It is important for you to install your newly bought dash cam correctly. It apparently looks difficult at first sight, but it won’t be so difficult if you follow this guide. Follow the guide point by point for a smooth installation.
Also, do not overlook the installation guide which accompanies your dash cam. Every model has different installation procedures, so it may help you.
Please install your dash cam under the guidance of some expert, as working with car socket can be hazardous if not done properly.
There are two ways to install your dash cam. The first is via cigarette lighter power supply. This method is very simple and can be done in a few minutes. Other is is a bit harder but neater way to install dash cam.
Option 1: Cigarette Lighter Power Supply
To install your dash cam with a 12V power supply (cigarette lighter):
- Guide the cable for your dash cam (which usually comes with a dash cam, from the manufacturer) around the windscreen and tie it nicely so to keep it out of sight.
- Place the pump on the windscreen, just behind rear view mirror on side of drivers’ seat.
- Keep it away from the dark spotted area.
- Connect the wire to the 12V cigarette socket.
This location captures the best view and remains out of sight. Just make sure that the focus of cam is correct, rotate it if not.
Pros and Cons of Cigarette Socket Method
Advantages of using the cigarette socket as a power source:
- Plug in and go. It is very easy.
- Easy to connect/disconnect if you drive more than one car.
- The power supply can easily be found.
Disadvantages of using the cigarette lighter as a power:
- You need to have a 12V battery for this.
- The cable is visible from dash cam to cigarette lighter socket. It doesn’t look neat.
- You will have to look for another socket for your phone charging, GPS or other devices.
Option 2: Hardware Installation Method
The hardware installation procedure is very popular among car owners, as it makes the installation procedure cleaner and tidy. There are numerous types of hardware kit. You choose from among them, whichever you deem perfect. If you want your dash cam only to work when the car is running, go for mini0USB hardware kit.
In case you want to operate dash cam while in parking, device changes. But, the installation procedure is more or less the same, and you won’t have much problem if you follow the following bullets.
Step 1: Locate the Fuse Box
Please consult the owner’s guide to locate the fuse box or just simply do a Google search to find it. You usually need to displace some panels to gain entry to fuses. For some cars, this is more simple as you only have to simply lift the panels in other cars which it can be tough. Herein, a manual can help you do it without inflicting damage to the car.
Step 2: Locate the Fuse Chart/Diagram
Once you discovered your fuse boxes, look for spare fuses slots in there. We can use them, as it doesn’t need you to remove anything, and saves from complications. If you are having a bit of bad luck, and there are no spare slots, you will need to power it using existing ones.
Refer to the diagram in there to locate fuses and information regarding it. Avoid using fuses made for ECU or safety bags. Look for ones made for different lights and power outlets, if there is no socket especially made for dash cam cable.
Refer to the diagram in the owner ’s manual or look online. You will know what socket serves what purpose.
Step 3: Find a Suitable Socket for Your Hardware
You need to make sure what type of power source your hardware needs. Does it need constant power or power only upon ignition? In many of the cases, they need both. Get a circuit tester to test different fuses.
Put the tester directly in the slot is empty, or test the openings on top of the slot is not empty.
For Ignition Switched Fuse: Put the key in the car and check whether slot turns ON and OFF as you start or stop the car. Or it just remains ON, even when the car is stopped. If the case is a former one, this is ignition switched fuse.
For Constant Power Fuse: Put the key, start the car and observe the fuse, now turn it off again. If a fuse is still lit, it is a constant power fuse.
Step 4: Insert the Socket
After finding the correct socket, insert your hardwiring kit into it. Also, tie it with electrical tape. If fuse slot has an existing fuse, put it in a lower fuse. Make sure the new setup is inserted in a perfect manner.
Step 5: Ground the Hardwire Kit
After connecting the setup, connect the ground with a metal screw in the car. You will have to loosen the nut that you have to ground the setup with. A loose ground can result in power issues for your dash cam.
Step 6: Testing
After grounding the cam, plug the setup and start the dash cam, and look if it works. If it is, then hide all the wires or stick them to the walls of the car to make it look nice and tidy. Hanging wires can cause damage to your system if you pull it accidentally while entering or exiting the car.
Don’t hide your wires too much, or stick them with tapes tightly. In case, there is some problem with cam, you will find it difficult to undo all this.
Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of hardwiring technique:
- Looks neat and tidy.
- Frees up a cigarette lighter for other purposes.
- Always stays connected and no connectivity issues.
- Involves a cumbersome method, you may need a professional to do this.
So, this is it for today’s installation guide. If you can’t help yourself with these options, let us know in the comment sections below, so we can come up with some more alternatives for you soon. Additionally, here is how to mount your dash cam and how to use it properly.