Let’s talk about the best Arlo Pro camera system accessories.
You probably already know that the Arlo Pro 2 system (Buy on Amazon) is the best do it yourself (DIY) home security camera system.
It is easy to setup, easy to use, and it is a very capable system. It is a smart security camera system. And, on top of all that, it is very affordable.
Once you’ve setup your Arlo Pro or Arlo Pro 2 system, let’s talk about how you can make it even more useful, convenient, and functional with the best Arlo Pro Accessories and Arlo Pro 2 Accessories.
Here’s the accessories we’ll review today
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Recharging Batteries and Power Supplies
What makes the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 such amazingly easy to use camera systems?
Because they can be used in 100% wireless mode.
This is incredibly liberating – because you can place them literally anywhere you have Wifi signal – and this includes both indoors and outdoors.
No hassle of running cables, no drilling holes throughout the house.
But true wireless operation means there is no power cord either – and while the batteries included with the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 series have a very long life, the batteries do still need to be recharged regularly.
Let’s look at ways we can make this recurring task simpler.
Confused about which is better – the Arlo Pro or the Arlo Pro 2? We outline the important differences here. Find out which security camera system is the best option for you.
Arlo Accessory – Solar charging panel for Arlo Pro cameras
First of all, did you know that several manufacturers make a solar charging accessory (Buy on Amazon) for your Arlo smart security cameras?
The model VMA4600 (Buy on Amazon) is a compact solar cell panel that you mount separately, but alongside the Arlo camera.
You simply attach the panel to the camera’s charging port and the power of the sun will do the rest.
This is obviously a great option for cameras placed outdoors, that have good sun exposure for at least a few hours of the day.
This solar charging panel comes with a 6 foot power cable, and therefore should be mounted within 6 foot of the camera itself.
The panel works with both the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras.
What about cloudy days? Is this a problem?
No – remember that the batteries in the Arlo Pro system can last weeks or even months – because they use efficient motion detection (or audio triggering) technology. Think of the solar panel as an efficient “trickle charger” that will ensure the batteries are topped off anytime the sun is available.
This solar charging accessory is especially helpful for security cameras mounted up high, near the roof.
Is this solar panel weatherproof? Yes – it’s meant to be used outdoors.
Another solar charging option for Arlo is the Arlo Charging Solar Panel made by Wasserstein (Buy on Amazon).
This model is very similar to the Netgear model, but offers more options to tilt and swivel the solar panel for optimum sun exposure.
Like the netgear model, it uses high efficiency photovoltaic cells.
It’s a little bit cheaper as well.
Arlo Accessory – Fast Charger and Charging Stations
If solar isn’t an option and you want to maintain 100% wireless operation – you are just going to have to recharge the batteries every few weeks.
The Arlo Accessory - Charging Station (VMA4400C) (Buy on Amazon) let’s you charge two batteries at the same time.
To use this you simply keep spare Arlo batteries on hand and keep a set charged up and ready to swap.
Or, you can remove the camera batteries and charge them as needed. This method will result in more downtime for your cameras, of course.
This charging station works with both the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 series of cameras.
Wasserstein also offers the Wasserstein Charging Station (Buy on Amazon) to make this chore easier.
Like the other model, it lets you charge two batteries at the same time.
And it promises the most efficient charging time.
Arlo Accessory – Extended Power Cables
If all else fails, you can always use a wall charger and run an extended power cable to your Arlo camera.
Doesn’t this eliminate the main benefit of a wireless security camera?
Yes – but sometimes you have a camera mounted within convenient reach of a power outlet anyways – so why not take advantage of that?
Additionally, with the Arlo Pro 2 camera system you can set the cameras to continuously record (as opposed to motion or audio triggering) when they are connected to a power source.
How does this work? Simply plug in the quick charger into a electrical outlet, and attach the Wasserstein cable.
The cable has a right-angle micro-USB connector on one end – so it will work with Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras.
The 25 foot length ensures you have enough distance to route the power cable in an efficient fashion.
And it’s made for outdoor use – the cable is weatherproof and connects securely to the micro-USB port on the back of the camera.
For an all-in-one solution that includes both the charger and the extended cable – look at the UDOIT Arlo Charger with Extended Cable (Buy on Amazon).
Just like the Wasserstein quick charger and cable combination this item is weatherproof and meant specifically for outdoor use.
It’s got the micro-USB connector needed for compatibility with the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 series of cameras.
And lastly, if you want an outdoor charging cable in black, the Outdoor Power Adapter (Buy on Amazon) is your item.
Made by Arlo Technologies, it’s a nice subdued color.
