The HD camera from Hell!
Recently purchased an HD car camera that I found on sale on Ebay for $24 Buy Now FS instead of $40.
I normally look on Ebay to compare prices and perhaps also save on shipping costs. I seldom bid for items.
This camera started having problems immediately! First the Micro SD card missed the slot and fell inside!
That required me to have to PRY the camera apart to get it back out. Then I carefully inserted it correctly.
As usual, the manufacturers just have to have some kind of light for night time, even though it is useless!
This light is really bright and looks like a spotlight shining forward in my car while driving! Taped it over!
This camera came with no brand name, but it does have a red star and sickle on the screen.
The camera would sometimes work and suddenly shut off for no reason. Then it started making weird sounds!
Sometimes the camera would pretend it was recording with a picture, but no motion as shown below:
Here's my hand still above. One time it actually had a picture of itself recording with frozen screen.
I suspected the battery from the start! 200 MAH is really not much for the camera over days sitting in a car.
battery can be replaced for $6 to $10 with a small circuit protector included. I cut it out.Problem is that the circuit protector kills the battery power altogether at a certain voltage!
That takes the time with it plus perhaps other settings. Plus it freezes the camera and functions!The Motion Detection setting is always set to Off no matter how many times I set it!
However it has to be set On EVERY TIME the battery dies just to get that function to stay working.
Even if it says it is off or it will record everything otherwise or nothing until Record/OK
This morning I tried again, after finding out that I need not return it for a refund. Took 2 weeks!
Here is the camera after I pried it apart with the blue tool from the top side near the DC power plug:
I immediately cut out the bright LED lights and the battery which was not returning any voltage.
The red wire is near to some surface components so I kept it long then jumped a larger 3.7 volt battery.
Here's the camera hooked to a 4000 MAH 18650
battery with my frozen hand shot:I decided to try it with a Micro SD card and suddenly it started working correctly so far today.
So now I am testing it and plan to add the 18650 battery outside of the camera and mount it on the mirror.
The USB cable supplies the 5 volts like the car would. I'm monitoring the 18650 battery voltage as it runs.
Velcro could hold the larger battery on the back of the mirror and it will last a lot longer, easier to change!