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PnP dash cam wiring solution
« on: September 20, 2022, 10:58:05 AM »

I've had a Viofo dash cam for a while, powered by a USB cable strung from the dashcam to a console USB port. The wire isn't a huge inconvenience, but it's still something dangling from the mirror and it takes up one of the precious few USB ports in the cab. I've always wanted to run a line under the headliner and down the a-pillar, but haven't gotten that adventurous. Plus, I'm not real jazzed about rooting around in the a-pillar airbag cavity.

I found this little gem today. It's a USB power tap from a company called Dongar Technologies. Taps power behind the rear view mirror of my F150 and is straight up Plug and play. Cost effective, too. Only thirty bucks. Also available on Amazon.





The company makes taps for a lot of different vehicles. Maybe this will save you some headache.

https://dongar.tech/

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« Last Edit: September 20, 2022, 11:58:33 AM by Brad Johnson »
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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2022, 11:43:46 AM »

Good tip.  Thanks.

I heat that some car companies are starting to put USB ports by the rear view mirror just for dash cams.  Haven't seen it in person yet, though.
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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2022, 02:25:05 PM »

I've had a Viofo dash cam for a while, powered by a USB cable strung from the dashcam to a console USB port. The wire isn't a huge inconvenience, but it's still something dangling from the mirror and it takes up one of the precious few USB ports in the cab. I've always wanted to run a line under the headliner and down the a-pillar, but haven't gotten that adventurous. Plus, I'm not real jazzed about rooting around in the a-pillar airbag cavity.

I found this little gem today. It's a USB power tap from a company called Dongar Technologies. Taps power behind the rear view mirror of my F150 and is straight up Plug and play. Cost effective, too. Only thirty bucks. Also available on Amazon.





The company makes taps for a lot of different vehicles. Maybe this will save you some headache.

https://dongar.tech/

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Un-drat, I didn't scroll down far enough! YAY! https://dongar.tech/products/ford3pin
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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2022, 09:23:30 AM »

Good stuff. One of the reasons I have not installed dash cameras in my vehicles is my distaste for having stray cables running around the dash.

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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2022, 12:35:06 PM »

Just finished installing one in my truck. Works as advertised. Even came with a couple of 6" USB cords (which I ordered separately because stupid me didn't completely read the description). Ordering one for SWMBO's car.

One caveat... be prepared with zip ties or hook & loop tape. The adapter wires are tiny and will likely fail quickly if subject to vibration/tension/stress. Easy enough to secure, though.

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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2022, 02:14:20 PM »

Anyone know a good way to get a suction cup mount to stay attached to the glass longer than a few days?
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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2022, 05:56:47 PM »

Anyone know a good way to get a suction cup mount to stay attached to the glass longer than a few days?

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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2022, 08:47:05 PM »

Lick it before you stick it! (stick it where?) ((don't ask))

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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2022, 12:08:54 AM »

A couple of years ago, I found a dashcam for only $20 at (IIRC) a Big Lots store.  It uses a "lighter socket" type plug, has a USB cable for computer hook-up, a 32 GB card slot, and it automatically "loops" over older files.  It is called an "XVibe" and it replaces an older one that didn't loop over files.  I had to take the card out every other day and wipe it on my computer.
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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2022, 08:47:50 AM »

Anyone know a good way to get a suction cup mount to stay attached to the glass longer than a few days?

Throw it in trash replace with a mirror mount bracket
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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2022, 09:07:47 PM »

Waffling between Super Glue and Det Cord.
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Re: PnP dash cam wiring solution
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2022, 12:05:38 PM »

Waffling between Super Glue and Det Cord.

Why not both?  =D
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