Q5 Are the Positive & Negative terminals (engine bay) unboltable?

aj84

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Hi all,

I have a 24/7 dashcam installed usually and will be installing the Thinkware U1000 in the SQ5 shortly however as a result of it being on always (parking mode when parked, the battery does get depleted a fair bit.

In the A7, I had a Ctek cable hooked to the positive and negative terminals under the bonnet/hood and routed the connected to the corner of the wiper area. Every so often, I would hook into this via the Ctek charger.

The SQ5 has a much much larger negative point that the eyelet hook does not slide onto. And the positive having a quick glance has a red clamp on it.

Are these both something I can unbolt and put the eyelets into first or is this a no no?

Thanks in advance
 

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Hi all,

I have a 24/7 dashcam installed usually and will be installing the Thinkware U1000 in the SQ5 shortly however as a result of it being on always (parking mode when parked, the battery does get depleted a fair bit.

In the A7, I had a Ctek cable hooked to the positive and negative terminals under the bonnet/hood and routed the connected to the corner of the wiper area. Every so often, I would hook into this via the Ctek charger.

The SQ5 has a much much larger negative point that the eyelet hook does not slide onto. And the positive having a quick glance has a red clamp on it.

Are these both something I can unbolt and put the eyelets into first or is this a no no?

Thanks in advance
Sounds like you should be installing an external battery along with your U1000 in order to take the pressure off and protect your vehicles battery.
 

aj84

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Hi Alex!
The above method worked really well as I always park in the garage so as soon as it went in, I'd just plug it into the Ctek on a trickle charge.

To be honest, I'm hearing horror stories in installing dashcams in the Q5/SQ5 as it is - while I've always installed them myself in the A3/A6/A7 and even a 2017 Polo, the panel removal in the Q5 seem to be difficult for someone not having done it before in this model.
 

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Hi Alex!
The above method worked really well as I always park in the garage so as soon as it went in, I'd just plug it into the Ctek on a trickle charge.

To be honest, I'm hearing horror stories in installing dashcams in the Q5/SQ5 as it is - while I've always installed them myself in the A3/A6/A7 and even a 2017 Polo, the panel removal in the Q5 seem to be difficult for someone not having done it before in this model.
Well if you have a garage then yes, you are in a great position to use a charger :)

Had no issues installing any DashCam in Q5 thus far, doing a couple a week at the moment as these cars seem to be popular. Just put a Thinkware Q800Pro with x2 iVolt batteries in my 2020 SQ with no issues :)
 

aj84

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I've pinged you a message on this - I thought about it after your previous reply and have decided to go for it .
The message I sent you is essentially as long as my SQ5 is back repaired, could you drop me a quote to fit the U1000 (2ch) with an ivolt please? I'll supply both.
I've always fitted my own and others but hearing a number of horror stories although it will be a weigh up of risk between quote and nappies :- )

Do the ivolts daisy chain?
 
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