. Every CCTV system must have at least one dome camera.

Hidden cameras

The first camera is very compact. However, experienced offenders quickly find it. Such a camera has very weak protection against anti-bugs and jammers. It is most often characterized as an expensive toy.

The following three types of cameras are usually disguised as a ceiling light, motion detector or fire detector. Experienced violators quickly find them, and make various mocking inscriptions on them for the owner. For monitoring work in a workshop or office, such cameras are quite suitable, especially since they are inexpensive. Masked cameras do not irritate workers, unlike open cameras, since they are not visible.

The last two types of chambers are hidden. They are built into the ceiling, masked in the surface of the walls and in other places. For professional operatives, covert video cameras are a powerful development tool. With their help, many crimes and secrets are exposed. Such cameras are not suitable for preventive video surveillance, their cost is quite high. In domestic conditions, their use is inappropriate.

Video recorders and video capture cards

There are many different video capture devices. The most popular are video recorders and video capture boards.

Video recorders are produced as a separate device. They have the same parameters as video capture cards, but they have much more functions. This device can transfer information to a computer, is equipped with internal memory for storing video files, can work with network protocols for transferring information to a remote computer. This type of video capture equipment is used when it is necessary to connect a large number of cameras, as well as when it is necessary to connect to a remote computer for storing information, for example, in a large supermarket.

Video capture cards are the simplest devices that cannot function separately from a computer, and without a special program. They can only be used in a system with a small number of cameras. In domestic conditions, the video capture card is the best option for use in video surveillance. The video file is recorded directly to the computer’s hard drive. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the availability of free disk space in advance. When choosing a video capture board, pay attention to the number of cameras and the video file format, as well as the capture speed and video image resolution.

Video monitors

New low-cost video surveillance systems most often use monitors used for computers. However, using them is not the best option, as they will fail faster due to their 24/7 operation. To do this, it is better to use specialized monitors designed for long-term round-the-clock operation.

The image from the camcorder is displayed on the monitor. To display the image, special equipment is used: video switches, multiplexers and other devices. Their difference lies in the degree of complexity of the design. They are capable of displaying images from multiple cameras simultaneously.

Remote controls

These devices are not much different from the remotes of other devices. They have push-button control of video surveillance modes, turning the system on and off, controlling the camera and other functions.

Cables

Types of cables for video surveillance:
  • Fiber optic.
  • Twisted pair.
  • Coaxial.

Optical fiber is a more expensive cable. This option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Of the advantages, it can be noted that the fiber optic cable can be used for both analog devices and digital ones. The quality of the transmitted signal in this cable is very high. You can transmit information over long distances. Among the shortcomings, its high cost should be noted. It is mainly used only in large video surveillance complexes with a large number of cameras, where a high connection speed is required.

Twisted-pair cable is useful for a small store, and mixed with coaxial cable in industrial production. Twisted pair is used to connect cameras at a distance of more than 200 meters, but this requires an auxiliary receiver and signal transmitter. This increases the cost of the entire system.

Coaxial cable is most convenient when connecting cameras with a video capture card at a short distance (up to 200 meters). It makes it possible to connect analog devices directly.

Accessories

Sometimes it becomes necessary to expand the functionality that video surveillance has. For such purposes, various microphones are used that record audio sound.

Thermal imagers can receive a region of the spectrum that cannot be seen by the human eye. This region includes thermal radiation. This is the best option for detecting an intruder hiding in the dark.

At present, scientific technologies are developing rapidly, and such observation systems are being created that do not require human participation. Such “smart” systems can independently receive the necessary data, process them, and store them in the device’s memory. Only when absolutely necessary, they will give a signal to call a team of repairmen or security workers.

Scope of use

  • Video surveillance in financial institutions: pawnshops, cash desks, banks, etc. The main task is to create security, record working hours, access control, and collect evidence in disputes with customers.
  • At industrial enterprises, video surveillance is used to control product quality, ensure the safety of property, and respond quickly in case of an accident. This can save people’s lives and the health of production equipment.
  • In stores and shopping centers: first of all, the safety of employees and customers, control of cash desks, safety of goods are ensured.
  • Video surveillance in offices ensures control of the territory adjacent to the office, the safety of visitors and employees, a quick response to hooligan actions, the safety of property, and control over the movement of customers.

