Go Back   Team-BHP > Under the Hood > Technical Stuff > DIY - Do it yourself


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 4th May 2017, 16:36   #121
Senior - BHPian
 
Mr.Boss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,913
Thanked: 2,361 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Quote:
Originally Posted by samaspire View Post
I want to know - why 3 prongs?
1 : +ve Input
2 : -ve Input (for the LED in switch)
3 : +ve Output

LED in the switch takes +ve from terminal 3 (actual output from the switch)
Mr.Boss is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 4th May 2017, 20:44   #122
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Thad E Ginathom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 7,730
Thanked: 6,943 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Three terminals on a toggle switch would usually suggest a two way switch, eg, with power on terminal B, switching is between output A and output C. It can still be used as an ordinary on/off toggle by just ignoring one output terminal.

Use a meter or continuity tester to figure out what is happening inside the switch.

EDIT: looks like Mr Boss knows much better than I do!

Last edited by Thad E Ginathom : 4th May 2017 at 20:45.
Thad E Ginathom is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 4th May 2017, 22:00   #123
Senior - BHPian
 
Mr.Boss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,913
Thanked: 2,361 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

SPST (Single-Pole Singe-Throw) with LED --> Simple illuminated ON-OFF switch
Name:  1115501.jpg
Views: 878
Size:  110.9 KB

SPDT (Single-Pole Double-Throw) --> 2 way switch
Name:  product_image_1.jpg
Views: 869
Size:  15.7 KB

SPST with LED generally comes with a odd colored terminal which will be the ground (-ve) for the LED and rest 2 terminals were the Input & Output
Name:  1115502.jpg
Views: 876
Size:  94.5 KB

Image source : Google

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thad E Ginathom View Post
looks like Mr Boss knows much better than I do!
Good that only few people around me could recognise me through T-BHP handle, else I will be the Time-pass CoA (Center of Attraction) for next few days
Being a mechanical engineer I'm still a novice when it comes to E&E buddy
Mr.Boss is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 17th June 2017, 23:40   #124
BHPian
 
archat68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 678
Thanked: 185 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

What is possibility of finding a unswitched 12v power line inside the fuse box? The car in question is a Tata car.
archat68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th June 2017, 23:48   #125
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: India
Posts: 9,351
Thanked: 13,234 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Quote:
Originally Posted by archat68 View Post
What is possibility of finding a unswitched 12v power line inside the fuse box? The car in question is a Tata car.
You mean a fuse that works only when ignition is on?
a4anurag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2017, 00:05   #126
BHPian
 
archat68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 678
Thanked: 185 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Quote:
Originally Posted by a4anurag View Post
You mean a fuse that works only when ignition is on?
No. A power source that is on irrespective of the ignition.
archat68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2017, 00:23   #127
Senior - BHPian
 
SunnyBoi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Mysore / B'lore
Posts: 1,538
Thanked: 2,562 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Quote:
Originally Posted by archat68 View Post
No. A power source that is on irrespective of the ignition.
One of the wires going into the ignition barrel will be live all the time. Its usually the thickest wire of the bunch. I dont think you'll find a live wire on any of the fuse leads.
SunnyBoi is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2017, 08:57   #128
BHPian
 
archat68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 678
Thanked: 185 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Horn or headlight /parking light should be live. Isn't it?
archat68 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th June 2017, 14:31   #129
Senior - BHPian
 
Mr.Boss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,913
Thanked: 2,361 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Quote:
Originally Posted by SunnyBoi View Post
I dont think you'll find a live wire on any of the fuse leads.
Few are available

Quote:
Originally Posted by archat68 View Post
Horn or headlight /parking light should be live. Isn't it?
adding few more,
- Roof lamp
- Stop lamp
- Central lock, immobilizer
- Hazard lamp
- Instrument cluster
- Fuel cut-off (if available)
Mr.Boss is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th July 2017, 10:37   #130
BHPian
 
Max63's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: VASAI (E)
Posts: 30
Thanked: 37 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Hi ArunPhillip,

I have acquired Dashcam for my Ford Ecosport and wanted to do the hardwiring myself but not getting enough confidence, Will the Dealership do the hardwiring and fix up the dashcam. Because I want to connect it to the Fusebox so that Cam starts only when the ignition is on. Have uploaded the pictures of the Dashcam. Its Polaroid DS231GW with GPS and WIFI. What do you suggest, should I go for it or get it done through some professional accessories guy. By the way, will the Ford Dealership do it as this is an external equipment that I am going to fix it on my car.

Please suggest.

