Are Cellink NEO type batteries a necessity?

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:D I am not smart like people who make their own power supply, nor I will ever acquire their knowledge or skills because it's the kind where I just don't get it.

So for me, I like to have the cellink neo type batteries. Reasons: New vehicle, if things happen related to the battery that is covered by the warranty, sometimes dealerships would find excuses to void your warranty. I rather avoid that then waste time arguing and proving that a simple dash cam can't do **** to the battery. No need to worry about voltage cut off and would be nice not to accidentally have a dead battery in the middle of -30C outside.

Majority have it hardwired and have the voltage cut off. So you should be fine. Only when you really need an extra battery is when you consider getting it. Or if you don't mind the extra cost (this would be me).
My feelings exactly! Small price to pay to do things right and prevent battery damage...all while extending parking mode times. :)
 

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IMHO extending parking mode times isn't the right answer unless it's enough to cover all of your parking time. Fate seems to always strike when you're not ready- at least that's how it goes with me- so you really need to cover 100% of your parking time. More is better but it's not really enough when all can be achieved instead ;)

If the Cellink can do that for you then great, but if it can't then you are better off doing what you need to from the start by adding a RV-type battery system for your cams. It's not that hard to do and you have only one wire going to your car battery from the battery isolator and another to ground; all the rest is system-dedicated wiring and there's not a lot of that. There should be no car warranty issues as the isolator protects the car from any problems in the added system, and it's a safer bet than possibly overloading a fused car circuit at the fusebox. Which in itself can be used as an excuse to not honor your car warranty. If you read warranty details you'll discover that it becomes void when you add anything not installed by your car dealer which must also be a manufacturer-approved device, so any dashcam install has already risked that since no after-market dashcams are manufacturer-approved devices :cautious:

So really it's your choice how to do things and you may not need anything more than a 3-wire HWK to give you the parking protection you want. No single solution is going to work best for everyone- it never does.

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IMHO extending parking mode times isn't the right answer unless it's enough to cover all of your parking time. Fate seems to always strike when you're not ready- at least that's how it goes with me- so you really need to cover 100% of your parking time. More is better but it's not really enough when all can be achieved instead ;)

If the Cellink can do that for you then great, but if it can't then you are better off doing what you need to from the start by adding a RV-type battery system for your cams. It's not that hard to do and you have only one wire going to your car battery from the battery isolator and another to ground; all the rest is system-dedicated wiring and there's not a lot of that. There should be no car warranty issues as the isolator protects the car from any problems in the added system, and it's a safer bet than possibly overloading a fused car circuit at the fusebox. Which in itself can be used as an excuse to not honor your car warranty. If you read warranty details you'll discover that it becomes void when you add anything not installed by your car dealer which must also be a manufacturer-approved device, so any dashcam install has already risked that since no after-market dashcams are manufacturer-approved devices :cautious:

So really it's your choice how to do things and you may not need anything more than a 3-wire HWK to give you the parking protection you want. No single solution is going to work best for everyone- it never does.

Phil
Very true. I was going to use just the HK3 kit, but I preferred to have a longer recording time and I had some concern of wearing out my battery faster. I ended up ordering the Cellink Neo which gives me plenty of parking mode time for my needs. The other thing I kept thinking too was that your recording is just going to loop over itself the longer you’re in parking mode. So if the device is set to motion activation or radar energy saving mode it will likely partition certain footage and loop record the rest, the partitioned files will still be very large which will fill up your memory card quickly. Using timelapse or buffered recording would extend your memory card’s usefulness a bit, but I would think it would still fill up pretty quickly especially if you’re talking about being in parking mode for a week or longer. So then you have a cam with plenty of battery power, but no memory card space left for footage
 

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What if you only drive 15 minutes to work, work for 12 hours while the camera is in parking mode, then drive 15 minutes home? The vehicles primary lead acid battery will easily recharge in that time because it sees 13.7 volts and 10 - 20 amps from the vehicles charging system. A battery like the Blackvue's is only seeing 5V at 1 - 2 amps... That's why, to me, they don't make sense. The Blackvue battery will never recharge in the 15 minute drive seeing that voltage and current.
FYI, the Cellink Neo and BlackVue Power Magic Ultra both can pull 9A @ over 14v when hardwired with an appropriate wiring harness. You can get quite a bit of charge from a 15 minute drive.
 

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FYI, the Cellink Neo and BlackVue Power Magic Ultra both can pull 9A @ over 14v when hardwired with an appropriate wiring harness. You can get quite a bit of charge from a 15 minute drive.
My Cellink B is hardwired at 7A. Yesterday I had it running a single Blackvue DR590W in parking mode for about 9 hours.
On the drive home, after 17 minutes, the green full charge light came on.

I've have had cameras hardwired, but none of them lasted 9 hours on my battery with at cutoff of 12.4v
 

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FYI, the Cellink Neo and BlackVue Power Magic Ultra both can pull 9A @ over 14v when hardwired with an appropriate wiring harness. You can get quite a bit of charge from a 15 minute drive.
A standard car battery can charge at 50 amps, and an AGM car battery can charge at 80 amps, the Cellink Neo's 9 amps seems quite slow...
 

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I wonder why I had issues with my HK3 powering off too early then?
The first few weeks it would last > 8 hours and then it started dropping until it the A129 would only last about 5 minutes. I was driving the car about 1 hour a day at least.
 
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I wonder why I had issues with my HK3 powering off too early then?
The first few weeks it would last > 8 hours and then it started dropping until it the A129 would only last about 5 minutes. I was driving the car about 1 hour a day at least.
I'm no electrician, but maybe you had the HK3 wired into a circuit which shuts off after 5 minutes?? But I guess that still doesn't explain why it used to last over 8 hours! hmmmm
 
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