ALL ABOUT GOLUK PARKING MODE
What Is Parking Mode?
According to Dashboardcamerareviews.com, the main purpose of parking mode is to “keep your dash cam running while your car is parked” in order to record and save footage of possibly hit-and-runs, vandalism, or other stuff that’s happening while you’re not around your car.
Goluk dash cams are quite notorious for good quality parking mode powered by motion detection and impact detection that allows the camera to only record videos when an impact occurs or motion is detected. This allows saving the space on the SD card and only saving relevant footage on the SD card.
How Goluk Parking Mode Works?
There are different types of parking modes out there. Goluk T1, T2 and T3 all use a pre-buffered parking video mode, which means when an impact or motion is detected, 8 seconds before and after the event will be saved to the camera’s SD card, in a special write protected folder so it doesn’t get overwritten. If no impact or motion detection is detected, the camera remains in ‘sleep mode’, which means no videos are recorded during parking.
How To Activate Goluk Parking Mode?
A standard installation of Goluk dash cam is done with a cigarette lighter power plug and a USB cable; however, that means that the camera is only recording when the ignition is on. Many assume that the battery inside Goluk dash cams would allow it to record independently of the power supply; however, it is mainly intended to allow the device to shut down gracefully and not lose any footage in case of a power cutoff. For the camera to keep recording even when ignition is off, the dash cam needs to be hard wired to your car’s internal electrical circuitry (with a Hard Wiring Kit) instead of simply plugged into the cigarette lighter. Another option is to connect the dash cam to an external power source (i.e. a power bank).
Hardwire kits supplied in Goluk’s Official Store include Battery Discharge Prevention (BDP) mechanism, which continuously monitors your car battery’s voltage, and when voltage drops below 11.8V, power to the dash cam will be cut off in order to prevent further draining of the battery.
Once you’ve hardwired your dash cam, you need to open your Goluk app, access dash cam settings and activate Parking Security Mode. After you have done that, your dash cam will start monitoring the car’s motion status. Once the dash cam detects that the car has been stationary for 4 minutes, it will enter Parking Mode automatically. Likewise, if the dash cam that is currently in parking mode detects that the car is moving, parking mode will be disabled and normal Loop recording will be activated. The dash cam will notify you of the change between recording modes by voice prompts.
In the app, there is also an option to deactivate motion detection. This is done in order to avoid filling up the SD card with many event recordings. You can choose to deactivate motion detection if you are parked in a busy parking lot; in this case, the dash cam will only record when an impact is detected.
Parking Security Mode Vs. Parking Sleep Mode
There is also an option in the Goluk app to activate Sleep Mode. This option is provided for vehicles, in which the cigarette lighter always provides power no matter if the ignition is on or off. With Parking Security mode on, this could lead to discharge of car battery if the car is parked for a considerable amount of time. This is why for these types of vehicles it is recommended to switch the Parking Sleep Mode on in case the dash cam is powered through the ‘always-on’ cigarette charger.
How Long Can I Leave My Dash Cam in Parking Mode
Based on our tests, we have calculated that you can leave the dash cam working in parking mode for up to one week before you’d need worry about your car battery. This, of course, depends on the status of your battery. So, we recommend checking with a professional car technician before doing so.
Some examples of parking mode videos taken by Goluk users:
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