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Meet the security camera you can power with the sun

Ring's Stick Up Cam has an optional solar panel accessory, but is it worth it?

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Megan Wollerton

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Ring's $199 (£159) Stick Up Cam is weatherproofed for outdoor use.

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It's also highly versatile in terms of power sources. You can either rely on the rechargeable battery, plug it in 24/7 via the included power adapter or spend an extra $49 (£40) for a solar panel accessory.

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Like the Stick Up Cam, you can either mount the solar panel accessory to a ceiling or wall with the included hardware -- or simply set the built-in base on a flat surface.

That's what I did during testing, but it isn't the best option long-term. It makes the camera and any accessories much easier to steal and wind and other weather changes could easily move them around unexpectedly.

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To connect the solar panel, simply plug the microUSB adapter into the back of Stick Up Cam.

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Ring provides different base attachments so you can stick your Stick Up Cam pretty much anywhere.

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This camera has 720-pixel live streaming resolution, but the quality could vary a lot depending on your Wi-Fi coverage.

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It also has an 80-degree field of view, which is fairly small compared to competing brands -- and you have to pay for event-based cloud storage.

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