Headlight Booster

Want more JUICE out of your stock headlight, and do not want to modify your existing wiring. Click to learn more.

HID charging conversion

Are you tired of Battery depletion everytime you uses your newly installed High Intensity Discharge Headlight, Click for solutions.

Fixing OIL drain plug thread

Are you looking for fixing that oil drain plug that went bad and unable to thread that bolt due to loose thread, Here is an easy solution for, CLICK for detais.

Led Light Solution

Wanting to conserve battery power of your motorcycle? Why not change all of your indicator BULBS, such as signal light, tail light and brake light to LED BULBS. Click for more info.

HOW CDI WORKS

CDI is the heart of your ignition, wanting more power than STOCK but do not want to buy such RACING CDI? You need to know how it work first to understand where to START improving the ignition. Click for more.

Horn Interrupter

Want to have a horn sounds like a machine gun that produces successive sound with only one press of the HORN switch, add spice to that annoying stock horn, CLICK for details.

Reusable OIL filter mod

Paper element OIL filter tends to suffer from clogging, so why not try this filter mod I am using with my small motorcycle for more OIL flow.

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Last Updated: December 11, 2017

A7 action camera teardown and review


I recently bought a very cheap action sports camera just for educational purposes only, and again just to tear it down apart and see what was behind the rectangular black plastic with lens sticking out in front. This time is an A7 Action camera bought at a local online store here in my country for just 399 Philippine peso ( $7 US dollars ). Who would not believe with that price u get

  • 30m waterproof casing
  • Handlebar clip
  • Quick snap locking bracket
  • set of velcrow strap
  • a 900mah universal battery
  • a USB connector cable
  • Selfie stick adapter
  • and a sslfie stick housing attachment
All for 399 pesos or 7 us dollars..

That is one reason I bought it for buying piece by piece you'll be paying more..All accessories I mentioned is 100% compatible with the one I am using which is this one IcoontechsIT 4K UHD sports camera. The battery can be used on it, so i already have a slight backup when i needed one.

Continue with the review was, this A7 was advertise again as 1080p. Not to be biased with the IconntechsIT brand, there is no comparison. The quality of A7 was devastating as if you are using a 2M pixel cellphone camera, not even close, since after my teardown of the said camera, it uses the OMNIVISION OV7676 cmos sensor. More on that later.

The camera do not have anything to offer but just turn it on, wait for the 2.0 inch lcd go to view mode and ready for action. press the Ok button to start recording. Menu setting no more than 20 item. That's it. Np gyro, no accelerometer, just go ahead, make my day capture thing.

Now for the teardown.


I did not put any video related on how to dismantle one. There is actually no serviceable thing inside aside from the firmware load. So if u are planning to teardown yours just for educational process, then just watch video on YouTube channels. there are too many now, you will not get lost.

Upon removal of the LCD screen cover. the main board willl have 3 small screws 2 at the bottom been removed.

The main board states
D600_MAIN_V02 20170327

Board date was the time it was made and assembled maybe not so sure bout it but maybe.

The front cover is just snap on and can be removed by flat object. there are four screws on every corner of the cover. pry up the mode button board, and you can now pull up the board.

Here is a view of dismantled parts of a working A7 camera.. See how technology is evolving and how cheap to come up with such limited components to form a working camera.

Here is the camera CMOS sensor view. As I posted up. it uses the Omnivision OV7676 that according to the data sheet that can be found here OV7676 datasheet

The maximum resolution it can handle was 720p, so no wonder the 1080p shoot settings was a crappy one. Nonentheless it shoots well with 720p on well lit area.

The processor of this A7 camera is this. I cannot find any information of the said part as of the writing but hopefully soon, I can dig up the internet for it.

And for the battery, a 3.7v 900mah lipo battery that can be used on any other clone sports camera.

There is nothing to talk much about the APPO A7 sports camera..Very cheap, sadly cheap quality too..

till next teardown.

Last Updated: October 01, 2017

Yamaha FZ16 speedometer back light mods

Motorcycle enthusiast tend to modify the ride mainly for performance or looks. More often they forgot to enhance the back lit of their speedometer. And so why can't I. Introducing the seven color back lit change on FZ16 speedometer panel. With no external switch to change color, I eliminate such and provide the odometer-trip meter selection to change back light.












Are you interested on this kind of modification? All you have to do is send me your panel, and i'll do it for you!..HAPPY MOTORING GUYS..

Last Updated: September 06, 2017

Relay Based Motorcycle Accessories Installition

There are numerous misconception of using Mechanical Relays on a Motorcycle to power accessories like led bar and or any mid current consuming devices. More often, they tend to use too many allowing complicated wiring and dirty look harness at the same time, But actually, the use of relay is pretty simple and straight forward.

