Older dash cam models with Energy Saving Parking Mode like the Thinkware U1000 and Thinkware Q1000 are compatible with an external Thinkware RADAR module. This accessory allows the dash cam to record before and after the impact, while in Energy Saving Parking Mode.
So, when combined with the Thinkware 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 dash cam will exit energy-saving mode and prepare to record an impact.
If an impact is detected within 30 seconds, the dash cam will save a 20-second video of the impact and the aftermath. If no impact is detected within the next 30 seconds, the dash cam will return to energy-saving mode.
With this, Energy Saving Parking 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. The RADAR Accessory detects the motion of sedan-sized vehicles within 7M of the vehicle. Do note that it will not pick-up the motion of people walking by the vehicle.
We tested the Energy Saving Mode 2.0 on a Thinkware U1000 dash cam and discovered that it can survive 99.6 hours or 4.1 days, regardless of whether it is single or dual-channel. Meanwhile, the new Thinkware U3000 can last for 535.7 hours or 22.3 days for a single channel and 489.1 hours or 20.4 days for a dual channel dash cam.
While the Thinkware U1000 and Thinkware Q1000 require a separate RADAR accessory, the Thinkware U3000 already includes a built-in RADAR sensor in its unit, so you no longer need to buy an external module. If you wish to extend your parking modes for greater peace of mind, we recommend you to get an external battery pack like the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8.