Amazon.com: Customer reviews: Blink XT XT2 Camera Wall Mount Bracket ,Weather Proof 360 Degree Protective Adjustable Indoor/Outdoor Mount and Cover for Blink XT XT2 Home Security Camera Anti-Sun Glare UV Protection Black(3 Pack)
Anyone who owns a Blink camera knows the biggest complaint is the mounting clip that come with them. The limited articulation makes positioning and stability a real headache.
These outdoor weather mounts and cases remove many of the issues I have had with mounting the Blink XT cameras outside.
The camera is housed in a 5 screw secured case that itself screws into the camera wall mount with a ball hinge. This mount has a base that, when tightened, will secure the ball hinge in the position that you placed it.
I found this mount much easier to get into the right position with little difficulty.
These mounts are also more secure that those that come with the Blink XT camera. With the old mounts, the camera just snapped into the mount making it very easy to steal. These, while obviously not theft proof (and they don't claim to be), are more involved in their mounting. This allowed me to put the cameras in places that are more easy to reach, because once I used these mounts I was unconcerned that someone would be able to walk off with them so easily.
Some things to note:
It will make battery changes a little more cumbersome having to unscrew the case to get to the camera, but I see this as a benefit to the additional weather proofing and security the case provides. Additionally, the inclusion of a downward facing hole for a power cable means I will be able to eventually connect the camera to power, eliminating the need for frequent battery changes.
The camera itself remains unobstructed. The case fits well, in that it is not exposed to the camera. Additionally, the hood over the lens is also out of sight and provides a good amount of coverage to protect the lens from rain.
The mounts do not appear to affect the signal that the camera needs to function. It's similar to the same signal strength as I had before.
Build quality is good, and each individual mount (in this 3 pack) comes with all the necessary equipment, plus extras in the case of the screws (ie. only 5 are needed for the case screws, but they give you 7). The only required tool I needed was a screwdriver for the wall part of the mount (this set does include a screwdriver for the case screws.)
Overall, I am highly satisfied and will be getting more of them when I expand my camera system.
I really like the Blink XT system I purchased but was very disappointed in the cheap and flimsy mount that came with it. That might be fine for indoors but for an outside security camera it was the weakest link in the system. I could see someone coming in fast from out of range, jumping up and just pulling the camera off of the mount and tossing it aside. Not even enough time to record an image.
But with this mount that is not going to happen. It is very secure and much easier to adjust the direction of the camera.
The casing is quite nice and has a sun shield on the top to help shade the lens. I don't need it on my porches but it is a great feature. The casing fits over the camera and there is a port on the bottom to run a cable if you are hard wiring your cameras. I use a battery. While it will be harder to change the battery with this new mount the battery is supposed to last for two years so that is hardly a minus.
The case screws on with five small screws. Seven are included so extra points for including extra screws. They are tiny and a small screwdriver is included. It was a bit tricky to get them screwed down as they are so small and my eyes aren't as young as they used to be. But not what I would call difficult.
The casing attaches to the stem of the mount much more securely than the original mount that came with the camera. That was basically a plastic ring the camera snapped into. With the new casing, you screw the stem onto the casing, then lock it down by twisting a ring. It would take someone time to undo this and take the camera off the mounting. There is an adjustable collar at the base of the stem that allows you to tighten and loosen it for adjusting the direction of the camera. Three sturdy screws mount it to the surface. Four screws are included. Again, extra points for extra screws. I appreciate having an extra screw or two including in anything I buy as it is easy to drop and lose one and screws are so cheap including an extra one should be no problem for anything of quality. There are also screw sleeves for dry wall mounting if this in an indoor application.
All in all I can't praise this system enough. Blink should contact the designer and contract to include this mounting system with all of their XT outdoor cameras. It is far superior to the small little mounts they use for their indoor systems. Those are simply not adequate for outdoor security. This mount is.
I purchased more Blink cameras due to the satisfaction and experience from my previous purchase of cameras for inside my house. I then purchased more for the outside of my house hoping to achieve the same excellent view for the outside, which I was able to achieve beyond my expectations. They presented with an excellent picture and detection of motion was much more rapid than my very expensive surveillance system. And the pictures for night time was even better along with the distance that they were able to achieve. I highly recommend Blink for all of your needs! I also love the connections to my phone with alerts that would be given during detection of motion, even if it was my dog's that set it off, I'm able to see if they are behaving badly. They are an easy set up without any problems what so ever
Love it! Great price, no cloud subscription required, good picture, night and dark, and motion detection. I don’t understand many of the criticisms—it’s nitpicking. In fact many comments regarding the purported flimsiness of the included mounts are exagerated. They caused me to order third party mounts and enclosures, and they’re not necessary. The included mounts are plenty sturdy, at least for my house and I suspect for most situations.
This hooded mount adds a lot of benefits with few downsides to the Blink XT. I own a total of 8 Blink cameras with three of them being XTs and I have had issues with the Blink provided mount failing allowing the camera to drop or move out of position. Given how the camera is sandwiched between the two pieces of this mount and the three screws to secure it to a wall my fears of my cameras dropping are gone. The mount also makes it easier to connect the Blink XT via usb power in a more weather proof fashion, but it is not full proof.
