After months of testing various configurations of USB drives, MicroSD cards, and SSD hard drives for DashCam and Sentry Mode, I have determined that the configuration listed below is the most reliable, most likely to “go the distance” when you need it the most, and most affordable.
Why this combo?
The MicroSD selected is optimal for constant writing of data – they are designed for digital cameras and to have high data write speeds, perfect for multi-camera recording (like DashCam and Sentry Mode).
The USB adapter allows for you to connect to the Tesla and also connect to your computer. There is a variation of this package that includes a USB adapter with a USB C connecter, should that be aligned with your needs.
What is included?
- MicroSD 3 card (your choice of 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB) U3 Class 10
- USB Card Reader (USB A or USB A/C – choose your preference)
- Pre-formatted MicroSD card in FAT32 with TeslaCam folder created. Simply plug into your Tesla and go!
(Note: USB reader shipped will be based on your selection at check-out & MicroSD card shipped will be the most cost effective available at the time to keep your costs down)
How do I format the drive when I receive it from Pure Tesla?
You don’t have to! The whole idea behind this package is that your drive will come pre-formatted, ready for all TeslaCam activities (DashCam and Sentry Mode). Simply plug in the drive to your Tesla and you’re good to go (assuming you have a software version that supports DashCam and Sentry Mode).
Each drive is formatted and tested to ensure it is functioning properly. You will be sent the original packaging of all items should you need it.
PureTesla sells the formatting service. Hardware warranty is provided through the manufacturer.
**Note: Dashcam and Sentry Mode recording works with Tesla vehicles manufactured since August 2017. AP 2.0 Hardware is currently not fully supported (but stay tuned as that may change).
Which storage capacity should I get?
Light use (infrequent DashCam, infrequent Sentry Mode) – 32GB
Medium use (regular DashCam, regular Sentry Mode) – 128GB
Heavy use (frequent DashCam, always-on Sentry Mode, infrequent data offloading from drive) – 256GB