G1W-CB - 2.7 inch - 1080P Full HD - 120 Degree Wide Angle (Capacitor NOT BATTERY) £22.39 @ Gearbest
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G1W-CB - 2.7 inch - 1080P Full HD - 120 Degree Wide Angle (Capacitor NOT BATTERY) £22.39 @ Gearbest

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Found 19th Jul 2017
Currently 41% off this dash cam. This is the newer model with a capacitor rather than a battery. Much better technology in my opinion, usually found in high end models. Renowned model, great reviews. Full details here - dashboardcamerareviews.com/g1w…08/
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Opethian

You can get these at eBay UK for cheaper. Unbranded G1Ws.



Not genuine chips, look around on web. For sake of £5-£10 might as well buy from genuine source
refaey31 m ago

I've used them many many times but mostly for items cheaper than £50 and …I've used them many many times but mostly for items cheaper than £50 and they're absolutely fine.Delivery takes around 2-3 weeks.As far as I know, anything more than £18 and you'll be stung by customs and VAT. Obviously this is not GearBest's issue but worth mentioning. That being said, I've ordered items worth £30 and even £40 sometimes and didn't have to pay customs or VAT.


I've done a lot of orders from GearBest over the last 12 months and I've never paid import tax on anything! I find as long as you don't mind waiting, go for the free shipping and it somehow 'sails' right passed customs... As soon as you get desperate and go for DHL/UPS etc that's when you get stung, guaranteed.

Few phones, tablet stuff over £100 sometimes too... They tend to just mark the packages as much lower values which is obviously where it escapes VAT... They've been very good in the past too when stuff goes missing en route, they just send another out! (Must be enough profit in it all for them to not really care...)
Edited by: "api182" 19th Jul 2017
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Rather *than a battery
You can get these at eBay UK for cheaper. Unbranded G1Ws.
Is gearblast safe? not used this site before.
Opethian8 m ago

You can get these at eBay UK for cheaper. Unbranded G1Ws.


Can't see them on eBay you got a link
jukes21

Is gearblast safe? not used this site before.



I've used them many many times but mostly for items cheaper than £50 and they're absolutely fine.

Delivery takes around 2-3 weeks.

As far as I know, anything more than £18 and you'll be stung by customs and VAT. Obviously this is not GearBest's issue but worth mentioning. That being said, I've ordered items worth £30 and even £40 sometimes and didn't have to pay customs or VAT.
Edited by: "refaey" 19th Jul 2017
Original Poster
Opethian

You can get these at eBay UK for cheaper. Unbranded G1Ws.



Not genuine chips, look around on web. For sake of £5-£10 might as well buy from genuine source
Gearbest - auto cold.
refaey31 m ago

I've used them many many times but mostly for items cheaper than £50 and …I've used them many many times but mostly for items cheaper than £50 and they're absolutely fine.Delivery takes around 2-3 weeks.As far as I know, anything more than £18 and you'll be stung by customs and VAT. Obviously this is not GearBest's issue but worth mentioning. That being said, I've ordered items worth £30 and even £40 sometimes and didn't have to pay customs or VAT.


I've done a lot of orders from GearBest over the last 12 months and I've never paid import tax on anything! I find as long as you don't mind waiting, go for the free shipping and it somehow 'sails' right passed customs... As soon as you get desperate and go for DHL/UPS etc that's when you get stung, guaranteed.

Few phones, tablet stuff over £100 sometimes too... They tend to just mark the packages as much lower values which is obviously where it escapes VAT... They've been very good in the past too when stuff goes missing en route, they just send another out! (Must be enough profit in it all for them to not really care...)
Edited by: "api182" 19th Jul 2017
Do you have to keep these things plugged in all the time?
refaey

I've used them many many times but mostly for items cheaper than £50 and … I've used them many many times but mostly for items cheaper than £50 and they're absolutely fine.Delivery takes around 2-3 weeks.As far as I know, anything more than £18 and you'll be stung by customs and VAT. Obviously this is not GearBest's issue but worth mentioning. That being said, I've ordered items worth £30 and even £40 sometimes and didn't have to pay customs or VAT.



