I have this camera hung on a tree here in the yard right now so I can keep close tabs on it.It has been clicking like a champ for 3 days so far.That's already better than the 4 C's I tried.If I can make the camera last 2 weeks or so between charges then I'll be satisfied.I ordered two new batteries that I'm hoping will do even better.They are Powerizer 4200mah 7.2v NiMh sub c battery packs with Tamiya connectors,made for RC cars.They may wind up not being worth a hoot for this application,but we will see starting next week.As soon as I get them in and throw a fresh charge to em' I'll test them out in the woods on some critters.If neither of these batteries work then I'll try a 6v sla battery that's 12-14ah and try 'er again.
I done some checking on the 6v sla battery in the picture and found out it is only rated at 4ah.I ordered a 6v 12ah sla battery and will test it last since it's the biggest.I will update the progress on this 4ah battery daily until it gets to weak to take pictures.After that I'll test the RC batteries.I suspect that they should last about as long or a little longer than the 4ah battery.That's my theory anyways because if I understand correctly 1 amp hour (ah) of battery life is equal to 1,000 mili amp hours (mah).This stuff is all a bit confusing to me.The only thing I really know for sure about electricity is; it will shock the crap out of you if you aren't careful.
Hence my trial and error method of learning here.
6v 4ah SLA battery life;
During testing,the night time temperatures were as low as 0 degrees and never got above freezing.It should last 2 weeks easy enough during warmer weather.It may even last two full weeks in weather this cold to if it's not taking a whole lot of pictures.I don't have an exact picture count because I formatted the card a couple of times like a dummy.But I figure it took 300+ pictures in those 12 days.Judging from how this one done I figure the 12ah battery should last around a month or better hooked up to this camera.
7.2v 4,200mah RC battery life;
This battery lasted 17 days
6v 12ah SLA battery life;
Right at 3 weeks.That isn't as good as I had expected but it'll do.