PermaLink Dashcam continuous recording03/03/2018
Category : Jeep Upgrades
The story goes like this: We went shopping - we returned to the Jeep. Somebody hit the Jeep and left. Bumper and flare damaged. Insurance does cover the repair, but it is frustrating.
We do have a dashcam installed, but when the Jeep is parked, it does not record. I was looking into a time-delay circuit to keep recording for about two hours AFTER the Jeep is parked. My calculation was that this would cover most scenarios and not drain the car battery.

I gave up on the time delay relay and settled with a battery pack. It charges with an USB connector and it has a USB-out to power the dashcam. The USB-out port runs for about seven hours and then turns off, this is a built-in timer and I didn't find a way to overwrite. Running the dashcam on the power pack drains about 50% of the power. It works as expected and we could even jump start the Jeep if there is ever a need. The unit was on sale at Canadian Tire for $110 and it is small enough to fit into the glove compartment.
Eliminator Power Pack

And now about the dashcam.

It is a VIOFO A119S and DOES NOT have a built in battery. The hot and cold extremes in the Jeep will kill any of these rechargeable built-in batteries. But it does have a Capacitor to hold the power for about 3 seconds. Just enough to change the power plug from the dashboard power to the permanent power outlet inside the armrest compartment.
VIOFO A119S mountWe paid about $170 back in 2017 and it comes with three quick release mounts. One of them is the GPS logger. The adhesive backing on these mounts are good, but the plastic of the dash is engineered to NOT be sticky. So the camera came loose frequently in the summer heat. I shaped a plastic panel and use Velcro to attach it above the window. This solved the problem.
Video Resolution is 1080P and up to 60 frames per second. The software has all the usual features except it does not synchronise the internal clock with the GPS sensor. Now I just have to set the clock periodically from the menu.
The camera is set to create 3 minute clips, each is about 330MB. The 64GB memory is good for up to 9 hours of footage and after that, the older files are overwritten.VIOFO A119S file size


UPDATE September 2018: The dash cam uses so little power, I decided to leave it powered up all the time. The car battery is strong enough. It is now over three months and no issues at all. The one thing to keep in mind, I can not go back more than about 9 hours. But I'm ok with this.
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