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Blink Camera Review

This affordable home security camera offers a true wireless experience.

SecureScore™: 7.5 /10
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7.5 SecureScore™
Customer Service
6.5
Value
9.5
Equipment
7.5
Features & Technology
6.5
Ease Of Use
7.5

Blink Camera Ratings

Go forth untethered into a truly wireless experience. The Amazon company Blink is a safe bet for low-maintenance, low-cost, and completely wire-free home security. Simply pop in batteries and they’ll last for two years. Oh, and did we mention there’s no-contract required? Blink is also rolling out complete home security packages. See all that Blink has to offer…

PROS
  • No contracts
  • Low monthly fee for premium home security plan
  • Native integration with Amazon Alexa
  • IFTTT Integration
  • Low maintenance hardware
  • Affordable hardware pricing
  • Great for renters with easy installation

CONS
  • Limited hardware options
  • Lack of advanced security features
  • Requires some technical knowledge to integrate with home automation services
  • Hardware price can add up for larger homes

Getting to Know Blink

Blink got its start through Kickstarter, with a wildly successful campaign that brought in more than $1 million and 7,000 backers. They launched their devices in 2016 and shipped out 250,000 devices that year.

Blink positions itself as a plug and play, affordable home security option that is simple and straightforward. You don’t have to decipher a lot of complicated plans or choose between an endless range of nearly identical home security devices.

One of the biggest benefits of using this company’s devices is that the batteries last for two years and can be replaced. You don’t have to recharge your devices on a regular basis or worry that you’re going to miss an important alert due to a lack of power.

Hardware pricing starts at $99, making this an accessible option for anyone looking for a reliable and no-frills security system for their home.

The Lineup of Features and Tech

Two-Year Replaceable Battery

Blink devices use 2 AA lithium batteries with an average lifespan of 2 years. Once the devices run out of power, you can easily replace the batteries.

Third-Party Integration

Blink may not have home automation features built in, but the third-party integration gives you a ton of options. Amazon Alexa is supported if you have an Echo or an Echo Dot. The home security devices also support IFTTT (If This, Then That), which allows you to create automated actions between your Blink devices and smart home devices such as August Locks and Philips Hue.

Mobile Alerts

The motion sensors on the Blink devices push alerts to your mobile devices so you can switch to the live camera view and find out what’s going on. The 720p HD video is not the highest quality resolution in the home security world, but it gets the job done. The app supports 10 Blink devices per Sync module, which allows you to view multiple properties within the same app panel. Anytime the motion detection is tripped, the system makes a video clip.

Night Vision

Criminals aren’t nice enough to schedule their break-ins when the sun is out. Night vision mode on the cameras keeps them in your view. The XT has infrared while the classic model has LED illumination.

Instant On

You don’t miss out on important activity with the Instant On feature, which turns on video recording within a fraction of a second.

Auto-arm/Disarm Function

Optimize your Blink alarm schedule so you don’t need to manually configure it when you’re going to be home.

Privacy

The Blink clearly shows when it has Live View activated or it’s recording, so you don’t have to worry about giving up your privacy just to protect your home.

Voice Control

Amazon Alexa has support for Blink built-in. You can arm, disarm and get information through voice commands with the Alexa app.

Is it Easy to Use?

You don’t have to worry about any wires, so setting up your Blink home security devices is a streamlined and straightforward process. Scan the barcode on your device and you’re ready to go! The mobile app gives you centralized and convenient control over your Blink devices. This configuration is particularly useful for renters who may be unable to use hardwired home security devices and other complex installations.

The Customer Service Experience

Amazon is a brand that’s known for its customer service, so it’s no surprise that you have several options available when you have questions and concerns. The knowledge base and user community are your self-service options, suitable for basic questions. If you need expert help, you can submit a support ticket or call their 24/7 support line.

Stacking the Value

Blink security cameras start at $69 and have free cloud storage bundled with them. The hardware cost is reasonable and you get a lot of features without needing a monthly plan. The base service level supports Wi-Fi connectivity, manual and scheduled arming and disarming of the system, and motion detection.

Equipment

This indoor home security camera and Sync module cost $79 as a set.

The Blink XT is the outdoor version of this camera, and it adds weather resistance to the feature list.

