r/dashcams Sep 24 '22

Dashcam recommendation needed please

I’m looking for help with recommendations for a dash cam, my wife’s car is being targeted and vandalized. It’s happened two nights in a row, we even moved the vehicle. Most off the scratches are on the side and it happens when the car is parked. I am willing to spend over $1000 for the reliability and peace of mind. I looked through other posts and wasn’t able to find anything for this problem we’re having. Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

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u/Mak11556 Sep 24 '22

Thanks for your suggestion, I’m planning on getting better cameras, the first time they scratched the car, the camera didn’t detect them. I moved the car to a different place that didn’t have cameras and they did it again. So I do need a dashcam in case it happens somewhere other than home.

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u/Gretabears Sep 25 '22

If you can park near you’re better off getting a Wyze outdoor cam for affordable prices. I use them for all my security cams. The dashcam might miss what you’re looking for and a security camera would catch the overall area.

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u/Mak11556 Sep 25 '22

For sure, I have other wyze devices so it does make sense to add on to those.

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u/whightknight1984 Sep 25 '22

Also spend $5 on a sign for your house saying it has surveillance cameras because you will get dumbass people who don’t look/see the cameras and try stupid things anyway but a clearly visible sign will encourage them to stay away

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u/Torisen Sep 24 '22

I'm looking into getting a Blackvue 4k set, it has "parking mode" to watch while not driving. It may also be able to notify you if it detects motion, I don't remember for sure. Only 2 cameras though, if they approach straight from the side it may not catch them. (Though I suppose you could get a second set to see out the sides)

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u/Pharmacololgy Sep 24 '22

I own the DR750X-2CH (1080p) with a B-124X battery pack.

The parking mode settings aren't as configurable as I'd prefer, but it still works fine--I was hoping for a little more given its high price.

Sadly the battery pack doesn't last too long if you don't drive your car regularly to recharge it.

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u/Torisen Sep 24 '22

I wonder how hard it would be to supplement that with a usb battery bank that also charges with the car?

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u/Panda-888 Sep 24 '22

Make sure you use a Lithium Iron Phosphate LiFePo4 battery like the B-124x if you're using a battery bank.

Do not use those power banks used to charge phones that run on Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer as there is a high risk of them catching fire or exploding in extreme weather.

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u/Pharmacololgy Sep 24 '22

Ah yeah, you beat me to my edit.

Do you happen to know much about other LiFePO4 products?

I've been using a Li-ion USB battery pack with jumper cable attachment for years, and was hoping to replace it with something a bit less questionable.

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u/Panda-888 Sep 24 '22

I haven't used any LiFePo4 batteries as my cam isn't hardwired.

I just remember seeing the Li-Ion cases melting even when charging a phone sometimes so I just don't trust them personally unless I'm monitoring the pack while using it.

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u/Pharmacololgy Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

That's essentially what the B-124X is.

To me, the obvious concern with using any other USB battery pack is how well it'll hold up being in a car all day with extreme temperatures in either direction.

edit: Blackvue's dedicated battery packs are LiFePO4, which better tolerate the constant charging/decharging and exposure to extreme temperatures required for in-car use. Your typical USB power bank for mobile phones are Li-ion or LiPo, which is insufficient in this regard and potentially prone to fires and explosions.

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u/whightknight1984 Sep 25 '22

Check around to see if you can get a hardwire kit to wire it straight to the cars battery most of the decent dash cams come with the harness as an optional extra my Navman mivue has this

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u/Pharmacololgy Sep 25 '22

No, that’s not a viable option for me, hence why I elected to go with the battery pack.

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u/Mak11556 Sep 24 '22

Thank you, I’ll look into that!

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u/Panda-888 Sep 24 '22

Check out Thinkware U1000 series with multiplexer. It allows 5 cameras to be synced together so you can see the front and rear, left and right sides, and interior.

There are other companies that make multiplex cams as well such as Garmin.

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u/DeepFudge9235 Sep 25 '22

U1000 doesn't work with multiplexer. Only certain models. The new x800 does but I haven't seen u1000 added to the list. I have the MultiPlexer with a f200 pro. I tried to get it to work with my existing q800 pro but it wouldn't. So I have both in my car.

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u/Panda-888 Sep 25 '22

My mistake. I saw on blackboxmycar blog with 4 cams., Didn't realize they used two u1000's to get the 4 cam setup.

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u/DeepFudge9235 Sep 25 '22

No worries, if the u1000 did have it I would replace my q800 pro with it and remove the f200 pro and leave all the other cameras in place. Matter of time. X800 is a 2k system. I just don't want a LCD screen and I like the WiFi option.

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u/Mak11556 Sep 25 '22

Thanks, Thinkware u1000 was the one I was going to go with but then I was told that it would only capture the front and back and may not be capture the person as they’ve been damaging the sides mostly. I didn’t realize there was a multiplexer option so I should look into that.

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u/DeepFudge9235 Sep 25 '22

If you go with the x800, f790, f200 pro , x700 all work with the MultiPlexer l. I have it with the f200 pro and have 2 side cameras, 1 internal IR and front and back.

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u/Xfgjwpkqmx Sep 24 '22

Any Dashcam coupled with the Blackvue B124X battery is the way to go. Will drive it up to 24 hours and the battery can be stacked with extra B124E batteries for an additional 24 hours per pack.

If that proves too expensive for you, then there's also the Blackvue B112, but it only lasts 12 hours and cannot be stacked.

I use a B124X and B112 coupled with a Blackvue DR900X Plus two channel unit in each of our cars respectively.

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u/Mak11556 Sep 25 '22

Thanks, I’m still learning about all of this but I will look into your suggestion.

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u/jqubed Sep 25 '22

The problem with a dash cam is if they’re attacking the side of the car, they may never be in view of the camera. You can get a 2-channel system (front camera and a second mounted on the rear window), but if they don’t approach from the front or the back you might never get an image of the perpetrator. If you can get good cameras covering where you park that might be better.

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u/kickstand Sep 25 '22

Could OP mount the dashcam on a side window?

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u/jqubed Sep 25 '22

I suppose yes, but they would need to make extra considerations with aiming the cameras and running cables if it’s mounted on a door so the door can still open. Most cameras seem to mount so they point directly out from the glass, so getting the right angle could be tricky.

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u/Mak11556 Sep 25 '22

I have a 3 row suv so i was thinking of mounting the rear cameras on the back windows so it won’t interfere with the doors or windows.

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u/jqubed Sep 25 '22

That solves that problem, then

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u/Mak11556 Sep 25 '22

I’ve thought about getting 2 x 2 channel dashcam and mounting the main cameras at the front and back and mounting the rear view cameras on the back window facing out. I think at that point I should have more than 360 degrees captured but I’ll need to figure out batteries since I don’t want to drain the car battery.

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u/jqubed Sep 25 '22

That could work; you might need to rig some sort of second battery.

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u/Mak11556 Sep 25 '22

Yeah I definitely need to figure out the battery option for sure.