But, the cable length is only 8 feet.
Therefore we’d only recommend this particular item if your outlet is also outdoors, or otherwise in very close proximity to the camera mounting location.
Here’s something else we love about the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 series camera – they have a sleek design and look great in white. They can be incorporated into your home’s decor and do not look out of place.
But outdoors is another matter.
Maybe you want your security cameras to be seen, or maybe you don’t.
A highly visible security camera can be a great deterrent against crime and vandals.
But, it can also call attention to an expensive asset that could be stolen itself!
Let’s look at options for when you want your Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras to blend in better with their surroundings.
Arlo Pro Accessory – Camouflage Skins
First up, for outdoor use we have the Wasserstein Camouflage Silicone Skins 3 Pack (Buy on Amazon).
These soft, easy to install silicone skins are tough and durable. They are waterproof and UV resistant – so they won’t degrade over time.
They’ve got a great multi-purpose camouflage pattern that helps the camera blend in with any natural outdoor setting.
What’s also good about this model is they have an integrated lip (sunroof) all around the camera – to help cut down on glare.
Wasserman also offers this skin in Black, Grey, and Brown (Buy on Amazon).
These sun shades on these skins won’t interfere with night vision either.
For the ultimate in camouflage concealment, look at the Wasserstein Ghillie Skins (Buy on Amazon).
These are the ultimate camouflage silicone skin for your Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2.
The design is inspired by the Ghillie Suit – a super-effective camouflage technique used by military snipers.
By incorporating materials that mimic natural plant materials it completely and absolutely obscures the outline of the object.
And obliterating the outline of an object is the ultimate camouflage technique.
Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 Accessories – Camera Security
We love the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras because they are so easy to install and maintain.
The magnetic indoor mounts and easy to use outdoor mounts make it quick and easy to set them up, and also to re-position the cameras, or to access the batteries for charging.
But this also means the cameras, especially when placed outdoors, can be stolen easily.
How can you prevent theft of your Arlo Pro security cameras?
First of all, whenever possible mount them up high and out of reach.
It will be difficult for a casual thief to steal your cameras if they are well out of reach.
You should also remember that because these Arlo cameras transmit wirelessly, you can be sure the perpetrator of any theft will likely be recorded in the act.
But lastly, there are a variety of devices you can use to provide physical security for your Arlo Pro cameras.
The Wasserstein Anti-Theft Security Chain (Buy on Amazon) is a tough, steel chain that can securely connect your Arlo camera to its security mount.
You should pair this item with the Wasserman security wall mount (Buy on Amazon).
Using the easy to use indoor magnetic mounts is NOT recommended for Arlo Pro cameras mounted outdoors within easy reach, or in public places in doors.
These come in a variety of colors to match your decor or environment, and work indoors or outdoors.
They are secured with 3 screws – which we would recommend using the longest screws possible for the best security.
There also options based on a thin (but strong), streamlined cable.
These help preserve aesthetics, and minimize visibility, while still preventing physical theft.
The Blulu 3 Pack Anti-Theft Security Chain (Buy on Amazon) comes in a 3 pack, and works with the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras.
Arlo Security Lights
A security light (with motion detection) can be a great addition to a home security camera system.
For two reasons really – First of all it shines a light on potential criminal subjects – making them more visible to the camera, but also more visible to anyone else that may be around.
And secondly, that alone is probably a great deterrent to keep any mischief from happening.
In the past, adding a bright security light was a hassle – you had to mount it somewhere – and you had to power it.
You can now add a Arlo Smart Home Security Light (Buy on Amazon) that can be paired to work with your Arlo system.
How does this work?
It’s simple, you mount the Smart Home Security Light in the same way you would an Arlo Pro or Arlo Pro 2 camera – just like the cameras it is wireless and battery powered – so mount them anywhere.
These security lights have motion detection built-in.
You can also pair them with an Arlo camera so that recording will begin when the subject is illuminated.
- Security Light only. Arlo camera NOT included**
- 100% Wire-Free: free of power cords and wiring hassles.Bridge (indoor use only)
A Security Light like this is a great deterrent to crime and theft – and now Arlo has brought the ease of install to security lights.
This item will also work with ANY other camera system – because it has it’s own motion detection built right in.
The Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 smart security cameras are the best do-it-yourself (DIY) home security camera solutions.
They are packed with high-tech, easy to use features, and they are very simple to install.
But, you can make your smart security camera system even better through the addition of accessories such as charging stations, camera skins, and even solar charging panels.
Lastly, you can further secure these expensive cameras with a variety of unique Arlo accessories for physical security.
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