Relay are there for ISOLATION..It is use primarily to isolate high current consuming devices not to overload the existing power line of your motorcycle. Other just tap on the original power supply line  thus overloading it, heating it up then making it work hard up until copper turns black in color, thus producing too much resistance on it, and then failed to provide enough current to the original line, But how to avoid such. Mechanical Relay is your answer, But then again the question of many, is HOW? how? and how?

Ignition key switch cuts off power to the entire electrical system when it is switched off and vice versa, provide one when it is switched on, but then again, will not managed to provide to those that needs mid current devices like led bar like WALL E that consumes 1.8A approximate. To power it correctly without harming the original wiring. It needs to be isolated. Hello RELAY, now i need you.

ILLUSTRATION:

This is the Visual connection on how to make additional accessories for your motorcycle..use only one relay of high current contact capacity..that will turned OFF when ignition key is off automatically, whether the accessory switch is ON..no power will flow to your added accessory.



Last Updated: July 21, 2017

IconntechsIT 4K UHD Wifi Action Sports Camera Full Detail

I am going to review the said action sports camera with unbiased full details at every functionality as well as those probable accessories that can be used against it. This is my second sports camera on hand. I wanted to review all available below the $100 dollar range, but resources does not permits me. Moving on, let us take a look first at the specifications


Specification
General
Type: Sports Camera 
Chipset Name: Novatek 
Chipset: Novatek 96660 
Function: Anti-Shake,Loop-cycle Recording,Night Vision,WDR 
Features: Wireless Connectivity
Storage :Max External Card Supported: TF 128G (not included) **
Class Rating Requirements: Class 10 or Above
Display:Screen size: 2.0inch 
Screen type: LTPS 
Screen resolution: 320x240

Power
Battery Type: Removable 
Capacity: 1050mAh 
Charge way: USB charge by PC 
Working Time: About 80min at 1080P

Primary Info.
Camera Pixel : 12MP 
ISO: Auto,ISO100,ISO200,ISO400
Video/Image/Audio
Decode Format: H.264 
Video format: MP4 
Video Resolution: 1080P (1920 x 1080),4K (3840 x 2160),720P (1280 x 720),QHD ( 2560 x 1440 ),QVGA (320 x 240),VGA (640 x 480),WVGA(800 x 480) 
Video System: NTSC,PAL 
Video Output : HDMI 
Image Format : JPG 
Exposure Compensation: +1,+1/3,+2,+4/3,+5/3,-1,-1/3,-2,-2/3,-4/3,-5/3,0,2/3 
White Balance Mode: Auto,Cloudy,Daylight,Fluorescent,Tungsten 
Microphone: Built-in

Functions
WIFI: Yes 
WiFi Function: via mobile software apps
WiFi Distance : 15m 
Waterproof: Yes with case
Water Resistant: 30m 
Loop-cycle Recording : Yes 
Loop-cycle Recording Time: 10min,3min,5min,OFF 
Motion Detection: Yes 
Night vision : Yes 
HDMI Output: Yes 
WDR: Yes 
USB Function: PC-Camera,USB-Disk 
Time Stamp: Yes 
Camera Timer: No 
Time lapse: Yes 
Auto Focusing: No 
Anti-shake: Yes GYRO and EIS (electronic image stabilization)
Interface Type: Micro HDMI,Micro USB,TF Card Slot 
Language: Deutsch,English,French,Italian,Japanese,Portuguese,Russian,Simplified Chinese,Spanish,Traditional Chinese

Other
Frequency: 50Hz,60Hz

Dimension/Weight
Product weight: 0.064 kg 
Package weight: 0.796 kg 
Product size (L x W x H): 5.90 x 4.00 x 3.00 cm / 2.32 x 1.57 x 1.18 inches 

IconntechsIT 4K UHD (ultra high definition) action sports camera is a professional 4k stills/vdeo recorder for Scuba Diving, Sky Diving, Skiing, Surfing, Jumping and other extreme sports. It weighs 64 grams only, equal to an egg, even can't feel it when using it on a helmet or monopod.

 It uses the NTK96660 chipset with fully improved performance, enables you conveniently record 4K ultra-clear video and perfectly capture high-speed motion scenes.

Note: 4K resolution is actually interpolated meaning due to the actual limitation of the chipset capability. The actual 4k resolution is not true hence above the 2k resolution.


Sony CMOS sensor used for Iconntechs action camera is an IMX078 that has 6 Glasses to increase light sensitivity and reduce background exposure, automatic white-balance. With enhanced colors and contrasts, you will got professional images.

