So when people walk through, it comes on and theyre not going to trip or you can use it to light up. Maybe a dark area in your patio that youd like to keep a better eye on this product, works great for both of those situations and again because its battery powered you can mount it pretty much anywhere now. As part of this review, i always like to start with an unboxing just to show you everything, thats included with the kit, so you understand exactly what you get if you buy the product and then ill go through the specifications ill. Give you an overview of the product ill, take a closer look at the actual floodlight mount and explain the connections to your camera and how you change the batteries, how you can mount it and position the lights and then finally ill come back and point out. A few things that really make this product special because theres a lot of blink outdoor camera mounts on the market. I like this one, an awful lot, i own a few of them. Ive got them outside my house and what i love most about. It is just the flexibility of putting it wherever i need it whenever i need it, because the battery power and the wi fi connection allow me to mount it here today and mount it over there tomorrow to keep an eye on some chipmunks that are driving me Crazy on the patio so lets get into the unboxing, oh, but before we do that this product only works with the newer blind camera.

So if you have a blink outdoor camera, its going to work just great, unfortunately, if you have a blink xt or an xt2, its, not compatible and thats one of the downsides of it, but it works great with these newer blank outdoor cameras, all right, so the Unboxing youll find the blink floodlight mount, which again is a marvelous product. They really did a lot of engineering to design this thing to be pretty cool youll find some mounting hardware. I think its nice to include this. There are screws in here you can use to attach this to a pole or side of your house. They also include some sleeves. You can drill it into concrete slide the sleeves and screw it into those sleeves theyve come out with an incredibly clever mount thats, a no holes mount that you can use if you have vinyl siding now. These are clever because what this mount does is actually slide up in the seam of your vinyl siding, so it slides up behind your siding at that actual seam between the different sections and once you slide it in there, the weight of the mount actually holds it. On your wall, so theres no need to drill holes through your vinyl, siding, which i love, because i dont mind drilling the holes. But then i worry that im going to have leakage and ive got to caulk it and everything else. So this is great because i can slide it through the gap in my siding mount this on there and if i want to move it around later on, i just slide this back out, move it somewhere else and theres no holes to deal with and then theres.

Finally, another mount here that either mounts on that or you can screw this to a pole or a fence or a tree or whatever, and this clips on there so its really easy to move it around if you need to move it around. Finally, they include a full instruction manual that gives you all the information youll need to understand about how to use the unit and how to connect it up to your system and use the application to control the lights in the camera. Now the unit itself is clever. It runs on 4d alkaline cells, theyre included with the kit and youll, probably get about two years under normal use, out of the lights and the camera, itll power, the camera and power the lights. Now, of course, your mileage is going to vary depending on how often the lights come on. What kind of resolution youre recording those video clips and how many times the video clips are triggered by the motion sensor, so theres a lot of variables in there. But if youre conservative and you dont turn the lights on for long periods of time, you maybe only use the motion detection to turn the lights on youre recording at a normal resolution, youre recording shorter clips, youre – probably going to get two years out of it. Now i cant vouch for that because it just came out, but ive got them around the house. I havent changed the batteries yet and ive been using it a lot.

Ive been playing around with a lot, so i think youre going to be in great shape, but once those batteries go bad, then youre going to change them with four new d cell alkalines. The batteries in here will also power. The camera like i mentioned, so it is a complete solution that allows you to put it anywhere. You need it and know that the camera is going to work and the lights are going to work. The other cool thing is in the application. When you do the update in the application for the blink application, youll find separate controls for the camera and for the light. So you have the ability to turn the lights on manually, if youd like to do that. So if you hear some noises out back and youre thinking, hey whats on the patio over there, you can turn the lights on. The camera comes on and itll actually look to see whats going on there. So you can have the camera turn on the lights or you can turn them on manually. I like that a lot. I love the fact that i can position these independently. Some of these mounts out. There have the lights mounted directly to the case and you cant really move them and thats a challenge, because i may want the camera to point down here. But i want to have one light over this way to illuminate that area, and maybe this one down in a patio.

I love the fact that these are completely independent. I can position where i need to its ip65 rated, so i can put it outside not have to worry about it, having issues with snow or rain or sleet or any kind of inclement weather out there itll last. Just fine and again, the flexibility in these lights is just great now inside the unit ill. Show you this in a closer look, the back pops off and its locked on right now, when you pop this off, there are four diesels inside there when you first get the unit and its explained in the manual there are tabs in there that protect those batteries From being used during shipping, so make sure you take those tabs off on the front of the unit. Youll find a micro usb connection right here. Its got a nice rubber grommet on it in the back of the unit theres. Actually another grommet. Here in the cameras, you can pop that grommet off actually take the thing off completely and that will plug right in here on the back so thats how you power the camera – and i like that and then finally, theres also the volcano mount right here, which is An amazon name for this, but its its a mount that pops on the back of the camera so right here in that center piece, youll pop that on there it takes a little bit of work to get it on, but its not coming off.

