Blink Basic Plan vs Plus: Which is Better?

Blink has been offering a select variety of subscription plans to support its camera hardware, with the Blink basic and Blink Plus plans being the standouts.

New customers are often confused about which plan they should go for, and this got me to write this one-stop article and claim the winner of Blink Basic vs Plus.

Blink Basic PlanBlink Plus Plan
No. of supported devices1Unlimited
Supported ModelsBlink Indoor cameras
Blink Outdoor
Blink Mini
Blink Indoor cameras
Blink Outdoor
Blink Mini
Blink Outdoor (legacy models)
Blink XT
Blink XT2
Cost$3 per month
$30 per year
$10 per month
$100 per year
Motion activated notificationsYesYes
Live view streamingYes;
90 minutes continuous for Blink Mini
Yes;
90 minutes continuous for Blink Mini
Live view recordingYesYes
Motion-activated footage recordingYesYes
Cloud storage accessYes; 60 days of video storage is availableYes; 60 days of video storage is available
Cloud Storage video history accessYesYes
Photo captureYesYes
Video sharingYesYes
Extended warranty supportNoYes
Blink device discountsNoYes;
10% discounts on all Blink devices on amazon.com
Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Blink Basic offers almost all the features that are offered by Blink Plus for a fraction of the price. But it is restricted to only one Blink device, unlike the unlimited number of Blink camera support for Plus subscribers. Blink Basic also skips on the extended warranty and device discounts offered by Blink Plus.

Eligibility: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Eligibility: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

It might not be obvious at first, but there is a certain eligibility criterion that goes unnoticed when looking at the Blink subscription plans.

Here is a brief rundown of the eligibility that each of the plans requires:

PlanNo. of Supported DevicesSupported Models
Blink Basic planOneBlink Indoor cameras
Blink Outdoor
Blink Mini
Blink Plus planUnlimitedBlink Indoor cameras
Blink Outdoor
Blink Mini
Blink Outdoor (legacy models)
Blink XT
Blink XT2
Eligibility: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

It is to be noted that the Blink basic plan only supports one Blink camera, whereas the Blink Plus plan can support multiple Blink cameras.

All Blink cameras are eligible for the Blink Plus plan, whereas only select models can utilize the Blink Basic plan.

This means that if you own a Blink camera from the XT series or the legacy models of the Blink Outdoor, you can not pair it with the Blink Basic plan.

Cost: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Cost: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

The primary aspect you might be interested in when it comes to taking any subscription model is the cost and the expenses you might be subject to over the lifespan of the camera.

Here is a brief rundown of the costs that are associated with both plans:

PlanCost
Blink Basic plan$3 per month
$30 per year
Blink Plus plan$10 per month
$100 per year
Cost: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

The Blink Basic plan will cost you $3 every month for each device, which will set you back $36 every year if paid on a monthly basis.

But if you opt for the yearly package, you will only have to pay $30.

The Blink Plus plan, on the other hand, will cost you $10 every month for all your Blink devices, setting you up with a staggering $120 every year if paid on a monthly basis.

If you opt for the yearly package, you will only have to pay $100.

If you only have a single Blink camera, you can opt for the Blink Basic plan for the best value, provided your camera model is supported.

If your camera model is not on the list of supported models for Blink Basic, then you will have to opt for the more expensive Blink Plus plan.

Features: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Features: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Since the Blink Basic and the Blink Plus are paid subscription models, compared to their free plan counterparts, both the plans equally share a lot of features.

In fact, the only standout feature that differentiates the Basic plan from the Plus is that the Plus offers unlimited devices support whereas Basic is restricted to just one.

Here is a brief rundown of all the features that Blink provides with their Basic and Plus plans:

FeaturesBlink free plan
/ no plan
Blink Basic
plan
Blink Plus
plan
Live view streaming
Motion activated notifications
Live view recording
Motion activated recording
Cloud Storage Access
Features: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Live View Recording and Streaming

Viewing live footage of your Blink camera is available on the Blink app even without subscribing to any plan.

But if you want to record and save the footage locally or on the cloud, you will need the Blink Plus or Basic subscription.

Also, you are limited to streaming only up to 5 minutes at a time on the free version, but you can extend that to up to 90 minutes continuously with the Plus or Basic plans.

Do note that the 90 minutes of continuous live streaming is a limit set for the Blink Mini cameras. Other camera models can continuously live stream without limits.

Motion Activated Recording

Your Blink camera will push notifications to your Blink app if it detects motion in any of the activity zones that you have preset.

This is a feature that is available even on the free plan.

But with a subscription to the Blink Basic or Plus plan, you can now automatically activate the recording of the video since the motion trigger and save it locally or on the cloud.

Cloud Storage

Speaking of cloud storage, blink offers up to 60 days of cloud storage for both their Basic and Plus plan subscribers.

There is also a 60-day unlimited video history option with video sharing available, giving you more leeway and access to your past and current footage on the cloud.

This is not offered on the free plans.

Warranty: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Warranty: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

The extended warranty support is an area that the Plus plan seeks to differentiate from the Basic and free plans.

Subscribers of the Plus plan have the option of extending the warranty coverage of their Blink cameras.

This warranty extends as long as the Plus plan has been active, and as long as there were no lapses in coverage.

The lapse, according to Blink happens when the Plus plan gets canceled or paused. In such cases, you will lose access to the warranty even if you resubscribe.

Blink Device Discounts: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Blink Device Discounts: Blink Basic vs Blink Plus

Blink Plus plan subscribers also get access to a store-wide discount of 10% across all Blink devices on Amazon.

The Basic plan and the free one are exempt from this discount.

This makes the Plus plan an ideal option if you are considering getting multiple Blink devices.

You can simply get the first Blink device, subscribe to the Blink Plus plan, and avail of the 10% discount for all subsequent Blink devices.

Do note that this discount can be availed only if you are buying from amazon.com, and you will have to link your Amazon account to the Blink app to avail of the offer.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

I hope my article on the differences between the Blink Basic and Blink Plus subscriptions has been a helpful read and has aided you with the same.

Have a good day!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I use Blink cameras without subscribing to any plans?

Blink cameras are free to use after the initial purchase and do not require any subscription plan to use the device.

But the paid subscription plans -Blink Plus and Blink Basic- do offer a lot of software-enabled features and benefits that are not available on the free plan.

Do you need an Amazon account to use Blink cameras?

Blink cameras are not required to be synced to an Amazon account, and only require a Blink account during setup and daily use.

But connecting the Blink account to Amazon is necessary for subscribing to one of Blink's plans-Blink Plus and Blink Basic.

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I started Blinqblinq to give reliable tech advice to anyone who needs it, for free! If you have questions on anything tech-related, feel free to contact me.

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