Dash cams are great for while you are driving, right?
You can capture some awesome footage of the long drive, you can record a jerk driver, any road incident, and you’re protected in case you get into an accident and the other guy tries to shift the blame.
But all of this is done when you are driving.
- Dual Lens 1080P Car Camera – Front and Inside Facing
- Infrared Night Vision – Flawless video footage even when the passenger cabin is dark
- 24 Hours Parking Mode & Auto LCD OFF
- Looping Recording & G-Sensor – Overwrites the oldest footage with the newest upon filling a card to capacity
Dash cam recording when car is off?
When your car is off, you aren’t in your car, and probably not even near it. What happens to your car when you are at work for 8 hours? Or when you are asleep at night? Or when you leave it in a mall parking lot when you are shopping on a busy holiday?
There’s a dash cam for that, too.
Most newer premium dash cams can be set up to record when your car is off, too, turning it into a surveillance system.
A customer once contacted me because she had a problem with people vandalizing her car at night. This is a real problem, and with a dash cam, you can get the faces of the perpetrators that you can take to the police.
How to install a dash cam that records when car is off?
Normally, a dash cam is powered through the cigarette adapter – but this adapter doesn’t work when the car is off.
So to solve that problem, there is a handy little kit available from BlackVue that lets you wire your dash cam directly into your car’s fuse box, letting it run directly off the battery, so the car doesn’t have to be on.
These power adapters also have a breaker built into them so your dash cam doesn’t discharge your battery to the point that your car won’t start!
When you’ve got your compatible dash camera wired into your battery directly, you can set up “Parking Mode”.
In Parking Mode, whenever your camera detects motion, it will start recording. So if someone comes up to your car, it’ll detect the motion and start capturing footage.
This mode is very handy for when your car is parked and someone crashes into a parked car.
A dash cam can even manage to capture the offending car’s license plate, so you are covered.
To operate a dash camera as a surveillance dash cam, you need the following devices:
A dash cam with a motion sensor to trigger auto recording. If you need to check live streaming from the camera, you need a wireless/3 G dashcam. These dashcams can stream live recordings when the car is off.
A micro SD Card with a maximum capacity, maybe 128 or 256 Gb.
And most important, you need a battery power bank or a continuous power kit.
Best dash cameras for recording when car is parked
BlackVue DR900S-2CH Wireless Dashcam
BlackVue DR900S is a 4K Wireless dashcam which you can rely on even when your car is parked, or you are on a business trip.
The camera records videos at high-quality day and night without problems. The 4K 30fps recording quality allows you to see the smallest details of an unwanted event like a license plate number which hit and run.
This dashcam is an expensive one, but if you need a superior level of protection for your car when you’re in traffic when your car is parked or when you are not around, this model is a must.
THINKWARE F800 2-Channel Dash Cam | Front and Rear
This dashboard surveillance camera incorporates advanced safety technologies like the collision warning, lane departure, and camera alert warning system.
It also offers built-in wireless so you can control and check videos directly on your smartphone.
The parking mode feature uses the device’s inbuilt G sensors and Motion sensors to detect motion or vibration that further triggers the dash cam to record quick footage.
Thinkware F800 records a fast 30-second video when it detects motion and also secures it from being overwritten.
The dash cam pulls power from the cigarette lighter. If you require permanent recording when the car is parked, hardwiring it to the vehicle’s inbuilt battery could be a great option.
This dash camera also comes with a hardwiring kit if you need complete video recording at all the times.
The KDLinks X1 is a solid dash cam made by one of the most reputed dash cam manufacturers in the world. It is easy to use and captures really high-quality video.
When coupled with a Dash Cam Hardwire Kit, it can function as a car security camera and will record motion even if your car is off. The KDLinks X1 has a 165 degree wide viewing angle ensuring maximum coverage.
This dashcam has superior night vision with WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and a F/1.6 lens meaning it takes in a lot of light.
Rexing V1P Pro Dual
The Rexing V1P is a compact and high quality dash camera made by another great dash cam manufacturer, Rexing.
Rexing has dual cameras, each recording 1080p @ 30 fps. Both cameras feature 170 degree wide angle lens. One important feature incorporates a GPS location logger. It allows you to mark your location, time and speed at any point. This is helpful if you are wrongly pulled over for speeding. You can show footage to the judge to waive the ticket.
Just use the WiFi feature to view, share and save dash cam recordings into your mobile device via an app interface.
It also features technology to combat extreme hot and cold climates ensuring your dash cam will never shut down or overheat.
Separately, you can purchase their own Hardwire Kit to connect to your car’s fusebox to ensure the dashcam is running at all times.
Roav by Anker Dash Cam C2 Pro
Roav by Anker is a cheaper alternative to many of the dashcams listed on this page. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as the other products, but what it does deliver is a superb image quality, clear night vision and easy playback.
The built in WiFi allows you to review any footage necessary. So no need to remove that tiny MicroSD card!
The Roav is specifically designed to withstand hot weather, so no overheating issues. The mount also allows you to position the camera in any way you see fit.
Anker provides stellar customer support if you run into any issues or have questions about the device. As always, if you want to run your dashcam while it is off we recommend a generic
Protecting car’s battery from discharging
Dash cameras uses a small amount of current to operate, and you can use the car battery itself to power the dashcam.
If your car battery is old, it could discharge when using the dash cam for surveillance.
Hardware fuse kits are used to turn off the dash camera before the car battery drain out. As an alternative, you can buy a different dash cam hardwire fuse kit.
Spy Tec Dash Cam Hardwire Fuse Kit
The hardware fuse kit is perfect for parking mode and in fact, helps protect the car’s battery.
This dash cam hardware fuse kit can connect the camera directly to the fuse box for constant power from the vehicle’s battery for surveillance mode.
Streaming dashcam’s videos to your smartphone
Going a little further, you may want to live stream dashcam to the smartphone wherever you are.
This function could help you see in real time what happens to your car when it is parked.
Live streaming dash cams are cameras that connect to a wireless or 4G mobile network and stream live videos to your smartphone using a proprietary app.
Most manufacturers use a cloud service that allows you to see real times videos from your dashcam, alerts when the car is hit or other unwanted events.
While some cloud services are free, others are charging you a monthly fee for all these features.