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How to Fix or Reset Arlo Solar Panels Not Working

Arlo solar panels are designed to keep Arlo security cameras charged, but they aren’t designed to charge them from a low to a full battery level. If you have an Arlo system, make sure you recharge the battery first before using it with the solar panel. If your Arlo solar panels aren’t working, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot and fix the problem, so read on to learn more.

Unplug and reinsert both ends of the Arlo solar panel and the charging cable by squeezing the sides. The plug’s sides will click into place when fully inserted into the panel, which is the easiest way to reset the Arlo solar panels.

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Always make sure that your battery is inserted correctly into the Arlo camera and that the battery is fully charged before connecting it to the solar panel. You can also reduce the usage of the camera for a day or two and then check the battery level again. In some cases, too much camera use can drain the battery faster than the solar panel can replenish it, which could be causing the issue.

Arlo Solar Panels Not Charging

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If your Arlo solar panels are not charging, it could be because the battery in your camera is too cold or too hot. Start by confirming that your solar panel is compatible with the Arlo camera you have, then unplug and reinsert the cables from the panel, checking for any damaged or exposed wiring. Never leave your Arlo equipment in extremely cold temperatures and always keep it above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Check to ensure that the solar panels are pointing toward the sun and being exposed at the right angle to get at least three hours of full sun per day. In most cases, the panel won’t charge because it is not getting adequate sunlight during the day.

Always make sure that your Arlo batteries are fully charged before attaching them to the solar panels and if you’re still having trouble, you may need to contact someone at Arlo customer support for more troubleshooting assistance.

The Arlo app also has a setting that allows you to check the status of the solar panel. Make sure that there are no obstructions (such as a tall tree or a building) in front of the solar panel, which could be blocking the sun from reaching it, causing it to malfunction.

Arlo Solar Panel How Long to Charge

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The length of time it takes your Arlo solar panel to charge will depend on the make and model you have, where and how it’s positioned, and whether or not it’s installed correctly.

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Most Arlo solar panels provide trickle charging to the Arlo cameras (as long as they’re compatible) to keep your battery charged for longer.

However, it’s best to check the status of your Arlo solar panel before attaching the camera to it, just to confirm that it’s charged and in working order.

On average, it takes approximately three to six hours for an Arlo solar panel to fully charge, as long as it’s in direct sunlight. Arlo Pro or Arlo Go cameras must have the proper rechargeable battery inserted into the camera at all times for the solar panel to work correctly.

Does Arlo Solar Panel Need Direct Sunlight?

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The Arlo solar panel should be placed in an area where it will receive the most sunlight, but slightly overcast conditions will usually still be sufficient for the solar panel to charge and operate correctly.

It’s best to install your Arlo solar panel in an area that gets the most sunlight during the day using the mounting equipment included with the solar panel. Try to avoid shady areas or any areas that are blocked by obstructions such as tall buildings or large, tall trees.

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The Arlo panel doesn’t need direct sunlight, but you should face it true south if you live in the northern hemisphere and true north if you live in the southern hemisphere. Tilt it to the appropriate angle for your latitude to get the highest level of sunlight for the longest amount of time.

Make sure that you wipe the Arlo solar panel clean every few months to remove any excess dust, dirt, or debris. Any obstructions, including dirt, can affect the way the solar panel is able to harvest the sun’s energy.

Proper placement and regular cleaning and maintenance is the best way to ensure that the Arlo solar panel gets the correct amount of sunlight in order for it to work properly.

Arlo Solar Panel Not Charging Too Hot

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The Arlo solar panel should work just fine, even on the hottest summer days. However, the Arlo camera will no longer charge if the camera itself or the battery gets too hot, which will prevent it from getting a trickle charge from the solar panel. In most cases, the Arlo cameras can charge and operate in temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your Arlo camera is not getting a charge from the solar panel and it’s hot outside, bring the camera indoors and allow it some time to cool off. You may need to wait until the outdoor temperatures cool down to a reasonable level before reattaching it to the solar panel.

Since Arlo cameras use lithium-ion batteries, it’s important to prevent them from overheating in order to prevent them from malfunctioning. Ensure that your Arlo camera is not hot to the touch and that it’s not showing any other error statuses on the Arlo app. If the camera still doesn’t charge when attached to the solar panel, you may need to purchase a new battery.

Arlo Solar Panel Draining Battery

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The Arlo solar panel should provide consistent “trickle charging” to the camera whenever it’s attached using the included cable. If it seems as though the Arlo solar panel is draining the camera battery, then there could be an issue with the solar panel itself. Make sure everything is connected correctly and check the solar panel status on the Arlo app to confirm.

Your Arlo solar panel should come with a warranty, so check to confirm that it’s covered and ask Arlo’s tech support team for help with troubleshooting. If you have a bad solar panel that is still under warranty, you may be able to have it replaced with a new one.

Overall, the Arlo solar panel should not drain the battery, but rather, it should provide the battery with a reliable charging source. In most cases, a drained battery is a result of the solar panel itself and not the camera battery. Take advantage of your warranty or speak with technical assistance to find out why it’s draining the battery and what can be done to correct the problem.

How to Reset Arlo Solar Panel

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If you have confirmed that your Arlo solar panel is compatible with your camera, but it’s still not working, you may just need to reset the solar panel. This process is fast and easy, and in many cases, it will be appropriate to correct most basic charging issues. Always make sure that the cables are not damaged, and that there are no exposed wires before resetting the Arlo solar panel.  

Unplug and reinsert both ends of the charging cable on the solar panel, making sure that the camera is detecting it when it’s connected. You may need to squeeze the sides of the plug depending on which type of cable you have, and then click them back into place by plugging them back into the panel.

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