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Holiday Mall Parking Survival - Brilliant Tip from our CEO

Holiday Mall Parking Survival - Brilliant Tip from our CEO

The busiest shopping season of the year is quickly approaching. Many retailers are already fully decked out in preparation for the many shoppers flocking to the mall this shopping season. Unfortunately, the festive spirit doesn’t always extend into the parking lot. You may laugh about it or even sing about it, but you can’t deny that the mall parking lot can make even the friendliest, minivan-driving soccer mom turn into a raging monster. Ever wonder where all those mysterious scratches and dents on your car came from? Hit-and-runs, vandalism and even thefts can sure put a damper on holiday shopping.

You could just sign up for Amazon Prime and avoid the mall altogether. But there are things that e-commerce will never be able to replicate - the music, the lights, and the Santa photos! With that said, our CEO has one brilliant tip for you all: Parking Mode.

What is Dash Cam Parking Mode?

Parking mode is a fancy word for any recording done while the engine is off and your car is parked. Most dash cams come with a parking mode option, even the lower end ones. While most parking mode recording kicks in within seconds of ignition-off, the parking mode features lineup differs greatly from camera to camera.

Alex, our CEO, has recently tested the Thinkware U1000 2-Channel with the RADAR module and a Cellink NEO battery pack in his car. Let's see what he has to say.

Questions? We love questions!


What’s so great about the U1000’s parking mode?

The Thinkware U1000 2-Channel is a great dash cam not only because it is the highest resolution dash cam system on the market (4K UHD video recording from the front camera and 2K recording from the rear camera), but it is the only true 4K dash cam that comes with radar motion detection via the optional radar module accessory.

The optional radar module is designed to enhance the U1000's Energy Saving Mode with buffered recording, something that was an “either or” previously.

In other words, instead of relying on the dash cam’s own built-in motion detectors, you will be using the RADAR module during Energy Saving Mode. This not only allows your dash cam to stay “asleep” longer (which conserves energy, giving you a true energy-saving performance), but you’re beefing up your dash cam’s motion detection with the RADAR’s ultra-high frequency radar motion detection technology.

Pair that with the U1000's capability to send a notification and the video footage straight to your smartphone via Thinkware Cloud, all you need is the Thinkware mobile app and a mobile WiFi hotspot in your car and you just got yourself the strongest parking surveillance dash cam setup available on the market.

In case you're wondering, you can create your own mobile hotspot virtually anywhere with a mobile router or a smartphone with a built-in mobile hotspot function.


Does RADAR work on other Thinkware dash cams?

The RADAR module is a U1000-specific add-on accessory so it will not work with other Thinkware dash cams. Specifically, to enable RADAR motion detection you will first need to enable the Energy Saving Parking Mode on the U1000 dash cam.

If you currently have the Q800PRO or the F800 Pro, upgrading to the U1000 is pretty straightforward - you can reuse your existing hardwire setup. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, which means great deals on the U1000 are on the way!


Any non-Thinkware dash cams with good parking mode features?

Thinkware is well-known for its great parking mode offerings, but if you’re not the biggest fan of Thinkware dash cams, another great parking mode brand is BlackVue. In fact, the BlackboxMyCar company car uses the BlackVue DR900S-2CH.

The DR900S-2CH is another dual channel system that offers great video quality: 4K UHD from the front and Full HD from the rear camera. In terms of parking mode capabilities, the DR900S comes with two different parking mode options: the default motion and impact detection using the dash cam's built-in motion sensors and accelerometer (or G-sensor), as well as the time-lapse mode.

And just like the Thinkware dash cams, you can be alerted instantly of anything that happens in parking mode, thanks to BlackVue's Over-the-Cloud service.


Is an external battery pack a must for parking mode?

Absolutely not! The number one requirement for using parking mode is a steady power supply. If you are using the cigarette lighter socket in your car to power the dash cam while you drive, then you will need to find an alternative power source when the vehicle is powered down.

Hardwire dash cam to the car battery

This option will allow you to bypass the cigarette lighter socket and all other switches along the way and tap right into the car’s battery. The common concern about this option is battery over-drainage. Thinkware dash cams have a built-in voltage cutoff protection to prevent car battery discharge but overtime, it will cause wear and tear on the car battery, so we strongly recommend the external battery pack.

Read more about installing a dash cam with a hardwiring kit or better yet, watch it on video:

External battery pack

With this option, you are connect the dash cam to the external battery pack. It will draw power from the battery pack for parking mode coverage. There are two different ways to charge an external battery pack: hardwire or cigarette lighter socket. For Thinkware dash cams, we recommend the Cellink NEO battery.

Learn more about dash cam battery packs


The ultimate parking mode dash cam setup for a Black Friday camp-out?

Hands down, Thinkware U1000 2-Channel Dash Cam  + RADAR module + Cellink NEO battery + 128GB SD card. With this setup, you get Parking Mode coverage for up to 170 hours (7 days). Basically, you can shop until you drop, literally. This is also a great setup to have if you need to park your car when going away this Holiday season.

