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Nice feature on my Blackvue DR750 2-CH LTE.
GPS Tracking.

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Ah, you live near Halton. Used to live in High Moors, Halton, when I was posted to RAF Hospital Halton back in the mid 70's.

Was the jet plane at the front gates then?


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Was the jet plane at the front gates then?


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I think so. I was there for about 2 yrs before being posted to RAF Hospital Wroughton, nr Swindon. Did all the Aeromed Evacuations flying out of Brize Norton or Lyneham.
 
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GG did roger fit the flat cable from the solar panel to the door? Can I have picture of where goes into the van if you get a mo?

Did you look at a bigger storage card for the cam?
I went for the curly cable Wogga.
I haven’t tried a bigger micro SD card yet. On reflection I probably don’t need it because my Dashcam is connected to the Cloud. All ‘Events’ get stored there. I do have some bigger capacity SD cards laying around so might try it at some point.A93C4069-437B-4663-93B0-6976DAF622B9.jpeg88222566-BE9B-4F39-AF0D-6FE0EF5B13AC.jpeg
 
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I went for the curly cable Wogga.
I haven’t tried a bigger micro SD card yet. On reflection I probably don’t need it because my Dashcam is connected to the Cloud. All ‘Events’ get stored there. I do have some bigger capacity SD cards laying around so might try it at some point.View attachment 69321View attachment 69322
You greedy boy you got two! :D Thanks for the pictures. Should be no low battery woes there with the dash cam sucking juice, let us know how you get. My van is finally off the production, it is now enjoying a bier at the Hauptbahnhof waiting for the train to Emden.
 
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You greedy boy you got two! :D Thanks for the pictures. Should be no low battery woes there with the dash cam sucking juice, let us know how you get. My van is finally off the production, it is now enjoying a bier at the Haupbahnhof waiting for the train to Emden.
Won’t be long now Wogga. :)
Yes, hopefully I’ll have no worries with leisure or starter batteries. The Power Magic Pro will protect the starter battery from dashcam drain too.
 
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Great thread this. Thanks for posting all the info/pics on your Blackvue installation GG. It’s definitely near the top of my essential van purchases when it arrives next year.

One question... now you have been using the cameras for a few weeks, do you have a view of how long ‘Parking Mode’ is staying active before the Power Magic Pro steps in? (assuming your solar panels are not feeding your starter battery, based on what I have read).
 
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I went for the curly cable Wogga.
I haven’t tried a bigger micro SD card yet. On reflection I probably don’t need it because my Dashcam is connected to the Cloud. All ‘Events’ get stored there. I do have some bigger capacity SD cards laying around so might try it at some point.View attachment 69321View attachment 69322
I’d have to get my knipex cutters on that cable tie and cut it flat, had too many nasty cuts on my forearms from sticking out cable ties !!
Lovely looking solar panels though @GrumpyGranddad
 
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Great thread this. Thanks for posting all the info/pics on your Blackvue installation GG. It’s definitely near the top of my essential van purchases when it arrives next year.

One question... now you have been using the cameras for a few weeks, do you have a view of how long ‘Parking Mode’ is staying active before the Power Magic Pro steps in? (assuming your solar panels are not feeding your starter battery, based on what I have read).
Depends on the time of year. I have BlackVue front and rear plus a single 110w solar panel from Roger, and in the winter i get about a day before the power magic pro kicks in. In the summer it never seems to need to as the solar keeps both sets of batteries topped up all the time.
 
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Depends on the time of year. I have BlackVue front and rear plus a single 110w solar panel from Roger, and in the winter i get about a day before the power magic pro kicks in. In the summer it never seems to need to as the solar keeps both sets of batteries topped up all the time.


Thanks Properjob. Makes sense. It very much depends on the variables. I think I need to properly work out my ‘use case’. Originally, the main reason I wanted a dash cam was for keeping tabs on driving incidents. However, after reading all of the great content on here about the Blackvue, it’s now parking mode that is really interesting me.

I’m not overly concerned about parking at home as it’ll be on my driveway, so it is more for the ‘out and about’ usage such as school run, supermarket/public car parks and national trust etc. car parks. In all these cases, I’d only be away from <insert name here TBC April 2021> for a few hours max. Therefore, assuming I was only recording for ‘events’, the trickle from the starter battery with protection from the Power Manage Pro would do the trick.

The part I’m torn on is the occasional longer parking sessions - all day or overnight for 1 or 2 nights. These occasions would be less frequent but they would probably be well served with a Power Magic Ultra Battery B-124X - assuming the cams are not on constant record of course. However they are quite steep which is making me hesitate a bit.

(I haven’t even started to look at Solar Panels yet, but this could be another route of course).

I suppose it all boils down to if I think it’s worth spending a couple of hundred quid now for peace of mind to help protect what will be a very valuable asset.