And then you can position that camera in a lot of different ways. So if i have to look up at a tree im good, i could look down at the patio. You have a lot of flexibility of how it mounts and again its self contained. So once this thing is mounted youve got power from those batteries for the camera, in both of those lights and complete control through the blink app. Now, if you stay tuned next, what ill do is take a closer look at the unit and show you how you change the batteries, how those tabs come off that i mentioned a minute ago and basically, how you connect it up to the camera and then finally Ill come back and point out some of the cool things this provides because ive tested and i own a lot of blink mounts for different cameras, outdoor cameras and indoor cameras and ill tell you this wasnt a product that was rushed into production. Whoever designed this really thought through what i care about as a consumer and built a product that i think is pretty complete, so stay tuned for the closer look inside the kit, youll find three main components: the blink outdoor flood light mount a mounting base and a Clever bracket that you can use if your home has vinyl siding that allows you to mount the product without drilling a single hole and ill show you that in a second but ill start off with the mounting base.

Because youre going to use this for every installation of this particular product and if youre not using the specialized bracket for vinyl, siding youll, essentially lay this up against the surface. Youd like to mount the camera on and youll mark these three mounting holes with a pen or a pencil drill, those holes and then bolt this to that surface very securely. You can use the screws that are included with the kit or any heavy duty screw, but make sure you securely attach this to the surface, because the units got a little bit of weight to it. Once thats mounted youll basically slide this onto the bracket. Youll hear a click and itll be securely mounted if youd like to move it, push down in this tab and slide it off unmount the bracket move it to where youd like the camera, to be located, bolt it on again and slide the camera back on now, Where it gets interesting is, if you have vinyl siding on your home, this clever bracket allows you to mount it without drilling a hole and ill show you how that works. So ive got a small section of vinyl siding right here now, normally vinyl siding is installed in long lengths that look like this and they have this unique characteristic where you can see a curve at the top and a curve down here and essentially the way you Install it is youll slide this curve into this curve to create this really nice weatherproof seal down here and this bracket, basically slides in in that seam.

So youll put it in the seam like that and youll spin it down and it actually shoehorns its way into that seam and its securely held there. But again, no holes are needed, so once youve put that in there you can mount the bracket on this, and if you want to move the camera later on, youll basically take the bracket off youll pull this out and you can move it anywhere else. You wont have to deal with the holes that you would normally drill through the siding, so i think theyve really thought this through. This is a really clever mount that saved me a lot of time and a lot of headaches with drilling holes. Now, the way those two joined together again youll notice an up arrow right here. Normally this is hanging like this or always its hanging like this, on your siding on the back of this unit, youll see two little tabs right there that slide into these two holes. So essentially, you line those up like this. They slide into the holes and this slides down and locks in and once thats on there, its essentially hanging free on the side of your wall. You can slide the mount onto here. Youll hear a click and youre good to go. If you want to take it off again, push the tab down slide out the mount lift this up, lift it off, and then you can pull this off and you can move it wherever you need to move it.

Now the camera assembly itself – or i should say the mount – has these two led flood lights on either side i mentioned before how flexible these are. You can move them in almost any position. I can point them straight up straight out: each of them are independently movable. So i can move this one. Maybe i want to point this down at the walkway this one. I want to point over that way because theres some suspicious activity over by the garage, but again you can move those as needed on the front. Youll find this volcano mount right here and that matches up with the hole in the back of the camera. Now, im not going to try and get it on there because its a bit of a wrestling match, but – and once i get it on its tough to get it off and thats important, because youre going to basically line this up and push really hard its going To pop on there and thats how youd actually mount it, then you have a lot of flexibility of where the camera can be positioned. So i can look down if i need to on a pathway, i can look over the fence on the side of the house. Whatever i need to point it to, i can do and youll also find this short cable right here that ends in a micro usb connection right there with a really nice weatherproof grommet on it.

So the way youll use this and again batteries inside are providing power through this cable for the camera is on the back of your blink out door. Theres, a grommet on the bottom youll, basically open up the camera, so open up the back, and when you open up the back, you can take this off completely youll, see inside how you can release that always release this, because, even though you could force this in To actually plug into that micro usb there its not going to seal correctly because that little bit of rubber is in the way so always take that off and when you put this in the grommet here is going to seal it and make it weatherproof. So you dont have to worry about water getting inside, but once thats mounted, i put that in first and then i pop it on the unit here and then youre all set to go so slide it on the mount. You can start using the camera now internally. I mentioned before it uses four dsl batteries. Oh, i should probably show you this too. On the back of the unit. Youll see these two little grooves right here, these two little rails, those fit into this unit. So once youve mounted this on the wall and its facing up, essentially what youre doing there is just sliding it on like this now: listen for the click hear that click and now its locked in there, its not going anywhere.

