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.
In addition to the stand-alone cameras that Blink offers, you can also get a complete home security system called “Seecurity.” In addition to the Blink cameras, this package also includes an array of sensors for added protection.
Hardware pricing starts at $99, making this an accessible option for anyone looking for a reliable and no-frills security system for their home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You don’t miss out on important activity with the Instant On feature, which turns on video recording within a fraction of a second.
Optimize your Blink alarm schedule so you don’t need to manually configure it when you’re going to be home.
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.
Amazon Alexa has support for Blink built-in. You can arm, disarm and get information through voice commands with the Alexa app.
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.
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.
Blink has two main product lines – the subscription-free Blink cameras and the company’s “Seecurity” hardware, which has two premium plans.
Blink security cameras start at $99 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.
The latest product line, “Seecurity,” has a hardware bundle starting at $399 for new customers or $149 for people already using Blink. This home security equipment covers more than the base Blink cameras and can be enhanced with monthly plans.
The $9.99 per month plan supports all Blink hardware. Wi-Fi and 4G cellular access are available for connection types, local 911 alerts get help quickly when they’re needed, geofencing for custom alerts, multi-tier user accounts, and advanced motion analytics.
The $19.99 plan includes all of these features and adds-on 24/7 professional monitoring. If the monitoring team observes a situation where you may need emergency services, they will call for you.
The “Seecurity” bundle has several pieces of included equipment for $399, or $149 for existing customers.
Other Blink products do not require a monthly plan and require separate equipment purchases.
Most Blink home security hardware is purchased on an ad hoc basis and works together. If you purchase larger quantities of cameras, you can drive the price down significantly.
This indoor home security camera and Sync module cost $79.20 as a set. You can add additional cameras at $89.99 for 1, $135.99 for 2, $183.99 for 3 or $279.99 for 5.
The Blink XT is the outdoor version of this camera, and it adds weather resistance to the feature list. You can get a starter set with one camera and the Sync module. You can add on a camera by itself for $119.99, 2 cameras for $183.99, 3 for $255.99 and 5 for $399.99.
In summary, the Blink XT costs more because it’s better than the original Blink camera. It’s weatherproof, so it can be used outside, and it has night vision capabilities, which the original Blink does not. In addition to that, it can record in 1080p rather than 720p video that comes with the original Blink camera.
The Blink Video Doorbell adds home automation into the mix and gives you another layer of protection for your home. It’s battery powered like other Blink devices and features two-way audio, motion detection, infrared night vision and weatherproofing. The price is not currently available for this device, as it’s an upcoming product by Blink.
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.
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.
No, Blink does not work with Google Assistant.
Yes, Blink cameras are wireless.
Blink cameras have replaceable lithium batteries that last about two years on average.
No, Blink does not require a subscription
Yes, Blink requires Wi-Fi to function.
The field of view for Blink cameras is 110-degrees.
Yes, Blink’s security cameras come with free cloud storage.
No, you cannot use a local storage device with Blink.
No, Blink does not offer a video doorbell camera.
Blink security cameras start at $79.99.
Yes, the Blink XT is designed for outdoor use, as it’s weatherproof.
No, Blink does not require professional installation. You can install it on your own.