Never had an issue with orders over £50. Made 5 orders around £80 and been fine no worries. I think aslong as its not DHL its ok.
Original Poster
defard

Do you have to keep these things plugged in all the time?



Yes, it will not power without a source. A capacitor is safer as will not overheat/explode in a hot car, plus batteries always end up dying anyway.
Are these difficult to wire in?
defard

Do you have to keep these things plugged in all the time?


If you want to use it then it will need power. Battery/cap is not designed to keep the unit powered for more than a minute or so.
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GreenAndBlack

Are these difficult to wire in?



Nope, USB into camera, cigarette end into lighter socket
api182

I've done a lot of orders from GearBest over the last 12 months and I've … I've done a lot of orders from GearBest over the last 12 months and I've never paid import tax on anything! I find as long as you don't mind waiting, go for the free shipping and it somehow 'sails' right passed customs... As soon as you get desperate and go for DHL/UPS etc that's when you get stung, guaranteed.Few phones, tablet stuff over £100 sometimes too... They tend to just mark the packages as much lower values which is obviously where it escapes VAT... They've been very good in the past too when stuff goes missing en route, they just send another out! (Must be enough profit in it all for them to not really care...)



Same with me, had ordered several items from them with no delivery issue as long as you can wait 2-4 weeks. As apoi182 & idroidmaniac mentioned, just don't use DHL/UPS delivery as they will DEFINATELY charge you on customs. I once had a phone that died on me and they replace it without much hassle. Only downside was that I had to post it back and it took 2 months before I received the replacement phone. Apart from the very slow after sales service, I can't really fault them much.
So, if this is a normal dash cam why highlight decibitaror or whatever. Its not a latest camera then is it, to summarize what's so special?
Edited by: "Misslovely" 19th Jul 2017
REMEMBER YOU NEED AN ENDURANCE SD CARD FOR HD DASH CAMERAS.

Normal cards are not designed to be written to with such high volumes of data and over a prolonged time. It will burn out and often shows no error on the camera but only when you plug it into the PC or try to watch the footage.
Graham1979

REMEMBER YOU NEED AN ENDURANCE SD CARD FOR HD DASH CAMERAS.Normal cards … REMEMBER YOU NEED AN ENDURANCE SD CARD FOR HD DASH CAMERAS.Normal cards are not designed to be written to with such high volumes of data and over a prolonged time. It will burn out and often shows no error on the camera but only when you plug it into the PC or try to watch the footage.


Recommendation please!
MrJinxy1 h, 8 m ago

Not genuine chips, look around on web. For sake of £5-£10 might as well b …Not genuine chips, look around on web. For sake of £5-£10 might as well buy from genuine source



drive.google.com/dri…ing


2 G1W's side-by side. For the sake of an extra £5 get it from E-Prance.
Graham1979

REMEMBER YOU NEED AN ENDURANCE SD CARD FOR HD DASH CAMERAS.Normal cards … REMEMBER YOU NEED AN ENDURANCE SD CARD FOR HD DASH CAMERAS.Normal cards are not designed to be written to with such high volumes of data and over a prolonged time. It will burn out and often shows no error on the camera but only when you plug it into the PC or try to watch the footage.



Source?
Graham1979

REMEMBER YOU NEED AN ENDURANCE SD CARD FOR HD DASH CAMERAS.Normal cards … REMEMBER YOU NEED AN ENDURANCE SD CARD FOR HD DASH CAMERAS.Normal cards are not designed to be written to with such high volumes of data and over a prolonged time. It will burn out and often shows no error on the camera but only when you plug it into the PC or try to watch the footage.



Hi. I have been using my dashcam (similar to the one posted here) for about five years with the same sandisk sd card. No issues yet.
All electronics have capacitors. What you really mean is "externally powered" i.e. not wireless.

Implying that a capacitor is somehow equivalent to (or "better") than a battery is just nonsense because they're completely different things.
Original Poster
ruffedgrouse

All electronics have capacitors. What you really mean is "externally … All electronics have capacitors. What you really mean is "externally powered" i.e. not wireless. Implying that a capacitor is somehow equivalent to (or "better") than a battery is just nonsense because they're completely different things.



