Levana Lila Baby Monitor Review: Is It Good Enough?
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Why Levana Lila Baby Monitor?
- Lila gives you up to 6 hours of video feed and 36 hours of battery life on power saving mode.
- With the Talk to Baby two-way intercom, you can easily comfort your child with the sound of your voice.
- The color-coded LED indicator bar lets you in on the noise level in your baby’s room.
About Levana Lila 2.4 Video Baby Monitor
While Levana Lila isn’t as popular as Infant Optics DXR-8, it still lets you peak on your little one without walking into their room every second of every day by giving you somewhat clear visuals of the nursery.
You can see your little one clearly during the day. And you can sleep peacefully at night knowing that you will hear and see them as soon as they are awake, no matter the time of the night.
Falling right into the same category of affordable units, like Babysense and HelloBaby, expect Levana Lila to have very few features and the image quality isn’t really the best.
Despite the display flaw, which isn’t often the deal breaker for most people, this monitoring device is still an option for parents who are looking for a budget friendly baby monitor.
Levana Lila Baby Monitor Review
Levana Lila is so lightweight that it is easy to carry around, and the clip at the back of the parent unit lets you attach the monitor on your cloth for easy movement.
Once clipped on your pant’s belt or pocket, or maybe your shirt’s pocket, you can freely move with the device in and around your house without losing connection with your baby.
The camera is easy to set up. You can mount it on a wall or stand it on a unit/dresser in your little one’s nursery.
The camera not only has a wide angle of movement but it is also easy to adjust up to 240 degrees horizontally and up to 65 degrees vertically.
The single camera that comes in the package is usually enough to keep an eye on your precious child.
But you can add up to 2 or 3 additional cameras if you want to keep an eye on multiple rooms.
The 2.4-inch video monitor does not support Wifi connection, it lacks a zoom feature for the camera, and it doesn’t have a pan or tilt option.
It does not have the functionality and storage to record and keep videos of your little one; everything you use on the parent unit (PU) happens in real-time.
While Lila cannot detect motion in the nursery or sense the level of temperature in the entire room, it has a very clear an almost perfect sound detector that you can rely on to know what’s up in the nursery.
In terms of display, you see colored images during the day, and black and gray during the night.
For security, Lila uses encrypted digital signal to transmit data between the cameras and the parent unit, lowering the possibility of signal hacking and giving you an assurance that no one else can speak to your child but you.
Apart from viewing your toddler via the small screen on the parent unit, this baby monitor also lets you hear their voice.
So, you will never miss to hear your child cry when they are hungry or giggle whenever they are excited.
Power Energy Efficient Pictures, also known as PEEP, sets the unit to sleep mode when the noise level in the baby’s room goes down below 50 decibels.
However, anything slightly above this level, even by a small fraction, is too loud for Levana Lila. In such cases, you will hear sound.
Lila’s maximum operating range is about 500 feet in open space, a coverage that wins it a spot on our list of long range baby monitor guide.
However, coverage reduces to about 150 feet when signals pass through floors or walls.
Sound starts to diminish after the fourth wall and then cuts out completely after the sixth wall. The video follows sooner, becoming dimmer and eventually obscured past the 500 feet mark.
Parents that live in buildings that have metal frames may notice signal disruption. Also, a microwave oven may cause signal disruption if (or when) in use.
Levana Lila could work well up to 750 feet in open areas, but nothing valuable past this distance, really.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the unit for about 10 hours in normal mode and close to 7 hours with both video and audio on.
My Levana claims that the battery can last for around 72 hours in PEEP mode, but there is a variation, which means it can’t be the same for everyone.
This unit has a very long power code. So you need to be very careful about where you place it. Because of possible strangulation hazards, keep the cord more than 3 feet away from the baby’s nursery.
Lila comes with two chargers that should work fine. Of course, how long the charger will last depends on how well you take care of it.
If well taken care of, you may never need to worry about replacing what comes with the package. But just in case the need for a replacement arises, you can buy this one right here.
