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Blink Basic vs. Blink Plus: Which is the better subscription value?

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Blink Outdoor Camera Hero (Image credit: Blink)

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Blink Basic is extremely affordable at only $30 per year and will give you access to all the extra features you need to improve your home security, such as storage of motion clips and live view sessions on Blink's cloud server that you can view via Blink's app. The downside is that Blink Basic will only cover one security camera.

Single camera subscription

Inexpensive
Storage on Blink's cloud
Live view and motion clip recording
Photo capture
Rapid video access
Only works with one Blink device
Extended warranty not included
Blink discount not included

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Blink Plus costs more, but it's the subscription plan for anyone that owns a few Blink security cameras. This plan will cover all your devices, and along with perks such as cloud storage and live view recording, you'll get an extended warranty and a 10 percent discount to use on Blink devices.

Multiple device protection

Covers multiple Blink devices
Storage on Blink's cloud
Extended warranty
10 percent Blink device discount
Live view and motion clip recording
More expensive

Blink offers an affordable way to secure your home with the help of its easy-to-use smart home security cameras. Some of the best Blink cameras include its latest Blink Outdoor, Blink Indoor, and Blink Mini cameras. Still, you can enhance the experience further by signing up for one of Blink's subscription plans: Blink Basic or Blink Plus. Though the two subscription plans are very similar, Blink Plus comes at a higher price and covers multiple Blink devices, whereas Blink Basic is for those with one security camera in mind.

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Blink is an Amazon company that sells wireless home security cameras at a great price to help you protect your home right from the Blink Home Monitor app on your phone. Its latest and best-selling cameras include Blink Indoor, Blink Outdoor, and Blink Mini. Each comes equipped with standard features such as motion-activated notifications, live view streaming of day and night HD video, and two-way audio.

Though Blink's offering is already pretty great, and each device works with Alexa, if you're looking for something extra out of your security camera, you might want to consider a Blink subscription plan. Blink offers two such plans, Blink Basic and Blink Plus, each of which gives you access to extra features such as unlimited cloud video recording, 60-day unlimited cloud storage, live view recording, and photo capture. With a subscription plan, you can store motion clips and live view sessions on Blink's cloud servers and view them when you want through Blink's app.

If you've purchased a Blink device and set it up, you'll actually be able to test the Blink Subscription Plus Plan with a 30-day free trial that's included with your purchase. Once the trial is up, you can decide whether to continue with Blink Plus, pay less with Blink Basic, or go with no subscription at all and rely on Blink's local storage on a USB drive via Blink's Sync Module 2. Here's how the two subscription plans compare.

Blink BasicBlink Plus
Cost$3 per month
$30 per year
$10 per month
$100 per year
Plan eligibilityBlink Indoor
Blink Outdoor
Blink Mini
Blink Indoor
Blink Outdoor
Blink Mini
Blink XT2
Blink XT
Blink Legacy Outdoor
Number of supported devicesOneUnlimited per account
Motion-activated notificationsIncludedIncluded
Live view streamingIncludedIncluded
Video sharingIncludedIncluded
Motion detection video recordingIncludedIncluded
Live view recordingIncludedIncluded
60-day unlimited cloud storageIncludedIncluded
Optional local storage backupIncludedIncluded
Rapid video access (instantly watch your videos as soon as they're recorded)IncludedIncluded
Photo capture (images captured periodically for more coverage)IncludedIncluded
10 percent off Blink devices on Amazon.comNot includedIncluded
Extended warranty coverageNot includedIncluded

The first difference to note between Blink Basic and Blink Plus is the price you'll pay. Blink Basic comes out to be $3 per month or $30 for the entire year, which isn't much of a hit to your wallet. On the other hand, Blink Plus is $10 per month or $100 for the entire year. The price difference is best explained by the number of devices you can have under one account. With the Blink Subscription Plus Plan, you only need one subscription plan to cover all of your Blink devices, whereas a Blink Basic subscription will only apply to one camera.

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A Blink Plus subscription is a great fit for someone who has multiple cameras installed throughout their home — at the front door, in the backyard, in the living room, etc. If that's you, you'll definitely get better value with Blink Plus since it covers multiple Blink devices under one account, and you won't find yourself paying for separate Blink Basic subscriptions. With this plan, you'll also get extended warranty coverage, as well as a 10 percent discount off Blink devices purchased on Amazon.com. And if you already own a Blink XT2, Blink XT, or Blink Legacy Outdoor camera, then this is actually the only subscription plan that's eligible for your device.

Though a Blink Basic plan won't get you an extra discount or warranty, for $70 less, it's hard to complain. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment or only need one Blink security camera and don't plan to get more, you really don't need to pay extra for Blink Plus. With Blink Basic, you'll still get all the great perks of a Blink subscription plan, such as rapid video access, which lets you instantly watch videos as soon as they're recorded since they're stored in the cloud as opposed to local storage, as well as photo capture, which converts hourly images into a short clip you can view from the app. Fortunately, both subscription plans come with enough bonus features that'll improve your home security to make the extra fee worth it.

Olivia Lipski is a freelance writer for Android Central and loves testing out the latest smart home tech and discovering the best cell phone plans. When she's not busy running around NYC trying to find great food or coffee, she's in her kitchen trying to make it herself.