I'm not the only one that says it, look at link/YouTube/online
ruffedgrouse

All electronics have capacitors. What you really mean is "externally … All electronics have capacitors. What you really mean is "externally powered" i.e. not wireless. Implying that a capacitor is somehow equivalent to (or "better") than a battery is just nonsense because they're completely different things.


These devices need a backup power source so that they can finalise recordings even when the power cuts in a crash.

They can either use a rechargeable battery, or a capacitor. Some people (including me) believe a capacitor is better for this purpose, in the hot environment of a car windscreen.
I have purchased a couple of the E-Prance ones from Amazon. After a while the selection switch fails. Dismantled a and tried to replace the button switch, but impossible to find an equivalent size.
How to spot a fake.


Review


Great cameras - I have bought and installed 4 of these. Battery powered one I have has lasted fine. In hotter and colder climates capacitor models are recommended.
Anyone know what courier UK Express shipping (10-20 days) is?

What's the best option to avoid customs?
Edited by: "bargainBooze" 19th Jul 2017
I've ordered plenty of times from gearbest, and only got stung with customs when choosing dhl as mentioned. Free delivery options the way to go.
PHILIPE666

Can't see them on eBay you got a link


yep bought loads off them
crusaderrabbituk

I've ordered plenty of times from gearbest, and only got stung with … I've ordered plenty of times from gearbest, and only got stung with customs when choosing dhl as mentioned. Free delivery options the way to go.


Do get a tracking number with free delivery?
lemo

Hi. I have been using my dashcam (similar to the one posted here) for … Hi. I have been using my dashcam (similar to the one posted here) for about five years with the same sandisk sd card. No issues yet.



Same here (have Mobius cam since early 2014) and no issues. Also use a capacitor in the mobius for overheating reasons.
ruffedgrouse

All electronics have capacitors. What you really mean is "externally … All electronics have capacitors. What you really mean is "externally powered" i.e. not wireless. Implying that a capacitor is somehow equivalent to (or "better") than a battery is just nonsense because they're completely different things.



The OP means it has a super capacitor instead of a lithium battery. * One or the other is required to allow the camera to empty its file buffers, close files and shut down cleanly when the power is cut. This model probably also uses the super cap rather than a separate battery to keep power to its clock, which is not ideal.

Lithium batteries don't like the extreme temperatures that can be reached in a black cased camera mounted in a car windscreen, and can easily get above the maximum recommended charging temperature, although a cheap chinese camera will probably charge them anyway.

I just replaced the lithium battery in a G1WH dashcam, it was still working after three years and hadn't gone puffy which the can do, but its capacity was down a bit and the camera got stuck in a boot loop after about 20 seconds when I powered it up on its internal battery. Obviously I soldered in as low capacity liion battery as possible to replace it.


*some fake capacitor versions do have a battery.
Edited by: "melted" 19th Jul 2017
genuine or clone?
I read somewhere that these dash cams can only take up to 32gb cards.

Is that going to be enough?
lemo1 h, 3 m ago

Hi. I have been using my dashcam (similar to the one posted here) for …Hi. I have been using my dashcam (similar to the one posted here) for about five years with the same sandisk sd card. No issues yet.



carcamcentral.com/gui…rds


1080p and 5 years old? Must have cost a pretty penny.
voodoo8517 m ago

Same here (have Mobius cam since early 2014) and no issues. Also use a …Same here (have Mobius cam since early 2014) and no issues. Also use a capacitor in the mobius for overheating reasons.


It was the Mobius that burned out my last card

carcamcentral.com/gui…rds
ceanth9 m ago

I read somewhere that these dash cams can only take up to 32gb cards. Is …I read somewhere that these dash cams can only take up to 32gb cards. Is that going to be enough?

How long do you think want your recordings to be?
ceanth

I read somewhere that these dash cams can only take up to 32gb cards. Is … I read somewhere that these dash cams can only take up to 32gb cards. Is that going to be enough?


32gb is plenty. They only record for a few minutes at a time then save. 32gb stores about 7 hours before overwriting the first saved videos. I have a cheap ebay G1W which on first inspection was terrible build quality but it does what it is supposed to. Just plug it in and get ok quality video
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