Apologies for the rambling post! Thinking out loud here but just wanted to share my thought process
 
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Great thread this. Thanks for posting all the info/pics on your Blackvue installation GG. It’s definitely near the top of my essential van purchases when it arrives next year.

One question... now you have been using the cameras for a few weeks, do you have a view of how long ‘Parking Mode’ is staying active before the Power Magic Pro steps in? (assuming your solar panels are not feeding your starter battery, based on what I have read).
Hi marcdavis,
OK, so my solar panels are feeding the 2 leisure batteries AND the starter battery. Roger runs a wire to a relay under the passenger seat to make the necessary connection.
So far the Power Magic Pro hasn’t kicked in at all, even though it’s been foggy/overcast here for a few days. The test will be this coming week with my van undercover in a VW workshop having a repair done.
 
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Thanks Properjob. Makes sense. It very much depends on the variables. I think I need to properly work out my ‘use case’. Originally, the main reason I wanted a dash cam was for keeping tabs on driving incidents. However, after reading all of the great content on here about the Blackvue, it’s now parking mode that is really interesting me.

I’m not overly concerned about parking at home as it’ll be on my driveway, so it is more for the ‘out and about’ usage such as school run, supermarket/public car parks and national trust etc. car parks. In all these cases, I’d only be away from <insert name here TBC April 2021> for a few hours max. Therefore, assuming I was only recording for ‘events’, the trickle from the starter battery with protection from the Power Manage Pro would do the trick.

The part I’m torn on is the occasional longer parking sessions - all day or overnight for 1 or 2 nights. These occasions would be less frequent but they would probably be well served with a Power Magic Ultra Battery B-124X - assuming the cams are not on constant record of course. However they are quite steep which is making me hesitate a bit.

(I haven’t even started to look at Solar Panels yet, but this could be another route of course).

I suppose it all boils down to if I think it’s worth spending a couple of hundred quid now for peace of mind to help protect what will be a very valuable asset.

Apologies for the rambling post! Thinking out loud here but just wanted to share my thought process
Personally I wouldn’t go for the Blackvue battery, i’d rather put that money towards solar which gives you other benefits. But it really depends on your usage i.e. if you park under cover regularly with no sunlight then the Blackvue battery might be worth the spend.
 
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Personally I wouldn’t go for the Blackvue battery, i’d rather put that money towards solar which gives you other benefits. But it really depends on your usage i.e. if you park under cover regularly with no sunlight then the Blackvue battery might be worth the spend.

Hi GG, Thanks for the insight. It has definitely given me some food for thought! Time to start some solar panel research.... It will be interesting to see the results when you get yours back from the dealer.

Btw, I hope your bench repair goes smoothly. It must be extremely frustrating to be parted from your new pride and joy so soon after getting it
 
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Hi GG, Thanks for the insight. It has definitely given me some food for thought! Time to start some solar panel research.... It will be interesting to see the results when you get yours back from the dealer.

Btw, I hope your bench repair goes smoothly. It must be extremely frustrating to be parted from your new pride and joy so soon after getting it
Thanks Marc,
Yes a bit frustrating but should all be done by mid-week. I have to say i’ve so far been very impressed by Citygate, Wooburn Green. They talked me through things when I dropped the van off on Saturday and reassured me that they had ordered in parts to cover all eventualities including a complete new seat frame, rails, trims, etc.Time will tell but i’m looking forward to a good ongoing relationship with them.

Hi GG, Thanks for the insight. It has definitely given me some food for thought! Time to start some solar panel research.... It will be interesting to see the results when you get yours back from the dealer.

Btw, I hope your bench repair goes smoothly. It must be extremely frustrating to be parted from your new pride and joy so soon after getting it
BTW i’ve also got the starter battery upgrade in my Cali which may help?
 
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Thanks Marc,
Yes a bit frustrating but should all be done by mid-week. I have to say i’ve so far been very impressed by Citygate, Wooburn Green. They talked me through things when I dropped the van off on Saturday and reassured me that they had ordered in parts to cover all eventualities including a complete new seat frame, rails, trims, etc.Time will tell but i’m looking forward to a good ongoing relationship with them.


BTW i’ve also got the starter battery upgrade in my Cali which may help?

Good to hear Citygate are looking after you. It’s my local so may well be using them soon. I’m just down the road from you in Amersham

All being well, come April there will be another Candy White / Copper Bronze specimen roaming the Chilterns!
 
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Anybody put a larger SD card in a Blackvue camera? Mine comes with a 32Gb card but thinking of buying a bigger one. However Blackvue says it MUST be one of there’s !!??
If so I won’t bother as they want to charge £318.95 for a 256Gb !!! Crazy, you can buy a good quality card (Sandisk) of that size for about £50.

If you google the question there are a few sites that state what non BV cards work in their cameras's, I use branded aftermarket and when they crash just replace, I get well over a year out of each and for £10/£15 a lot cheaper than a BV card, one hint is to format it each month, easy to do with two presses of a button on a camera and prolongs the cards life.
 

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