Have never ran cameras until this year. Any issues with running them through the dead of winter? Does it decrease life of them?
I'm currently running a half dozen cams. Scouting for next year starts now in wolf country to simply see if anything makes it through the winter. My homebrews have spent 24/7/365 in the field for MANY seasons with no problems. I have a Reconyx that also also goes year round with no issues. Recently purchased a few Brownings that are out right now. Not going to find much worse winter cam conditions than here, current temp is -10F and it's going down to -20F this evening. Lithiums definitely help in extreme winter temps. I have also built a solar power 12v battery unit that will allow year round power in any temps. Lithiums get spendy and I've got better things to do than trudge through the snow in sub zero temps to check cameras. Much easier to go check them in March when things start to thaw.
Love the winter pics...
Pelican 1150 case, 12v SLA battery, Pololu 12V Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Regulator S18V20F12, battery charge indicator and waterproof connections for the solar array and the power cord to the camera. Wires for solar panel and power cord ran inside squirrel proof flexible metal conduit.Would you mind describing your 12v/solar set up?
Any temps below freezing will affect alkaline batteries. The way to tell is the flash intensity will lessen and it's recovery time. If you have it taking 1 pic then a delay before the next pic it may be hard to tell but if you have it take multiple pics every trigger the follow up pics will have less flash intensity. Video is also not going to be as good with alkaline in the cold. The effects mentioned get worse in extreme cold like below 0°F.I have bushnell trophy cam and use year round. I get a full year on alkaline batteries. Cold weather has no negative impact that I’m aware of, my camera is about 4 years old.
I've had good luck with my covert black 60 and illuminator cams during the winter. Every camera can vary though no matter the brand. Some just act funny like yours and some cams have more standby drain than others. I wish I had the equipment to test the standby drain on my cams to see if that varies on the cameras age.Been Running cams for many years 35MM Commercial then 6 Homebrews and now several digital Commercial Cams they are out 24 / 7 / 365 and I only do Video and I get 4 to 5 months of Videos and most of the batteries last for the most part it is more how many images / Videos are night time and how long the Videos are I cut down to 30 second for day time and 20 Second being the limit for night time with Brownings and 30 Seconds for the others Stealth and older Moultrie M-1100i & M990i. It is more about the activity in front of the camera. I have only used Lithiums for the last many years alkalines last maybe 2 or 3 days when new. And It is hitting below zero here in Michigan Northern LP... Only cam that did not like extreme cold was Covert Red 40 gave Green Pictures... That was the only time it would... Don't have any Coverts Now...
I have Spec Ops (2016), Dark Ops (2015), G45NG (2016), G42NG (2015 & 2016's), M-1100i's (2014) & M-990i (2013) all work in cold weather without any issues.