Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:25 pm

SinglePointSafety wrote:
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.

Too late, I've already got one but thanks for the advice. It won't affect me anyway as I rarely listen to the radio.

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:49 am

My battery is obviously pooped, but instead of buying a new dash cam, would this work ?
I buy a power bank which I assume I could plug into the car USB socket to charge it up whilst I'm driving. I then plug my dash cam into the power bank and assuming the power bank holds enough charge, the dash cam will be constantly powered (thereby retaining the time and date).
Two stumbling blocks I can see with this idea; I'm not a high mileage driver, especially since Covid hit us, so would I get enough charge into the power bank ?
I read about a power bank that will not power devices whilst it's being charged itself. Is that true of all power banks ?

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by Colin Lambert » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:18 pm

I always used (without dashcam at present) the USB. never a problem. I don't see how it can cause problems with memory stick unless you have a double adapter and plug both in at once. Or are you plugging stick into DVD player USB? At the same time as camera into centre console? THEN it might cause a problem I suppose. I am not a music on memory stick user so I'm probably talking cr*p (as usual :lol: )
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:51 pm

Colin Lambert wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:18 pm
I always used (without dashcam at present) the USB. never a problem. I don't see how it can cause problems with memory stick unless you have a double adapter and plug both in at once. Or are you plugging stick into DVD player USB? At the same time as camera into centre console? THEN it might cause a problem I suppose. I am not a music on memory stick user so I'm probably talking cr*p (as usual :lol: )
I'm confused now - not hard :?
I have only got the one USB port behind the gear lever. There isn't one on the infotainment control unit.
I've never used the USB port before as my music is on an SD card slotted into the infotainment control unit.
The reasoning for not using the USB port was from Techmoan, not me.

I liked your idea of using the USB port because it's ignition controlled, although I'll still lose my date and time because there's no power when I'm not in the car. His idea of using a cigar lighter to USB cable plugged into the 12V socket won't alleviate my problem, because if I leave it plugged in, it will eventually flatten my battery and if I unplug it after each use, I will still lose my date and time !!
I see that many dash cam sellers state that they can be plugged into a 12V socket or a USB port. Job to know who's right or wrong.

Moving on; Does having a dash cam with built in GPS guarantee that the time and date are always correct without having to be entered before every journey ?
If it does, then I assume that when switched on, the dash cam will have to find a satellite to update date and time, so how long does that generally take ?

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by Old and Grumpy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:14 pm

old man wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:51 pm
Colin Lambert wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:18 pm
I always used (without dashcam at present) the USB. never a problem. I don't see how it can cause problems with memory stick unless you have a double adapter and plug both in at once. Or are you plugging stick into DVD player USB? At the same time as camera into centre console? THEN it might cause a problem I suppose. I am not a music on memory stick user so I'm probably talking cr*p (as usual :lol: )
I'm confused now - not hard :?
I have only got the one USB port behind the gear lever. There isn't one on the infotainment control unit.
I've never used the USB port before as my music is on an SD card slotted into the infotainment control unit.
The reasoning for not using the USB port was from Techmoan, not me.

I liked your idea of using the USB port because it's ignition controlled, although I'll still lose my date and time because there's no power when I'm not in the car. His idea of using a cigar lighter to USB cable plugged into the 12V socket won't alleviate my problem, because if I leave it plugged in, it will eventually flatten my battery and if I unplug it after each use, I will still lose my date and time !!
I see that many dash cam sellers state that they can be plugged into a 12V socket or a USB port. Job to know who's right or wrong.

Moving on; Does having a dash cam with built in GPS guarantee that the time and date are always correct without having to be entered before every journey ?
If it does, then I assume that when switched on, the dash cam will have to find a satellite to update date and time, so how long does that generally take ?
My Nextbase dashcam, (Duo), usually manages a GPS fix within a few seconds, and always well within one minute. It only has a 12 volt plug so I have to unplug it after every journey. I plug it back in as the first action when starting again and it usually has a GPS fix by the time I've reversed off the drive.
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:29 pm

My Nextbase dashcam, (Duo), usually manages a GPS fix within a few seconds, and always well within one minute. It only has a 12 volt plug so I have to unplug it after every journey. I plug it back in as the first action when starting again and it usually has a GPS fix by the time I've reversed off the drive.
Thanks O & G. Once your unit has acquired the satellite, is the time and date always correct ?

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by Old and Grumpy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:34 pm

old man wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Thanks O & G. Once your unit has acquired the satellite, is the time and date always correct ?
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As far as I am aware the time and date is always correct. It certainly always is whenever I have downloaded footage after an incident. As a retired OS surveyor I know that GPS satellite signals carry a very accurate atomic clock element and I would find it very strange if a GPS enabled dashcam did not make use of it.
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:36 pm

Old and Grumpy wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:34 pm
old man wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Thanks O & G. Once your unit has acquired the satellite, is the time and date always correct ?
As far as I am aware the time and date is always correct. It certainly always is whenever I have downloaded footage after an incident. As a retired OS surveyor I know that GPS satellite signals carry a very accurate atomic clock element and I would find it very strange if a GPS enabled dashcam did not make use of it.
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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by old man » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:16 pm

Bitten the bullet and ordered a new one with GPS. Hope this one is better. ;)
Thankyou for the replies.

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Re: Dash Cam date reverts to factory setting

Post by scratch113 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:30 pm

Old Man wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:34 pm
As far as I am aware the time and date is always correct. It certainly always is whenever I have downloaded footage after an incident. As a retired OS surveyor I know that GPS satellite signals carry a very accurate atomic clock element and I would find it very strange if a GPS enabled dashcam did not make use of it.

And yet the Kodiaq itself can't do this despite having a GPS feed for the satnav - you have to manually set the time and date and it will not stay particularly accurate. Certainly doesn't change the time when we change the clocks, which my phone seems to be able to manage...
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