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Dash Cam Battery Packs: The Easiest Setup for Parking Mode Recording?

Many users are only familiar with the traditional dash cam hardwire which pulls power from the car's battery through the fuse box. Recording time in these cases depends on the dash cam and size/condition of the vehicle's battery. This setup is budget friendly and it appeals to those that are looking for a basic parking mode function. The hardwire setup is also much tidier than the standard cigarette lighter charger that many dash cam owners use on the market today. However, not everyone is familiar with hardwiring to the fuse box and even those that are may be weary of doing so due to warranty and concerns with their service department.

The simple answer to this issue is our two most popular dash cam battery packs, the Blackvue B-112 and the Cellink Battery B. Both are simple to install as they both come with cigarette lighter cables that plug directly into your car's cigarette sockets. This makes the install a breeze as just about anyone can figure out how to connect to a 12V outlet in their car. The B-112 comes with 2 USB (5V) ports to charge any mobile hotspot, phone, or any electronic accessories that you wish. The benefit to this is that if your car only has one cigarette/12V socket, you can still charge your phone or other devices by plugging the USB directly into your battery pack. The B-112 charges while you drive and one of driving gives you 9-12 hours of parking mode recording depending on your dash cam setup. The drawback to this Battery Pack is that it is not compatible with all dash cams (such as the Thinkware lineup). The B-112 can only be used with Blackvue and BlackSys products which can switch into parking mode based on the G-Sensor.

For those looking for the most advanced battery pack and maximum parking mode recording time, we recommend the Cellink Battery B. This battery can be either hardwired or charged through the cigarette socket. It has double the capacity of the B-112 and it can also be configured to work with any parking mode dash cam. Those with a shorter commute will find the larger capacity helpful as a half hour drive is enough to get 8-12 hours of parking recording on most parking mode dash cams.  

Popular places to put a dash cam battery pack that's charged with the 12V cigarette socket are either in the glove box, under one of the front seats, or in the center console. Both batteries are about the size of a small dictionary and as such are easy to place in the vehicle. One important requirement when it comes to powering a battery pack in parking mode is that your socket is ignition switched. If the socket is always on (even while the vehicle is off) the battery pack will not work properly and has the risk of draining your car's battery. 

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Battery Pack Capacities and Recording Times (Cellink B, Blackvue B-112)

For those considering a battery pack, one of the most important considerations is what kind of parking mode recording time they can get out of it. There are several factors to consider when picking a battery pack: charging time, battery pack capacity, and dash cam power consumption. 

Our two most popular battery packs are the Cellink Battery B and the Blackvue B-112. The Cellink is a 76.8Wh (Watt-Hour) battery while the B-112 is a 38.4Wh battery, and both batteries take approximately 1 hour to charge. We generally recommend the Cellink B for a number of reasons, here is a comparison chart between the two batteries

 Advantages: Cellink Battery B Advantages: Blackvue B-112 

- Double the recording capacity

- Charges twice as fast

- Option to hardwire 

- Option to double capacity with expansion pack

- USB Ports

- Better charge level indicator

- Bracket design better for repeated removal compared to velcro

The following are estimated recording times based on a fully charged battery pack. The Cellink takes about 1 hour to charge through the hardwire kit or 1 hour and 20 minutes via cigarette cable. The Blackvue B-112 takes about an hour to fully charge via cigarette cable. Note that you can double the recording time of the Cellink by adding an expansion pack but charge times will also be doubled. 

Parking Mode Recording Time Cellink Battery B (76.8Wh) Blackvue B-112 Battery Pack (38.4Wh)
Blackvue DR650S-2CH (WiFi On - Default) 16 Hours 8 Hours
Blackvue DR650S-2CH (Cloud/WiFi Autorun disabled) 21 Hours 10.5 Hours
Thinkware F770 2CH 22 Hours N/A
Thinkware F770 1CH 31 Hours N/A
Blackvue DR650S-1CH (WiFi On - Default) 23 Hours 12 Hours
Blackvue DR650S-1CH (Cloud/WiFi Autorun disabled) 34 Hours 17 Hours
BlackSys CH-100B 2CH 15 Hours 7.5 Hours
LG Innotek LGD521 17 Hours N/A
Thinkware F50 37 Hours N/A

*Options listed as N/A mean that parking mode will not work with this setup unless it is modified

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Red Light Runner Busted on Dash Cam

The following video shows a red light runner causing a T-bone accident in Vancouver, BC. Luckily there were two witnesses and dash cam footage to prove who was at fault as the aftermath could've been much worse. The at-fault driver decided to lie and claim that they did not run a red light but the witness' dash cam footage proved otherwise.

At this point, we're not even surprised that at-fault drivers lie to our crown insurance corporation, ICBC. There are typically no negative consequences for lying and often cases get dragged on and end up in 50/50 decisions where both parties rates are affected any way. This type of scenario is a prime example of why dash cams are so popular, a simple and very affordable dash cam can protect you against scammers and a lot of headache with your insurance company. 

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