Can anyone help determine what plug this is?

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Old 07-12-14, 02:19 AM
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Can anyone help determine what plug this is?

The car cam I use is this:
New BLUVI UNI-G200HD 1CH HD 720p Dash Cam Vehicle Video DVR Car Black Box + 32GB

The power plug that goes into the camera looks like a 2.5"mm stereo plug you'd use to plug in your earphones to a walkman/mp3 player, but obviously it's not a stereo plug but a plug that is supplying power from the 12V battery of the car.

I'm trying to find an adapter plug that can change this into a 12V DC lighter socket plug so that I can plug it into a separate power source (ie. Goalzero Yeti 150) to power my car camera and not use the car battery to power it for overnight only.
 
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forgot to mention, the power cable is located near the bottom of that link I put up. It's called Power Cable 2. It's still a small picture but you can see the DC IN part looks like a 2.5 mm stereo plug. It's not one of those that have a hollow center. It's a completely solid tip and it plugs into the DC IN jack of the car camera.

If I can just find out what exactly the name of this power plug/cord is called, then I can buy another one, and at the other end of the cord are the ring connectors or open wires where I can connect it to a 12V DC lighter plug type, so that I can plug that into my GoalZero Yeti 150 (14,000mah) portable battery. Then I can just simply unplug the original power cord from the cam when I don't want it to drain my car battery, and then plug in the power connector coming from my portable battery. Hope this makes sense. If not, I'll try to post an upclose shot of the plug tomorrow and post it up for better view.
 
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Old 07-12-14, 11:13 AM
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Born after the invention of stereo I'll bet. What about a 1/8" mono plug?
 
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sorry my mistake. I just checked it again and took pictures also. The plug actually does have a hollow center. Here it is (photo attached below).

Also in the manual it says the "pin assignment" for that plug is:
1) GND
2) ACC
3) B+

I saw in the manual under the wall options / accessories (so it didn't come with the car cam, but I guess you can buy it separately) the cigar jack cord on one end to the DC plug on the other end. Does it have a name? A size?
 
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Old 07-13-14, 11:21 AM
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It's still a small picture but you can see the DC IN part looks like a 2.5 mm stereo plug. It's not one of those that have a hollow center.
You've since found out ....... you can't run power on a standard 1/8" or 1/16" plug...... two pin or three pin because that type of plug will short out when plugged in.

That's why the hollow type is used. That's and odd connector and will need to be obtained from them.
 
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Old 07-13-14, 11:31 AM
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I doubt the camera will drain a car battery down.
 
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Old 07-14-14, 10:39 PM
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I wish you were right pcboss, but in my circumstance, it most definitely does! I only drive about 12 minutes per day (6 min to work and 6 min back to home). That unfortunately doesn't give enough time to fully recharge my 60AH car battery. I leave the car cam on (2 channels front and rear) on all night from 9pm to 8am the next morning (11 hours) to record since where I park is out in the open on the side of a street (where I live here, ppl don't have their own parking spaces, you just park wherever you can find a spot). Every morning when I get into my car, the camera has been automatically shut off since it has a shut off threshold once the car battery hits 12V. But 12V is a very low voltage to leave a car battery at. To constantly keep the car battery drained like this and never fully recharging it unless I decide to waste 1 hour and $15 just driving around racking up mileage and burning gas just to keep my battery fully charged.

I learned my lesson when one day the car wouldn't start because the battery was too low. Had to pay $20 for a boost. So, yes, I have to use a separate portable power source to run the camera on all night without draining my car battery anymore.
 
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Old 07-14-14, 11:47 PM
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I agree, you're probably going to have to buy their cord. Looks proprietary, or at the very least not something used in the US. Based on the ad for it in the link, looks like the cam is used more overseas.
 
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