Cuddelink Dual Cell is a very advanced wireless trail camera by Cuddeback. If you are interested in using multiple game cameras and controlling all from a single cell plan, then you should definitely read our Cuddelink Dual Cell game camera review.
CuddeLink Dual Cell game camera uses LTE technology to send photos to your smartphone or computer. It is compatible with the Verizon network. You can send images immediately when they are taken, by the hour in the range of 1 to 12, or by the image count from 1 to 30.
There are two cell modes of this camera. Cell mode 1 is a standalone cellular trail camera which means that it functions as a regular cellular game camera. What makes CuddeLink special is cell mode 2. In this mode, there is one CuddeLink home camera and there are up to 15 Cuddelink remote cameras. All these remote cameras send their images to the home camera and this home camera saves them all to its SD card to be emailed or texted to your smartphone or computer.
The range between two cameras in order for them to be able to communicate is about ¼ miles in forests and about a mile in open areas. If one remote is too far away from the home camera, it sends images to another remote camera which is closer to the home camera. At the end of the day, it is made sure that all images are collected by the home camera. This is called a daisy chain system and it allows cameras to be located 2 miles or more away from the home camera.
The biggest advantage of this arrangement is that it needs only one cell data plan. Normally, with other game cameras, you would need a separate data plan for each camera. However, CuddeLink allows you to control up to 16 game cameras from a single cell data plan.
Image & Video Quality
CuddeLink Dual Cell game camera can take 20MP photos but it, unfortunately, does not record videos. However, the high picture quality makes up for it. The day time photos are in color whereas the night time photos are in black and white as in most other cellular trail cameras on the market.
Detection Circuit & Trigger Speed
CuddeLink uses dual flash illumination. This flash technology has one no-glow black flash IR and one long-range IR built-in. The long-range IR is for normal use and you can use the black flash when you want the illumination to be completely invisible in order not to spook wildlife. The detection range is about 80ft and the trigger speed is about 0.25s which is highly competitive. On top of that, there is 1s recovery time which can be considered brilliant.
CuddeLink Dual Cell game camera features a fully programmable time-lapse mode which is highly popular among hunters. One can also set separate day and night delays for photo taking schedule.
Design & Accessories
CuddeLink Dual Cell has a sleek design. It has two high gain cell antennas on the top for better service reception. Its menu is pretty simple and easy to use but this game camera does not feature a screen to view photos in the field. On its back, there is an external power plug to hook up a solar panel to it. Cuddelink comes with a mounting strap for easy setup.
CuddeLink Dual Cell game camera runs on 6 D cell batteries. Even though its battery life is quite impressive, you still can hook it up with a solar panel for much longer periods of energy. The batteries are not included in the package.
Storage Options & Warranty
CuddeLink can work with up to a 32 GB SD card. Also, it is covered by a 2-year TotalCover warranty.
Cuddelink uses 6 D batteries to function as we have already mentioned above. These batteries make the device a bit heavy and bulky which might become a strain when you are trying to mount it high on a tree, for example. Users have found the mounting strap to be a bit short and flimsy too.
CuddeLink Dual Cell game camera is ideal for those who prefer to use more than one game camera for their hunting purposes. The fact that you can use up to 16 game cameras with only one cell data plan is an extremely attractive offer. We think that the price also reasonable enough to afford multiple cameras of this brand.