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Does dashcam drain the battery?

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  1. jbonne84

    jbonne84 New Member

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    I'm looking at installing a 2 channel dashcam and preferably have it run 24/7 to record in case somebody keys the car or dents the doors. Since the car is essentially just a big battery anyway, should I be concerned about it running 24/7 on such a power draw?
     
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    I haven't noticed a significant draw. Mine is supposed to use about 5 W for front and back combined. I figure it would take two or three days to consume a single range mile.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it. As an example the Blackvue DR650GW-2CH (which many of us here have) draws a maximum of 4.8 Watts when recording - so 400mA max - almost negligible in the grand scheme of things. It has a parking mode which is quite sensitive to motion and records almost continuously in a busy parking lot or street, but if parked overnight in a dark garage it's not actually recording continuously anyhow.
     
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    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    Mine is tapped into my 12V and I haven't noticed anything of significance. It is well worth it.
     
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    I notice an extra 1-2 miles/day of vampire drain since installing my Blackvue.
     
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    I have a Thinkware F750 recording 24/7 and didn't notice any significant impact on drain.

    The real problem is I can't find a SD card large enough to store a whole day's recording! I'm using a 200GB card now and it's only enough for about 9 hours of video.
     
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    Can you cut back on resolution or the frames per second?

    I cut my Blackvue down from 30 fps to 15 fps and don't notice any significant difference.
     
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    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    You record more than 9 hours in a day? Try cutting back on the sensitivity settings. You should only be recording while driving and when there's an impact/motion detected in parking mode.
     
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    I set it to continuously record.

    Thinkware F750 doesn't have GPS-based "parking mode" so it can't tell if I'm driving or not.
     
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    Is it at 0:24 on the left?
     
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    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I have had no problem with my Blackvue 650 dual cam. But I keep my car plugged in every night.
     

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