How to Properly Connect a Tapo Solar Panel to Compatible Tapo Cameras Using the Waterproof Gasket

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Updated 05-07-2024 00:42:37 AM 7919
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Tapo Solar Panels are designed for use with battery-operated Tapo device to provide uninterrupted power and home monitoring, allowing you to say goodbye to complicated wiring and dead batteries.

How to position the Solar Panel

The position and tilt angle of the solar panel are crucial, as they greatly affect the panel’s solar efficiency.

1. Choose a location where the solar panel will receive the most sunlight throughout the year.

2. Position the panel south-facing in the Northern Hemisphere, or north-facing in the Southern Hemisphere. The recommended tilt angle between the panel and horizontal ground is 35° ~ 45°.

3. Regularly wipe the panel clean to remove dust and debris, which can reduce solar efficiency.

How to connect the Solar Panel to your Tapo device

Before You Start: Choose the Proper Waterproof Gasket

A waterproof gasket will help protect the sensitive components of your camera from moisture exposure and dust that may damage the camera. Choose the correct gasket based on your camera’s charging port.

Waterproof Gasket

Connector

Compatible Camera

Type C

Micro USB

Micro USB

1. Install the Waterproof Gasket on the Camera

Insert the waterproof gasket into the camera’s charging port in the correct orientation. Ensure that the gasket is tightly sealed.

2. Connect the Solar Panel to the Camera

Connect the solar panel by inserting the connector into the charging port until the connection is snug.

  • Tapo A201 Solar Panel + Tapo Camera with Type C Port + Type C Waterproof Gasket

  • Tapo A200 Solar Panel + Tapo Camera with Micro USB Port + Micro USB Waterproof Gasket

 

Scenario 1:

Scenario 2:

  • Tapo A201 Solar Panel + USB Adapter + Tapo Camera with Micro USB Port + Micro USB Waterproof Gasket

If using a solar panel with a Type C connector, a USB adapter will be required.

Insert the Solar Panel’s connector into the USB adapter, then connect the adapter to the camera using the waterproof gasket.

Note: In extreme weather or environments, such as intense sunlight or high salt-alkaline areas, we recommend wrapping extra tape around the connection points of the extension cord. Doing so will help preserve and protect the weatherproof connection.

 

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