Thanks,
Attached Thumbnails
DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170719_2018081.jpg  

DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170719_2002291.jpg  

DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170719_2008311.jpg  

DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170719_2008511.jpg  

Attached Images
  
Max63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd September 2017, 22:51   #131
BHPian
 
Max63's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: VASAI (E)
Posts: 30
Thanked: 37 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Finally I tool the courage to fix the dashcam into My Ecosport. Have done the hardwiring using a fuse tap into the Compartment Fuse box. Thanks to Arun Philip for his step by step guidance. Tested the fuse box with a self made continuity tester as per the guidance given by Arun. Tested all the unused fuses but except one didn't get any Fuse which is connected to the power source. But it was a direct one and not connected to ignition, hence put the 12 Volt socket which came with the Polaroid Camera and tested again for any kind fo flare up or smoke or any smell. Checked and found that everything is perfect. Uploading the photos as per the sequence.
Max63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd September 2017, 23:59   #132
BHPian
 
Max63's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: VASAI (E)
Posts: 30
Thanked: 37 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Finally I took the courageous step to Install the Polaroid Dual dashcam in my Ecosport and of course it wasn't possible without the step by step guide posted by Arun Phillip, A big thanks to him for his detailed note on the installation, His tutorial was so detailed that any one can install it without any fuss.

I have followed the same steps as suggested by Arun.

1. Opened the glove box of my Ecosport as the Fuse Box is behind it.
2. Checked the unused fuses in the box.
3. Tested all the unused fuses with the self made Continuity tester with the help of a indicator lamp housing fixing two wires on the two terminals.
4. Found only one fuse which was connected to the power source and not connected to the ignition key
5. Now had to change the plan and fix a 12 volt cigarette lighter socket which was part of the Dashcam kit.
6. Checked the ground source and fix the black wire on it by crimping a u tap and tightened the screw into the body
7. Other end was connected using a Fuse tap in to the fuse box and with the 12 volt socket.
8. The front camera was fixed behind the IRVM and wire was carried through the front windshield. Both wires of front camera and rear camera was carried through the same line.
9. Opened the inner cover of the A pillar and also the door beading of the left passenger door. Wire was carried through this channel and the front camera wire was connected to the power socket. The rear camera wire was taken from the same channel through the rear passenger door and then to the boot.
10. Rear camera was fixed in the Boot of the Ecosport and for this had to open the inside cover of the boot. Wire was passed through the same channel where the wiring for the rear tail lamps and rear wiper was taken to. Here only problem was that picture captured are at a angle which is way above the ground because of the slanting angle of the rear windshield.
11. After fixing both the cameras, tested the circuit and observed for any smoke or spark or smell. Kept the camera on for 5 minutes to observe so that the camera does not go kaput.
12. Once found ok took the car for a test drive and found that it was working fine except has observed that Camera was getting hot. Is that any indication of any fault or it is a normal thing. Can any one enlighten on this. Because I don't want to take any risk.

Till then I will not operate the Dashcam.

Now uploading some of the photos which was taken through my phone.
Attached Thumbnails
DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170902_184405.jpg  

DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170902_184139.jpg  

DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170902_184201.jpg  

DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170902_184213.jpg  

DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam-20170902_184256.jpg  

Attached Images
     
Max63 is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 22nd September 2017, 20:37   #133
BHPian
 
kanu2k15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 79
Thanked: 67 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (5)
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Hello Guys,

I am thinking of getting a Dashcam and Auto Dimming IRVM, just wanted to ask how is the below product? Is it worth it as it has both autodimming IRVM with dashcam built in. Please suggest?
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4-3-...319122487.html
kanu2k15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd September 2017, 00:13   #134
Senior - BHPian
 
SunnyBoi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Mysore / B'lore
Posts: 1,538
Thanked: 2,562 Times
Default Re: DIY: Hardwiring your Dashcam

Used a fuse tap along with a 3A CPT charger to hard wire a dashcam on a skoda today.

I was feeling lazy to solder today; crimped bullet connectors and heatshrinked them for insulation. A ring terminal was added for ground.

Name:  1.jpeg
Views: 166
Size:  224.3 KB

Fixed on the inside of dashboard using some double sided tape.

Name:  2.jpeg
Views: 165
Size:  144.5 KB

Cost? 2.5$ for the charger, 1$ for the fuse tap and 10rs for a 10A fuse. Reused the long USB wire supplied with the dashcam. Not bad.

Last edited by SunnyBoi : 23rd September 2017 at 00:16.
SunnyBoi is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Dashcam / Car Video Recorder (DVR) Thread SS-Traveller In-Car Entertainment 1750 20th October 2017 13:30
Use your Camcorder/Digicam as a Dashcam for Rs.100 mukeshgoel Modifications & Accessories 20 15th September 2015 14:24
DIY : Debadging your ride s0uljah DIY - Do it yourself 221 14th July 2014 12:55
Ford Figo DIY for USB cable! How do I DIY? fedexp In-Car Entertainment 51 27th February 2013 21:22


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 03:10.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks