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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.

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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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Thursday
Jun232016

Dashcam Review: DDPai M6+ is the best mini cam I've used

In the video below you'll see a full Review of the best Mini Dashcam I've used. I've been using this in my car for six weeks and I can't fault the performance. I'm so happy with it that I have plans to buy a couple more when I can get the money together. Then I can replace the camera in my other car as well as try the dual camera functionality in my roadster. 

The highlights of this camera for me are the magnetic mount, the video quality and the time-lapse parking mode. Other notable features include WiFi, GPS and a wireless remote.

I bought mine from the ebay store linked below: (Click your country to see the current price). 

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I’ve purchased from this store plenty of times over the years without any problems. Delivery usually takes approx 10-14 days to the UK.

 

I cannot report on the long term reliablity of a product that has only been on the market a few weeks...but I do hope it carries on working for a long time, as I really like this one. 

Downloadable sample clips here: http://pc.cd/WSdctalK - Please don't be that guy who always tries streaming the videos and then gets back to me to say that they look terrible when streamed. These are provided for Downloading - they look like they were recorded with a potato if streamed over pcloud.

My 'BEGINNERS GUIDE to Dashcams' can be seen here: https://youtu.be/HQ0Tm9FFpKM

UPDATE - I must stress that this is not a basic simple camera suitable for beginners - it has a lot of features and you need to have a bit of experience with apps, smartphones and previous dashcams before you buy this camera.  If you are looking for your first car camera...this is not suitable. I have a list of recommended dashcams and something like the Transcend Drivepro 200 is a good place to start. Big clear screen, minimal options and simple features, no WiFi or reliance on smartphone apps which can lead to potential compatibility issues with specific phones. 

UPDATE 2 - OCTOBER 2016

I was getting a lot of questions about this camera - if you read through the comments below you'll see that the same questions keep popping up - so to help anyone out who is having issues with the smartphone features of this camera - please watch the video below - you'll also see a demonstration of the CPL filter in use. I recommend you watch this one on Youtube itself (click the youtube logo at the bottom of the video) and then you can skip to the appropriate section you need. 

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ANSWER - https://youtu.be/jb4PSB-4z6A?t=18m35s

November 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi all, apologies if this question has been answered. But is there a way to change the settings so hat when you press the remote button it records 10 seconds before as well as 10 after?

November 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterElohimBS

In the UK we are only seeing firmware version 3.3.2.5? The cam is working fine, but the options for parkguard and timelapse have dissapeared from the menu settings. That hasn't stopped the camera going into time lapse, and it's a great function. So much so my non techy wife wants one for her car!!
3.3.2.5 is very low compared to you guys in the USA. I will try emailing ddpai for an update.

November 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKS

Hi Mat, I like the idea of this camera, and the time lapse/park guard option but wondering, with your cellink setup, how it knows when to go into TL/park mode. If you are using the camera's accessory plug in the cellink socket, how does the camera detect when the ignition is switched off?

November 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

It is detecting motion - presumably from the g-sensors.

November 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks - and have you left it long enough to know how long you get from a fully charged cellink before the TL stops?

November 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

The last time I parked up with a fully charged battery it was a few days...I can't say for sure but I think about 2.5.

November 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi I bought this one earlier this year all good until a few days ago when there was no girl saying ding ding tie anymore.
have tried an LG phone, a samsung phone and an ipad that I used to connect to it.
all I get is the red light on the green light on
ding ding tie if I push the factory reset
it shows up in the wifi on everything but I cant connect to it old password or factory password, and both an Mac Book pro and windows 10 desk top don't like it at all and can't see it or give a bad USB device.
so ummm I'm going to give a VIOFO A119 a go now maybe the capacitor dash cam will work better, I did notice even though it only had a small battery inside it the m6 plus would get very hot , cloudy day not hot. The sun can be unforgiving in Australia and it's even hotter through a windscreen.
Hope everyone else has better luck :)

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenternutbagbob

I like the look of the DDPai Dashcam. Could I use this with the powerpack below to give me the parking options available with the product without hot wiring to the car battery?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OJXVDAU/ref=pd_vtph_107_tr_t_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=8K90GFT1V2KZZEWDMQDZ#Ask

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

David,
Back in October i posted the following request, see final paragraph below. This resultedl from a previous posting in August by MarkieMBR who had wrote:

"Hi Matt, I was the guy who bought the RAVPow\er Charger, and I'm happy to report it works very well, I find because of the Pass Through Option, it charges the Power Bank and& the Camera without any issues, but I do have it connected to a 2.1Amp Socket in the Vehicle, as for length of running, leaving it running over night without any problems, but did try leaving it running on a Saturday Morning and came back to the Vehicle Monday Morning and as expected the Power Bank had turned off.

