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Do I Need to Install a Fuse for a Dash Cam?


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radkonn 
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Posted: June 27, 2020 at 5:23 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote radkonn
I'm trying to hardwire a dash cam. It is a 3 wire hardwire kit (12v constant, ignition, and ground). I noticed a lot of people use fuse taps for these. I was just planning on soldering into the ignition and constant wire at the ignition switch. Should I add inline fuses?
There isn't a fuse box under the dash, so my other option is to run the wires to the fuse panel under the hood and tap in there.
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Posted: June 28, 2020 at 12:15 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote i am an idiot
The wires on a dash camera are very small. The wires you are connecting to are fused at 10 to 50 amps. The dash cam wires are designed to carry 3 amps. So if you like the vehicle and or the passengers you transport in said vehicle, yes you need to install fuses on both the Constant and ignition wires. No larger than 3 amps.

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