DashCam Review: AUTO-VOX D1 Full HD Dashboard Camera

In the market for a dashcam? Read this review of the Auto-Vox D1 Full HD Dashboard Camera. Don’t forget to read our guide to buying a Dash Camera.

Average Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Stars based on 70+ reviews

Features:

  • Equipped with a night vision with Wide Dynamic Range and a f1.6 six-glass multi-layer filter wide angle lenses.
  • If you encounter an accident, its G-sensor will lock the DVR file to prevent writing over the file.
  • When you park, its Guarded Parking feature will monitor and record whatever happens around your car.
  • This product comes with a free 32GB TF card. This will cover over 6 hours of HD (1080p) video recording

This dash cam provides all the benefits of a regular cameras but with a compact screen size of 2.7 inches.

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The Best Dash Cam Reviews

This post is pretty long–we present the best dash cam reviews, but before doing so, we will explore the importance of having a dashboard camera, and then we’ll look at the top dashboard cams for you to check out.

Imagine yourself driving safe and steady and suddenly another driver hits your car either in front of you or behind you. In cases like this, your word can be put against the word of the other driver. But if you have a dashboard camera, it can record what really happened and the police, as well as your insurance, can determine who really was at fault.

In case you are wondering what a dashboard camera really is – it is a video camera is mounted on the dashboard of a vehicle in order to record videos during driving. Dash cams are known by several different names including in-car camera, Digital Video Recorders or DVRs.

Although they are called dashboard cameras, they are often mounted on the windshield to capture better quality videos. Several kinds of dash cams are also available based on features and quality.

Dual lens cameras can record both the driver and the forward facing views simultaneously. The only difference between a conventional camera and a dash cam is that the latter has the ability to start recording automatically when it detects the car’s motion. You don’t need to turn it on and press the record button every single time.

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A dash cam automatically makes space for newer videos by deleting the older ones. Thus, you can virtually record videos, hands-free.

Dashboard cams have become very popular in recent times. Not too long ago, they were used mainly by the police. Thanks to te reduction of prices, ordinary people like you and me can now buy them and install them in our cars.

Some HD dashcams are available for prices lower than $50. Thanks to advances in technology, as well as the low cost of manufacturing (primarily in China), companies are able to offer prices these low.

But don’t make prices your sole criteria in buying a dashcam, It should be reliable and of good quality to make sure that videos captured are clear and crisp. You wouldn’t want a dashboard camera that can only last for a month, you want something that could last for a long time.

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What to Do When Your Car Battery is Dead?

There are several factors that lead to a car battery’s death.

For one, you battery might be too old and it has reached the end of its life span. Most car batteries last for about 2-3 years. If you take care of it well, you may be able to extend the life of your battery for another year or two.

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Buying a Jump Starter: Look for Peak Amps or Cold Cranking Amps?

Buying a jump starter could be a confusing affair. When buying a jump starter: do you look for peak amps or cold cranking amps? What’s the difference? Which one should be your basis in buying a jump starter?

Peak Amps or Cold Cranking Amps?

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Some jump starters will put 900 peak amps like the JNC300XL, 2200 Peak Amps for the Schumacher PSJ-2212 and everything in between. Most buyers will be attracted to the products with the highest peak amps, but you should avoid that temptation. That is a bad criteria to assess your options.

What you should look for, instead is the jump starter’s Cranking Amps and Cold Cranking Amps. This is the actual power that the jump starter will supply to your car’s battery.

What if you have several vehicles with different engines? Say you have a 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder car, will you need separate jump starters?

The good news is NO. You just need to choose the jump starter with the highest Cold Cranking Amps that you can afford. This way, if the battery of your car is totally dead, your jumpstarter has enough juice to bring it back from the dead. Just make sure to keep the jump starter, either at home, or in the trunk of the vehicle with the weakest or deadest battery.

What is Cold Cranking Amps

If you’re wondering, a battery’s Cranking Amps (CA) refers to the amount of power that a battery can discharge for 30 seconds at 32° F (0° C). It really is the amount of power you need to start your engine on any weather except winter.

On the other hand, Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) refers to the number of amps that a battery can push out for 30 seconds at 0° F without dropping under 7.2 Volts. Remember that a jump starter is really another battery supplying power to your car’s battery. It’s more difficult to start an engine during cold weather, that’s why batteries tend to have both the CA and CCA ratings.

If your battery reads 660 CCA, that doesn’t automatically mean that you need a jumpstarter with the same CCA rating. A product with a lower rating can power it up. A jump starter with at least 500 CCA can power up a car equipped with a 660-CCA battery.

But remember: if your battery is dead, a jump starter with high Cold Cranking Amps has better chances of reviving it and starting your engine.

This also does not mean that a battery with a lower CCA rating will be damaged by a jump starter with a higher CCA rating. Keep in mind that whenever you use a jump starter, it will only provide the power needed to start a battery. So even if your jumpstarter has 2200 Peak Amps, and you power up a 660 CCA rating battery, you won’t overload the car’s electrical system.

