Garmin Parking Mode Cable In-Depth Review

Garmin Parking Mode

Garmin’s Parking Mode Cable is required to enable Parking Mode on their Dash Cam lineup, as is with most dash cameras.

They're just wires-- Why does quality matter?

In hardwire kits such as this, quality really does matter. Inherently, having your camera run in parking mode for long periods, requires the camera to pull power from your existing car battery. In theory, this is the perfect power source, as your car battery charges as you drive. The issue with this, obviously, is the ability to still be able to crank the motor— which depends on a number of factors such as battery age, size (In Ah, not the physical size), and the ambient temperature of the battery.

 

Here’s where quality comes in— the higher the quality of the internals, the better voltage management and accuracy you have. This kit features a voltage cut-off which is user-customizable to cater to their needs. Many kits on the market we’ve tested will have a +/-.5v accuracy, which just isn’t accurate enough to guarantee you won’t be left stranded.

Voltage Cut-Off

Garmin’s Parking Mode Cable allows for voltage cut-offs at 11.7V, 12.0V, 12.3V, and also allows for 24V applications at 23.4V, 24.0V, and 24.6V.

 

The voltage cut-off settings aren’t as straightforward as other hardwire kits in the market, but they’re still accessible. There’s no physical switch on the outside of the unit as with other kits. You’ll need to loosen 4 screws to get access to the PCB board, which contains labelled jumper switch positions corresponding to the cut-off voltage you’d like.

 

The advantage of this is that you still get a full-featured hardwire kit, with top quality components with pinpoint voltage accuracy, in a much smaller footprint than typical.