Pros: * Very adjustable mount that can be tighten to lock it into position. This will prevent wind and my kids from changing where it faces casually. * Built in sun shade. This is very helpful for one I have over my garage watching the driveway to cut down on glare. * Ability to route the USB cable outside of the mount.
Cons: * There is no weather stripping or seal between the two halves. Because of this if it was out in the open and you had it on USB power I feel you would need to take additional steps to weather proof it. This could be accomplished with some simple dielectric put around the lip, around the USB connection on the back of the camera so when it was tightened together it made an actual water tight seal to prevent any water from leaking in and onto the USB plug or connection.
I deployed the first one the day after I got it and the rest followed. Syncing was easy as was the installation and use of the cameras and app. I'm just amazed the first camera is still working after several days with camera temperatures of 129 degrees Fahrenheit! I bought some white tape to cover my cameras because I don't see any sense in subjecting them to such extreme temperature abuse! I just loved app because I can see what's going on round my house, 24x7!
We just ordered 2 Blink XT Home security cameras and added these wall mount brackets for a couple of reasons. First I wanted some kind of casing to protect the camera and second I wanted to have a good range of motion whenever installing so that I can make sure the camera would be pointing where I want it to. I’m going to list below the pros and cons.
- Great range of motion. - Awning to protect from direct sun & glare. - Easy to install. - Stays snug. - Good protection from weather. - Clean, sleek look. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> - Plastic isn’t as thick as I’d like. - Black color attracts heat & attention. - Only 1 color available (would like to see camo & white).
Overall these are good little mounts that protect your camera and offer a wider range of motion. They are affordable and do their job as advertised. I will definitely be ordering more when I get more cameras!
I purchased two of this previously and liked it so much, I decided to buy more when I added additional cameras to my system. While the screws used to hold the two halves together are tiny and questionable on longevity with repeated opening and closing of the cameras to replace the batteries, the rest of the mount works great. With the screws anchored securely, I was able to achieve a wide range of motion that the OEM mount could not offer. I also think the system is weather-resistance and seems to hold up well after multiple showers. I highly recommend this as a must have for any Blink-XT customers.
So I'm a new Blink XT owner, only had my system about a week or two. And in that short time, like many of you, I concluded that the tiny plastic mount that comes with the Blink XT camera sucks!! It's really not suitable as an outdoor mount; the camera could very easily be stolen, or even fall off the mount.
Enter THIS mounting system. This mount is wonderful!!! I say that because: a) it's mounted securely - no way the camera might fall off accidentally; b) it has a huge range of motion for the camera - you can aim it in ANY direction you wish, thanks to the ball pivot; c) it adds extra protection from the elements to the camera itself; and d) it is very easy to install.
I am so, so happy I got this mounting system!!! I will say that the mounting screws that come with it to mount the base are unnecessarily long - over 1 inch, so I went to my local hardware store and replaced them with shorter, stainless steel wood screws. (Actually, the single screw that comes with the original Blink XT mount is just about the right size - so take that screw to the h/w store, and tell the guy you need x number more stainless steel wood screws in that same size)
This mount will never come off accidentally - unlike the original Blink XT mount. Only thing with installing this one is, once you have the base mounted to the surface, and install the camera, tightening the base's lock ring can be somewhat hard to do... So judicious use of pliers can be very helpful with that to tighten-down that lock ring. Just don't overdo it with the pliers or you could possibly damage it. Yes, the camera "could" still be stolen from this mount, but it would take hands-on access to the mount, and at least 10-30 seconds of time or more.
The range of motion of the camera on this mount is all that you could want or ask for. You can literally put the camera in just about any position desired. There is a little lock ring behind the camera cover that tightens down next to the cover, and then the other lock ring next to the base keeps the entire assembly in place and free from unwanted movement.
Since the camera is mounted inside a separate case with this mounting system, it has that much more protection against the elements - rain, snow, etc. And the little "visor" on top is nice, not only for a sun blocker but also to help keep the rain off of the camera lens. In checking after install, I saw no reduction in signal strength to my cameras with this system. It's also important that the camera lens is not covered behind plastic or plexiglass, as the motion sensing system may not work if it is -- and thankfully, this mounting system was designed the correct way, with an open front area for the camera lens.
The only thing I needed to install this mount system was a couple screwdrivers, and the pliers to help tighten the base's lock ring. And the screwdriver for installing the camera inside the case is actually included! So all you really need is a phillips head screwdriver to mount the base. You may need a drill as well, or if you have a strong grip for using the screwdriver you might not need the drill at all.
This system is very well worth the price!!!! Works out to about $10 per mount for the 3-camera mount, which is very very reasonable. (and cheaper if you buy more than 3 mounts!) I liked it so much once installed that I immediately ordered another mount for my 4th camera. Love this system!! Don't even think about it - just buy it!! You'll be glad you did! That little dinky plastic "mount" included with the Blink XT camera just cannot compare to this mounting system. 5-stars for this system, for sure!!!
I had bought mounts from another seller. I got them in and they doubled the size of the camera. I can understand the notch in the back for the plug but doubling the size of the camera is not needed. Plus the visor showed in the actual video feed, and I could not have that. These work perfectly. They install well, work well, and the visor does not show on the video feed (which really bugged me). I would recommend these to all blink users. Lastly, the thing that impressed me on top of all of the other stuff is the price and the extra hardware that is included. If you lose a screw, so what, they include extras.