Dashcams!

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Not true. It even says on their website that the hard wire kit has build in monitoring and will switch off the dashcam once the car battery drops to 11.2V. The internal battery is just so it doesnt lose its settings. Its only 6 mins maximum, less the longer its parked. If you are relying on the internal battery for your parking mode then chances are you will miss whatever happened. .

If you read the instructions again (page 9 and 10) it's says several times to only fit it to a switched supply for normal use and to only use a permanent supply for surveillance purposes. That's the reason it has an auto shutdown and a parking mode. The parking mode only records for 30 seconds once activated and not triggered again and the internal battery when in good condition is good for 12-15 minutes use so has plenty of power for what it's intended for.
 
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Is a rear window heater fuse likely to be a constant 12v live?

Fairly confident that the rear window heater F53 fuse will be a switched live and it seemed to work that way though she's mentioned the car seemed sluggish to start today. Perm. live is using the 12v sockets fuse F40. (2016 Audi A3.)

Aside from parking mode running the battery low and/or failing to shut the camera off at the 12v limit set perhaps it's not?

I'll switch it to F26, seat heating, if there isn't a consensus! thanks.

https://fuse-box.info/audi/audi-a3-s3-8v-2013-2018-fuses
 
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F53 could be a permanent supply rather than switched and may well be a permanent supply to the relay which turns the window heat on and off. Can you not check if F40 turns off after ten minutes of the car being locked and use that?
 
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F53 could be a permanent supply rather than switched and may well be a permanent supply to the relay which turns the window heat on and off. Can you not check if F40 turns off after ten minutes of the car being locked and use that?

Thanks, will report back at the weekend.

Should have said I'm using F40 for the perm. live. F26 and F40 seem to be the recommended but at the time of googling F53 seemed to be recommended too.
 
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After coming across today’s daily idiot I think it’s time to take the plunge.

What are my options? Am I crazy considering Halfords to fit a dashcam? Not confident to fit it myself.

Dashcam recommendations? Either from Halfords or equivalent or perhaps Amazon offerings? I’m looking at the next base 422gw currently.

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After coming across today’s daily idiot I think it’s time to take the plunge.

Definitely get front & rear cameras; do consider getting front & rear & interior to counter any accusation of you being on your phone or otherwise distracted.

They're easy to fit and you don't need to hard-wire them. Indeed, I think that an initial hardwire is a mistake in case you find the dashcam is not what you want. Have it hardwired once you're happy with it. If you have an Audi / VW / Skoda / Fiat then beware draining your battery. Get a Rearmaster OBD cable.

I have an Aukey DR02 dual dashcam with which I am very happy; my next one will be a triple.

Some reviews here.
 
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Definitely get front & rear cameras; do consider getting front & rear & interior to counter any accusation of you being on your phone or otherwise distracted.

They're easy to fit and you don't need to hard-wire them. Indeed, I think that an initial hardwire is a mistake in case you find the dashcam is not what you want. Have it hardwired once you're happy with it. If you have an Audi / VW / Skoda / Fiat then beware draining your battery. Get a Rearmaster OBD cable.

I have an Aukey DR02 dual dashcam with which I am very happy; my next one will be a triple.

Some reviews here.

That’s an interesting thought about front and rear - I guess being a soft top it prevents a problem for the rear camera?

Would a dashcam hold a charge for a short journey? I didn’t consider not having it hardwired in - I guess if needed I could temporarily plug it in somewhere? I haven’t worked out what connections I have in my car yet - I think there’s some USB’s down there.
 
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That’s an interesting thought about front and rear - I guess being a soft top it prevents a problem for the rear camera?

Just put the rear camera on the back shelf. Or you could do the James Bond thing and mount it so it's by your number plate. You'll need to route the cable carefully, though.

Would a dashcam hold a charge for a short journey?

Dashcams need to be plugged in to some source of power. They typically work off the 12V cigarette lighter socket; mine is plugged into the OBD socket after I killed the battery after accidentally leaving it plugged in too many times.
 
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Just put the rear camera on the back shelf. Or you could do the James Bond thing and mount it so it's by your number plate. You'll need to route the cable carefully, though.



Dashcams need to be plugged in to some source of power. They typically work off the 12V cigarette lighter socket; mine is plugged into the OBD socket after I killed the battery after accidentally leaving it plugged in too many times.

Interesting points. Thanks. Looks like I need to look at my options more closely.
 
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After coming across today’s daily idiot I think it’s time to take the plunge.

Same here, Iv been considering one for sometime now and this last week had a close call when some pulled out in front of me when they should have been giving way as they where pulling out of the car park. Then a few mins later the same car, decided change lanes without indicating and forced me to brake hard from 70mph.
 
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So I’ve taken the plunge and have ordered a Nextbase 522GW, 64gb SD and also the rear view module that plugs in. I think this is the best solution for what I need given the nature of the soft top. I’ve seen videos and the rear view video seems decent enough. Halfords offered mobile fitting on this one, so I’ve gone for that option.
 
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So I’ve taken the plunge and have ordered a Nextbase 522GW, 64gb SD and also the rear view module that plugs in. I think this is the best solution for what I need given the nature of the soft top. I’ve seen videos and the rear view video seems decent enough. Halfords offered mobile fitting on this one, so I’ve gone for that option.

Might be best cancelling the HellFraud's "Fitting",

https://www.manchestereveningnews.c...s/mums-christmas-ruined-after-cowboy-22599688
 

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what do we all think or the nextbase IQ , is it revolutionary? reminds me of tesla sentry cams

 
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i just bought 2 dashcams from blackvue's outlet site of their homepage for my 2 cars. They included the hardwire kit in addition to the normal socket plug and an SD card in the box which for a lot of other sites I looked at would be additional costs. Watching threads and videos like above was the reason taking the plunge.
 
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something like this ?



Has anyone used anything like this? Recently got a van, and while I don't have any major issues reversing it - some others do - and this would be handy if I could add in a camera at the same time. They seem to go for about £50 on Chinese import sites.
 
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Has anyone used anything like this?

I've seen a few videos about that style of dashcam. IIRC they're primarily designed for LHD cars / countries which drive on the other side of the road. They don't work so well over here. Just fix a camera behind the RVM where it's hidden.If you get a dual or triple camera dashcam (and you should), just route the cable to the rear dashcam via the door hinge.
 
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