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Unplug the blackvue while parked in garage?

viper2ko

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Aug 30, 2017
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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
 

whitex

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Sep 30, 2015
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Seattle area, WA
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.
 

boaterva

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Apr 2, 2016
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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.
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.
 

JPUConn

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Aug 11, 2014
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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.
 

K-MTG

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Oct 24, 2015
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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.
 

speedy

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Aug 21, 2017
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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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whitex

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

JPP

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Feb 4, 2013
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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.
 

speedy

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Aug 21, 2017
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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?

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.
 

whitex

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Sep 30, 2015
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Seattle area, WA
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.
With 2ch blackvues our Model S cars lose maybe 3 miles per 24hrs in the garage.
 

D.E.

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Oct 12, 2016
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Ann Arbor, MI
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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