Dashcams are designed to record your drive, but did you know BlackVue dashboard
cameras can also monitor your car when you are away? It is a very useful feature
to have if you are worried about hit-and-runs or vandalism on your parked vehicle.
All BlackVue dashcams feature Parking Mode monitoring. Here we share a few things
to know about Parking Mode.
BlackVue Parking Mode activates after the dashcam’s accelerometer detects that the vehicle is
stationary for five minutes.
With the X Series models, you can hardwire the dashcam directly to the fuse box of your
vehicle. In this case, the daschcam will switch to Parking Mode as soon as ignition is
turned off and monitor the voltage to shut down at the set cutoff value.
X Series models also activate Parking Mode based on the accelerometer’s status, in
case you cannot hardwire the dashcam but still want to use Parking Mode.
Various Parking Mode “modes”?
Since August 2018, BlackVue BlackVue introduced Time Lapse + Buffered Events dashcams in addition
to the regular Motion and Impact Detection mode:
❖ The default Motion & Impact Detection mode, with the addition of selectable detection regions.
❖ Time lapse (with buffered Events videos in case of impact).
List of models supporting Time Lapse + Buffered Event:
❖ DR750-2CH LTE.
❖ DR900X and DR750X Series.
❖ DR900S and DR750S Series.
❖ Motions recorded by the image sensor (marked “P” in the file list).
❖ Impacts detected by the accelerometer/G-sensor (marked “E” in the file list).
Choose detection regions to reduce the risk of triggering unwanted motion recordings due to trees
swaying in the wind, far-away moving objects, etc.
Time lapse mode
Continuously records at 1FPS (one frame per second). Videos are played back at 30FPS.
1-minute Time lapse Parking Mode video = 30 minutes real time coverage.
Cover a period of more than 70 hours on a 32GB microSD card at the highest (Extreme) quality setting.
When an impact is detected, the dashcam creates a buffered Event video.
HOW DOES THE DASHCAM RECORD IN PARKING MODE?
In Parking Mode, your BlackVue is active all the time but does not write to the memory card, unless:
❖ Movement is detected by the front or rear camera (sensitivity can be adjusted or turned off).
In this case, it creates a one-minute Parking video recording that starts a few seconds before the trigger*.
❖ An impact or vibration is picked up by the dashcam’s accelerometer (sensitivity can be adjusted).
In this case, it creates a one-minute Event video recording that starts a few seconds before the trigger*.
*The BlackVue constantly keeps the last few seconds of video in its buffer
memory so as to catch the actions that led to the trigger.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PARKING MODE OVER NORMAL MODE?
In Parking Mode, because it only records when something happens, your BlackVue minimizes the risks of
overwriting important footage during long Parking Mode sessions.
It also reduces the stress on the microSD card, which helps extend the memory card’s lifespan.
Additionally, the GPS module is turned off during Parking Mode, which reduces power consumption.
I HAVE A DUAL-CHANNEL DASHCAM. DOES PARKING MODE WORK FOR BOTH CAMERAS?
The Parking videos can be triggered by motion detected by either the front or the rear (or interior) camera.
The Event videos are triggered by vibrations detected by the accelerometer located in the front camera.
In either case, the dashcam will save videos recorded by both the front and rear cameras.
CAN I DEACTIVATE PARKING MODE?
Yes, Parking Mode can be deactivated in your camera’s settings.
In this case, the dashcam will continue recording in Normal Mode as long as it is powered,
even if the vehicle is stationary for more than five minutes.
WHAT DO I NEED TO USE PARKING MODE?
By default, BlackVue dashcams come with a male cigar lighter power adapter to plug in your vehicle’s cigar socket.
On the majority of vehicles, this cigar lighter socket is not powered unless ignition is on.
For this reason, Parking Mode usually requires to use a Parking Mode kit to connect to the vehicle’s
battery or to use a dedicated battery pack.
BlackVue provides four options, subdivided in two categories:
Parking Mode Kit:
❖ Hardwiring Cable (models with built-in voltage monitoring only)
❖ Power Magic Pro (Hardwiring Kit)
Parking Mode Batteries:
❖ Power Magic Battery Pack (B-112)
❖ Power Magic Ultra Battery (B-124)
Power Magic Battery Pack The simple DIY solution
The Power Magic Battery Pack simply plugs into your vehicle’s cigar lighter socket and provides a
female power socket to power your dashcam.
While ignition is ON, the Power Magic Battery Pack charges itself while powering your BlackVue.
It charges itself fully in approximately one hour.
When ignition is OFF, the Power Magic Battery Pack keeps your BlackVue powered for up to eight (8) hours
—for a dual-channel dashcam—or twelve (12) hours—for a single-channel dashcam.
Designed with safety in mind
Unlike conventional lithium-ion battery packs found in consumer electronics like phones or laptop computers,
the Power Magic Battery Pack is of the LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) type. LiFePO4 batteries are highly
resistant to heat, which is critical to ensure safe operation in a vehicle. Indeed, in a vehicle parked in
the sun, temperatures can reach levels at which lithium-ion batteries could pose a safety hazard.
Note that this is also why our dashcams use a supercapacitor instead of a battery. Last, LiFePO4
batteries have an overall higher lifespan (based on number of charge/discharge cycles) when compared
to lithium-ion batteries.
The Power Magic Battery Pack is small enough to fit in a glove box.
Power for your other electronic devices
Two USB ports let you charge other electronic devices such as phone, tablet or a
Wi-Fi hotspot to enjoy BlackVue Cloud.
Power Magic Ultra Battery High-capacity battery
High capacity for extended Parking Mode sessions
Capacity: 6000mAh / 12.8V / 76.8Wh. On a full charge, Power Magic Ultra Battery can power
a single dashcam for over 28 hours or a dual-channel dashcam for over 20 hours in Parking Mode.
Full aluminum casing
The Power Magic Ultra Battery is kept ultra compact thanks to its aluminum casing optimizing heat dissipation.
Simple or hardwired installation
The Power Magic Ultra Battery can be plugged into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket or hardwired via the
vehicle’s fuse panel.
Cigarette lighter socket installation (5A): the Ultra Battery charges itself fully in less than 80 minutes.
Hardwired installation for rapid charging (9A): the Ultra Battery charges itself in under 40 minutes.
Free BlackVue Battery manager app
The status of the Ultra Battery can be checked via the BlackVue Battery app (iOS/Android).
See at a glance available capacity, time to full charge (when charging), expected time available
(when powering the dashcam) and change settings.
Double capacity with Expansion Battery
More than double the Power Magic Ultra Battery capacity with Power Magic Expansion Battery (6600mAh).
You can connect multiple Expansion Batteries in sequence (daisy-chain) to the Power Magic Ultra Battery.
Power Magic Pro The hardwiring solution
Power your dash cam. Protect your vehicle’s battery
Power Magic Pro is the hardwiring kit by BlackVue. It powers your dashcam and protects your vehicle’s battery.
Simply hardwiring your dashcam without Power Magic Pro would risk depleting your vehicle’s battery
with long Parking Mode sessions.
With Power Magic Pro, your dashcam is powered as long as your battery maintains sufficient voltage
to start your vehicle. When voltage drops below cutoff value or the timer expires, Power Magic Pro stops
powering your dashcam to preserve your vehicle’s battery.
For professional installation
For users who are not afraid to work with the fuse panel of their vehicle,
the Power Magic Pro is a great accessory that enables Parking Mode with a lot of control.
With a bit of planning, Power Magic Pro allows for a very stealthy installation, with no visible cable.
Power Magic Pro allows you to:
❖ Set a timer from 6 hours to infinite.
❖ Set a voltage cutoff value (12V by default): as soon as the vehicle’s battery reaches that voltage,
Power Magic Pro will stop powering the dashcam, in order to prevent battery discharge.
❖ Turn Parking Mode ON/OFF: with the switch OFF, the Power Magic Pro will power your BlackVue dashcam
only when the vehicle’s ignition is on.
If you plan on having your dashcam installed by a professional, don’t miss on the chance to have them install the Power Magic Pro as well.