The Last Word

With a fully wireless experience and a two-year battery life, Blink home security hardware gets you up and running within a few minutes. You can get your first piece of equipment for only $99 and you’re not required to take out a contract. The easy installation process makes this a real winner for renters since you can take it with you when you move.

Questions to Ask When Considering a Blink Camera

Does Blink work with Alexa?

Yes, Blink works with Amazon’s Alexa. You can use Amazon Alexa to view your cameras as well as arm and disarm your Blink system.

Does Blink work with Google Assistant?

No, Blink does not work with Google Assistant.

Are Blink cameras wireless?

Yes, Blink cameras are wireless.

How long do Blink camera batteries last?

Blink cameras have replaceable lithium batteries that last about two years on average.

Does Blink require a subscription?

No, Blink does not require a subscription

Does Blink require Wi-Fi?

Yes, Blink requires Wi-Fi to function.

What is the field of view for Blink cameras?

The field of view for Blink cameras is 110-degrees.

Does Blink offer cloud storage?

Yes, Blink’s security cameras come with free cloud storage.

Can you use local storage with Blink?

No, you cannot use a local storage device with Blink.

Does Blink have a video doorbell camera?

No, Blink does not offer a video doorbell camera.

How much are Blink security cameras?

Blink security cameras start at $79.99.

Does Blink have an outdoor camera?

Yes, the Blink XT is designed for outdoor use, as it’s weatherproof.

Does Blink require professional installation?

No, Blink does not require professional installation. You can install it on your own.

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31 Comments

  1. Avatar doug choy says:

    Where can you get the siren from? Pretty sure it’s been discontinued.

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Doug,
      It’s currently unavailable from either Blink’s website or Amazon. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Avatar Gunnard Hedwall says:

    Will blink X2 work with my “Desktop” PC’s” (the app)?

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Gunnard,

      The Blink app is designed for smartphones, not PCs.

      1. Avatar Susan says:

        They stated that they plan to include PC compatibility in an upgrade.

  3. Avatar Paul Bylenok says:

    I have XT’s installed now for almost a year. On May 7,2019 Blink disabled my cameras. When I turned on my app I got a message that I needed to install their new app. When I tried to install the new app it stated that my Samsung SM-T320 tablet running Android 4.4.2 was not compatible. It turns out that all new apps will only work with Android 5.0 and later. As stated in the instruction guide that came with the camera, Android 4.4 or later is needed. However, Android 5.0 was not needed when my XT was first purchased. A service call to Blink got me essentially no response, other than tough luck, update Android. It turns out that Samsung does not support Android upgrades for the 320 tablet. Blink “bricked” my cameras. This is no way to run a business.

    1. Avatar Duane Miles says:

      Wow. I was going to add more cameras, but maybe I’ll keep looking.

  4. Avatar Kerry says:

    It’s awful no end of problems and finally got it set up two days later camera apparently busy… then thumbnail thing.. I just want a camera that works this doesn’t at all! Support is rubbish too

  5. Avatar Gary says:

    Battery doesn’t last 2 years if using 1080 hd.

    Mount is difficult to attach to camera

  6. Avatar LJ ONeill says:

    Piece of junk.
    BLINK twice and it’s gone.
    3rd set and none worked right.

  7. Avatar gina screnci says:

    2 of 3 cameras went into black and white and cannot return in color . How do I return these two cameras back into color? Please help!

    1. Avatar Safe Home says:

      Hi Gina,
      A few things could be happening. Try checking the IR illuminator. If it’s on, it will record in black and white. You’ll want to change it to Auto setting.

  8. Avatar Joseph says:

    I purchased the blank the mounting brackets are real lame it just kind of snap-on which is convenient but don’t take much for them to fall off

  9. Avatar Joseph says:

    Why are the mounting bracket so lame the cameras fall off

  10. Avatar Belinda larson says:

    We have 2 outside cameras can I set mine on and not my husband or do we both have two have it go off on both phones

    1. Avatar Safe Home says:

      Hi Belinda,
      No, you should be able to use your phone only.

  11. Avatar Tom says:

    Just returned my 4 cameras to Amazon. I installed them in April this year and last week they stopped working and I spent two day with tech support to no avail.

  12. Avatar Karl Diggs says:

    I bought this Blink XT and have been using it for about three months now and I still can’t get a good connection to wifi. The older Model of Blink I have four of with no issues with connection. The new XT is closer to my wifi than all four of my other Blinks. Overall it is a lousy upgrade and not worth the money.

