Hard-wiring a dashcam to the vehicle’s fuse box is one of the most common installation methods to power your dashcam. In order to utilize the AI-12 full features such as active standby, the camera must be connected to a constant 12V power source.
NOTE: The hard-wiring kit includes 2 wires; one wire is for the constant or ignition switch and the other is a ground wire for a metal ground bolt.
WARNING: This type of 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.
Step 1: Locate your fuse box
Check the vehicle's owner’s manual for the fuse box location. It may vary depending on the vehicle model. Remove the plastic panel to access the fuse box. It may open simply by lifting a tab, pulling it towards you or you may need a trimming tool.
Step 2: Which slot should I use?
Use a circuit tester to test which fuse is constant (typically red) . A fuse that is constant will stay on when the car is off. The camera will automatically enter standby mode when the car has not moved for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Add-a-fuse kit
We recommend using an add-a-fuse kit included in our ‘Essential Install Package’, for a more secure, long-lasting installation. The add-a-fuse kit provides a fuse slot for the existing OEM circuit (#2 in the picture below) and another fuse slot for the new circuit for the dashcam device (#1 in the picture below).
- Insert the new fuse tap provided in the kit into “slot 1” and the fuse from the fuse box into “slot 2”. If you place them in the wrong order, power will not feed through.
- Connect the hard-wired cable with the terminal crimp connector from the add-a-fuse kit. Trim off some of the rubber tubings to expose the wiring on your hard-wire cable. Then crimp them down together. You should be able to crimp the fuse kit with standard needle-nose pliers. We recommend using electrical tape to further secure the wire.
- Connect your add-a-fuse kit to the vehicle fuse slot you chose.
Step 4: Ground the hard-wire kit
- The ground wire is usually in the shape of a ring or a C. To connect the ground wire, slip it under a metal bolt /screw in your vehicle.
- You may need a socket wrench set to loosen the bolt. Loosen the bolt enough to slip it in and tighten it back up afterward. A loose ground wire can result in power issues for your dashcam. We recommend grounding your wire to an unpainted bare metal bolt.
Step 5: Test your dashcam
Plug the power cable to the dashcam. Start your vehicle to test the dashcam. Once you have tested your dashcam, run the power cable along the headliner of the vehicle along the A-Pillar to the power source.