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Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
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My favourite USB battery power Pack

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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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The A118 / B40 Wedge Dashcam Review

This camera has been on the market for quite a few months however I've only recently installed one in my car and I now plan to keep it there until either it stops working or something better comes along.

I must reiterate that this is a budget model and I really have have no idea how long it will continue to work for. I've received feedback that some cameras I've reviewed and rated highly like the 0803 can have short life spans especially in hot environments.

Given that I'm always testing a different model and I don't live in a hot part of the world, I just can't test a camera's long term relibility in a sunbaked car.  No one should expect a budget camera ito last as long as a premium model (with a two year warranty) but if your budget is limited and you want to know more about a particular device from people who have first hand experience of using it, I'd recommend looking through the forum on Dashcamtalk.


I have uploaded the sample clips here. Do not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
There are links below if you want to buy the A118 / B40 'Wedge' Dashcam

Purchasing Links

Foxoffer (Ebay US)   Foxoffer Ebay (UK)  (My cam was supplied by Foxoffer) 

Other Foxoffer ebay links


Other ebay sellers (Click your country).

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Amazon UK

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Reader Comments (183)

Hi Mat, Just had one of these installed, Thought you may find the installers 'self recorded' comments funny

December 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Thank you so much for sharing this blog, its been a really great helpful read for all users

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIphone Car Holder

I live in a country that has high temperature, like 30~40 ºC in summer (Brazil). I bought mine Mini 0803 and it's alive since august 2014. I hope that it live during long period of time. But I am looking the A118 and seens be a very good camera.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVagner

Something you should mention about this camera is that it can only take a 32 GB card. This sounds a lot but fills rapidly if you are recording at full HD. I have a Mini 0801 with a 16 GB SD card and left it running over a 2 hour family lunch - a good thing too as there was an incident - and the thing nearly wrapped around and overwrote itself. For a safe full day's recording at full HD over 64 GB GB looks to be needed, preferably 128 GB.

Keep up the good work.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQuentin

The generic versions of this product only support 32GB, there are versions that support 64GB cards though

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

FYI: I heard there is a 2015 firmware update coming soon to fix a few bugs.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPier28

HI everyone. I just purchased and received what I guess is a generic version of the A118/B40. I love the shape as it will be the easiest to hide in my vehicle. My question to all of you, What is the file format the camera saves the files as in your model? Mine, saves the files as Apple Quicktime files, not as MP4, therefore I can't pull the saved file into my editing program (GoPro software) to edit. Can anyone shed light on this or do I just have a dud camera?

January 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRaider21

They all save as MOV, that's normal, it's still an H.264 MP4 file, the GoPro software has an option to import anyway

Also have a look at Registrator Viewer, very simple to use and some simple file editing built in that can join files, delete overlap, extract segments etc

Some setup info you might find useful

January 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

Thanks for the fast response, but still no luck. GoPro software still gives me an error, saying it can not play the file as it may be corrupt or an unsupported format. I tried selecting every possible setting in GoPro with no luck. Thanks for the link to the registrator viewer software. Downloaded a copy. Neat! If I had the GPS option it really would be neat.

January 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRaider21

it won't play it straight up, you need to import and convert first, I've used it in the past but other than a couple of filters didn't find much reason to use it, what are you wanting to edit?

January 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

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