Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:40 am

Colin Lambert wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:30 am
If your'e buying and before you do .....visit.
http://www.techmoan.com/about/
He has tested nearly every dashcam on the planet and you can see the results on Youtube.
good luck.
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Thanks Colin, I'll have a look.
Just had a quick read of what he's written and interestingly he advises against plugging a dash cam directly in the cars USB port.
You haven't read this have you Colin ;)

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by scratch113 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:34 am

The Apeman dash cams are so cheap on Amazon, that tbh, it's just not worth replacing the battery, just get a new one (plenty of choice, but hard to tell the difference with the models):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/APEMAN-Dashboa ... s9dHJ1ZQ==
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:56 am

scratch113 wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:34 am
The Apeman dash cams are so cheap on Amazon, that tbh, it's just not worth replacing the battery, just get a new one (plenty of choice, but hard to tell the difference with the models):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/APEMAN-Dashboa ... s9dHJ1ZQ==

I was already thinking along those lines, especially as I now read in the link that Colin posted, that we shouldn't be surprised if our dash cams don't last much longer than 18 months, mainly due to the fact they usually sit stuck to our windscreens being subjected to possible extremes of heat and cold.
I'm also of the opinion that it's not worth spending too much on one as even the expensive ones have problems.
Just got to steel myself for when my wife says " what do you need another one for, there's a picture on that one" !! ;)

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by iwarv » Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:00 pm

Why don't these buggers just tune into the GPS for UTC time?
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:56 pm

iwarv wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:00 pm
Why don't these buggers just tune into the GPS for UTC time?
Mine doesn't have GPS, which raises another question - is it worth paying the extra to have GPS built into a dash cam ??

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by scratch113 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:38 pm

iwarv wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:00 pm
Why don't these buggers just tune into the GPS for UTC time?
Some do I think - Blackvue in particular don't have a screen and changing settings involves attaching it to a computer, either via a lead or wifi, however by default they take the time from GPS. Not cheap though...

The Nextbase ones mostly have GPS now (certainly the 512GW I have does, now replaced with the newer 522GW), are good bit cheaper than the Blackvue ones, but are more obtrusive (larger) and afaik don't take the time from GPS, but I could be wrong.

To some extent you get what you pay for - Blackvue ones start in the region of £140 and go up to over £1k if you opt for a rear camera, big memory card and the battery backup to run it when the car is parked, and that's before you add installation...

Nextbase are available from your local Halfords and are relatively easy to install yourself, including hard-wiring (which I managed without too much difficulty).

There are loads of cheaper options on fleabay or Amazon, but brands you may never have heard of. If you want really cheap, then buy one on Wish (but then wait 2 months for delivery from China!).
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:50 am

Bonus will be, USB is ignition controlled!
This was appealing so I got a USB cable as mentioned, plugged it in, only to find that my USB socket is permanently live. At least I thought it was until I thought to wait and see if there's a time delay in the power turning off. There is, but I wonder what the benefit of it is ?

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by Colin Lambert » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:51 am

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Thanks Colin, I'll have a look.
Just had a quick read of what he's written and interestingly he advises against plugging a dash cam directly in the cars USB port.
You haven't read this have you Colin ;)
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no I must admit I haven't looked at his web site for a coupe of years as I haven't bought a dash cam in that time.
What reason did he give??
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:09 pm

What reason did he give??

USB Ports in Cars
Some people make the mistake of plugging a dashcam into the USB port in a car. The USB port in cars is commonly connected to the sound system so that you can playback a USB stick full of music. When you plug a dashcam into this, the camera will see it as a computer and enter its USB file transfer mode…this means that it wont be recording. If you want to use your own USB lead - plug it into a USB power adaptor plugged into the accessory port and avoid using the built-in USB port.

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by SinglePointSafety » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:02 pm

old man, agree about the 12V to USB adapter - but choose a good-quality one, because these adapters are favourite for radiating a lot of interference and wrecking DAB reception, especially the cheap ones.
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