I found that one must turn sentry mode on every time he/she leaves the vehicle. Would not it be better to have sentry mode as default with the ability to turn it off on the few occasions it is not needed?
^^^^^ Agreed, Battery drain.
^^^^ Agreed, when the car is parked at home in the garage, it's not needed, and this feature cannot be enabled with Dog Mode
Maybe they can put that feature on app too rather than enabling by default
It is on the app, however I think it should be an option to leave enabled. Cars parked in garages can still use Sentry. Not everyone's garage is on their house alarm.
I would not want it on by default. Sitting the garage wasting battery each time someone or some thing walk by the car would certainly drain the battery.
wish I could edit that post.....
I am ok with default off. When I park at home or in my office, I don't need to have it turned on.
Seriously?!?!?!? You need Sentry mode in your own garage? People will break into your car as it sits in your garage instead of your house? If you have those concerns, you're better off putting webcams in the garage and will get better angles. But I'd opt to find a better place to live.
Like the recent new feature where using geofencing the side view mirrors fold, I think updates will be released in time where you can setup areas where it should be disabled by default - i.e. home or work and enabled by default other places. Keep providing that feedback to Tesla and they listen to it.
Battery drain and the need for an external formatted drive to be present. I am sure/hope they will add the ability to toggle it on and off via the app!
The latest version of the mobile app, which was released very recently, allows Sentry Mode to be toggled on/off.
My very rough testing shows that sentry mode adds about 5 miles/24 hours of battery drain.
Your mileage may vary.
I turned mine on in my garage last night at 5:00. At 8:00 this morning I had lost 17 miles. I usually lose 1 or 2 miles overnight.
I assume the power drain is very variable. If there are no "warnings" and the cameras don't start recording and the screen does not turn on, the drain is low. But if someone walks by and the system goes on alert, I would think the power drain go up.
@lunde, Nice I didn't even notice the new toggle for Sentry mode in the app under Controls, thx for the info!
I don't mine the manual operation, but I'd love it if enabling Sentry Mode in security settings made a button appear on the screen when I shift to park, kind of like how the Frunk and Trunk buttons appear. That is where I want to decide whether to turn it on or off. It is a pain to find it buried in the menus every time I park. So, master switch in security settings and one time enabling on the main panel when shifted to park.
5mi. in 24hrs??? That's roughly 1.25 kWh based on my average driving. That's roughly a third of what my whole house is drawing on average per day (electric stove, refrigerator, computers, routers and lights). What is taking so much current?
Not only battery drain but it could also fill your microSD card quickly. And from what I understand those are saved recordings.
FWIW - I had it on for 4 hours last night and didn't lose a single mile.
@allenbt: In the US, homes use on average around 30kWh per day. How do you manage to be so energy efficient?
at best, my house runs at about 0.4 kW per hour when no one is home. that's still 10 kWh per day. no chance he's averaging 4 kWh per day with an electric stove.
I imagine it could happen if you have 10 LED lights, stove, heating and hot water runs on gas (or is not needed), you don't watch TV, don't use dishwasher and weather is so good that you don't need a refrigerator.
If I didn't have dishwasher, oven, microwave, air conditioning, humidifier, washer, dryer and TV, I bet my electricity bill a month would be less than $15 as all the lights I have are LED. Oh yeah, and changing the lights to LED haven't had a big impact on the bill - what a false hype that was!
@terminator - did you go from CFL's?
@terminator, my experience going from incandescent/halogen to LED has been a marked reduction in consumption.
I've always HATED CFLs.
If I don't have a USB installed and I enable Sentry Mode from the mobile app...Does anything happen?
I've been turning on Sentry at work for the past couple of days and have not seen any noticeable change in the loss while parked for the whole day. II was losing ~1.8kWh+/-0.2 before and I am getting the same numbers now with Sentry turned on. I did confirm it was running (handed my phone to a carpooler, walked back, and leaned on the car - got the HAL image on the screen).
@mike, Interesting thought...shouldn't be too hard to test. Turn on Sentry mode and walk up to the car.
Assuming the car does whatever it does.... we're 100% sure there's no recording of the cameras without a USB, correct?
Different people and different circumstances mean a single design will never fit all. If they asked me to design the software, I'd have a config setting where the user can choose whether Sentry Mode is on only when requested (like now), always on, always except at home, or prompted upon exit. By the last I mean each time you end driving (putting in Park or opening driver's door) the screen asks "Enable Sentry Mode?"; quicker than poking into the menus and less likely to forget.
@Mike UpNorth: "If I don't have a USB installed and I enable Sentry Mode from the mobile app...Does anything happen?"
I would hope it responds, "Unable to activate. No USB present" or whatever. But I don't have it yet, so I can't test...
So I can confirm it works. I enabled on my phone. Turned off BT, walked up to the car, Sentry mode on the screen. Pushed the car a bit to see if the screen would change or music playing but that didn't happen.
Something of interest though. I read in the notes on the screen - it's says it will record and send the info to Tesla. No mention of needing a USB installed. But you need data sharing active.
We obviously used to have car alarms/sentry mode without recording or screens before Tesla came along so it could still work :)
@Mike, I also have put my car into Sentry mode without a USB drive and the Sentry mode activates...what I forgot to test is what, if anything, happens if I get in the car, put my USB back in and then hit download. I doubt it, but I am wondering if it would push any Sentry video to the USB at that time. I'll have to test it next chance I get if no one else has tried before then.
It's a new feature, from what I've seen most new features require a toggle on.
@Mike, Just did a quick test, it didn't write anything to the USB after getting back in as expected. Would have been funny if it actually had though. Future test will be the same, only I'll set the alarm off. I doubt the outcome will change but who knows.
Shucks. Too bad.....How do you plan on setting off the alarm? I pushed the car a bit. Nothing....I guess I could really put some oomph into it and rock it back and forth.....
If you bank on the window enough it goes off. Yeah I tried to push the car too...doesn't move much, haha. Then I started banging on the window and it went off. After I set it off I am now curious as to what it used to determine that it needed to go off...sound level?
Grr.. bang, not bank
Good question as reading on the forums the rocking shouldn't set it off as there's no like gyro thingy in the car (I'm clearly an engineer scientist).
Must be the noise I guess....But the people reporting the glass broken and no alarm....Maybe noise detection was added with Sentry mode???
Yes it would be nice to have an option to leave it on by default, else I will forget to turn it on each time. Easy to remember to turn it off when in garage. Best would be a list of geo locations to automatically leave it off, start with garage, much same as auto-folding the mirrors.
I can't believe nobody mentioned this already- the 'stats' app can turn it on automatically and disable it for your home (or other) locations. Terrific!
We should be able to select "always on in park" and make exceptions for specific locations (like auto-fold mirrors)
Because then people will say "why is sentry mode default?" They had to start somewhere to see how it goes. It will be more user friendly in future releases.
My sentry uses about 1 Mile of range per hour, thats probably why it is not default on
@Electric_Sheeple. Stats app has this now- but you need to have an apple phone.
I can see why not everyone would want this, but I'd like to have an option for sentry mode to be on by default unless the battery is too low.
I, for one, definitely want a toggle for Always On (geofence addition would be cool too). I have been using Sentry religiously since they rolled it out but I literally forgot to turn it on yesterday and found a 8 inch long scrape on the back right corner of the bumper today. Parts of it are scraped all the way through the paint!
I checked the RecentClips folder, but that only goes back an hour and this must have happened before that.
Also, can we have the rear camera save too? Probably would have caught the offender with the side cameras, but definitely would have got them with the rear.
Just learning about Stats which is great - except I am an Android user so it is useless to me.