Hardwire the dashcam to the vehicle fuse box

To utilize the full features of the AI-12 dashcam, including Standby mode, the dashcam must be connected to a constant 12V or 24V minimum 2A power source using the supplied cables. You can do this is by hardwiring the dashcam to the fuse that has a constant power source.

Warning

This installation should be performed by a qualified or professional person only. Working with your vehicle's power system can be dangerous. Consult a professional for guidance.

Note

While in Standby mode, you can retrieve recordings from the dashcam. In Standby mode, the dashcam draws a current of 34 mA.

When you're ready, follow these steps:

Get organized

To hardwire the camera to the fuse box, use the following equipment:

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Note

The hardwire kit includes three wires:

  • a wire for constant power

  • a black ground wire for a metal ground bolt

  • a red wire to connect the dashcam to power

These wires require a 24V power source.

Locate your fuse box

Check the owner's manual of the vehicle to find the fuse box, which may be located in different places depending on the vehicle model. Remove the plastic panel to access the fuse box. Open the fuse box by lifting a tab and pulling it toward you or with a trimming tool.

Which slot should I use?

Use a circuit tester to test which fuse is constant. A fuse that is constant stays on when the car is off.

Add-a-fuse kit

Use the add-a-fuse kit included in our hardwire installation kit for a more secure, long-lasting installation. The add-a-fuse kit provides a fuse slot for the existing circuit (#2 in picture below) and another fuse slot for the new circuit for the dashcam device (#1 in picture below).

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The ground wire

The ground wire is usually in the shape of a ring or a C.

Hardwire the dashcam

To hardwire the dashcam:

  1. Insert the new fuse box tap that was provided in the installation kit into slot 1 of the add-a-fuse kit.

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  2. Insert the fuse from the vehicle fuse box into slot 2.

    Note

    If you insert them in the wrong order, the power will not feed through.

  3. Trim off some of the rubber tubing to expose the wiring on your hard-wired cable.

  4. Using a standard needle-nose pliers, crimp the hard-wired cable with the terminal crimp connector that was included in the add-a-fuse kit.

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  5. Connect your add-a-fuse kit to the vehicle fuse slot you chose.

  6. Connect the ground wire by slipping it under a metal bolt or screwing it into your vehicle. If needed, use a socket wrench set to loosen the bolt.

    Note

    A loose ground wire can result in power issues for your dashcam. We recommend grounding your wire to an unpainted bare metal bolt.

  7. Connect the power cable to the dashcam.

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    Important

    Once you've hardwired the power source, the camera starts up automatically every time you turn on the vehicle.

  8. Start your vehicle to test the dashcam.

    Note

    When a dashcam is in storage, the battery gets completely drained. Before using the dashcam, you need to charge it for an extended period of time, using at least a 2A power source, before the dashcam turns on.

  9. Once you have tested your dashcam, run the power cable along the headliner of the vehicle from the A-Pillar to the power source.

Watch this video about installing the AI-12 dashcam

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