How to install the hardwire kit for your dash cam

Today we are going to talk about the installation of the hardwire kit. We have been receiving several complaints about the product going on and off randomly. The customers were pissed and thought that the quality of our product was not good. Eventually, we have found out that the real reason behind it was the false installation of the hardwire kit. 

What is a hardwire kit?

A hardwire kit is a device that connects your dash cam directly to the car’s fuse box. It’s different from the car charger which cuts down the power supply when the car is off. When installed properly, a hardwire kit can provide constant power to your dash cam even when the car is off. 

Why should I use a hardwire kit instead of a car charger?

By installing a hardwire kit, you are able to enable your dash cam’s parking monitoring features and thus, it will allow you to capture any accidents, such as hit and runs when you are away from your car. 

Will my dash cam drain my car’s battery?

We strongly suggest you use the configurable hardwire kit. The configurable hardwire kit can adjust the low-voltage protection voltage based on your car models. The configurable range is 11v-13.5v. If the car’s battery falls under the set voltage, the parking mode would stop and the dash cam would shut down to prevent the car from draining its battery. 

Please follow the steps below to install the hardwire kit:

Step 1: Locate the fuse box and remove the panel. The location of the fuse box varies from car to car, please refer to your vehicle’s user manual for the location of the fuse box. Most of them reside under the glove compartment, in the trunk or the engine bay.

Hardwire kit installationStep 2: Use a multimeter or a circus tester to find the ACC fuse slot and the constant fuse slot. 

To locate the ACC fuse slot, please leave the ignition on when testing. 

Note: please avoid using any of your vehicle’s critical components such as the airbags, engine module, or brake. Try to connect to AC or window ACC slots instead.

To locate the constant fuse slot, please turn the ignition completely off when testing. 

Note: to avoid circus burst, please connect the yellow wire to the constant power slots that are 15amps or lower.

Step 3: Ground the black wire to a non-coated metal surface.

Step 4: Turn off the ignition and ground the circus tester. Then touch each metal contact of the fuse. The circus test will light up when it receives power from the fuse. You may find multiple fuses that will light up, please choose one that is less than 15amps. Once you have found the constant fuse slot, connect the yellow wire to the constant fuse slot. 

Step 5: Keep the ignition off and find  the ones that do not light up. Turn the ignition on and test again, if those ones that didn’t light up when the ignition is off light up now, they are the ACC fuse slots that we are looking for. Then you may connect the red wire to the ACC fuse slot. 

Once all the wires are connected, you may plug in the power cable into the dash cam and your dash cam will enter parking mode automatically once the car is turned off.

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