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Capture All Those Miles to and from the Rink with a Dash Cam

Capture All Those Miles to and from the Rink with a Dash Cam

Oh! The good ol’Hockey game, is the best game you can name,
And the best game you can name, is the good ol’Hockey game.

All right, folks, it’s September. The kids are back at the rink. Tryouts, practices and games - if you’re a hockey parent, you’ll know how demanding the schedule can be. The devotion of hockey parents goes far beyond those of other sports. We devote countless hours driving our kids to and from the rink, not to mention all those away-games and tournaments miles away from home, especially if your kid is playing at the AA and AAA levels.

Turning the travel into family togetherness is common among hockey parents, partially out of dedication and partially out of necessity. When the team has an away game, that’s when parents take the family vacation: gear, siblings, snacks and all. Kids, we’re going on a road trip! We may be tired, but we know that the drives to and from the rinks are full of memorable moments: the excitement and anticipation, the tears of joy or of disappointment, the pep-talks and the reflections, and of course, the scenery along the way.

Make sure you bring a dash cam along!

The dash cams have been misunderstood for so long. Yes, the best case use for a dash cam is, without doubt, video evidence for an accident. But, the best reason to buy a dash cam is to record video of all your adventures on the road. With a dash cam, you can record just about your entire road trip, and when you get home, you can cut and edit that footage to create your own home movies of your adventures. You’ll always remember his first game on the road, and with a dash cam, you can share that with friends and family, too! Sure, you can use your smartphone to record those mile-upon-mile, but there are drawbacks: unstable setup and shaky recording, low-light optimization, and limited storage space - you do need to make sure there’s room on your phone for those game actions!

But with so many different choices, options, price points, and deals, (and aren’t you glad dash cams only come in black, not all shades of the rainbow?) how do you choose and is a premium dash cam better?

Why is a premium dash cam better?

Dash cam is certainly one of those “you get what you pay for” purchases. So yes, a premium dash cam is better, and here’s why:

Camera resolution. Sure enough, many budget-friendly dash cams will give you Full HD 1080p at 30fps, which is typical TV-grade quality. But with cameras getting better by the day, why settle for Full HD when you can get 2x better quality with 2K Quad HD or even 4x better with 4K Ultra HD? You will want to record both the road ahead and behind because there is always something mysteriously magical and satisfying about watching the arena disappear into the horizon as you drive away. You will need a front-and-rear (or 2-channel) system, but unfortunately, not all rear cameras are capable of Full HD 1080p - for that, you will definitely need to go for the premium brands, like Thinkware, BlackVue, and iRoad.

Low-light recording. Then, you’ll have to consider when and where your recording will be done. 6 am practice? Mid-day tournament? Early evening game? In order to capture the best footage in various light environments, you will need advanced recording features, features that auto-adjusts the light entering the camera’s lens to give you optimal clarity. Low-light recording is where many budget-friendly dash cams come short.

Recording even when your car is parked. You will need to park your car when you’re at the rink. While Parking Surveillance is designed to capture footage in case accidents or vandalism occurs while your car is parked, it is a great way to capture all those jaw-dropping "while you were gone" moments, like a crazy parent brawl breaking out in the middle of the parking lot. All premium dash cams offer advanced parking mode features that would trigger the camera when motion or impact is detected. Just make sure you pick up an external battery pack as well - you don't want to be stranded at the arena because your dashcam exhausted your car's battery when it was filming every hockey stick or hockey bag coming a little too close to your parked car. The Cellink NEO battery is a battery pack that most experts recommend.

Now, let’s talk about some good-to-have features that the premium dash cams offer, like Bad Drive Tech. But I am not a bad driver...Bad Drive Tech is just an unofficial name for the Advanced Driving Assistance System and it encompasses features like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Front Departure Warning, Red Light Camera Alert, and Speed Camera Alert. While these features are more useful for everyday city-driving, they can be a lifesaver on your drive, especially when you've been on the road for hours and you're starting to feel your mind wander.

What about staying connected at all times? Perhaps, your spouse needs to stay in town to drive your other kids to their sports engagements - the dash cam’s Cloud-capabilities will come in handy, like when the left-behinds at home want to know your whereabouts or track your journey. As of right now, only Thinkware and BlackVue offer cloud capabilities on their dash cams.

We understand that while premium dash cams are desirable, they also come with a bigger price tag, and after paying for new equipment and league fees, shelling out more money is the last thing on your mind. Did you know that we offer monthly financing? We have partnered with Paybright to offer easy monthly payment options to customers in the US. Worried about the shipping time? With the new BlackboxMyCar Free Rocket Shipping, you can get your dash cam in as little as one day, just in time for that first away game!

Once you have that dash cam installed, away games will no longer be just another drive to and from the rink. Imagine the memories you will record, and all the possibilities. If you have questions about a specific dash cam or feature, or you simply want a second opinion, come talk to us! Until next time, Happy Hockey Season to you and your “the next Sidney Crosby” in the backseat.

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Quality hardwire kit with reasonable length to the A119 and to the 12V battery source. Voltage reducer is small enough to fit in small spaces with rounded corners for ease of fishing into place. Fuse holder streamlined but difficult to open at first, 2nd time ok.

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Suction Cup add-on

I bought this suction cup mount to move and use quickly my A119 V3 from vehicle to vehicle.
After receiving I must say its smaller and lighter than expected compared to the picture but still functional and we will see how long the suction cup lasts over time.
I also saw a video of using this suction cup to turn the A119 around and take video of driver with commentary about area or something else which I plan to edit into my video at a later time.
So its a nice feature for the video I plan to make while on vacation.

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Blackbox My Car is the Best!

