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Unplug the blackvue while parked in garage?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by viper2ko, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. viper2ko

    viper2ko Member

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    Anyone else unplug the dashcam when parked in the garage at home? Seems pointless to keep it running hot all night when not needed
     
  2. Fiver

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    Mine's been running 24/7 for 2 years, no problems.

    Then again, the mere act of making this post has now condemned it to a early death.
     
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    Probably easier on it than many on/off cycles
     
  4. whitex

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    Not worth the trouble really. We have ours run 24/7 without any problems. I don't want to have to remember to have to plug it in and I know my wife wouldn't either. Nothing worse than having an accident and finding out you forgot to plug in your dashcam. I also suspect the actual plugs are also not rated for daily plug/unplug cycles so you may end up wearing them out.
     
  5. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    No. Seems pointless to turn it off. It goes into a reduced/low power mode after a while anyway. But do what you wish.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing for my new 900. And I bet the same about the cables. They are not exactly like the UMC/HPWC for example. :D

    Bad enough unplugging for the SC so they won’t damage them pulling them out.
     
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    Came in handy a few times when my wife or I forgot to close the garage door. Quick review of the blackview app confirmed no funny business.
     
  8. gaswalla

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    I run 24/7... Safe and the dashcam is for recording the unexpected - you never know when it'll be helpful
     
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    On my X I run it 24/7 without a problem. On my 3 since I am using an external battery for power, I have a switch to shut off power to the dashcam. I wouldn't want to constantly plug/unplug the connector on the dashcam.
     
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    I like options. My Blackvue has two power connections, controlled via a switch. The default mode is to take power from the ignition controlled rear view mirror. The alternate mode is to take it from the always-on connector near the microphone panel. Normally, the camera only comes on while driving or in accessory mode. But for the times when I want it to stay on, I just flick the switch to the always-on mode.

    I do this to reduce vampire drain since my car is not plugged in every night. I charge about once a week. YMMV...
     
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  11. whitex

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    Not plugged in meaning not locked in it's own private garage? Wouldn't you want dashcam footage if you came to find a dent, smashed window or similar?
     
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    Both cars 24/7. Hard wired. I have an old 550 (5 years old), and my wife's car has a 650 (3 years old). I do have Park Mode set up for minimal video motion, so the camera will go into Park Mode and save power and SD card room. All good.
     
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    I keep my camera plug in the entire time. What I do recommend is a good micro SD card. Something that can handle high endurance.
     
  14. speedy

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    It's in a garage but I just choose not to charge it every night. I'll charge it up to 80 or 90% and then run it down to about 25-30% over the course of a week before charging it up again.
     
  15. AdamAnt

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    For the one time someone breaks into your garage and they are caught on candid camera, it will be priceless...
     
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    Actually happened to my neighbor, but here is the kicker - they thieves took the dashcam too.
     
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    With 2ch blackvues our Model S cars lose maybe 3 miles per 24hrs in the garage.
     
  18. D.E.

    D.E. Uncorked

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    Why not just put a switch in the power line to the camera? Then nothing needs to be unplugged, just flip the switch when it goes in for service.
     

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