A BlackVue-fan? Try this: BlackVue DR900S-2CH Dash Cam + BlackVue B-124X Battery Pack + BlackVue MicroSD Card. Not the same extended parking mode, but definitely highly recommended if you like to keep it BlackVue-only.

Until next time, Happy Holiday Shopping and most of all, Happy Holiday Parking!

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Why are these not more popular? Easy setup and operation. and will work to protect the system battery nicely.

It's a nice dashcam but I don't like the fact that I couldn't zoom into my videos on the phone app but only on a computer,so I sent it back and get the blackvue dr900s 2channel which is very awesome. But I really like the customer service at blackboxmycar, they are very helpful and answer all your questions.

Good but not perfect. But darn, they just announced an improved model!

Easy installation. I installed this to replace a 360 view dashcam that had terrible image quality. I’m very technically experienced and the app/install was not intuitive, but it all worked. Many of the online reviews that said the app was totally unusable seem a bit harsh. Image isn’t quite as crisp as I had hoped, but reasonably good. Candidly, the biggest disappointment is that the day after installing the camera, I received the announcement from BlackVue that they’ve announced at CES improvements to this camera and an even better 4GLTE camera! I depended on the advice from BlackboxMyCar and would have waiting for the updated models.

A must have for your car

The picture quality is great even in night mode very clear. A good investment for your safety.

Price and Quality sweet spot

My first dashcam, I installed with the additional 3-wire ACC kit in my 2010 Colorado Crew Cab. My only gripe is that I wish the rear camera could also be connected through the GPS module so that I don't have to disconnect the cable when removing the camera from my truck to look at footage. I find it easier to pop off the camera from the GPS mount, then connect with the supplied mini-USB cable to my laptop. Otherwise, the image and audio quality is really great, and it has all the necessary functions.

Really good dashcam, but......

Have really no complains withe the cam itself but the rear cam I can't use as the is no place to stick it to as the back of my truck is all fabric. If your gonna buy a dashcam that has front and rear cameras make sure there somewhere to stick it to. It would be nice if there were a small suction mount for rear camera as well. All in all I would recommend buying this dash cam!

love it

had mine installed Monday 1/20/2020 and it is working great

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The best!

So professional and so knowledgeable. There was no question I had that they didn't have an answer for. They helped make my decision easy for what is a relatively expensive purchase.

Hi Kevin, thanks for leaving a review. Glad to hear that our team was able to help you out with all your needs!
BlackVue Power Magic EZ

Excellent products, prices and customer services very helpful.

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2nd day of usage records crash

I installed two A119V3s - front and rear on my vehicle. I never got the chance to review any recordings. On the morning of the second day using them, while stopped at a STOP sign, I was rear-ended by a pick-up truck. I was pleasantly surprised to see that both units performed flawlessly.

What are the odds,lol?

During installation, I had a few questions which were quickly answered by the BlackboxMyCar staff. A truly professional business! BTW, video quality was excellent !!!

Hi TV, thanks for leaving a review! Glad to hear that you're loving your VIOFO, but even happier to hear that you're okay. Let's hope you don't get in any more accidents, but do reach out at anytime if you have any other questions.
Great camera setup, with one flaw...

Great camera setup, with one flaw...
I purchased the Viofo A129 Pro Duo with the Cellink Neo battery and HK3 ACC Hardwire kit, including an extra CPL filter for the rear camera. The video quality of the cameras are quite good. I've had four others made by Rexing and the Vantrue X1 and X3. The feel of these cameras are substantial, feels well made compared to others I've had and the mounts really hold. The CPL filters also appear to be made from quality materials and the wiring harnesses are excellent.

One of the features that I really wanted to take advantage of was the Auto Event Detection, while in parking mode. This feature buffers several seconds of video in memory ahead of an event so that when something does happen, it commits what is in memory to the microSD card and you don't lose the initial impact of the event. Otherwise, when nothing is happening, the camera is always watching but it is not writing to the microSD card. A great feature, but it does not work if you use the included GPS mount...what? So you have to decide, do you want GPS data or do you want Auto Event Detection; you can't have both!

I have sent a request to the support team to see if they can submit this as a future feature enhancement through a firmware update. I hope they can make that work, but for now this is why I can't give this a five star review.

Hi MWood, thank you for the feedback. We will keep that in mind and will relay that over to the VIOFO team as well. They do continuously upgrade their dash cam firmware, so we wouldn't be surprised if this gets addressed in the near future. Do let us know if you have any other feedback. Thanks for leaving a review!
Great camera setup, with one flaw...

I purchased the Viofo A129 Pro Duo with the Cellink Neo battery and HK3 ACC Hardwire kit, including an extra CPL filter for the rear camera. The video quality of the cameras are quite good. I've had four others made by Rexing and the Vantrue X1 and X3. The feel of these cameras are substantial, feels well made compared to others I've had and the mounts really hold. The CPL filters also appear to be made from quality materials and the wiring harnesses are excellent.