The use of a video surveillance system on city streets today is a vital necessity. This is due to the difficult situation with security, protection of people from illegal actions, terrorist acts. Video cameras in the city are most often installed at traffic police posts, at the entrances of houses, in public places, on the streets, stations and squares.

Urban video surveillance performs the following main tasks:
  • Prevention of accidents and emergencies.
  • Control over engineering networks.
  • Prevention of criminal manifestations.
  • Avoiding the threat of terrorists.
  • Ensuring the safety of people.

Advantages of video surveillance

The use of any type of video surveillance system justifies itself and has advantages over other types of control.

  • Specialized video equipment is far beyond the human senses. The camcorder will never fall asleep, will not be distracted, and does not make mistakes in its work.
  • High control efficiency. Video surveillance equipment, set up by qualified specialists, is able to cover a large area of ​​the territory, freeing several security officers from the need for direct visual control.
  • Video cameras are not visible to humans and human behavior occurs naturally. The real natural environment is transmitted to the monitor screen, which cannot be obtained in the presence of a security officer.
Related topics:
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  • Arduino for the Smart Home project. Operation and installation features
  • Intercoms. Types and application. Device and work. How to choose
  • DVR. Types and work. Application and Features

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Line IP

Cloud server rental

Line IP cameras

Line video servers

Hybrid recorders

IP DVRs

Buy Line IP online

Activate time code

Demo

“Line” for Linux

Integrated IP cameras

PC selection

Instructional videos

Replacement of marriage

Recommendations for HDD

Line Shorts

Login

Service description

Video server monitoring

Broadcast cameras on the site

TURN

Timelapse

Server check

Specification

ACS

Weighted

License plates

POS systems

Integration with 1C

SSSI

Loyalty monitoring

The Russian video surveillance system “Line” is one of the best solutions on the market security systems due to its wide functionality and reasonable cost.

Today video surveillance systems are a reliable way to control the inviolability of human rights, the safety of human life, and the safety of material values.
Video surveillance is used both for business and personal space, whether it is an apartment, a country house or a parking space. The areas of use of video surveillance systems are unlimited, and their hardware and software capabilities are constantly being improved, making security surveillance more and more simple, convenient and available with tool .

Line software is supplied with all the company’s products, has no network, administrative or functional restrictions .

Functional advantages of the Line video surveillance system

Motion detector

Digital motion detector with the ability to create up to 64 detection zones.

Administration

Detailed system configuration in the Administration menu.

Line Cloud

Online service for remote control of an unlimited number of servers.

Video analytics

Archive filtering by detection, size, autonumbers, people, faces, events, OSD.

Synchronous viewing

Synchronous viewing of recordings from any cameras with the ability to export.

Remote control

Remote control and monitoring in real time.

Network clients

Unlimited number of network clients for remote work with the video server.

Mobile Clients

Dedicated software for viewing video via Android and iOS mobile devices.

PTZ

PTZ control interface in two modes: standard and advanced.

Multi-Monitor

The Multi-Monitor function allows you to display video from cameras on multiple monitors at the same time.

There are several main versions of the Line product

Software

“Line IP” – scratch cards for activating IP cameras in the software “Line”. The company focuses on ease of use: the program is not burdened with hardware keys. Based on this product, you can activate up to 256 video surveillance channels on one system unit.

IP-cameras

The line of IP-cameras for video surveillance is represented by three models: Line 2Mp Dome, Line 2Mp Bullet and Line 4Mp Bullet. The devices are made in a metal case with IP 65 protection, equipped with IR illumination and a built-in microphone. These devices can operate both autonomously and as part of the Line system without purchasing a license.