  13. Avatar Michael Maldari says:

    I have a 4 camera XT system installed and they all work flawlessly. It over 2 years now with our Quebec winter weather @ -30deg. and I still did not replace any batteries.
    I trust this product entirely that I have purchased 2 x XT2 to add to my existing system (which have yet to be delivered). I wrote this comment although a simple customer/user because I read to many negative and doubtful comments which are probably due to not following the installation/users manual.

  14. Avatar Chelsea says:

    If neighbors have other security cameras installed within view of the Blink, will these show up? I am seeing illuminated blue areas but without searching my neighbors property I’m not sure if they are cameras or not. What could these be?

    1. Avatar Safe Home says:

      Hi Chelsea,
      That sounds like an issue worth bringing up with Blink support. Good luck!

  15. Avatar Cindy says:

    I have had my Blink system set up since November 2018. I installed the sync module and 3 cameras (1 indoor and 2 outdoor) without any issues and had them all configured and running within 40 minutes. No additional help necessary! I utilize the system almost daily and have had very minimal issues with connectivity or the cameras themselves. Occasionally a squirrel might run over the camera and knock it down, but I rigged a “roof” over the camera and have had no squirrel catastrophes since doing so. I recently changed the batteries on the 2 cameras that get the most use – and I certainly will not complain about a 7 month battery life as much as the cameras get triggered. It is still considerably cheaper than a monthly security plan. The app is easy to use and even a novice tech user such as myself finds the entire product a breeze to set up and use. I just purchased a few of the XT2 cameras so I can now have 2-way audio at the front door camera. I’ve been recommended the system to all of the my friends that are looking for an economical way to monitor their homes. I LOVE my Blink system!

  16. Avatar Lee says:

    I just bought my Blink XT2 with 5 cameras and I would to know if I can see all 5 screen panels live on your phone at the same time or you can only see one screen at a time?

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Lee,
      The Blink app does not support multiple live camera views.

  17. Avatar T3 says:

    I switched to Blink from a failed Netgear ARLO system experience. I have 7 cameras and will add another. It works fine and does what it needs to in order to see and capture anyone around or entering my property. If you were looking for a system that you can sit and watch
    all of the screens like Scarface then this is not for you. But if you want a very affordable system that is very well-made easy to install and user configurable using your phone whether it’s an apple or android then this is for you.One of the big surprise benefit that you don’t even think of is that the other systems that record all the time are sometimes difficult to get the snippet of video that you might need. Blink makes the snippet automatically up to 30 seconds. Blink does this automatically because it is sensing motion.

  18. Avatar Matthew says:

    I recently purchased the XT2 system with 3 blink cameras. Also, I ditched the brackets that came with them and bought the Sully brand that have 90 degree swivels. I couldn’t be more happier. Definitely will be adding more cams as my budget allows but I have all entrance doors covered for now. I even saw a video of a man mounting one on his tree. Pure genius if you ask me! After tweaking the settings for each camera I’m very pleasantly surprised how easy it was to install and configuration was a breeze. Thanks blink for making a wonderful product!

  19. Avatar Anna says:

    I need a telephone number for blink, have looked for 2/hours on every site?

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Anna,
      Blink’s telephone support line is (781)-332-5465.

  20. Avatar John says:

    I had a regular Blink camera on the side of my house I replaced it with the XT2 and know all I get is black and white is there an adjustment for this.

  21. Avatar Paul says:

    I have two camera setup I love the product very easy to use as I’m not very good with tech

  22. Avatar Pat says:

    Hey, I like Blink cameras, for the money they perform quite well.

    I’ve attached mine to USB power devices or the small aftermarket solar panels so I don’t have to worry about the batteries and I am currently using a single Sync. Module that covers 5 outdoor cameras (XT & XT2) and two indoor cameras.

    I would like the “Blink For Home” application to function on 1.)Microsoft PC’s, 2.) perform alerts to Alexa (Show & Echo, especially 3.) integrate it with the new Alexa “Guard” feature) and 4.) user’s email that motion was detected.

    Since it is a “Amazon Owned” company I would think at least numbers 2,3,and 4 should be a obtainable goal.

    Not having to pay a monthly subscription is excellent! They make a nice gift, since it costs the recipient nothing extra to use.

    Keep up the affordable good work.

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