Hard wiring a Dash Cam

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  1. phil hunter

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    Got a new dash cam for my Challenger and was wondering where the best place to connect up the hard wire kit. Read the tread on installing a radar detector where they removed the center console, but was wondering if there is an easier way.


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    Rear view mirror... When you open you would see pink (positive) black (negative).
     
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    Is the mirror wiring 5v? My dash cam requires 5v not 12.

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    For Dash cam, You can get 5V adapter on amazon. it comes with fuse and adapter.
     
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    Depending on your cam setup the rearview mirror power only works when the car is on. If you have a cam like the BlackVue and want to mount the Magic Power Pro module, you need constant power if you want to use the parking mode.
     
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    I have a BlackVue ready to be installed with the rear camera and power module, anyone have any how to's on the install, where to get power and run wires, etc?

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    There is another thread somewhere on the forums that covers this and even has pics, 'can't find it at the moment...
     
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    I searched and could not find it either.

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    I have not yet installed mine. I still have not figured out where to tap the power from. One of these days I will get to it. Maybe someone will beat me to it and I can copy. :D
     
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    Did some more searching and it looks like the best place to connect is in the center console. I found two threads. One on removing the console and one on installing a radar detector by taping into the power outlet on the passenger side of the console. This should work provided you use the correct hard wire kit for your dash cam. For example, my dash cam runs on 5v so the harness steps the voltage down from 12v.

    How to Remove Center Console

    Radar Detector Install


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    Only problem is all of those refer to switched power we need constant for the power module. Any idea if there is something in the console that has constant power we could tap into? I read through the threads and could find a for sure answer.

    If I can get enough info I will do the install this weekend and post up some info and pictures.

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    Sgoyal is spot on here and has it right. Great post and he is very informative by his identifying the wires
     
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    Found pic on my phone off rear view mirror plug. I've been testing few things and planning to tap for both dash cam and radar.

    Update: Don't wire like this - I only showed + and - wire

    Slowhand put the link for D connection and use those.
     

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    Mine is like this:
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    With the radar detector running off of the mirror, and the Blackvue running around to the battery pack under the drivers seat. When I was researching it, it looked like the 2 most popular ways to run the camera was with either the Power Magic Pro or the Cellink B. I wasn't too confident about making a hole in the firewall and running the cables for the PMP so I went with the Cellink B option. I suppose a thrid way would be to just run the camera power straight to one of the cig lighter jacks.
    The Cellink B looks like this:
    Cellink Battery B Pack Review

    I have the power running across the top drivers side headliner, down the door trim, under the inside of the door plate all the way to the drivers seat. I mounted (Velcro) the cellink box under the driver's seat, from there it runs to the cig ligher on the console. This seemed like the easiest setup to get what I wanted, and was very easy to install and get working. When the car is on the camera is running on the car power, when the car is off the camera runs off of the battery under the seat. I have never had it run out of battery power overnight so far (camera in parking mode).

    Not having done it, I don't know much about the PMP install. Oh, and I ran the cable to the rear camera down the passenger side. Trim tools like this are your friend:
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    Please, please. $2.95
    RadioShack 9-Position Male Connector
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