Video recorders

Line of video recorders for video surveillance “Line” is represented by budget devices based on Linux. The main features of these models are a quick start of work, the ability to install hard drives inside the case and individual settings for each channel. “Line XVR N H.265-N” are intended for connection of 4 or 8 cameras of formats: TVI, CVI, AHD, CVBS and IP.

Video servers

The range includes PC-based video servers, storage systems and ready-made client computers. The kit includes everything you need to ensure full operation. DevLine also provides a cloud server rental service.

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Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too.)

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
Aukey Dual 48 6 min 47 sec 33 min 55 sec
Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus 2 7 min 01 sec 35 min 05 sec
Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
Wotobeus PD 65W PPS 7 min 25 sec 37 min 05 sec

Car charger FAQs

The large Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus on the left, the winning Aukey Dual (USB-C/USB-A) Car Charger on the right.

Geoff Morrison/CNET

How fast can car chargers really charge?

Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

Will an 80-watt charger blow up my 18-watt phone?

What about dual USB-C chargers?

What about 4x USB-C and larger?

Do I need special cables?

Best USB-C Car Charger for Your iPhone or Android Phone

Though most phones come equipped with great batteries nowadays, it’s good to have a backup charger with you wherever you go. Especially in the car — between navigation, flipping through Spotify, phone calls and more, it’s easy to drain your phone’s battery. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car charger that can keep your phone going throughout the day.

Fortunately, car charger tech has improved just like home charger tech. You can now get some high wattage options, at least for the category, that can either maintain the charge on your phone or charge up another device rapidly. And that’s the key: You definitely want to invest in a dual-port charger that you can plug in to your vehicle’s 12-volt adapter (or “cigarette lighter,” if you’re old school). And having one that can charge multiple devices simultaneously is a huge perk when you’re on the go.

There are a variety of options when it comes to multiport car chargers. Historically these were two or more USB-A ports, the wide rectangular connection we’ve had on nearly everything for decades. More recently, there have been a growing number of USB-C options. USB-C, the small, rounded-off rectangle, is found on nearly all cell phones (other than Apple), tablets, laptops and more. It’s basically the new standard in everything but name. We decided to focus on chargers that have one of each, as this gives you the flexibility to charge newer USB-C devices, plus a “legacy” USB-A port that can connect to any USB devices as long as you have the right cable. (You can always pick up dongles or adapters to go from USB-C to USB-A or USB-A to USB-C too. )

In our testing, there wasn’t a huge difference in charging times between the models we tested, though some were faster than others.

Other products we tested

Wotobeus PD 65W: The Wotobeus offered a splash of color in the form of a removable silicone sleeve that covered the larger half of the charger. Despite having the highest claimed wattage rating (83!), it actually charged the slowest in our testing. This, combined with a price the same as some faster chargers, put it out of the running.

How we test car chargers

Geoff Morrison/CNET

We performed both synthetic and real-world testing for all the chargers we considered. Using a MakerHawk Electronic Load Tester, an Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester and a JacobsParts USB C PD DC Voltage Trigger Test Module I tested the maximum amperage possible for each of the USB-specified voltage outputs each device was capable of . I didn’t waste gas to do this, instead I used a Knoter AC to DC Converter which is rated at far more wattage than we were dealing with here. While interesting, and a good test to get a sense of what’s going on “behind the scenes,” these numbers didn’t create terribly useful real-world numbers for most people. 

So I used the Uctronics Electronic USB Load Tester to create a “dummy load” at the maximum power output possible on the charger’s USB-A output, and then timed how long it would take to charge a fast-charging USB-C device, in this case a Pixel 5. Most battery-powered devices limit the charging speed at the upper and lower ends of the battery’s maximum storage, so I timed how long it would take to charge 10% with the battery no lower than 30% and no higher than 70%. Overly cautious? Probably. I also put the phone in airplane mode and waited for the screen to go into standby before timing. 

The chart below shows that number, plus a calculated “for 50%” time that estimates how long it would take to charge 50% of this device’s battery. Charging speeds between phones/tablets/etc. can vary for a number of reasons. Which is to say your phone, with the same charger, might charge faster or slower than the numbers listed here. However, it should charge roughly the same amount faster or slower compared to one of the faster or slower chargers.