 

So here’s the bottom line…

Be more discerning in buying a jump starter. While peak amps may be a good measure of the maximum power output of a product, you should be considering Cranking Amps (CA) and Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) primarily.

 

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Review of Jump-N-Carry JNCAIR 1700-Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter with Power Source and Air Compressor

We’ve reviewed some lightweight jump starters in the past. But since reviewing the Duracell 600 Watt | 1300 Amp Powerpack Pro, we’ve moved to the heavyweights.

Another heavy duty jump starter is the Jump-N-Carry JNCAIR 1700-Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter with Power Source and Air Compressor. It is not just a jump starter but also packs in additional features that can entice you to buy it. Since, it costs more than $200, is it going to be worth every penny?

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Review of Duracell 600 Watt / 1300 Amp Powerpack Pro Jump Starter

It pays to have a nice, handy jump starter at the trunk of your car, but what if you need a big jump starter for a big ass truck?

You better reach out for the the Duracell 600 Watt/ 1300 Amp Powerpack Pro Jump Starter.

Got a compact car or a motorcycle? This baby can handle ’em just fine. But even if you got a V8 car, a mini-truck, or a motorboat, the Duracell 1300 Amp Powerpack Pro Jump Starter will do the job. You won’t be stranded in the middle of the road or the even the sea if that boat fails you.

And it’s not just a jump starter! It also comes with an air compressor. If you want to go camping, it can even double as a charging station for your laptop, smartphone, or other devices, thanks to its Power Inverter feature with Dual AC wall outlets and two USB. Based on the Manufacturer’s product description, if you have this jump starter fully charged, you can recharge a Smartphone up to 19 times and a tablet for up to 7 times.

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A Review of Schumacher XP2260 1200 Peak Amp Jump Starter

The Schumacher XP2260 1200 Peak Amp Jump Starter can power up your discharged battery at an affordable price. It is lighter than the Schumacher PSJ-2212, which comes with 2200 peak amps.

This unit is oh-so-heavy at 24 pounds. It’s not as portable as the other jump starters we’ve reviewed on this blog. Its dimensions are 12.6 x 12.4 x 12.2 inches so that means it can easily fit in your trunk. But what’s good about this is that it has an On/Off switch. It got a built-in charger for the charging of its internal battery. A LED indicator will show you if the battery needs to be charged. As with other jump starters, you cannot return this because it is considered hazmat.

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A Review of Clore JNC660 ‘Jump-N-Carry’ 1,700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter

If you’re looking for a powerful, heavy duty jump starter, you should consider Clore JNC660 ‘Jump-N-Carry’ 1,700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter.

Bigger and heavier than its lighter sister Clore JNC300XL Jump-N-Carry 900 Peak Amp unit, the JNC660 can jumpstart bigger vehicles–even those for marine and industrial use. It packs 1,700 peak amperes. It also comes with 425 cranking amps. It comes with battery status indicator gauge so you don’t need to be guessing. You don’t need to buy extra cables since it comes with 46-inch #2 cables and accessories for 12-volt DC outlet. It’s a bit heavy though at 18 pounds.

If you battery is discharged or dead, then the Jump-N-Carry JNC660 can power it up with a lot of power! You can use it in your own garage, but it is also a favorite in auto dealers and repair shops.

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A Review of Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter with Built in Compressor

The Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter is an Amazon bestseller. It’s a compact jump starter that does the job for most sedan, small trucks, motorcycle, boat, your tractor, or RV. It’s highly portable and easy to bring with you wherever you go. So if you’re traveling to visit friends or family with a car with battery and starting problems, then you should definitely consider this.

A cool added feature of this jump starter is the alarm that will sound if you placed the clamps incorrectly. Here are the specs of this unit so you’d know exactly what you’re signing up for if you choose this product: Continue reading

A Review of Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR ProSeries 2200 Peak Amps Jump Starter and Portable Power Unit

In addition to the Clore JNC300XL Jump-N-Carry 900 Jump Starter, the Schumacher PSJ-2212 is one of the most popular jump starters around.

Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR ProSeries 2200 Peak Amps Jump Starter and Portable Power Unit

Product Features

This small powerhouse comes with 2,200 peak amps but with 330 cranking amp! It’s more powerful than the smaller JNC300XL. It also features 275 cold cranking amps to help your car in those cold months. The clamps are heavy duty, and on top of that, you can replace those copper jaws.

At 25 pounds, it’s not a super lightweight, but it’s not that heavy either. With its 14 X 4.7 X 15.2 inch dimension, you can easily stow it inside your car for when you need it on those emergency moments. Whether you own a rusty tractor with stone dead batteries, or a v8 engine, the Schumacher PSJ-2212 jump starter can power them up so you won’t have to be stranded.

At its price of more than $150, it’s really a good deal. You never know when you will need it.

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