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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
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Sena Prism Tube

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

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
Oct262014

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.

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS

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)   Foxoffer.com  (My cam was supplied by Foxoffer) 

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Reader Comments (181)

I have just placed my order for this camera, question is (which I can't find or have missed), can I plug this straight into a USB port in my car (I have seen a right angled mini usb to usb long cable to attach), and what is the minimum output I need on the port to power this? I am thinking if I get on with this, I will get one for the rear too, but am unsure if a dual usb port can support both of these power wise? Or is there something else you could recommend for the rear camera, something small and no need for a screen? I don't want to hard wire these into my car, I would prefer to use the usb ports to power in the 12v/5v socket. Many thanks for your help.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

it needs 1amp, some are less than this, if the USB is connected to the stereo it may not work, it may go into mass storage mode, if it's just a charge port it would be ok providing it puts out at least 1amp, if it's higher than 1amp is also ok

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

It may or may not work as most usb cables are data as well as power cables, so when you turn your car on and it starts the camera the unit may go into PC disk mode, like its expecting you to download from the cameras memory.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLittleBob

Re A118 / B40 Wedge Dashcam Review: I have just replaced my laptop (windows) with a tablet (Android) do you have any recommendation please what program I should use in place of Registrator as that is only available for windows and mac...help !! Look forward to hearing. Many thanks etc.. chris.

February 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchris

There's no Regsitrator Viewer equivalent for Android unfortunately, there'd be a lot of interest in one if any developer wanted to do one though, the movie files themselves though can be viewed no problem

February 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

Yep, I agree. No problem playing the video but it would be nice to have the GPS/Mapping as well.....I did email Vadim in St Petersburg to ask about his Registrator program for Android but he only cam back and confirmed what we already know. Let's hope someone picks up the ball and runs with it.

February 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchris

The market is there, just need a dev with the right skillset, this is a lot more involved than you might imagine

February 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

Hi there, I have my A118 dashcam fitted but I dont like the idea of the USB cable running round my windscreen so I thought of a hard-wire install but I have also had another thought. Could I run this cam from a small power bank ? Maybe this device could give me enough juice to have the cam running for a couple of hours and then I could just recharge it every few days. You could also hide the powerbank behind the sun visor (especially if its a small one).

My only worry is that maybe these small powerbanks might not have sufficient powerto run the camera OR the camera might detect its plugged into a powered USB port and switch into menu/hard disk mode.

Any thoughts on this idea.
Many thanks.

March 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim

honestly run the cable around the window, you can tuck it in behind the trims and it's 5 or 10 minutes work in most cars, running it off a powerbank is neither practical, you'd have to remember to stop and start it all the time, nor is it particularly safe, battery the size of a powerbank up in the window baking away under the heat of the sun is the last thing you want

March 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

I'm with Jokiin on this one. Not only that but these power banks are quite heavy and could if not secured securely break away in a crash. For maybe about £20-30 you could get your car dealer to run the cable to your power socket, knowing then that the air bags and any other system will work without problems if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself.

March 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLittleBob

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