Get the most from your PlotWatcher

The information below will help you get the most from your PlotWatcher HD TLV.

Settings

The Midday Skip feature on your camera stops recording HD video during the middle of the day for a specified time. this conserves battery life, extendeding the number of days the Plotwatcher TLV camera will operate before the batteries must be replaced. The Midday skip will begin 4 hours after daybreak and extends for the specified duration. Rotate the settings wheel to the desired midday skip.

Wheel Position Time Interval Midday Skip
1 10 second interval No midday skip
2 10 second interval 4 hour midday skip
3 10 second interval 8 hour midday skip
4 5 second interval No midday skip
5 5 second interval 4 hour midday skip
6 5 second interval 8 hour midday skip
7 Custom (See User Guide) N/A

Battery Life

Our testing has shown the 4 standard AA batteries will last from 65-90 hours depending upon the temperature, the type of battery used and the model of USB used.
If you are experiencing lower than expected battery life, you may need to reformat your USB drive by inserting the USB drive into the computer. Then right click the USB icon and select “Format”.

If you are still experiencing low battery life, we strongly recommend that you use a SanDisk Cruzer USB.  These drives have proven in our testing to be the most efficient and effective drives available.  They can be purchased at Wal-Mart and most of the big-box office supply stores.

You may also extend battery life by using lithium-ion batteries. Be aware that these are more expensive. Another way to extend the battery life is to employ the “midday skip” feature which shuts the PlotWatcher off during the middle of the day.

USB Drives

We strongly recommend the SanDisk Cruzer USB drives.  These have proven to be, by far, the most efficient and effective USB drives of all that we have tested.  Additionally, they typically cost less than most USB drives! Learn more.

Protecting your PlotWatcher TLV

To protect your PlotWatcher TLV from the elements, animals and theft, we recommend purchasing a lock box from Custom 1 Enterprises available here or a CamLock Box.