Sony IMX117 Lens:
It is a type 1/2.3 approx. 12.40M effective pixel, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. The light collecting characteristics of the IMX117 lens has been optimized to maximize the light collecting efficiency of the back-illuminated structure. It can widen incident light angle and half the shading. Optical characteristics of this magnitude mean that the sensor can handle bright lenses (higher sensitivity with a lower f-number) and high power zoom lenses. Equipped with the 4K mode and multiple other scanning modes will further broaden the potential of the abundant visual expression. Thus it can make 4K mode action camera has perfect night-visual effect. Camera has built-in Sony IMX117 HD light sensitive sensor. 6 glass lens make it has super night vision effect.


With Diving mode, Iconntechs camcorder can compensate red light automatically. Your photos and videos for scuba diving would looks more vivid and colorful.

What is Diving Mode:
Diving without extra red filter, can also take wonderful videos and beautiful photos. Now in the market, most of action cameras need to buy an extra red filter to compensate red light when diving. With the extra red filter, photos and videos would look more vivid and colorful. But it is quite inconvenient, and it has certain extra cost. Our action camera has the perfect solution. Diving mode can compensate red light automatically. You will be able to take your dream photos and videos whenever and wherever possible.


Adjustable Viewing angles(70-170 Degrees) can meet your various demands on angle. 170 degree wide angle which ensures excellent shoot vision and retains more realistic scene, it captures immersive wide-angle view. Time to take your the most perfect photo and video.

Other competitors do not actually have the function of changing the field of view (FOV) of their sensor. Some are actually having the WIDE, NORMAL, NARROW settings only. In some cases, they are fixed either the 170 degree, or 125 degree.

GYRO and EIS (electronic image stabilization), is a settings that will minimize the shaking of all captured videos. Again, not all camera are created equal. Other do not have the chip embedded on their hardware for this function. The IconntechsIT 4k UHD sports camera have an accelerometer semiconductor inside.

VOICE ALERT FUNCTION, is one feature of this camera that announces if the recording started, or when it was stopped or low battery level will prompt a pre recorded voice inside the Voice speech synthesizer also embedded on its hardware. It can be turned on and off via the settings menu.  For some it is annoying since every prompt will also going to be recorded.

WIFI to apps connectivity, a function to connect the camera to your mobile or tablet devices by a dedicated software to view the video realtime, change camera settings on the fly without holding the camera itself, and by the Android or IOS apps, u can use it as a wireless camera. The function also allows you to upload the shots on your favorite Social Media like Facebook, Instagram. Twitter without downloading files to a desktop or laptop computers. A very economical way for Adrenalin junkies out there.


MENU SETTINGS NAVIGATION
First with unit is turned OFF, Insert the MICRO SD card on the camera card slot. Powering up is located at the front. By pressing at least 2 seconds, the unit will power then showing up what the sensor sees thru the back of the 2" LCD. If the card is not yet formatted, either a text will appear on the lcd as full card or "No memory card installed". If that is the case, it needs to be formatted thru the camera by browsing the settings to FORMAT menu.










Sample Video Clips at the end of the article

Now for the settings menu of the camera.
Press the Power button, (DO NOT HOLD) three times. The Menu settings will be as follows.

The default will highlight the RESOLUTION settings as shown.
Pressing the ok button will reveal the sub menu of the item as shown.

UHDP24 stands for Ultra High Definition @24pfs--4k resolution  3840 × 2160 ***

QHDP30 stands for Quad high definition@30fps--2K resolution   
2048 × 1080

FHDP60 stands for Full High Definition@60fps
--1080p  1920 x 1080  

FHDP30@30fps

HDP120 stands for High Definition@120fps (settings that is used for slow motion recorded video)
HDP60
HDP30
WVGAP30 stands for Wide Video Graphics Array@30fps-- actual resolution are 
800x480, 848x480, or 854x480
VGAP240
VGAP30
QVGAP30 stands for Quarter Video Graphics Array--this is the resolution normally being used as Multimedia resolution that stands at 320 x 240 




LOOP RECORDING 

 Determines the the length of each video clip that will be recorded per file name. SUB MENU will give you the following option.The 3 minutes mode will give you a filename of a 3 minutes recorded video.

GYROSCOPE

 Mode that will enable and disable the shakiness of your recorded video. Not all Action Sports Camera have this function due to the limitation of the hardware. Without an accelerometer on it. There is no function like this.




WDR or Wide Dynamic Range 

Another Powerful function that enable the camera to come up with a greater detail of the recorded video. there will be a greater difference between the brightest and darkest areas.



Time Lapsed Recording


Time-lapse recording is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing

Sub menu will give you option of duration.



                                                                                    
Motion Detection

A function of an action cam that allows automatic record when the image sensor find a moving object on their field of view. 



