In the modern times, the popularity of Dash Cams has significantly increased thanks to the improved usability and functionality they provide. Dash Cams no longer just cover the safety aspects of your drive but now massively enhance your driving experience while giving you complete accessibility especially in terms of mobile usage during the drive. But today we aren’t looking at why Dash Cams are popular or being widely installed into vehicles but rather we are going to look at the different way you can equip your car with a Dash Cam.
Regardless the type of car you have, the installation of your Dash Cam carries high importance because of it isn’t done correctly, you might end missing out on critical video footage that could have been the key evidence to help you out. When it comes to installing a Dash Cam into an automobile, the difficult decision of choosing the right type of Dash Cam for your needs no longer seems that hard.
But don’t worry, we have got your back and through this article, we will guide you and show you just how easy it can be to install a Dash Cam in your car when you know what you are doing.
Let’s get started!
Installation With Cigarette Lighter Adapter
You might not be a smoker but finally you will be able to put your cigarette lighter socket in your car to good use. You can set up your Dash Cam through a CLA in under 5 minutes and have all the video footage recorded without much hassle. Firstly, take out the Dash Cam from the packing and using mounting tape, firmly attach the device to the rear-view mirror in a neat fashion and make sure that the camera is settled in a good angle so can record the best footage. Then using the headliners of your vehicle, you can easily conceal the wire as you run it along the car and bring down to the side using either a credit card or trim tool. Once you have managed to hide the wire in the side rubbers of the body and brought it down to where your feet rest in the car, then simply hide the rest of the wire under the carpets. Now all you have to do is leave enough wire out so that you can connect the other end into the cigarette lighter socket, and you are good to go. However, you should keep in mind that when the car is turned off, no power will be supplied to the Dash Cam, meaning it won’t be able to capture footage while in parking.
Hardwire to the Fusebox
Coming to a little more technical and vastly more popular method of installing a Dash Cam into your car. Hardwiring the device to the fuse box to power it up even when the car is parked. Meaning, your Dash Cam will be recording all the footage even after your car has been parked and turned off. If anyone damages your car while you are away, now you have the means of catching the culprit. Not just this, but using this method, you can have a front camera recording everything that is happening before you and a rear camera capturing the events happening behind you. Nothing is going to be out of sight. First thing’s first, locate the fuse box compartment. When located, open up the panels safely to expose the fuse box. Now, you can see all the available slots on your car’s fuse box from which you can choose the one you want to hook up your Dash Cam to. We recommend you use a slot that is rated between 10A-30A so that enough power is provided to the Dash Cam for it to function properly. After selecting the fuse, you want to use, secure the wires into the slots, and apply electrical tape on the connection. Now all that is left is to connect the ground wire by slipping it under a metal bolt in your car.
OBD Cable Method
Extremely good news for the people who dislike the traditional way of installing the Dash Cam using the hardwire method. OBD cable is a far simpler and easier way of powering up your Dash Cam in your vehicle. All that is required for the Dash Cam to be powered up is to connect the OBD cable to the OBD port located under the steering wheel of your car, which honestly is not hard task to accomplish. Once done, your Dash Cam will receive uninterrupted power supply even when the car is switched off making it suitable for people who want their Dash Cams to record even when the car is parked. Best part, the OBD port is found in each and every vehicle that has been manufactured from the late 90’s onwards, also, OBD is considered to be a universal plug and play fit which is far more accessible than the fuse box of your car. Grab your OBD cable and hop onto the driving seat. The OBD port in a vehicle is commonly located to the left side of your steering wheel, right below the dashboard of the car. In some cases, there might be an easy to remove panel covering the entrance of the port. Simply remove the cover and insert the OBD cable into the slot which automatically is a universal fit. Using the corner rubber hidings of your vehicle, hide the wire neatly and attach the Dash Cam onto your rear-view mirror. Now check if the device is working properly, and if it is, you are good to go.
We really hope our guide helped you decide which method suits you best when considering the installation process of your Dash Cam into your car. Have fun on your drive that is safeguarded by the watchful protection of your Dash Cam.