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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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Sunday
Jun232013

Q) Which car camera is best for catching a vandal in the act? A) None of them.

I wanted to explain in a video why its a really bad idea to consider using a car camera to catch a vandal. You may think that no-one would contemplate doing this, but every week I receive a handful of emails asking me to recommend a car camera for this very purpose. This video also demonstrates why motion activation isn't all its cracked up to be.

Extra information to think about;

If you want a camera to record for a prolonged period whilst your car is locked up you will have to hard-wire it in to your vehicle. Then to catch the offender, the incident would have to happen in the daytime - or in a very well lit area at night, the offender doesn't wear a hood or faces away from the camera, they decides to damage your bonnet rather than the side of the car, you have a tall vehicle, e.g. a 4x4 so you capture more than just an image of their headless torso, and you'll also have to notice the damage to your vehicle and check the footage on your memory card before it is overwritten...this will usually happens every few hours. In addition if you park on a busy street, every passing car or pedestrian will trigger the camera to start recording. It's more than likely that something happening at 10pm will not longer be on your memory card when it gets light enough for you to spot the scratch the next day.

You may not agree with my assessment, and if so that's great, please do whatever makes you happy - but IN MY OPINION, trying to catch someone 'keying' your car with a dashcam is ALMOST impossible.

 

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What mike just said

Disable comments on YT. Just add that if any questions then go to Techmoan.com, or will that bring all the knobs onto here?

June 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

There's absolutely NO reason for you to stay "off" camera. I do fishing charter and my own fishing research video's, I have to be in them and so what if someone doesn't agree with me.

Per, what "they" say....the people who make millions off Video and internet marketing. Being in the video's from time to time builds you as an authority, and your a person, "like us", on the other end. Let it all hang out Mr. Techmoan.....So what? You could be the next one that Youtube is paying a salary.

It seems you are bothered by "others" at times. You my friend are a professional, you do reviews Professional, and sound and look professional. Anyone who can't see that, or doesn't understand that is just one to not pay attention too. I've sent you out to my Google+1 groups, Facebook, and told other Youtubers about you. So ya better not get all soapy on me now.

But, only do it if you have fun at it. That's my motto. And I have a ball doing my video's. I hope you do too.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJettywolf

Jettywolf You are of course right and I'll take your advice onboard especially about having fun. Unfortunately my variety of aliments mean that I often don't have sufficient energy to ignore or to deal with trolls...those are the days when the negativity gets to me.

On the flip side I do receive a lot of useful comments, things that I didn't know or that could prove handy - the only problem is that with over 150 videos uploaded many of which are still very active so I'm now getting swamped with comments and questions.

Unfortunately the only action I feel I can take seems like it might be a bit ignorant - only actively respond to questions on the most recent two or three videos and take a longer break between uploading each video to make sure I'm happy with the finished result.

It's all stuff for me to think about...but ultimately I want to try and keep things fun for everyone, myself included.

June 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Why no just disable comments on any videos that are more than 6 months old Matt ?

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

That's exactly what I'd like to do...but when I disable comments it hides all the existing ones too! I'd still like those to be visible because there is usually some useful info in there.

June 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Good point

You created a MOnSTEr LOL

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I suppose as problems go, it's not a bad one to have. I'll just have to appear a bit ignorant to the people asking questions on the old videos....I'm pretty good at that.

June 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well it would be a commonsense issue. In this case it seems un-commonsense prevails.

After over twenty years selling security solutions against criminal behaviour. I can assure everyone criminals surprise with ingenious methods often.

If you cannot out think them do not be surprised, they still baffle professionals.
Anyone without a criminal value system will always be at a disadvantage.
Ask a pro for help on vandalism, a criminal or a security specialist.
Preferably the second suggestion and please give Techmoan a break, he has earned it.

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCocoa Jackson

I can't wait for the Mobius and #26 reviews. I'm hoping that I might get some casual use out of one of them using motion cam to monitor our complex, but mostly for footage on the bike.

The bad light is my main problem, and since it's more for casual use I can't justify the cost of a proper cam.

Thanks for the excellent content, as always!

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWerner

Like you, I have to deal with nice people and idiots alike, I put myself in this position (as many of us do with internit fame) without realising the power you have over people. Over nearly 10 years (answering 50+ specific emails a day) I have gone from being polite, being rude, and most importantly ignoring people who don't deserve my time (and everything in between). Do this for yourself and not for others, if the others enjoy it then great, if they don't then they show their idiocy by wasting their time viewing and commenting.

Personally, your dry sense of humour and delivery make it for me and knowing what you look like makes you much easier to stalk Muahahahaha!

July 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

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