Two years is…up to two years in the disclaimers and specifications. Two years is not typical, it is not average, it is not probable. Up to = ideal conditions for utmost performance. The problem is there is so much Blink advertising out there that shows two years WITHOUT the disclaimers. And yes, that advertising is right from Blink and it’s parent company Amazon.
Myself, I will never buy the XT2 camera. Way too many problems with it since it’s roll out. On a very consistent basis there are firmware and mobile app updates to address these multiple problems. Then I go to other forums, groups, etc. for the competing products and guess what. The same damn thing. Those brands have all kinds of problems also.
Bottom line is completely wireless and battery powered only is you get what you pay for. 6 to 18 months is a realistic battery life for the original XT series. Heavy use = 1 to 5 months. Cost 2 bucks to change out batteries. So even it it lasted 2 months, it would be 1 buck/month operating costs. Dirtball cheap!
The problem is there are thousands of customers that think the SOBs lied to them as they didn’t get even close to two year batter live. The batteries only last 2 years in unrealistic user conditions. That misleading, damn near false advertising will always be a thorn in Blink’s side. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.