Sorry BB team for taking so long before writing a review, but the 2 Viofo a129 duo dashs were xmas gifts and I wanted to wait for your professional installations to be done first.
I have purchased dascams from BB before and have had nothing but a great experience for both service and products.

Both Viofo cams are working great and the installation service was the best. The team was awesome and answered all my questions without hesitation. Your waiting area and amenities are first class. Most car dealerships could learned a thing or 2 from how you operate!

Thank you again!

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Very pleased with the A119V3 and with customer service

After researching a number affordable dash cams I settled on the Viofo A119V3 and Blackboxmycar as the vendor. I chose Blackboxmycar because of its customer service. This is my first Dashcam and I had a number of questions all of which were answered promptly and to my satisfaction by Katrina. Other vendors offered a slightly less expensive final cost but Katrina's service swayed my decision.

As to the camera itself I am very happy. In the last few days I have used it in temperatures of about -28ºC and it has performed flawlessly. The video quality is excellent with the CPL: clear, sharp and with good colours and contrast. Files are around 1.15 GB for 5 mins using 2560x1440 @30 fps H.264 or around 950 MB using H.265. The audio quality is quite acceptable.

Once you get the hang of using the Menu system it is quite easy to choose or change settings.

Also impressed with Viofo in that they seem to have thought of everything. The item included everything I could possibly need to mount and operate the camera even down to string to help remove the mounts in future if necessary.

Presently I am powering the camera via the cigarette lighter but am seriously considering hardwiring or using a portable power bank. I will then try the parking modes.

We have two cars and I had thought of moving the camera from one to the other so I purchased an additional GPS mount, that I have not yet tested. However I am now leaning towards buying 2nd A119V3 to avoid the hassle and to have a permanent neat installation in both cars.

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Easy install/ plug and play

Great product, works as it should so far. Easy installation

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Cellink Neo 6

i got this battery pack recently and everything run smoothly. now i have peace of mind leaving my car on parking lot and this battery charge faster if you're using cigarette socket for charging if you chooses not to hardwired it. overall customer service was great and they will go extra mile to make sure you are getting the right product you wanted to and give you detail...

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Great Product

Fast shipping, easy installation, works good. Used chat feature for recommendation to make sure it met expectations and was spot on with what I was looking for. Thanks

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IROAD Power ODB-ll

Just what I was looking for,very easy to install
Just plug and play,very good product
A bit expensive though.

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My Thoughts

Good so far. Hope all works out in the future. Thank you

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Best Site for the Best Dashcams Around

My 2nd purchase from Alex and 2nd Blackvue camera purchased. Blackvue is my favourite dashcam because of its sleek and unobtrusive design and extremely high quality recordings. Easy to download recordings with the app now, will continue to recommend Blackvue's to everyone.

As for, great selection of the best Dashcams out on the market. Extremely informative website with an abundance of information and comparisons to make the right choice. Fast shipping and great customer service, this is the way to go to buy a dashcam over the cheaper but inferior choices on Amazon or anywhere else.

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Power output cable spliced for Thinkware

These cables were well made and of great quality. Shipping was fast and customer support went above and beyond to help me understand how to DIY my first dash cam. Very much value added support!

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Viofo A119 V3 Dash Cam

Excellent sharp video. Easy install and set up.
Used internet to find best suggested settings.

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I have done a lot of research on finding my second dash cam and decided on a VIOFO A119 V3.
I have seen some video of reviews of the camera and compared to my 1st Dash Cam A119S V2 and figured that VIOFO was a good choice again. I have seen Alex the CEO of BlackBoxMyCar do a review video on the A119 V3 in 2019 and went to his website and decided it was very professionally designed and easy to use. Not only did I buy the camera I found some accessories.
I ordered then noticed they offered first responders and military a discount and sent an email if I could get this discount. Quick email reply from Paul who I sent documentation on proof and he who forwarded my request to get a refund on my purchase. Thank you.
Now I did order my camera knowing it was back ordered as well as this was Christmas and New Years week so I wasn’t expecting to see the camera until Jan 2020.
It did arrive in a box and was properly packed. I had numerous email from FedEx where my package was and when it would arrive and someone must be home to signature for it.
Between the initial purchase and receiving my dash cam BBMC has been above and beyond what I expected and under the leadership of Alex I see why this company is so successful.
Thank you everyone for a great purchase and plan on additional future purchase from me.
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Delivery Needs To Be Improved

I ordered it on Dec 28 with Rocket shipping and it arrived Jan 6 but I had to constantly contact them about the status of the order as it was stuck for many days with no updates. I give this service 1 star. The product itself is excellent, well made (except the App), easy to install, etc which deserves 5 stars. Overall 3 stars.

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Great for extended parking mode!

Before purchased and installed the Cellink Neo I was using my Thinkware Q800Pro hardwired to my car. However, my vehicle stays parked for days on end without me having to drive anywhere. I get about 40 hours with a dual camera setup, and I couldn’t be happier to have an extra piece of mind. The installation was very easy, as I did it myself (hardwired) and mounted it under the driver seat. This would be a worth while purchase.

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Although my dash cam was on a backorder after Christmas, it delivered right the way I wanted it. I like the dash cam is tiny. The video is very clear.

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Great product to reduce glare!

Does what it says to reduce windshield glare, it’s easy to install

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Amazing Product - Worth Buying

This product helped hardwiring my dash cam so much easier as there were no wires that needed to be spliced. The trim tool made it convenient to tuck the wires inside the car and only show minimal wires. All in all, this all-in-one kit, made hardwiring my dash cam so much easier.

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Great dash cam and you guys where very helpful.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks guys

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As described

Very pleased with my purchase. Blackboxmycar is the go to place for dash cams. This VIOFO exceeded my expectations.

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Great Radar

Works as advertised with U1000.

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