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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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steal power for a dashcam?

I need a power source for a dashcam.
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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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You could connect to the compass mirror power.

[YG] (yellow-green) = +12V switched (ACC)
[B] (black) = -12V (ground)

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^ My MY'03 workshop manual does not show a Compass Mirror circuit

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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:

https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...tml#post350633
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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^ My MY'03 workshop manual does not show a Compass Mirror circuit
@Kevin here in the States SG, '03-'08, have the factory wiring for an auto-dimming compass mirror, a simple plug & play installation. We installed one in each of our Foresters.

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^ kool - then that would be the circuit to use definitely!

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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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