As for Running it, I find I'll turn off the Iginition, but you then have to remember to press the Button on the side of the Power Bank to allow it to run the Camera, otherwise the Camera will turn off as usual, but as for the Parking Mode, it works great, it looked very cool watching back via my iPhone as you see the evening get darker and darker. :-)

Oh and an Update on the CPL Filter Sticker, it does a very good job of getting rid of Dash Refections, highly recommended!!"
-----------------------
So i wrote in October:

:I'm thinking of applying this overnight solution but just want to confirm that the RavPower does not turn off if the dash cam goes back to sleep following a wake-up and record session. I.e it continues to provide a charge regardless or does it switch off thinking the dash cam has switched off, hence you only get one parking mode recording. Hope this makes sense.
Look forward to feedback. RavPower cannot confirm but have said they would refund if i was not satisfied.
Thanks."

David, i would be interested to hear if you do adopt the powerpack approach, if it continues to provide the dash cam with power regardless of parking mode being invoked once or more than once. Cheers.

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Hi

Many thanks for this information. I´m not certain what is meant here by 2.1Amp socket in the vehicle. Would the cigarette lighter socket provide similar power?

I have also sent an email to RavPower and will post if I get any useful additional info.

Cheers

David

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

...exactly the same as this has happened to mine... No GPS fix, cant log into it to view settings..... "Hi I bought this one earlier this year all good until a few days ago when there was no girl saying ding ding tie anymore.
have tried an LG phone, a samsung phone and an ipad that I used to connect to it.
all I get is the red light on the green light on
ding ding tie if I push the factory reset
it shows up in the wifi on everything but I cant connect to it old password or factory password"

..has anyone got a fix.

I can confirm my ravpower works great with the camera, get about 2days recording from it. 2100mah.

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjames101

David,
The reference to 2.1 amp, is about the output from the ddpai usb connector when its plugged into the to 12 volt cigarette plug. You plug the power supply into the usb 2.1 amp outlet. Then plug the camer into the powerpack's usb output. The powerpack will only supply the camera with the volts and amps requested by the dash cam

November 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

FROM RAVPower

Here is the answer to my question.

Q. My idea is to plug your charger into the cigarette socket to power it and leave it connected - would this work? (i.e not mains charging). I´d also plug the charger into the dashcam (I understand that the battery pack can be charged AND power a device at the same time.

A. It is ok for the RAVPower power bank to provide power while charging. However, it's highly advised that you shouldn't try this because constant pass-through charging may affect the battery’s lifespan.

David - I´m now looking at a promising alternative - this I will post when critiqued.

November 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Received from RAV Power answering Travelbuddy´s query of Nov 8th

Ravpower_Support <support@ravpower.com>

Message body

Hi David,

Thanks for your inquiry.


"If you apply the parking mode settings on the dashcam, the RavPower would Not turn off if the dash cam goes back to sleep following a wake-up and record session. It will continue to provide a charge regardless the dash cam has switched off to sleep mode"

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What is the procedure for return/repair of the DDPai in the event of failure and does it have any warranty?

David

November 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

David, thank you for the update from RavPower. When i contacted them they were'nt sure about continued charging of the dash cam. But did offer to meet a purchase by offering a money back guarantee if i was disappointed.
Need-less-to-say returning a faulty dash cam within 1 year to a Chinese supplier would probably incur a heavy cost given you would need to prove it got there, probably workout to be half the cost of the dash cam using DHL etc.

