If I hook up the external battery kit, should I keep the AA batteries in the camera?
You don't need to put the AA batteries in the camera if you connect the external power source to the camera. After you finish programming the camera, unplug the power cable, turn the camera to On, close the housing, and then plug the power cable back to the camera. You should see the green light flash in front of the camera which means the camera is in the arming process.
If you do keep the AA batteries in there, they will act as a back-up in case the external battery cable becomes unplugged.
The corrosion resistant Spartan Battery Box is lead-acid compatible, installed with a voltage regulator, and offers charge/reverse protection to guard against a power surge. The push button status display and built-in LED battery meter keeps you conveniently informed on the internal state of your power source. Along with a 5 ft chew resistant output cord and heavy-duty latches, the weather/high impact resistant case is all you need to ensure your external battery is long-standing. The Spartan Battery Box is solar charging capable (6.5 ft cord included) and supports dual input voltage (12V/6V).
Lead-acid battery compatibility
Dual input voltage support (12V/6V)
Installed voltage regulator
Built-in LED battery meter- shows voltage
Push button status display
5 ft. weather and chew resistant cord (output)
Dustproof, crushproof, high impact resistant
Extreme temperature resistant
Reverse protection to avoid power surge
External power source for extending camera performance
Solar charging capable and 6.5 ft cord included
Spartan Camera (HCO Outdoors) offers a 90 day warranty on this box.