One of the features that I really wanted to take advantage of was the Auto Event Detection, while in parking mode. This feature buffers several seconds of video in memory ahead of an event so that when something does happen, it commits what is in memory to the microSD card and you don't lose the initial impact of the event. Otherwise, when nothing is happening, the camera is always watching but it is not writing to the microSD card. A great feature, but it does not work if you use the included GPS mount...what? So you have to decide, do you want GPS data or do you want Auto Event Detection; you can't have both!

I have sent a request to the support team to see if they can submit this as a future feature enhancement through a firmware update. I hope they can make that work, but for now this is why I can't give this a five star review.

Hi MWood, thank you for the feedback. We will keep that in mind and will relay that over to the VIOFO team as well. They do continuously upgrade their dash cam firmware, so we wouldn't be surprised if this gets addressed in the near future. Do let us know if you have any other feedback. Thanks for leaving a review!
Very Satisfied

Installation and setup was easy.

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Easiest way

This plug is the easiest way to plug in your dash cam.
Shipped fast and was a good deal.

Hi Colin, thank you for leaving a review! Glad to hear that you love your purchase.
First Dash Cam purchase

After searching the internet for dash cam retailers, I settled on BlackBoxMyCar and I am very happy I chose them. I'm very pleased with my Viofo A129 Duo. I was able to have several questions answered on-line and that was a key factor in selecting my dash cam and BlackBoxMyCar. They will be my go to vendor for my next dash cam.

Hi John, thanks for purchasing from BlackboxMyCar. We're glad to have you as a happy customer :) Let us know at any time if you have any questions in the future.

VIOFO A119 V3 QHD+ Dash Cam

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Great item

Getting installed Monday 1/20/2020

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Very Satisfied

I purchased the suction cup mount to allow me to transfer my Viofo A119V3 between vehicles.

The A119 V3 fits very securely onto the suction cup mount. This mount is superior to those I have used with other devices e.g. GPS in that it offers adjustment in both tilting and rotating, both of which can be locked in position, and when coupled with the titling lens it is very easy to get the best position for the Dashcam.

I found it very easy to secure the mount to my windshield.

Recommended if you intend to move the Dashcam between vehicles or to rental cars.

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Right fit

I ordered a part for my new car , It all worked out thank you.

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Awesome Rideshare Setup!

First of all! Very nice and knowledgeable people at blackboxmycar! Second very nice setup with power magic pro wiring kit! Also very discrete design! Love the video quality! Especially at night with the Sony Starvis! Overall good setup! Can barely see the cams. Thanks again Blackboxmycar.com/BlackVue!!! 👍👍👍

Hi Eric, thanks for purchasing from BlackboxMyCar. Glad to hear that your dash cam worked out for you! Thanks for including pictures as well :) Looks great!
Very Good - not yet great. But getting there.

I purchased the BlackVue DR900S 2 channel with interior facing IR after an attempted theft of my 2019 F-150 Lariat. It was already a purchase I had been considering in order to add a layer of security during both active and passive vehicle usage and I didn't hesitate to go with BMC given the number of positive reviews.

After a fast and painless exchange via email, BMC matched a lower price point offer for the kit that I had found on the internet. BMC even included a slightly larger storage card. Shipping and receipt went smoothly.

If I can fault BMC it is in the install and "commissioning" of the dash cam. Though I had done a fair bit of research and certainly am not one to shy away from peeling off some trim or crimping some wires, there was no step-by-step guide to installation that would have given an illustrated and comprehensive explanation of the process; now, this information exists and I was able to access it, but it was still a bit of a patchwork construction and an installation that I thought might take one hour took 2 days.

All said, though, the system is now up and running, so far flawlessly, in my vehicle. There has been a lot of trial and error, but the dash cam community is helpful and all of the information is available. You just need to look for it.

I will post a video review of my installation shortly - including hardwired battery installation.

Hi Alexander, thank you for leaving a review! We're glad to hear that we were able to help you with your order. You brought up some great points, and we will definitely take your feedback to heart for the future. We hope that the dash cam works out for you. Please let us know if you have any questions in the future.

BlackboxMyCar Add-A-Fuse Kit

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VIOFO A119 12V Auto Hardwire Kit

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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the ONLY place I can find this replacement part online

Blackboxmycar is the only place I could find that sells the cigarette socket power output cable for the Cellink Neo.
Fast shipping. Item as described.

Hi J. Kim, we're glad to hear you were able to find what you were looking for at our store. Thanks for shopping at BlackboxMyCar!
Great Kit- Everything you need

Our techs were able to install the dash camera and the Power Magic Pro with no problem by using this Essential Kit. We've bought 13 units so far. Very pleased.

Hi Jennifer, thanks for leaving a review. We're glad to hear that you have found everything you need in our Essential Installation Kits. Thanks!