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I need a power source for a dashcam.
2003 Forester

to supply power to a 12v-5v converter like this



or this
DC 12V to 5V Inverter Converter Micro Mini USB Hard Wired Car Power Charger for GPS Tablet Phone PDA DVR Recorder Camera ( 1M )

to avoid draping the dashcam power cord from up near the rearview mirror all the way to the cigar lighter socket (the dashcam cord contains its own voltage converter). Basically I want a USB source right up next to the rearview mirror, in the 'sunglasses drawer' thing.

Can I tap into the power for the switched courtesy lights built into the overhead console?
 

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There's power coming into the map light assembly on the 2003s, but it's always on, which would be a problem in your setup. Even shutting off the dashcam wouldn't help, because the power supply always consumes some power. See picture and discussion here:



Alternative would be to mount the power supply under the dash somewhere, connect it to a switched 12 volt source, and run the 5-volt wires up the A-pillar.
 

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In my '13 I tapped the line for the powered rear view mirror I don't have.

And used double sided tape to keep the converter from rattling around.

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I need a power source for a dashcam.
2003 Forester

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to avoid draping the dashcam power cord from up near the rearview mirror all the way to the cigar lighter socket (the dashcam cord contains its own voltage converter). Basically I want a USB source right up next to the rearview mirror, in the 'sunglasses drawer' thing.

Can I tap into the power for the switched courtesy lights built into the overhead console?
The other option is to run the USB cable along the top trim, snake behind the A pillar trim, then route it to the internal fuse box with a fuse tap. At least that's my intention!

At the moment, I've moved the 12V plug under the centre armrest to below the in-car audio system and connected the dash cam inside the console. Still considering making a USB/AUX-in under the armrest, but I haven't been driving the Forester much lately...
 
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