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Extend Your Dash Cameras Parking Mode Recording Time

How to extend parkinf mode recording time

If your dash camera has parking mode you will know that most only record for a short time after the vehicle is switched off. This can leave your vehicle vulnerable though as it will not last the whole night.

However, there is now a solution to this, a new and improved battery pack. These battery packs can be installed into your vehicle and are quickly re-charged by driving the vehicle for 1-1.5 hours. These battery packs can provide your camera system power for anything between 20 and 100 hours depending which option you go for.

The biggest problem with using a battery pack is the recharge time, if you don’t drive either sort regular distances of around 30 minutes each morning and evening, or a longer trip of 2 or more hours every couple of days. Then a battery pack may not be worth the additional cost, however, if you do regularly drive for times similar to this then a battery pack has the potential to keep your cameras recording all day.

Dash Cam Battery Pack Options

We have two solutions, the Cellink B or the Cellink Pro. Each battery pack was developed to meet a specific requirement and budget, read on for more details:

Cellink B Battery PackThe Cellink B

The cellink B will provide your front only camera with up to 30 hours of power or 15 hours for a front and rear camera system. This is additional battery pack will normally be placed under the front passengers seat. This battery pack can either be hard-wired or plugged into your vehicles cigarette socket. Find out more

The Cellink Pro

Cellink pro
This is a battery that will be placed in the boot, this way it will be discreet and not in your way. The Cellink pro can provide a front only camera power for 100 hours or 50 hours for a front and rear system. This option is perfect for those who’s vehicle may be unattended for a couple of days at a time. View the full description

If you have any further product questions or would like to have one of these batteries professional installed alongside a camera system then please contact us so we can provide a quote.

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Dash Cam – What is Parking Mode?

Parking Mode

Dash cam parking mode is a very useful feature that the majority of our cameras have the potential to use if they’ve been hardwired. When dash cams are in parking mode the camera continues to record footage even though the ignition has been switched off. In most cases, it will only commit this footage to memory if it has detected movement or an impact.

It is a common misconception that cameras will remain on and be recording for an entire night. In a real world situation, the parking mode will likely stay on and able to capture footage for 1-4 hours. That said, this varies from vehicle to vehicle depending on the age of the battery and how often the vehicle is driven. For users that drive many miles each day, they may well find the cameras remains on for far longer than 4 hours.

As a general rule of thumb, we always tell customers that parking mode is ideal for recording footage for short periods of time, such as when you leave the car parked in public when popping into town.

How Do I Get Parking Mode?

You will need to purchase a camera with the parking mode feature, nearly all of the cameras on our website have this ability. It should be mentioned on the individual camera pages but if you have any concerns please contact us. BlackVue and Thinkware cameras are among the most popular we sell.

Power magic pro BlackVue cameras require the additional Power Magic Pro hardwire kit to use parking mode. When the camera and Power Magic Pro have been installed correctly and the ignition is turned off the camera will remain on. However, the Power Magic Pro will now begin to monitor the vehicles battery voltage, shutting down the camera if the vehicles voltage drops too low. The cut-off level is set by switches on the side of the Power Magic Pro, once configured this shouldn’t need to be adjusted. We recommend setting the device to 12v cut-off. You can purchase the power magic pro here

Thinkware cameras do not need any accessories as the camera has the equivalent to the Power Magic Pro device built into it. It also offers slightly more flexibility as you can adjust the voltage cut-off settings directly through the Thinkware Dash Cam App. Again 12v would be the minimum cut-off we would recommend.

How to Extend parking Mode Recording Times

It is possible to install an additional battery pack in your vehicle that can power your dash camera for an additional 6-12 hours. The battery pack is charged when the vehicle is being driven, taking approximately 1-2 hours to become fully charged.

These range in cost from £169.99 to £229.99 if you would like more information please contact us using the link below.

Get a quote for your camera system and battery pack today

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BlackVue DR6XX Series Parking Mode Demo

Image: BlackVue Parking Mode Demo

We’re often asked how the parking mode works on the BlackVue DR6XX series of dash cameras, usually in regard to the motion and impact detection. In the video below you can see a quick demonstration of each, we also go over the adjustments that can be made within the cameras settings.

BlackVue cameras have many other features, to learn more you can visit the individual camera pages below:
BlackVue DR650-1CH (this has now replaced the BlackVue DR600GW-HD)
BlackVue DR650-2CH

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