I received this mini spy cam from YICAM. It does not need to stay plugged in, the battery lasts about 1-1.5 hours and can be charged by USB. Having this camera is perfect for business owners, parents, caretakers, pawn shops or anyone who wants to keep an eye on their home family or investments. I use mine to make sure my 12 year old son is safe and being good when I am not at home or have to run errands. It helps give me peace of mind when I am not at home, and can't tell other parents enough to get one because these are the best investment you can get, to know your family is safe. I highly recommend this product and company and I would definitely buy from YICAM again.