Record Audio

To enable or disable audio recording during use. When only video is required, u can just turn off the audio to lessen the space consumption on the SD card. There is a shortcut on the video recorder view. Just press the down button on the left side of the camera to to this instead of going to this menu.





Date Stamp

To enable the date and time be included on the recorded file.












Angle

Determine the field of View (FOV) of the image sensor. Sub menu are 170 degree, 140 degree, 110 degree and 70 degree. Other camera offers Narrow, wide and super wide settings.









Diving Mode

To enable or disable the red filter function of the image sensor during diving, snorkeling. Camera must be fitted with the water proof casing when doing so. The unit itself is not a water proof item.








Night scene

As the word states night, primarily used at night time recording to enhance the brightness  and contrast quality of the camera.










Self Timer

Determine when the camera will record or snap a shot. sub menu includes off, 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec













Image size
Setting for camera snapshot.












Burst

When turned on, camera will shoot sequence of photos depending on the sub menu selection.














Quality

Camera Snapshot effectiveness.Sub menu includes, Fine, Normal, Economy. Fine will consume more file size.











Sharpness

Adjusting this will do more of your captured photos. sub menu includes High, Normal, Medium.













White Balance

Affects the color temperature of your photos and videos. WB as it is called, is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo.










Color

Shoot in color, black and white, sepia depends on the sub menu selection.















ISO 

Sensitivity of the image sensor on fully lighted or fully dark areas. Adjusting depends on what you want to do with your subject.












Exposure Value

Affects the recorded image against the light..the lower the value from normal settings will darken and the higher will lighten the clarity of the subject.










Anti-Shakinganti-shake" is the feature to avoid getting a blurred picture if you shake the action camera












Delete

Delete a single file or Delete all function of your recorded video.













Protect

Lock a desired clip from accidentally deletion when delete function was used or when the camera started to cycle and overwrites the recorded clip. Note that even when the file is protected.When the card is formatted..it will still be erase.









WIFI

To enable or disable wifi function when used to connect on the mobile apps for live view. Instead of navigating on this menu, you can turn on and off the wifi function with the UP button at the side of the camera when at video or camera mode.









WIFI SSID

Simply the name of the Action camera Wifi when detected by your mobile phone..The default is SPORTS DV and can be edited using your favorite ALIAS of wifi name on this menu.











WIFI Password

Password that will be entered on the mobile wifi setting when selected to be able to connect it to your favorite action camera applications.


Default is 012345678 and can be edited for a more secure pass.








Date and Time

Sets the time and date of the camera. If the the date stamp is configured ON...it will be embedded on the lower portion of the video. NOTE: When battery of the camera is removed. The date will reset automatically to factory.










Auto Power Off

Set the duration of the camera to Turned OFF when it is idle or no activity.. Use to conserve battery power.












BEEP sound

Turned on or off the beep sound when any button is pressed.













VOICE prompt

Audible indication when a video recording has started or stopped. It also indicates low battery audible warning. But when inside the waterproof casing, the function seems unheard due to low volume quality of the unit.










OSD (on screen Display)

Turned on or off the text display on the LCD monitor.













CAR ACC

Used to turn on the functionality as a dash cam when cigarette lighter charger is used on the unit..Sold separately, when plugged and started the engine so does the video recording will start.












Language

select the specific language for you to understand what was written on the menu

TV mode

Set whether PAL or NTSC when TV mode is on

TV

turn on or off the TV out via HDMI port

Frequency

Set to minimize horizontal lines that will be visible on your recorded video. Sub menu as 50hz or 60hz. Here in my country we uses the 60hz.

Format

Format the sd card to be able to use it on the camera. Formatting the card elsewhere will prompt you that no card is inserted.

Default settings

When pressed on..all previous attempt of the changes to all settings will revert back to original factory default.




Version

The firmware and model version of the action camera..Firmware can be upgraded, but be wary that upgrading with the wrong type will bring the camera automatically. so be sure to find the right one before attempting.Firmware fixes bugs and other functionality to a step higher.






Note: Firmware of the camera is the blood of the unit. There are too many of them that can be found on forum, specified site, but make sure the right one is truly entitled to this unit. We heard Soocoo C30 is the compatible firmware, but of course when used. The start up and the shutdown logo will be replaced too.

if u wonder to know what your doing..

here is the link for that firmware.
UPDATED FIRMWARE

If you would like to join the development of an action camera firmware visit
Action camera discussion

another site that can be useful
Another Action cam discussion page


Sample night clip side by side by this camera Sports DV GPCV1248






Sample video clip of 1080p@60fps or FHDP60 on camera resolution setting



Sample video clip of 2k@30fps or QHDP30 on camera resolution setting.