CCTV Camera Power Consumption Calculator:

CCTV camera power consumption is something we all neglect even though it is ON 24 by 7 throughout the year. Let’s see how much power does a CCTV / IP security camera consume in a month of operation.

The rated power of most CCTV cameras varies from 2 watt to 15 watt. The power consumption of security cameras with special features like IR illumination night vision and pan-tilt will be more than conventional CCTV / IP security cameras without these functions.On an average you can estimate a bump of 2 watt to 4 watt for these special feature. Along with your camera you might use a DVR/NVR depending on your requirement. The wattage of a DVR/NVR is between 10 watt to 50 watt.

To use CCTV camera power consumption calculator to calculate your CCTV system power consumption and corresponding electricity bill for using it, you need to know the wattage of your CCTV camera and electricity tariff in your area.

What is wattage of a CCTV camera and how to find it:

You can find the wattage of your security camera on the box or on CCTV itseld. If you don’t find wattage over there then you might see something like this -12 VDC/500mA.

Just multiply the voltage (V) with the current (I) and you will find the power.

In this case, Power = Voltage (V) X Current (I) = 12 X 0.5 = 6 Watt.

If you don’t see any of these information on your CCTV box or on CCTV itself, then head over to amazon an find your CCTV or similar model CCTV over there and check it’s wattage in the product description.

In the similar way you can find the rated power of your DVR/NVR if you are using it.

To give you an approximate figure use the following data for calculation:

  • CCTV camera rated power- 5 watt.
  • DVR/NVR rated power – 10 watt (for small house).
  • DVR/NVR rated power – 40 watt (for building, society, offices).

Now that you know your CCTV camera’s rated power, it’s time to know your electricity tariff.

Electricity tariff is the amount your electricity provider charges you for one unit of electricity.

If you don’t know your electricity tariff then just divide your present month electricity bill by your present month power consumption (both can be found on the electricity bill), that’s your electricity tariff.

I live in Mumbai, India here the electricity tariff is Rs 12 / kWh.

With CCTV camera’s wattage and your electricity tariff known, let’s find out the power consumption of your CCTV camera.

Just count the number of CCTV camera in your house or office or building and multiply it by single CCTV wattage and enter the total wattage in the below calculator.

CCTV Power Consumption Calculator:

The calculated values are average approximation of CCTV security system power consumption.

If you have a 5 CCTV camera security setup with a DVR, then the total wattage of the system will be approximately 35 watt. This mean your entire CCTV setup if run continuously will only consume 25 units of electricity in a month which is very energy efficient.

If you want to know more about CCTV camera power consumption then check out this article.

If you want to know wattage of different CCTV camera models and DVR then check out this document from Hikvision PDF.

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