I am actually planning to get a powercell as well for parking mode (so that is what is going to be connected to the battery), I guess I'll talk to Blackboxmycar and see what their recommendation is; I assume it should be able to provide similar current as wiring it to the fuse-box directly.Have you consider connecting to OBD?
Just installed Thinkware dual channel with the OBD2 connection.
Plug and play. Didn’t mess around with the fuses. Completely out of site.
Dash cams usually have battery protection settings for parking mode. Unless your intending to leave the car parked for a long time.I am actually planning to get a powercell as well for parking mode (so that is what is going to be connected to the battery), I guess I'll talk to Blackboxmycar and see what their recommendation is; I assume it should be able to provide similar current as wiring it to the fuse-box directly.
I have my dash cam (Thinkware) 2 channel powered through the OBD2, dash cam comes with low voltage monitor and the ability to shut off. you have the option to turn on or off the parking mode. Video doesn’t record full time, only when an incident occurs, sensitivity can be adjusted.I also installed a "mass sensor".
Part of the concern for me was recording when there was nothing to record, it drains the battery for no reason. So I installed the item below from Amazon. It works just like the Viper proximity alarm system. If someone approaches the car it then provides power to the camera.
Took some tuning as it is (for me) too sensitive out of the box. But after that, it works quite well. If nothing drives near the car and/or no one walks by (stopping or not) the camera remains off. Otherwise it turns on. Note that in windy weather if a tree branch is near the car it will just keep triggering, but I usually am parking in open parking lots.
Either way it reduces battery usage. So if you dont need a camera on all night, it works well. But if you need a camera on every night for every minute, then a dedicated battery is best.
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If that is a concern, Thinkware has an option to add proximity sensor as well…(I’m sure other manufacturers would as well)Super easy to hide the wires in the SC for sure. Love that
My concern with the parking mode is that it is dependent on someone bumping the vehicle (My Garmin has parking mode). I had someone place bumper stickers on my car once. Also, keying a car does not necessarily mean bumping it. With a proximity sensor, all those activities will be caught on video. No need for anyone to even breath on the car, it just starts recording if they are near it.
So since a bump is required when in parking mode, it is a little reactive versus a more proactive approach with a proximity sensor.
The proximity sensor link above is very low drain and also contains a low voltage monitor as well.