Blink Outdoor Security Camera Mounts

Blink Outdoor Camera MountThe Blink Outdoor Security Camera mounts are their best yet.  In what used to be a very weak included accessory, Blink has come a very long way from the original mount to the Blink XT2 then to what you see in the accompanying photo.

This is the third iteration of mounts for Blink.  The original Blink mount left a lot to be desired.  We then raved over the improved Blink XT2 mount which was a very usable pivot mount but had a weakness when it came to a ceiling mount.

Using the Blink Outdoor Security Camera Stock Mount

The The Blink Outdoor Security Camera mount that is included in the box is shown in the photo that accompanies this article.  There is a base which attaches to the mounting pedestal.  Mounting screws are included for attaching to a flat surface.  The ball and socket design provides the ability to swivel and pivot allowing you to get a better viewing angle.  This is a very capable mount for vertical (as in wall) mounting applications.

But wait that’s not all.  There’s an additional auxiliary attachment that can be snapped onto the back of the camera and then to the pivot mount to provide horizontal (aka ceiling) mounting capability.

Both of these mounts will attach to the back of the Blink Outdoor Security Camera.  Just remove the round rubber cover that sits atop the screw used to attach the cover to the camera.  Now snap the round part to the vacated round hole.

Now, you might complain that it’s going to be a pain when it comes to changing batteries but fear not as these batteries last up to two-years so detachment won’t need to be done for quite some time.

The Blink Camera Mounts 3-Pack is available for those needing an additional mount. Nice part about these mounts is they will fit the older Blink XT2, Blink XT and Blink models.  These are made by Blink so compatibility will not be an issue.

The Blink Outdoor Security Camera has a 110 degree field of view.  Mount it as high as possible for the best view.  The wide angle is a bit narrow, but the camera can be mounted in a corner and capture much of the action in a room, a garage or outdoors.

Alternative Mounts for the Blink Outdoor Security Camera

I have to admit, I was hoping the Blink Outdoor Security Camera would have a standard 1/4″ – 20 threaded tripod screw hole.  Sadly, it doesn’t.  That precludes use of many third party mounts.  A mount featuring the custom attachment that fits around the latch to open the battery compartment are what’s typically going to be needed.

Fortunately a few companies have designed mounts with the necessary adapter.  While the mount included with the Blink XT2 is very good, you may want to consider a different mount for a location that isn’t suited for the stock accessory.

For example, a great location to capture outdoor action is attachment to a rain gutter.  Mounted nice and high, this location gives a bird’s eye view of the property.

Consider the Weatherproof Gutter Mount for Blink Outdoor and XT/XT2 Outdoor Camera with Universal Screw Adapter. This mount allows attachment of the Blink Outdoor Security Camera to the lip of the rain gutter. There are two screw clamps which securely attach the mount to the front of the gutter. I use one of these on my home and with the exception of when the roof guy knocks it off the gutter, it works great.  Like the stock mount, this includes a custom adapter to fit the latch area for the battery compartment.

Another interesting idea is a suction cup mount.  Some would prefer not to drive screws into the wall of a home or office.  A suction cup will attach to anything smooth and flat.  Think about windows or the side of a metal file cabinet.  Even a tabletop might make a suitable location.

Consider the Wasserstein Suction Cup Mount with Universal Screw Adapter Compatible with Blink XT2 Outdoor & Indoor Camera. This mount incorporates a suction cup attachment with that custom adapter needed to attach to the back of the camera.

Summary

A lot of Blink Outdoor Security Camera owners may opt to use no mount at all as it can work very effectively sitting on a table or shelf.  However those that want it mounted and don’t mind drilling some holes will be well served by the included mount.  We also presented a few options for those that would prefer an alternative location.

A related topic to this subject is Mounting the Blink Sync Module which is worth a read if having some challenges finding a good central place to put this critical component.