If you want to remove it, youll pull up on the tab and just slide this off again, so its just that easy to mount it now, if you want to change the batteries or to activate it initially, you have to open up the battery compartment and youll See theres a locked indicator right there, youll move it to the unlock position like this, and the back will pop off and inside there theres another cover right there, thatll pop off, just like that, so be ready to catch it, because its got a little bit of A little spring to it and when you first get the unit youll see these tabs on the batteries and the reason those are. There is because theyve installed these alkaline batteries in the factory, but they wont actually work because they have to contact these components inside here and you got to remove those to make it work. So when you get the camera and youre ready to use it, pull this tab off and thatll activate the batteries. Put this cover back on just like i showed you and then youll put this cover on it and its a little bit clumsy to get it on the first time, but youll get used to it, but youre going to start it off like this. In this position and then turn it to the lock position and that forces it down and forces the batteries into position and thats, basically how you change the batteries.

If you need to and again youll probably get theyre saying two years of use out of the unit and again that really depends on you know the type of video youre taking the resolution. How long the video clips are, how many times the lights come on a lot of variables in there that you have control over? But if you want to get the longest life possible out of those batteries, i would recommend only turning the lights on based on motion. I would also set up motion zones that limited the amount of attention it was paying to a particular area. So you didnt have to worry about. You know everything out there moving and turning the lights on so theyll turn on less often and theyll only turn on when theres something you need to pay attention to make. The resolution of the clips lower thatll extend the battery life and also make the clip shorter and thatll extend the battery life. But those are adjustments you can make in the application and you can set them to your own preference but thats pretty much it for the kit, so those three components will get. You started, and i really think i timed it one time when i put one of these things up. It took me less than five minutes to get the bracket mounted to get the camera mount on the bracket and put the camera on here and power it up. So very simple installation hope that closer look was helpful.

Now here are a few key things to keep in mind when youre, comparing this blink outdoor flood light mount to other blink mounts that you may be considering. The first thing i love about this product is that its using larger batteries, some of the blank outdoor mounts, use rechargeable batteries, some use aaa or double a batteries. This uses d cells and thats really important, because these lights are going to drink a lot of electricity. The camera doesnt, the camera – can survive perfectly fine on double a batteries, but these lights when they come on, especially at 700 lumens theyre, going to drink a lot of electrons out of the battery so having diesels in here means ive got plenty of energy to let This thing run for quite a long time. I love the brightness of the lights. A lot of the other mounts on the market are not anywhere near 700, lumens and 700. Lumens is really about the brightest. The lights can be for a standard outdoor mount. So if youve got solar lights outside theyre, not going to be 700 lumens, this is plenty of illumination to again light up a walkway. So you dont trip, or maybe light up that area in your patio, without being too bright and again, if theyre, too bright, theyre going to drink more electrons and youre not going to get as much use out of the battery. So i think its a great balance between length of battery use and brightness of the lights.

I also love the fact that it powers the camera, because some of the mounts on the market are really just the flood lights and you still have to have internal batteries in the camera. With this one, you can power all three on the same set of batteries. Another cool feature is this bracket. I cant say enough about this: a lot of the mounts on the market youre stuck with mounting them to your house or finding some wacky bracket to actually attach it. I love that they include this bracket. They really thought through the fact that a lot of people have vinyl siding and this slides up under the vinyl siding in that gap and allows you to mount this without drilling holes in your vinyl siding, which is a major bonus. The mounting is incredibly easy. Its really easy to put it on the mount, take it off the mount. I move these around a lot. So in the winter time i want to keep an eye on my driveway ive got a lot of deer in the backyard in the summertime. So i like to take them down, put it back in the backyard, so we keep an eye on the deer and those crazy chipmunks that are out there to see whats going on on the patio. So it is completely portable. As long as i stay within wi fi range of my blank sync module and its easy to add to your system, you may have to update your system to take advantage of the features of turning on the lights and the camera separately.

But thatll automatically happen inside the blink app, but to add this to your blink. Application literally took me about a minute to actually edit to the application and immediately start seeing the camera and controlling light. So its a pretty complete kit, everything you need to get started is included in the box, so you can pretty much open it up. Pull the tabs off the batteries mount this. If youve got vinyl site itll take you 30 seconds to mount it and be using it literally in five minutes as soon as its added to the application. So i think theyve done a great job with this product. Again i own a few of them. Ive been using them since the release, and i really really like this product.