Thanks. I'll check them out.
This is the one I'm considering.
Amazon.com : RoadCam Panorama2S 1080p 30fps SONY CMOS Car Blackbox Dashcam DVR + Multi Safer(Hard Wire Power Supply BDP KIT) : Car Electronics
If I understand it correctly, the Multi Safer is a unit that monitors the 12V battery and if it is starting to get drained by the dash cam, will disconnect power to keep you from draining it.
After a Mercedes sped through the light 3 seconds after it turned green at 50+ mph downtown, I'm thinking it might be nice to have one. I'm glad I didn't do my normal 'Tesla start' from a stoplight.
Have you looked at the Blackvue product line-up? Much smaller form factor. Also with Model S and the way the 12V system operates, no need for a power monitor/cutoff device. Please search these forums for much useful info and opinion.
I have. They seem to have some issues with heat and the Powerucc gets top recommendation on dashcamtalk website. Will the dash cam not drain the 12V it you leave it in parking mode? I've read through the dash cam option thread on TMC but might have missed it. Thanks.
My 500 overheats quite a bit. Then again, I have the custom firmware so I'm running with the higher bitrate that "has no impact on the camera overheating" (to which I call B.S.). I like the higher quality enough that I put up with the overheating.Older Blackvue's did in fact have heat/thermal issues, since fixed. I have the GR550GW-2CH and it has worked great for 6 months without a problem. Only issue is that the camera has built in GPS for map location and MPH logging. The coated windshield in the S does interfere and thus I get inconsistent GPS lock--no biggie for me. There are frequent firmware updates from Blackvue for the dash cam, as well as s/w updates to the viewing app for your Mac or PC.
I used an installer recommended by Metropolitan Detail. Apparently, mine was the first dashcam they installed in a Model S. They had done radar detector installations before on Model S previously though. I can try to dig up the name from old emails if you'd like.
I'm getting the BlackVue front and rear cameras installed by Benchmark Motoring tomorrow. I'll let you know what I think. The sales person indicated that they hadn't done a wired rear camera in a Model S yet, so I'm hoping it goes okay...
Yes, thanks. I actually sent them that post weeks ago, and the sales guy had already discussed it with their techs a while ago.
The job looks like it came out pretty good. From the driver's position, the front camera is not visible, except for a wire going up to the headliner, and the rear camera is not visible at all from the interior. From the exterior, the rear camera looks about as discreet as it could be. From the front, however, the front camera sticks out quite plainly, but that's simply where it had to be placed in order to be invisible from my seating position. Overall, I don't notice any other anomalies with the wires routed under the panels and such, but I haven't done a thorough inspection yet. I will do so later, and I'll also post pictures. One thing is that the GPS on the camera doesn't seem to work, probably due to the windshields UV coating or whatever.
The job, including tax, was $752. That does not include the hardware, which I bought myself. It would have been significantly cheaper if I did not have the rear camera or if the rear camera was wireless. Also, Benchmark is more expensive than your average car stereo shop.
Lastly, do we need to use the power management optional hardware to prevent parking drain? I know we can kill our 12V battery if we're not careful, it seems some people have hooked straight to it without worry though.