November 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Hi sir

I have got ddpai camera bought micro sdxc card sandisk extreme 64gb 10/3/4K
but it says not compatible what kind sd card will work with it.
Really appreciate that all nice explanation abut dash cams
TANKS

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRaz

I see the Amazon linked M6 above is the Bobov M6 Plus, is this the same as the DDPai? or is it from a different manufacturer?

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

It's the same camera.

November 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Anyone having trouble with m6 plus not loop recording.... my solution was believe it or not, not enough memory left on my phone. In the app you set how much space is allowed to be used. Even though it should not effect the camera looping it does. I had to delete saved clips on the phone and I allowed for more memory to be used. Thanks to Kevin Lee at vyoutech (Manufacturer) the m6 plus has looped for a week now so far. Just wish the speed would display mph.

November 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBob

@Bob, mine had trouble to start with but i changed the card to a sandisk extreme 64gb and all was well for weeks. Recently the cold weather upset the camera, stopped recording (although you still had live view) and the button stopped working. Disconnected the camera until it went flat and put it back on, now it is working again. Chinese pingpong sounds odd still though.

November 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Hi,
Thank you very much for your recs, it's awesome.
I have one suggestion, if you could you can measure power consumed by DVRs. it would be very helpfull iw we would know how many amps it consume: for example to design sufficient battery pack for parking. Examples are: https://www.aliexpress.com/af/USB--Voltage-Meter-Current-Meter-Battery-Test.html?ltype=wholesale&d=y&origin=n&isViewCP=y&catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20161121042459&SearchText=USB++Voltage+Meter+Current+Meter+Battery+Test&blanktest=0

Thank you.

November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrzegorz

Hi MAtt, I just bought the camera from your Ebay guy, and I used the TNT fast postage option. What a mistake. Not only did I pay £10 extra for fast postage, I got stung for an extra £47 by TNT in the UK for VAT and deferred costs. Not a happy bunny. I will send the Ebay guy a message, but I don't think he will be interested. I did note that he had described the camera as "two lithium batterys". I would expect customs to open anything with batterys in it just in case.....
Ho Hum....

November 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTraction Tim

Yes unfortunately you'll always get charged when using a courier, it's just the way the courier system works..they are obliged log every price and declare it to the authorities. Unless you are in a desperate hurry, sticking with the default postage options will usually let something sail straight through untouched.

November 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,

I purchased this device and installed it. It worked for a while, then the video files became unplayable. I tried all solutions such as different micro SD card, formatting the card, now the device will not accept the chip. The worst thing is that the company is in China and there is NO support. I tried contracting them by email but as yet have not received a response. Don't get me wrong, the concept is great but it seems that when you get a problem, your money goes down the drain. I do NOT recommend anyone buy this camera until these issues are ironed out.

November 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRex Toomey

hello, thanks for the review. I am new to Dash cameras and I note your suggestion that this may not be an option for a beginner. However, after researching many I like the sound of this one. I am quite okay with apps etc so don't think that would be an issue for me.

The one facility I did not want was GPS but I note you said that the ' speed ' indicator can be turned off. Does that turn the whole GPS off or just the speed indicator. Hence in a turned off position it will not record evidence of your speed ?

regards

Ray

November 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRay

In the latest update you can now show the speed to in mph.

You can see it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UsvR8vMT_k

November 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBarry

hey techmoan!

thank you for the great review!

couple of questions that i hope you can help me with!

1) this camera can be compatible with a rear camera right? so lets say we get a ddpai mini. As such, how would you power them both up? I understand that it comes with a cigar socket that has two USB outputs 2.1mA output and 1mA output

Can you power the ddpai m6 plus using the 2.1mA outpout and the ddpai mini using the 1mA output?

Hope you can help me out on this as you sure are an expert!!

November 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteralvin

Refer to powering 2 cams (front and rear). I have the mini 2 as a front cam and this requires a 2.1amp input from the usb connector. So hopefully you will have another 12v output in the rear of the vehicle.

November 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Another great pick from Techmoan. I have read some comments about the camera cutting in and out and found this only happened to me when the camera was plugged into the car's electrical system.

When I plugged it into a portable battery pack there was no issue at all. I don't know if there is a problem with some cars and their USB connections.

November 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGabe

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