The images displayed on the 2.4 inches screen aren’t really the best, but still looks somehow promising.
And even without a built-in zoom feature, Lila displays clear, pleasant images, so you can see your baby clearly before you can even make it to their room.
The night vision display isn’t very promising, but it doesn’t disappoint much either. The 8 LED lights let you see your child close enough in complete darkness, as long as the camera isn’t more than 12 feet away from the nursery.
The quality of the night vision images begin to disappoint if you move the camera more than 12 feet away from the nursery.
You’ll see some black fuzziness around the edges of the display, which can be a little more than just inconveniencing when the baby starts to move about from corner to corner.
Sometimes the only thing a baby wants to hear is the voice of a parent.
So with the Talk to Baby Two-way communication, you can talk to your little one as if you were right there in their room.
The ability to talk to your child through this device without walking into their room gives both you and your toddler peace of mind.
You can also use the two-way communications to request your partner, or whoever is with you at home, to go your little one’s room and give you a helping hand.
It is important to remember that Levana Lila is a budget safety unit, which is why it is as simple as you can possibly imagine.
For some people, Lila’s clip is somewhat weak and doesn’t stay in fixed position the entire time you want it clipped on your pants or t-shirt.
Video quality isn’t the best and audio tends to be poor as you move further from the baby’s unit. Wifi enabled devices can also interfere with the performance of the parent unit.
So it is best to move away from such devices as much as possible or turn the WiFi off when it is not in use.
Ease of Use
One of the best things about Levana Lila video baby monitor, which you can buy here, is how easy it is to use. The plug and play design and the simple push of a button function make pairing the parent unit and the camera easy and straightforward.
The PU is simple and limited in features. The few numbers of buttons and options make the baby monitor easy to navigate.
When you press the home button on the parent unit, a number of navigation options will appear on the screen so you can choose what you would like to control.
In case you feel like you are confused with the menu system, you can always navigate back to the home page and start all over again.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does Lila Have a Temperature Monitor?
No, Levana Lila does not feature a built-in temperature sensor. If you choose to buy and use it, it means you will have to manually monitor and adjust the temperature levels in your toddler’s room accordingly.
But if monitoring temperature manually sounds like something that you can’t do on a regular basis, consider some alternatives like the Angelcare, the Project Nursery HD, or Philip Avent DECT SCD570.
2. Can the Camera Use a Battery?
No, the camera cannot work on a battery. It has to stay plugged in for as long as you would like to use it.
It comes with an AC power supply, which is what you should use for plugging in. The parent unit, on the other, works quite well on a rechargeable lithium ion battery.
3. Does Levana Lila Work with Smartphones?
You cannot use Lila with a smartphone as an additional monitor. The unit uses securely encrypted wireless signals that can be accessed only by the parent unit that it comes with.
After all, it doesn’t support Wifi, so there is no way it is going to connect to the internet anyway.
4. Does this Device Come with a Manual?
Some people won’t find this unit difficult to use. In such a case, a user guide may not be necessary nearly as much.
But if this is going to be your first time to use this device, or you just love looking at instruction booklets before using electronics, the company does provide a user manual for you.
You can download the PDF file from here.
5. How Good is the Signal Coverage?
Levana Lila seems to have a promising effective operational range. You get a reliable reception on different floors as well as in the basements.
However, the only way to get the most out of this unit is to make sure you don’t go beyond the recommended range.
What We Loved About Levana Lila Baby Monitor
- Levana Lila has a decent, long battery life compared to a high-end baby monitor like the VTech VM321.
- While video quality could use some improvement, the sound quality is quite commendable.
- Lila is one of the most affordable units on the market, so it is a good option for parents that are on a very tight budget.
What We Don’t Like About Levana Lila Baby Monitor
- The clip designed to attach on clothes for easy movement isn’t sturdy, so the unit is highly likely to fall off.
- Lila is very basic, with very few extra features and poor images
- You cannot extend the range of this baby monitor