Charge times

Brand Model Time for 10% with full load on USB-A Approx. time for 50%
Satechi 72W Type-C PD Car Charger Adapter 6 min 43 sec 33 min 35 sec
Aukey Dual 48 6 min 47 sec 33 min 55 sec
Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus 2 7 min 01 sec 35 min 05 sec
Monoprice Two-Port 39W 7 min 07 sec 35 min 35 sec
Aukey CC-A3 7 min 14 sec 36 min 10 sec
Wotobeus PD 65W PPS 7 min 25 sec 37 min 05 sec

Car charger FAQs

The large Anker PowerDrive Speed Plus on the left, the winning Aukey Dual (USB-C/USB-A) Car Charger on the right.

Geoff Morrison/CNET

How fast can car chargers really charge?

Are the manufacturers’ wattage ratings real?

Can my phone fast-charge on any charger?

Will an 80-watt charger blow up my 18-watt phone?

What about dual USB-C chargers?

What about 4x USB-C and larger?

Do I need special cables?

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Dual USB Car Charger Specifications

Input: DC12-24V

USB Common Output: 5V=3. 1A

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Material: ABS + PC flame retardant material, shrapnel electroplating process

Features: PC fireproof shell, environmentally friendly material, anti-fall and wear protection, double-sided anti-skid shatterproof design, not afraid of impact, two-port output, intelligent shunt does not damage the machine, maximum single-port current 3.1A, over-current, over-voltage, short circuit, overcharge, overload protection, compatible with mainstream USB chargers on the market

FAQ

Are all car chargers the same?2023-07-14 19:47:56

No, car chargers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and power outputs. It is important to choose a car charger that is compatible with your device and that provides enough power to charge it efficiently.

Can I use a car charger with a phone case on my device?2023-07-14 19:43:57

Yes, you can use a car charger with a phone case on your device as long as the case does not block the charging port.

How long does it take to charge the device with a car charger?2023-07-14 19:41:49

Charging time depends on the device and car charger you are using. It usually takes longer to charge a device with a car charger than with a wall charger.

Can I charge multiple devices at the same time using the car charger?2023-07-14 18:57:31

Yes, the Dual Port Car Charger can charge multiple devices at the same time. However, keep in mind that charging multiple devices at the same time may slow down the charging process for each device.

Can I charge my laptop with a car charger?2023-07-14 18:54:53

Yes, some laptops can be charged with a car charger, but not all laptops can be charged this way. Check your laptop’s specs to see if it’s compatible with your car charger.

How does a car charger work?2023-07-14 18:50:33

Car charger plugs into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter or power port and converts the car’s DC power into AC power that your electronic device can use to charge.

What is a car charger?2023-06-09 17:46:16

A car charger is a device that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter adapter and charges your phone or other electronic devices. Car chargers are often compact and lightweight, making them easy to take on the go.

Will the car charger turn off automatically after charging is complete?2022-04-16 18:11:45

Yes, the car charger uses ICs for overload, overcurrent and short circuit protection. When charging is over, it will turn off automatically to protect your device.

Car charger comes with wired charger?2022-04-15 16:15:52

Car charger and charging cable sold separately, you need to buy an additional charging cable.

Can I leave my car charger in my car without unplugging it?2022-04-15 16:10:46

Yes, after the car is turned off, the cigarette lighter interface does not turn on or heat up, and the car charger has an appropriate overload protection mechanism that will not cause damage.

How to choose the power of the car charger?2022-04-15 15:40:27

When buying a car charger, pay attention to voltage and current. The output voltage of the car is 12V, and the output voltage of the truck is 24V. Most universal chargers (12 V) are suitable for cars. For other models, the appropriate voltage standard must be selected.

Does it support fast charging of two USB ports at the same time?2022-04-15 15:16:30

No, fast charging will reduce the range and you may feel that the car’s power is also reduced. Therefore, it is not recommended to use dual USB fast charging in a car. On the contrary, a smart control car charger would be the best choice.

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