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Old 11-17-2018, 11:11 AM   #1
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Battery Tender with no outlet?

So long story short. I live in a condo and the person who parks next to me hit my car last year. And when ICBC deemed him at fault my car was keyed. He started parking a few spots away but has since started to park beside me again. I’m storing my car for winter and usually I’d just take the battery out and put it on a tender. But for this year I’d like to keep my dashcam running with motion detection, but there’s no power outlet near where I park.

Has anyone charged their battery throughout the winter with no outlet? Maybe a battery pack that I can charge up every week? Something that’s not too big so I don’t get complaints from the strata.

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Battery pack? Two Dc car batteries, swap them out every week while on is on the charger. Skip the tender completely. I think you need to think this through clearly.
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How are you planning on charging a battery with no outlet?

If you were going to charge the car battery off a battery pack you could just run the dash cam off a battery directly. I would just get a power bank and run the cam off that, maybe get two and swap them as needed.
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powerbank would work if ur dash cam runs off of USB power, or u can look into dedicated battery packs for dash cams like cellink, both would be easier to swap and more viable option than a battery tender with/o an outlet or swapping out 12V car batteries.
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Good idea on the power bank guys, I'll get a couple. Much appreciated!
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Note on the power bank, make sure you get one that outputs the power necessary for your dash cam. If the dashcam isn't a usb plug and plug is a direct connection to the cig lighter, you can actually get a mini USB to USB cord. Getting a high quality cord is key to the power delivery.
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If using a battery pack make sure the current output is sufficient for your dashcam.

Also those dashboard solar panels might work but there isn't a whole lot of daylight to go around right now.
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