Moultrie PowerPanel MFH CPP Review:
The Moultrie PowerPanel is a nice addition to Moultrie trail cameras (2007 and later). The unit provides power to the camera via a solar panel and built in 12-volt battery. You’ll still load your Moultrie Trail Camera up with standard batteries (our Moultrie GameSpy I60 has 6 “D” batteries inside and is hooked up to the PowerPanel).
The Moultrie PowerPanel comes in a weather resistant housing and has an LCD screen that displays key information about the current solar levels, average solar level and battery status. The PowerPanel needs to be mounted (via screws) to something solid and can be tilted up or down and obviously must be positioned to gather light from the sun. Depending upon the situation, it may be a bit more difficult to find a suitable location for this PowerPanel – or it may need to be mounted in an open area (where it might be more visible and susceptible to theft).
When it comes to powering your cameras, we feel strongly that Sportsmen should use rechargeable or 12-volt battery sources versus alkaline batteries (D’s, C’s, etc.). We’ve found that many cameras burn through the standard batteries in weeks or months – and we have an issue with constantly changing, purchasing new and disposing old batteries. In fact, we often utilize old or failing car batteries to run our cameras – when fully charged, they still contain enough power to run many trail cameras for months without being recharged. The Moultrie PowerPanel takes this a step further by utilizing it’s built in 12-volt battery combined with the constant recharging from the solar panel. The D batteries in the camera only come into play as a back-up (i.e., if the camera takes a ton of pictures or videos during the night and the charge in the 12-volt runs out). In over 1,000 pictures using the PowerPanel (most during the night) our ‘back-up’ D batteries are still at full charge.
If you have a 2007 or later Moultrie camera, get the Moultrie PowerPanel. If you have a camera that can accept 12-volt power source and you are using conventional batteries, make the switch!
Reviewer: - Nick Schwarz
Review Date: - 7/28/2008