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    Hello Chris. Thanks for the heads up but am aware of the power requirement for the dash cam . Its not an cigarette lighter powered type dashcam and no charger is supplied. It is designed to have a 12v Switched and a 12v Constant feed hard wired supply into car circuit. and switch off after a minute or so after switching off the ignition . Have a look at Hiltons post and video. The constant feed is to switch it on in case of car being hit while parked, a G sensor . It is the latest generation cam with no battery and is powered by A Super Capacitor which are far more reliable and less likely to go wrong. My Seats definitely stay powered up for at least ten minutes or more . The sockets definitely switch from 12 v to 7.8 when the ignition is switched off. I will test today for exactly how long the seats and sockets stays live . As you say I dont ant it to continue running and run battery flat.
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    You need to lock the car to see what stays live and what goes dead

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    Finally got it all up and running. I took the switched live from the acc power socket wiring in the center console and a constant live from the fuse box in the foot well,both feeds fused at 3 amp . I checked it by connecting a meter that could be seen when car is locked . The switched live shuts down after about 30 seconds of locking car. The seats adjustment stays live. I sat inside with it locked for ten mins and seats still worked. I then connected a meter across the feed and left it while I had lunch and it was still live so must be a permanent live.The switched circuits that show a voltage of 7.8 when ignition is switched off will drop to zero after a few minutes or instantly if a simple circuit tester is connected to them,very confusing.
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    Its odd that there are differences. On my 2011 the accessory sockets (all 3) go dead as soon as the car is locked. Not 30 seconds later like yours.

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