Buyers Guide: Tesla USB Drive for Dashcam and Sentry Mode

You are in the right place if you need help choosing the best TeslaCam drive for your Tesla. 

Whether you are a Model 3 owner with an iPhone or a Model S owner with an Android, we break down what the best options are and recommend the best packages available. 

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Consideration 1: Drive Storage Capacity

One of your first considerations is the storage capacity of the drive. We've broken down some information into three storage sizes (below) and the pros/cons for each of them. 

128 GB

Offered in an endurance class microSD card, the 128 GB option will be your cheapest TeslaCam option available for your Tesla Dashcam and Sentry Mode system. With a smaller price tag comes some trade-offs that may be deal breakers – see below. 

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256 GB

The 256 GB storage option is going to be your cheapest recommended option for TeslaCam. 

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500 GB

The 500 GB storage option is going to be your largest capacity drive, which will allow for extensive Sentry Mode footage archives prior to being automatically deleted. This is a great asset should something happen to a side of your Tesla that you don’t frequently see.

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Consideration 2: How it fits in your Tesla

There are different USB locations between the Model S/X and Model 3/Y. Here are the TeslaCam drives we would recommend for each vehicle. 

Model 3 & Model Y

The Model 3 and Model Y have a large hidden center console. Therefore, any of our TeslaCam drives would be a great fit for either of these models. Due to the fact that the USB ports are hidden in the center console, larger drives like the SSD pose no cosmetic concerns as it is completely hidden by the console cover. 

Model S & Model X

The Model S and Model X USB ports are located in a location that is more prominent than the Model 3/Y. It also has a smaller clearance height for the console cover to actually close. For that reason, we recommend  two specific products for the S and X. 

The SLIM Series package, which features a microSD card and reader that is only about an inch long. This way, it keeps a small profile yet packs in a ton of performance. Bonus: your center console cover will still close!

The SSD Extreme comes with a USB cable that will plug into your Tesla and allow the SSD to lay flat within the console, also allowing the console cover to close completely. 

Consideration 3: USB Life Expectancy

Interested in lower price or longer life expectancy? Here is how each of the drives stack up against each other in terms of life expectancy. 

The 500 GB SSD Extreme TeslaCam product have a life expectancy of approximately 3-5 years.

The 256 GB option of all three microSD TeslaCam products have a life expectancy of approximately 2-3 years.

The 128 GB option of all three microSD TeslaCam products have a life expectancy of approximately 1 year.

Consideration 4: Connectivity & Viewing

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If you plan to only view footage on your Tesla Screen or on your Computer (via USB A or USB C), these puretesla USB drives will work great: 

If you are looking to review footage on the go, consider our iOS Bundle. It allows for reviewing footage on the Tesla Screen, Computer, and iPhone/iPad (via included Lightning adapter). USB A, C, and Lightning Connections.

If you are looking to review footage on your Tesla Screen, Computer, and an Android device (that has USB C or a microSD card slot), this is your best option:

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