Thinkware iVolt Mini Ultimate Guide

Do you want to utilize Thinkware’s Advanced Parking Mode for an extended amount of time, without wear-and-tear on your vehicle’s battery? 

Introducing our iVolt Mini (BAB-50) Dash Cam Battery Pack which is compatible with all Thinkware Dash Cams and is available for purchase on our website. 

Thinkware BAB-50 Battery Pack
Thinkware BAB-50 Battery Pack

What is a Dash Cam Battery Pack?

A Dash Cam Battery Pack is a dedicated battery designed to power the Dash Cam for an extended amount of time in Parking Mode.

Why use a Dash Cam Battery Pack instead of a Portable USB Battery Pack?

Portable USB Battery Packs feature different technology than a dedicated Dash Cam Battery Pack. Portable USB Battery Packs typically use Lithium-Ion batteries to provide power to the device. Our Thinkware iVolt Mini utilizes a LiFePo4 (Lithium iron phosphate) battery.

The LiFePo4 battery is safer for in-vehicle use as it was designed to withhold extreme temperatures. Lithium-Ion Batteries used in these Portable USB Battery Packs have been known to combust under extreme heat. 

In addition, Portable USB Batteries typically have a long charging time (overnight) compared to our Thinkware iVolt Mini which fully recharges in 45 mins while driving. 

The Benefits of using a Dash Cam Battery Pack

Extended Parking Mode

When Hardwired the Dash Cam will record in Parking Mode for approximately 8 hours (depending on vehicle’s battery and the voltage cut-off setting) before powering down to save power. With the iVolt Mini, your 1 Channel Dash Cam can run for 20 hours, or if you have a  2 Channel Dash Cam, 16 hours in Parking Mode before needing to recharge the battery pack.

Safe for Luxury Vehicles

If you own a Luxury Vehicle such as a BMW, battery drainage not only means replacing the vehicle’s battery but it can also require the dealership to reset the vehicle’s electronics, which can turn into an extremely expensive fix. 

By using a Dash Cam Battery Pack, you will still be able to use our Advanced Parking Mode risk-free.

Avoid Wear and Tear

With a Hardwired Dash Cam, the constant discharge on the battery over a long period of time can cause wear and tear. The iVolt Mini Battery Pack only draws power to charge when you are driving the vehicle, which prevents damage to the vehicle’s battery over time. With the ignition off, the Dash Cam relies solely on the Battery Pack for power, eliminating the need to draw power from the vehicle’s battery completely.

Do I need to use a Dash Cam Battery Pack?

Thinkware Dash Cams offer a few different methods in which the device is powered.

All Thinkware Dash Cams come standard with a built-in voltmeter and battery protection settings to ensure you will not return to your vehicle with a dead battery. These Voltage Settings can be utilized with the Hardwiring Kit or OBD-II Harness to protect your battery when using Parking Mode.

However, If you wish to record an extended amount of Parking Footage, or if you have a Luxury Vehicle/Small Vehicle Battery the Thinkware iVolt Mini Battery Pack may be the right choice for you.

iVolt Mini (Hardwire) Installation

The iVolt Mini Battery Pack is a hardwired product. This means that the battery pack itself will be attached to the Fuse Box directly, to charge while driving. 

When you open your iVolt Mini Package, you will be provided with 2 Cables; an Output Cable and Input Cable. A standard Thinkware Hardwiring Cable (sold separately) will also be required. Most Thinkware Dash Cam bundle include the Hardwiring Cable. Please check before purchasing.

iVolt Mini (12V Outlet) Installation

Input Cable (12V Charging Cable) (sold separately) is available for the iVolt Mini External Battery (Hardwire) when 12V Power Outlet charging is prefered.

Connecting the Input Cable to the Fuse Box

  1. With the Battery Packs switch in the OFF position, plug in the Input Cable to Battery Pack.

2. Next, open the vehicle’s interior fuse box and locate and remove the fuse for the accessory power supply.

***The Accessory Power (ACC) supplies power when the vehicle is on only. Use a Fuse 20A or larger.

3. Insert the input cable into the sleeve at the end of the fuse tap, and then secure it by squeezing on the sleeve using appropriate tools, such as pliers.

4. Install the Add-a-fuse to a Fuse which is 20A or larger into the accessory power (ACC) contacts in the fuse box.

5. Secure the Black Cable (Ground) connection to the body or another metal surface of the vehicle. 

Ground Wire around Bolt

          ***If the vehicle’s bolt is coated, The power may not be supplied correctly due to the coating.

Connecting the Dash Cam

The Output Cable will have 3 wire ends, Black (GND), B+ (Yellow), and ACC (Red). Splice and connect the 3 ends of the Output Cable to the corresponding colors on the Thinkware Hardwiring Cable. Use Electrical Tape to secure.

Output Cable Connection

Secure the Battery Pack either under the driver/passenger seat, glove box or trunk with the velcro tape provided.

Switch the Battery Pack to the “HIGH” setting, and turn on the vehicle’s ignition. Check the indicators on the Battery Pack. Charging begins when the “CHARGE” indicator flashes Red for 10 seconds and remains solid. The Dash Cam will now power on in Continuous Mode.

Lastly, turn off the ignition and ensure the dashcam switches to Parking Surveillance Mode. 

*Ensure to disable Battery Protection in the Dash Cams Record Settings.

9 thoughts on “Thinkware iVolt Mini Ultimate Guide

  1. S says:

    If someone gets the dual set up (U1000 + included 2K rear camera) can these BOTH be run off of the iVolt or does only the U1000 camera support parking modes?

  2. Chris Gehman Underglass says:

    I have the U1000 bundle. I also purchased the EchoMaster OBD II Power Cable. How would you wire in the external battey and would it be of any value with the Echomaster upgrade?

    • thinkwarecs02 says:

      Hello Chris, The Echomaster OBD-II Cable cannot be used with the iVolt External Battery Pack, as the iVolt is hardwired to the vehicle’s fuse box for power where the OBD-II connects to the port solely.

  3. Jin S Park says:

    Hello All.

    I just install Thinkware dash cam but pretty much heavy drain battery power problem now.

    Your guys think “THINKWARE Dash Cam with the iVolt Mini External Battery” help my car battery problem?

    Please let me know.

    Thank you.


  4. Suleiman says:

    What is the recommended wiring for the thinkware battery to a solar panel with charge controller?