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Can I get a dashboard camera that will record when the car engine is off and it detects movements? If so are they expensive
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Can I get a dashboard camera that will record when the car engine is off and it detects movements? If so are they expensive
The ideal solution is what I have currently.

I've got a BlackVue DR900S-2CH wired in to a BlackVue B-124 battery pack. It keeps the dashcams powered for about 16 hours when parked and they record any motion or impacts.

I also have a 4G router plugged in to the battery which allows me to access the cameras remotely and view the live stream.

This setup might be a little overkill, and at retail price it's rather expensive.
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The ideal solution is what I have currently.

I've got a BlackVue DR900S-2CH wired in to a BlackVue B-124 battery pack. It keeps the dashcams powered for about 16 hours when parked and they record any motion or impacts.

I also have a 4G router plugged in to the battery which allows me to access the cameras remotely and view the live stream.

This setup might be a little overkill, and at retail price it's rather expensive.
Overkill as it may seem, it's a good option. Absolutely do not fall into the trap of hardwiring your dashcam because it'll absolutely fist your battery, I found this out the hard way when when I had pneumonia and didn't drive for a month.
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Overkill as it may seem, it's a good option. Absolutely do not fall into the trap of hardwiring your dashcam because it'll absolutely fist your battery, I found this out the hard way when when I had pneumonia and didn't drive for a month.
I was using the Power Magic Pro which had a voltage limiter, but I was only getting about 5 hours before the voltage hit 12v and it cut out. Battery was expensive but imo it was worth it.
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(Original post by IWMTom)
The ideal solution is what I have currently.

I've got a BlackVue DR900S-2CH wired in to a BlackVue B-124 battery pack. It keeps the dashcams powered for about 16 hours when parked and they record any motion or impacts.

I also have a 4G router plugged in to the battery which allows me to access the cameras remotely and view the live stream.

This setup might be a little overkill, and at retail price it's rather expensive.
Holy crap! That's as much as half my car!
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Holy crap! That's as much as half my car!
In fairness I did get both the dashcams and the battery in Amazon's Warehouse Deals at a knocked down price. Still cost me a pretty penny though!
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Overkill as it may seem, it's a good option. Absolutely do not fall into the trap of hardwiring your dashcam because it'll absolutely fist your battery, I found this out the hard way when when I had pneumonia and didn't drive for a month.
By hard wiring - you mean hard wiring straight to a constant 12V source. I hard wire all my dash cams because I hate having wires dangling all over my dashboard and I don't like things "living" in the lighter socket. VWs in the early 2000's have a handy ignition switched stud on the bottom of the relay box under the dash which is perfect for hooking up to.

Good thing as well because the cigarette lighter socket is always live and not switched with the ignition. Good for charging your phone when camping, bad for using with a dash cam.

I did the whole lot on my partner's new (old) car this afternoon. I ordered a DC-DC 5V step down converter with two female USB outputs. Snipped off one and hard wired the dash cam to that (after snipping off the plug that comes with the dash cam) and the other female USB was fixed inside the DIN pocket above the stereo. One of those useless 3-4 inch long micro USB cables that come bundled with everything is the perfect length to go from the DIN pocket to her phone when on the mount. Then the DC-DC converter was wired in under the relay box. Super tidy install and very modular if I need to add stuff in the future. I fitted the hands-free microphone up by the interior light while I had all the A-pillar trim and under-dash off as well, plus built a magnetic phone holder into one of the switch blanks by the heater vent. Solid afternoon.
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In fairness I did get both the dashcams and the battery in Amazon's Warehouse Deals at a knocked down price. Still cost me a pretty penny though!
Bruh that's not a dashcam that's an MI5 surveillance unit.
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Bruh that's not a dashcam that's an MI5 surveillance unit.
Shhhh I'm undercover!
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