Blinking cameras are a popular choice for home security, but sometimes they can cause problems. One such problem is when the camera blinks red, which can be a sign of low battery or connectivity problems. In this article, we will go through some troubleshooting steps to help resolve this issue.
Check the Battery Level
One of the most common reasons for a Blink camera flashing red is low battery. To check your camera’s battery level, open the Blink app and select the camera you want to check. On the camera settings page, you will see a “Battery Level” indicator. If the battery level is low, it is recommended that you charge the battery as soon as possible.
To charge the battery, connect the camera to a power source using the supplied AC adapter and USB cable. You can also remove the battery and charge it using an external charger. For Blink XT2 and Blink Outdoor cameras, the battery can be removed from the camera by sliding the latch on the back of the camera and pulling the battery out. For Blink Indoor cameras, you will need to unscrew the battery cover on the bottom of the camera to remove the battery.
Once the camera is charging, the LED light on the camera will turn solid red. It will take a few hours to fully charge the battery, depending on the battery level and charging speed. Once the camera is fully charged, you can check the battery level again to make sure it’s back to normal.
If you are experiencing battery drain issues with your Blink camera, there are steps you can take to optimise battery life. These include adjusting the camera’s sensitivity settings, reducing the camera’s recording time, and disabling certain features such as night vision or motion detection.
In summary, checking the battery level of your Blink camera is an important troubleshooting step when the camera is flashing red. Charging or replacing the battery may solve the problem and ensure that your camera is working properly to keep your home safe and secure.
Check the Wi-Fi Signal Strength
A camera flashing red may indicate poor Wi-Fi signal strength. If the camera is having trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi network, it may flash red as a warning. Here are some steps to troubleshoot the problem:
Step 1: Move the camera closer to the router
One of the first things you can try is to move the camera closer to the router. A weak Wi-Fi signal can cause the camera to lose connection, but moving it closer to the router may help to resolve this issue.
Step 2: Check the Wi-Fi signal strength indicator
To check the Wi-Fi signal strength of your Blink camera, open the Blink app and select the camera that’s flashing red. The app will display a Wi-Fi signal strength indicator as bars, and if the signal strength is low, it’s recommended that you move the camera to a location with a stronger Wi-Fi signal.
Restart the Camera
Sometimes a simple reboot will solve the problem. Unplug the camera and reconnect it after a few seconds to see if it stops blinking red.
Reset the Camera
If none of the steps above work, try resetting the camera. Press and hold the Reset button on the back of the camera until the LED starts flashing blue. Then use the Blink app to reset the camera.
If you have tried all the troubleshooting steps and the Blink camera is still flashing red, another possible cause of the problem could be a faulty power supply or USB cable. In this case, try using a different power supply and USB cable to see if this solves the problem. If the camera still does not work, it may be defective and will need to be replaced. Contact Blink Customer Service to discuss replacement or repair options.