SoloCam S340 - Solar panel seemingly not working

Hi,

I installed the SoloCam S340 on my driveway about a month back. The solar panel is installed on top of the camera and although there hasn’t been much sunshine in the past month, there have been a enough sunny days over the past 30+ days, but thus far the solar panel charging indicator shows 0 mAh, 0 min. The battery is gradually draining and is currently sitting on 30%. The solar panel is detected in the Eufy Security app and I can see the icon for the solar panel when you look at ‘My Devices’ view and have selected it as the power source in power manager.

Any ideas, could it be a faulty solar panel or just the flaky sunshine?

thanks
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The solar panel of my S340 works fine these days

In the camera Settings if you have the option to Restart Device, try that.
Check the solar panel wire connection adapters.
Pull them apart and remove the one on the back of the camera.
Wait 5 minutes then connect them back, see if the panel starts charging again.

Thanks - have given that a try, will see how it goes over the next few days. As it recognises the solar panel and shows the icon on the app. The wire coming out of the solar panel is not removable though, just the other end, which is usb ‘C’, which plugs into the camera.

Just to say, that this seems to have worked, although the charging is still very poor, it’s done like 2% in the last month or so, but that’s like due to the flakey sunlight we have had in the past few months.

Thanks for you help.

Keep in mind the suns energy is not that strong in the winter months as to summer time even though its sunny out.

I’m struggling to get the solar panel to work. It’s a new install, and although the app shows the panel connected, apparently it’s not charging. I’ll go check the connection again. I’m located in Florida where we have plenty of sunlight, so there shouldn’t be any issues.

Update:

User error. Apparently I didn’t have the solar plug firmly into the camera. It’s now charging at a terrific level.

I am having the same issue with one of my four cameras. The other three charge and show information on the solar dash board. But one of the cameras shows no information on the dashboard. It does show the solar panel is connected. The cameras are on the same side of the building on opposite corners. So the panels get the same angel of the sun…

Well, if you had already checked the USB-C connection to the camera. Like pulled it out and reinstalled it.
Then I would check to see if that camera has the same firmware version as your other three cams, if it doesn’t perform a manual firmware update on it then.

Having the same problem with the SoloCam S340.

Camera is in direct sunlight all day and dashboard shows it has been losing power for 30 days straight. I got alarm today that it was at 10% and that put me in action.

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Surveillance is set to Optimal (middle choice).

I climbed up, cables seem connected, I noticed pollen from local pine trees, so cleaned it, but honestly it was’nt that dirty but did have some pollen on it.

I’ve turned off security “Disarmed” to see if it will charge.

How can I tell from the phone app that it is FOR SURE getting a charge from the panel?

I see on the device at top
Solar Panel Icon in White, I see Battery icon in Yellow, and I see WiFi is connected (White)

if I go into Power Manager I see at top
Sun symbol in White, Solar Panel in Blue with Yellow Sun on upper left corner of icon, I see Battery icon in Yellow (10%).

Maybe I need another panel? can I connect two, or can I add a bigger one?

Thanks for any help

You could purchase a tester like this for USB-C.
Connect it temporarily between the solar panel and camera
It will tell you what voltage the solar panel is putting out and also if the camera is taking a charge by the amps / milliamps it’s pulling.

Following up here after reading many other peoples troubleshooting guides. One theory out there is a hardware update to the camera puts it in a weird mode and they suggested to take the camera down and re-register/connect it to home base. I did that and now its charging again. The app solar panel icon and battery and sun now are GREEN in color and the battery icon has an animation showing charging (Before everything was white).

I have let it charge off of solar for several days in disabled mode, and the battery is up to 70% (from 10%).

I’m going to enable today and see how it goes.

hope this helps others, I’ll report back if it starts doing this again after I enable monitoring

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I have the same issue, have installed this camera at the fron of the house, panel is receiving good amount of sunlight, but the Solar Dashboard says 0 charged. I have tried disconnecting cables, reset device and non has worked, the battery is still orange with 17% and no charging.

Help.

Best,

Same here. After having it installed for a couple of days, I only noticed yesterday that it is not using the solar panel. I checked the cables, rebooted the camera and it now shows the solar panel icon active, but I still do not see any charging in the app and dashboard under power manager.
Waiting some more before I escalate this.

Edit: and just as a submitted this, now the solar panel icon turned green and the battery charging icon is animated. Maybe I’m Okay. More later