Month: October 2021

New G-ON3 Dashcam and PowerCell8

Testing out the new GNET G-ON3 3-Channel Dash cam from our Friends at The install was pretty simple it took about an hour and a half to mount the cameras and run the wiring. This system has a QHD front Camera, an HD Rear camera and an interior camera with IR Cut off for great in cabin night footage.

I look forward to testing this new camera and my BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8 Battery Pack out over the next few weeks and sharing my feedback with you.

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3-Channel So You Don’t Miss Anything
The GNET G-ON3 offers complete recording coverage of your vehicle – making it the perfect dash cam solution for rideshare and anyone else who wants to record what happens inside the vehicle in addition to front of and behind.

Capture the front, rear and interior of your vehicle with wide-angle lenses: 140° front, 140° rear and 180° interior.

Clear Recording Quality Day and Night
HDR (High Dynamic Range) expands the range of brightness from the brightest to the darkest, as close as possible to what the human eye see. For example, apply HDR when passing through a dark tunnel adjusts the light reflections in the tunnel to bring color to life. When passing through a dazzling road, the sunlight is adjusted to make things look sharp.

Image Sensor:

  • Front : SONY IMX335 STARVIS 5MP CMOS Sensor HDR
  • Rear : SONY IMX323 EXMOR 2MP CMOS Sensor

Advanced File Compression
H.265 compression rate is up to 2 times higher than H.264. It means your 256GB microSD card with H.265 can contain more data as a 512GB microSd card with H.264.

With H.265 compression technology, your video resolution will go up, but your video file sizes aren’t changing one bit.

Exclusive withCLOUD® System
GNET’s withCLOUD® provides live video streaming, management tools, GPS tracking, GEO-fencing, and driving statistics. It allows you to playback recorded footage remotely anytime and anywhere, as long as the dash cam is connected to a wireless hotspot.

Other withCLOUD® features:

Live Streaming – You can monitor the driver and your vehicle as well as playback recorded footage.
Live GPS tracking – Let you know the location of the driver by tracking vehicle’s routes and monitor of a driver traffic conditions.
Driving Analytics Report – It allows you to view your driver details in one sheet. It can improve vehicle safety and driver safety by knowing how your drivers are driving.
Geo-Fence – With Geo-Fence,a designated location will be defined and notified to drivers with a security alert.

Safe Driving Assistance System
The free GNET app offers a smarter way to use your dash cam. Just connect your dash cam to your smartphone using the GNET mobile app and you can manage all camera settings including resolution, sensor, time, sound, cut-off voltage and more.

3 safety alerts:

  • Front Vehicle Start Alarm System
  • Front Collision Warning System
  • Lane Departure Warning System

Extended Parking Mode with Time Lapse

GNET Time Lapse supports continuous recording at 1FPS in parking mode. It finds optimized memory capacity and provides extremely longer recording time than normal parking mode.

In the event impact or motion is detected, recording is bumped up to 10FPS (motion) and 30FPS (impact), and the incident footage is saved in a separate folder on the microSD card.

Motion Detection: Movement in 3 metre range

All The Features At Your Fingertips
You can easily set up device registration, real-time video setup, recorded video list, and customer support through the mail screen. Using the Smartphone APP, you can upgrade the firmware and play video as well as configure various settings.

Lighting Upgrades!

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Lighting Controller

A lighting controller is more on the expensive side, but it eliminates the hassle of wiring up relays fuses and with a wireless controller you don’t have to pass wiring through the firewall for switches.

I picked up the Trigger 4 Plus which allows for a total of 4 lights 2 at 10 amps and 2 at 30 amps. the switch pod is wireless so you can cary it in your pocket and mount it in the cab with a magnetic base. If you need more lighting you can group multile trigger controllers together or grab the Trigger six shooter

My only issue with the Wireless switch panel is the backlight is always off until you flip a switch. Making me have to remember what’s what. And also no indication of what is on or off. I’m considering switching to one of the hardwired Auxbeam Switch panels so I have a clear backlit panel with ON/off indicators.

Ditch Lighting

The brackets are from zRoadz and these Zroadz ditch light Brackets are specially made for the 2019-2021 Ram 1500 Rebel . For my ditch lighting I used the Auxbeam 4″ amber pod lights which do a very good job lighting up to roadside and the Amber color provides less reflection in dusty, foggy and snowy situations.

Removable Roof Lighting

The first lights I received for my roof were the Auxbeam 360-Pro series 7″ Driving Lights These deliver 16,666 Lumens. I also have another removable setup for the AuxBeam 5D-Pro Series 42″ Light Bar which comes in at 44,000 Lumens. To hold up the Roof lights I’m using three 6″ industrial vacuum suction cup holders that support 70 punds load and peak load of 200lbs each. More info in This Video

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Carlock Review – 9 months and 2 cars later

Today’s video is on Carlock.  I’m sure you’ve seen their product in tons of social media posts as I did.  Last year curiosity got the best of me, and I contacted them to see if I could get one.  In December of last year, Carlock hooked me up with the Carlock device and service, and I’ve been testing it over the previous 9 months.  …and by testing, I mean using it daily on my vehicles. 

