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What is the Energy Saving Parking Mode 2.0 feature of the Thinkware Q1000 Dash Cam?

The primary function of a dash cam is to record incidents while driving. However, some dash cams can also record while the vehicle is parked, commonly referred to as parking mode.

For additional security, parking mode is intended to record incidents such as door dings or when someone forgets to put their parking brake on and collides with your car. This feature is a standard inclusion in every Thinkware dash cam.

Parking surveillance is Thinkware’s priority. Boasting more advanced parking mode features, every Thinkware Dash Cam has a built-in voltage meter, which you can set the voltage threshold that will turn off the dash cam to preserve your vehicle’s battery, present in the Energy Saving mode in the 2022 Thinkware Q1000.

What is Thinkware's Energy Saving Parking Mode?

First offered by Thinkware, the Energy Saving mode enables the Thinkware dash cam to enter a sleep mode to conserve the vehicle's battery life, and wakes up when an impact is detected to save the footage instantly. Energy Saving mode only records footage triggered by impacts, allowing the dash cam like the Thinkware Q1000 to reduce power consumption and stay in Parking mode for longer periods of time.

What Energy Saving mode does the Thinkware Q1000 Dash Cam have?


Thinkware first introduced the Energy Saving mode 1.0. With the Thinkware Q1000 released this year, the energy saving mode was developed to a 2.0 version.

What is the difference between the Energy Saving Mode 1.0 vs. Energy Saving Mode 2.0?

Energy Saving Mode 1.0 was created to allow your vehicle to run for up to 72 hours or three days before shutting down. It's already an impressive accomplishment, but Thinkware went above and beyond with the Energy Saving 2.0 advancement.

Moreover, the 2.0 version allows the dashcam to be left on standby for up to 23.4 days due to significantly reduced electricity consumption. When an impact is detected, the dashcam will wake up within a second and begin recording for the next 20 seconds.

* Based on 4,500mAH battery (BAB-50)

* Variables: Temperature, the efficiency of the battery by usage time, and change in current after a detection

Energy Saving Mode with RADAR Module

When combined with the RADAR Module Accessory, the Energy Saving Mode 2.0 Parking Mode can record from 10 seconds before to 10 seconds after an impact while drawing less power than our standard Motion Detection and Time Lapse Modes. When the radar detects a moving object within the range, the dashcam will exit energy-saving mode and prepare to record an impact.

The Energy Saving mode 2.0 is ideal for users who frequently park their vehicle for multiple days, such as at an airport or at home while on a business trip.

What are the other Parking Surveillance Modes in Thinkware Q1000 dash cam?

Smart Parking Mode

The Smart Parking Mode feature protects the Q1000 from heat-related damage by automatically switching to a low-power mode if the temperature inside the vehicle rises too high during Parking Surveillance. In this state, the dash cam only records incidents caused by impacts until its operating temperature returns to normal, allowing it to resume Motion Detection or Timelapse Parking mode.

Impact and Motion Detection

With Impact and Motion Detection enabled, any potential vandalism attempts and hit-and-run drivers will be detected while the car is parked. Impact detection captures any impact to the vehicle in Parking mode, while Motion detection captures any movement around the vehicle.

Time Lapse

In Parking mode, Time Lapse records footage at 2 frames per second, allowing the dash cam to continuously record long periods of parking surveillance without increasing power consumption. Note that you cannot use Motion Detection, Time Lapse, or Energy Saving at the same time.

How to Enable the Parking Mode Setting in Thinkware Q1000 2K QHD dash cam

  1. Connect to the Dashcam via WiFi or Hotspot
  2. Select Dash Cam Settings > Record Settings
  3. Select your desired Parking Mode.
  4. Once you are done, click on the back arrow in the top-left to finalize your changes.

Thinkware Q1000 2K QHD Dash Cam: Where Parking Surveillance Mode is a Priority

It is true that Thinkware Q1000 can extend its parking surveillance coverage to the next level. With its camera that covers 2k QHD front and rear, Sony Starvis sensors, and Super Night Vision 3.0, the Thinkware Q1000 maximizes video recording and lets you enjoy parking protection against potential mishaps and hit-and-runs with hardwiring installation.

When selecting Impact/Motion Detection, Time Lapse, or Energy Saving parking modes, you can tailor the Q1000's Parking Surveillance mode to the coverage that best meets your surveillance needs.

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