Blink features, price comparison & Wi-Fi Shopping Checklist.
There are many home monitoring options on the market. Some of the popular choices include Nest Cam and simplicam. “Blink” is a cool new entrant into the market that touts some unique features and a great price. Blink made its debut as a 2016 CES Innovations award Honoree.
With so many options on the market, how do you decide which DIY home monitoring system to use and how does Blink compare in features and price to the competition?
Blink takes a slightly different approach than some of the competitors. Here are a few key distinctions.
Blink takes pride in providing a choice of power options. You can power the cameras by battery or power adapter. The battery option provides the ultimate flexibility allowing you to put the camera in unexpected places – attics, front porch, over a doorframe and even in the refrigerator! Blink will work where you don’t have access to a power outlet. And you can avoid the messy look of cables.
Blink touts that the battery will last over 1 year and you can tell when it is running low via the app or the by indicator light on the device. The batteries are standard AA so they are easy to find and replace (some other monitoring systems use specialized batteries that are not commonly available).
Because Blink markets the battery as its primary power source it ships with the AA batteries required to run the system but not a power cord. If you want to attach the camera to a power outlet you will need to supply your own micro USB to AC power cable.
Because the Blink camera runs on a battery it is ultra portable and can be placed almost anywhere.
If your daughter is having a date over, the kids are camping outside or if you hear a critter in the attic, simply move the camera to the desired location to keep an eye on the situation. Move the camera back to its primary location when you are sure there are no critters around the house. There is no need to reconfigure the settings or do anything. Just pick up the camera and move it.
According to Blink, 80% of families purchase 2 or more cameras. The Blink starter kit comes with a “Sync Module” and 1 camera. You can easily add additional cameras and it only takes about 1 minute to attach it to the system (it took longer to take the plastic off the batteries than it did to connect the camera). The cost of an additional camera is $60.00.
Blink cameras are reasonably priced and there is no monthly recording or storage fees. In my opinion this is a significant advantage over other systems.
If you decide to cover extra rooms in your home, additional cameras are $60 each. The setup is effortless.
Here is a price comparison of a few popular brands. These prices are as of 4/12/2016.
Image / Video Storage
Video and image clips are stored on the cloud with Blink at no additional fee.
- Turn on anytime to see what is going on
- Motion Detectors – When motion is detected it automatically records a 5 – 10 second clip (configurable in settings).
- Motion Detectors – Triggers a notification alert on the phone (sensitivity levels configurable in settings).
- Ability to email clips
- Night vision – Camera spotlight turns on when it detects motion (configurable in settings)
- Tells the location temperature
- Can be used in temperatures down to freezing.
Other things to consider when purchasing
Blink is a great monitoring system and probably the easiest one I have tested. There are other systems that come with some cool features but they also come with a higher price.
Blink can be used on a covered porch or other protected area although it is not waterproof. To take pictures or video a white LED light turns on.
Free Download – Checklist
There are a lot of choices on the market. Deciding what works for your situation might take some consideration of features. The shopping checklist is designed to help you think about the various features to consider when purchasing a wi-fi based home monitoring system. To receive the checklist