Carlock 10% Discount Code = WORKPLAYDR10 for use on Amazon

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In this video, I will cover what Carlock can do for both a daily driver and a garage queen.  How easy it is to install, along with other more discrete install options.  How to use Carlock and how to use the Carlock Tag to make the product even better.

I’ll also cover some of the things that annoy me about the product!   I’ve had a lot of time to use Carlock, so this is not going to be one of those videos where you watch someone read the package to you and say, “this is great; buy it now.

What is Carlock?

Carlock is a real-time GPS car tracking and alert system. Because this device uses mobile connectivity to near-instantly send alerts to your phone and tracks your vehicle, there is a monthly service fee. For Carlock to work you need the device, an account on their site and the mobile app.  If you buy from Amazon using the links below It’s pretty much risk free since Amazon allows 30 day returns in most areas and Carlock gives you the first month free. Once your free month expires, their monthly fee is $9.60, or you can go for a year for $113.  There are no contracts you can stop using Carlock at any time. I’ll go into all the features in a moment; first, I want to cover the install.

Installing Carlock

Installing Carlock is simple. There are 3 options.  The first is to simply plug it into your Onboard Diagnostics port, aka the OBD2 port.  If you’re worried it sticks out or that it’s easy for a thief or your teen driver to spot, you can go with a right-angle cable extension to tuck it up under the dash.  If you want to hide it somewhere in the car where no one will find it, grab the Carlock power connector and wire it directly to any always-on circuit or directly to the battery; if you go directly to the battery, just don’t forget to put a fuse in-line. 

When mounting, I found I got the best shock sensitivity when I mounted it to the vehicle’s metal framing or the body.  Stuffing it up under the dash zip-tied to a harness gave me almost no impact sensitivity. 

After watching this video or reading this post, if you’re interested in grabbing a Carlock or any of the other items I show today, be sure to check the parts listed above or in the links throughout this article for my Amazon affiliate links.  Every purchase you make from those links helps me pay for the products and tools I show in my videos.

Using Carlock

Once you’ve set up your Carlock account and a free month of service, download the app and log in.   Carlock protection activates via the app.  Simply close and lock your car, open the app, and hit the lock button.   Carlock will now protect your vehicle while you’re away.  You will get alerts for things like impact, if the car is started and if it’s moved.

Along with real-time GPS tracking, so you always know where your car is.  If someone unplugs Carlock or disconnects the battery, you will also get an alert.  Disconnected Carlock will continue to run and provide info for 20 minutes on its internal battery.   To disable protection, open the app and tap the lock to turn off security. 

Automating Carlock

Suppose you want to automate the protection process. In that case, you can use Carlock’s Timer feature, which enables Carlock 5 minutes after the engine turns off, or you can also schedule when Carlock should enable and disable. 

Or even easier, grab a Carlock tag. Pair this tag with your Carlock app, then hide the Carlock tag anywhere in your vehicle.  Now, every time you walk away from your vehicle, Carlock will enable, and every time you approach, it will disable.  After months of getting in the car 3-5 times a day, I can say it works about 95% of the time. It doesn’t disable on rare occasions, and I get an alert that obnoxiously goes off in my pocket.  …then, shortly after, it disables the security.  An Energizer lithium coin battery for the Carlock tag lasts about 6 months in my experience.  However, the original battery that came with mine only lasted 2 months, so you may want to have a replacement handy.  I’ll drop a link to the Carlock Tag and quality replacement battery below.

Alerts and Notifications

Now let’s talk about that obnoxious alert.   Carlock’s alert when your car is In protected mode is loud.  It also drops notifications on your home screen for each event. Carlock recently introduced a new feature for the iPhone notifications to use Critical Alerts. When enabled, the alarm will sound and show notifications even when the phone is silent or in do not disturb.

…Even more features

In addition to parking security, Carlock is great for tracking teen drivers.  You can enable Harsh Driving and Speeding notifications which will send alerts to your phone in real-time.  Great for keeping track of your new drivers or what your car is up to when it’s in for service.

One additional feature that comes in handy is the real-time monitoring of the battery.  When my Hellcat sat all winter after about 2-3 weeks, the battery would get low enough to start then throw a check engine due to the low voltages.  Carlock keeps tabs on your battery and warns you when it’s low.  Then from the comfort of my living room, I can say – “Alexa… charge Challenger battery.”


Now I already mentioned one of the annoyances where the App and Carlock tag doesn’t connect right away, so when you hop in the car and start it up, the Alarm is going off in your pocket.  This isn’t a major deal; it stops after a few seconds and eventually connects.  The second annoyance is specific to certain trickle chargers.  Carlock uses the sudden change in voltage from 12 volts with the car off to the 14 volts from the alternator when on.   I use the Battery Tender Plus, which floats most of the time then boosts to over 14 volts to charge the battery.  This means if I enable Carlock in my garage with the trickle charger connected, I get car start notifications often when I’m sleeping. 

My Opinion

Besides those 2 minor issues, Carlock has been an excellent product, and I plan to continue my subscription at the end of my sponsorship. If you were on the fence, I hope you found this video and article informative.  If you’re looking for any of the products I mentioned, remember to check out my affiliate links posted above, and every purchase helps the channel. 

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