Welcome to DCT @RafrafDoes the parking hardware kit come with battery protection?
Thanks for the tip on adjusting the exposure settings Phil. I will do this once the filters are fitted.Welcome to DCT @lohr500 The B1W has the lowest power draw of any cam during recording and is bested by only one other in parking mode for power usage. Getting 48 hours from 2 cams is doing good; many single cams won't go that long. When you install the CPL's you might need to adjust the exposure settings as those tend to darken images a bit, especially at night.
Thanks Phil for your input, much appreciated. I like saving money too, one of the plus points of B1Ws as well as the WiFi and regular firmware updates/enhancements.@Rafraf - My personal choice shouldn't influence your decision, as I don't mind the extra amount of time and effort involved with separate cams which I sometimes swap around. Most folks don't see dashcams as a hobby like I do and would probably be better served with simplicity and ease of use
I can vouch for the B1W's tolerance to the summer heat I get, but you're going to have even higher temperatures to contend with there. I think it will do well there as long as you keep the cams out of direct sunlight and have some airflow in the car. I don't have any direct experience with the 0906, but many people in climates like mine have no heat-related problems with it. I like saving money and I like the B1W a lot- just my opinion.
I believe 1 hardwire kit can drive 2 B1W if you have one with suitable connectors, or with the ability to add a Y adaptor, that would allow you to turn both off together at night.Thanks Phil for your input, much appreciated. I like saving money too, one of the plus points of B1Ws as well as the WiFi and regular firmware updates/enhancements.
What's holding me back on the B1Ws are the complications with managing the rear cam, it lacks a remote so it'll be difficult to lock files on the spot. Also if the rear cam is hardwired to support parking mode but I want to turn the rear cam off when it's parked in the garage I'll have to go to the back and disconnect the USB cable and reconnect it again before I start driving...a recipe for disaster as I'm likely to forget! Age related
If you have any simple suggestions/work arounds to address these issues, I'd be more than happy to hear them!
Hi Nigel, Read in another post that it was recommended to use 2 hardwire kits but if using 1 hardwire kit is reliable and safe, I'd appreciate any details eg. Addon fuse cables, installation etc.believe 1 hardwire kit can drive 2 B1W if you have one with suitable connectors, or with the ability to add a Y adaptor, that would allow you to turn both off together at night.
Good points! Reliability and the capability to operate in a hot climate like Malaysia are important. Stop method and save maybe workable.A difficult decision, in your situation I would probably go with the B1Ws because they seem better built and will cope with higher temperatures since they use less power and generate less of their own heat.
Also, if you want to make sure a bit of video is safe, with the B1W and its wifi you can stop and use your phone and the app to copy the video onto your phone - two copies are much safer
@Nigel what are the specs for a top quality USB cable?The only part iof this I'd be concernbed with would be the long rear USB cable which would need to be top quality to avoid power losses
First of all the makeup of the wire, so you will want a pure copper wire and not cheap CCA wire ( Copper Clad Aluminum )what are the specs for a top quality USB cable?
Good idea @kamkar1 , it should be easier to source this than a good long USB cable.To not have too large USB wires you could lenghten the 12 V side of the hard wire kit, so the USB wires only have to reach from the middle of your car and to the front / rear.
Good USB cable is 24AWG or less, poor stuff is maybe 28AWG. One B1W doesn't use much power so it would probably work OK with poor stuff, but look for 24AWG or less, for some other cameras 22AWG is preferred.@Nigel what are the specs for a top quality USB cable?
How is the rear cam USB cable connected to the front cam hardwire kit? Would want to utilize the hardwire kit battery protection to minimize the risk of rear cam draining the car battery.
Also will a larger addon fuse be required since 2 cams are connected to the hardwire kit? If yes how large a fuse?
Not sure if this is a workable idea, but I'm thinking about getting a battery jump starter like this https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32919364453.html?pid=808_0000_0201&spm=a2g0n.search-amp.list.32919364453&aff_trace_key=f771cd9498f5428bb271d4faf4d13b21-1546614633791-06282-UneMJZVf&aff_platform=msite&m_page_id=2656amp-_Ft9ueDHY-z90jPdstMRXg1547188336605
It looks like a glorified battery pack, so thought it might be an idea to connect both front and rear cams to the jumper starters USB ports, and connect the jump starter to the cigarette lighter. In this way if I've the car in the garage I can switch off the jump starter to power off the cams. Or switch on the jump starter to power on cameras if I'm driving or want it in parking mode. Also can still use the jump starter as a jump starter if I need it!
One concern I have is the reliability and safety of the jump starter as it's a lithium ion battery, that's why I thought it better to connect the jump starter to the cigarette socket rather than the hardwire kit to prevent overcharging/overheating of the jump starter battery.
@Nigel @SawMaster would be interested in hearing your thoughts this jump starter idea?
Yes I too doubt the claimed battery capacity, suspect it'll be around 10-16000mAh.I don't believe the capacity claimed, I'll make a guess at 12 hours for 2 B1W, but it would be days if the capacity specification is correct!
It will be LiFe, not lipo chemistry inside.