Will a dash camera drain my vehicle battery?

BlackboxMyCar Updated by BlackboxMyCar

It depends on what type of dash cam you're using.

Ignition-Powered Dash Cameras = NO

If the camera is installed and connected to the ignition circuit for main power, the dash camera will never drain your battery.

Pro: Never have a dead battery

Con: You will not have parking mode recording capability

Constant-Powered Dash Cameras = YES

If the dash camera is installed and connected to a constant power (always on) circuit for main power, the dash camera will drain your battery, BUT there are things you can do to prevent this from happening.

Pro: Parking mode video recording will be available to you, because the camera is always on

Con: You risk draining your vehicle battery (or wear and tear) if you don't use a power management device or if your dash camera does not have built in power management features.

Dash Cam Battery-Powered Dash Cameras = NO

If the dash camera is installed and connected to a dash cam battery, the dash camera will never drain your battery.

Pro: You will never have a dead vehicle battery and will be able to take advantage of all features of any dash camera, including parking mode.

Con: You will need to make the investment in a dash cam battery, as well as installation for the dash cam battery, which adds to the overall cost of adding a dash camera to your vehicle.

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