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- Difficulty Level:
There are two ways to install the dash camera:
A) The cigarette lighter - easier, turns off as the car does though, cig lighter power can be dodgy at times
B) Fuse tap - slightly harder, requires crimping (all explained below though), costs a bit more for equipment
For each step I will clearly state on the first line for which methods the step is applicable for.
What's required for the cigarette lighter method:
Dash camera holder and any connecting devices
Cigarette lighter plug
What's required for the hardwire method:
Dash camera holder and connecting devices
Voltage cut off USB power converter - output of 5v required, voltage cut off 11.6v is ideal so the car can still start if the battery does wear down
Mini blade fuse tap (mini size) - low profile is ideal though the standard does fit too.
Crimping tool and terminals - Amazon.co.uk: crimping set
1) This step is relevant to both methods as all we're doing is sticking the unit to the window and routing the wire through.
Find an ideal place to stick the base unit - you don't want it to be visible from the driver side as it can be distracting.
Now thread the wire through the roof lining, it is very easy to tuck in and requires no removal of trim.
Please hide the USB cable fully - I left certain parts exposed to make it clearer in the photos.
2) This step applies to cig lighter method only - route the rest of the cable through the groove on the side (not pictured) and hook it onto the trim where the footwell is. Then tuck it into the rest of the trim leading to the cigarette lighter socket and plug it in.
Ignore all those extra wires, you are just interested in the plugging in the black cig lighter socket.
That's all the fitting done - go to step xx
3) This applies to those hardwiring the camera
Remove the 7.5AMP fuse from the fuse box on the passenger side of the car - this fuse is meant for the clock which is a permanent live circuit, If you'd rather have the dashcam to turn on/off with the ignition then choose an alternative fuse - test using a multimeter. Attach it to the fuse slot nearest to metal terminals of the fuse tap. Then add a 5 amp fuse to the other fuse holder.
4) This applies to those hardwiring the camera.
Remove the trim on the underside of the footwell. There are two clips on the bottom left and right hand side which pull off easily. Then there are two clips at the top which are slightly stiffer so the use of a trim removal tool may help.
5) This step applies to those hardwiring the camera
We need to ground it the DC converter. Remove the gold grounding bolt which is clearly located below the fuse box. Remove it using an adjustable wrench along with the washer.
6) This step applies to those hardwiring the camera
Find a size 6 crimping terminal (usually yellow)
7) This step applies to those hardwiring the camera
Crimp the negative end of the wire onto the yellow plastic connector. Make sure it is securely fitted, use a lot of force when doing so. Then loop it back onto the bolt.
8) This step applies to those hardwiring the camera
Bolt the ground back in securely. Then crimp the postive end of the power unit to the blue end of the fuse tap.
9) This step applies to those hardwiring the camera
Hide everything under the trim, reinstall the footwell plastic trim (top click in then the bottom is a soft push).
If something isn't clear or if you have any questions, feel free to ask below.
Thanks for reading.
Mini 0801 Dash Camera Installation (Cigarette Lighter & Hardwire Methods)