Mophorn Sewer Camera review – The Gadgeteer

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REVIEW – Sometime last year I called my plumber and asked him to take a look at my sewer pipes to make sure everything was OK. I asked him to do this because the house I bought two years ago was built in the late 40's and I strongly suspect that many of the pipes are still original. He told me he would rent the equipment to look inside the pipes and would come over once he was done. So you can imagine my surprise and delight when I got the chance to test out this Mophorn sewer camera.

What is it?

Mophorn sewer camera features a 150ft long IP68 waterproof borescope with LED lights and a pipe inspection camera at the end, a 9 inch screen with DVR function and an 8GB micro SD card.

What's in the box

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1 x Mophorn sewer camera
1 x LCD monitor
1 x cable
1 x battery
1 x Accessory Set (2 x Camera Cover, 1 x Charger, 1 x Screwdriver, 1 x SD Card)

Design and features

characteristics

  • 9-inch color TFT LCD screen: To provide clear images and colorful display, we have prepared a 9-inch LCD monitor for you here. An immersive color experience and a wide display screen are two of the charming features you will find on this 1200TVL TFT LCD monitor. In addition, the pipe inspection camera has a DVR function and an 8GB micro SD card (included) that allows you to record and save images for future reference and analysis.
  • Waterproof camera & 12 LEDs: The diameter of the camera is 0.9″/23mm, suitable for pipelines (≥φ25mm). It can be used in 65.6FT/20m underwater without causing water damage. The camera's built-in and flexible spring allows it to easily pan in the pipelines, especially in areas that are normally hard to reach. The 12 LED lights in the camera provide excellent illumination.
  • 150′ cable and practical cable reel: The included cable is 150 feet long and very sturdy. The distance counting feature of the cable makes the length and area it covers crystal clear. Also, the inspection camera kit comes with a handy cable reel for cable organization and a portable case to store all the kits.
  • 4500 mAh 12 V lithium battery: The sewer camera package includes a powerful 12V 4500mAh rechargeable lithium battery, which allows for 8-10 hours of continuous operation. You do not need to carry an extra battery, all you need to do is fully charge the battery a day before work. In addition, the battery has a remaining capacity display function, which provides you with detailed information about the battery capacity during use.
  • Wide range of applications: Whether for home or industrial use, the professional plumbing camera can always meet your needs. It is designed for people like plumbers, contractors, inspectors, engineers, municipal workers and other professionals to inspect areas that are usually hard to reach, such as sewage systems, stormwater systems, various types of pipelines, drains, canals, etc.

Specifications

Cable length: 45.6 m / 150 feet
Camera size: 23mm x 120mm / 0.9 x 4.7inch. Front size: 45mm / 1.8inch.
Camera: HD1200TVL
Camera bag material: Stainless steel 304
Battery capacity: 4500mAh
LED adjustable: Yes
Viewing angle: 120°
Camera LED light: 12 LEDs
Waterproof: IP68
Working temperature: -20 °C to 60 °C / -4 ℉ to 140 ℉

The Mophorn sewer camera is basically a pelican housing with a built-in monitor and DVR. This is attached to a metal frame that acts as a spool for the 150-foot cable. The camera is located at the end of the cable. The head/control unit is installed in the lower half of the housing. This unit also houses the battery.

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Performance

After charging the Mophorn drain camera, I turned it on and was ready to take a look inside some drains and pipes. The camera has some really bright LEDs that seem to let you see just about anything, even in the darkest areas.

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I started by looking into a toilet to see what was inside and behind the trap. My efforts were quickly thwarted as the relatively large camera and the spring underneath it would not bend enough to get into the trap, let alone past it.

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Next I decided to try the drain pipe from my basement shower. Since my house was built in the 1940s, I knew there would be a lot of debris in the pipes. But since the water flows very freely and never backs up, I also knew the pipe was still relatively clear. The problem is that once again the large camera and spring cannot make the bend in the pipe. Since this pipe is underground, it is likely that the bend is a little over 90 degrees to create a slope and drainage. You would think that a sewer camera would be able to make these bends. I tried for quite a while without success and finally gave up. Not only did the camera and spring fail to make the bend, but as the dirt and “mud” in the pipe got stirred up, it seemed like I could only see an incredibly short distance. Here is a video of one of my several attempts:

When the seller was contacted, his response, including the photo, was:

“Hello

I asked the product department and the product manager said the wire can twist. The material of the wire is fiberglass and very hard, so you should use more force when trying. But when you twist it, the angle must be >90 degrees, otherwise the wire may break.”

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According to their statement, in my opinion this device would be destroyed if one tried to use it in everyday life. Also, the photo they sent in no way shows real life use unless you walk it through the huge underground sewer line in NYC. In my opinion, showing off your skills in a large basin/container as seen in the photo is worthless.

What I like

  • The concept and design
  • Easy winding and unwinding of the cable
  • The built-in battery

What I would change

  • The camera needs to be much smaller and the cable much more flexible to easily handle curves and different pipe sizes.

Final thoughts

Having a house built in the 1940s and no information on the condition of the pipes is one of the unknowns that causes me some concern. I have high hopes that this Mophorn sewer camera will provide valuable insight. Unfortunately, the design, which includes a large camera head with a fairly stiff spring, proved to be a failure and thus a source of failure before I could see any results. I can't say much more than that. I've tested several endoscopes and the cameras have always been small and the cables very flexible. Also, I can't explain the huge price differences between Amazon and the Vevor website.

Price: 399,99 €
Where to buy: Vevor website and Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Mophorn.

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