Which Hardwire Kit? Power Plus or Power Magic Pro?
For those customers wanting to hardwire their Dash Cam (for parking mode recording), we offer two universal hardwire kits that are compatible with most Dash Cams. Both Dash Cam hardwire kits do the same fundamental job so why the two models?
The Power Plus hardwire kit is our PREMIUM and universal hardwire kit offering – (click to view)
The Power Magic Pro hardwire kit is our cheaper, more basic hardwire kit offering – (click to view)
Both Dash Cam hardwire kits provide power to a Dash Cam when the engine is off via the car battery. This will allow the Dash Cam to continue recording when your car is parked.
Most importantly, both hardwire kits have configurable cut off voltages which are set by the user. While the camera is recording when parked, the hardwire kit monitors the vehicle battery voltage and when the set voltage has been reached, the hardwire kit cuts power the Dash Cam protecting the vehicle battery from fully draining.
Both hardwire kits are installed the same way whereby the hardwires are connected (piggy-back) into particular fuses in the vehicle fusebox.
The Dash Cam power cord then plugs into the female cigarette lighter on the hardwire kit.
Dash Cam Compatibility?
Both the Power Plus and Power Magic Pro hardwire kits will provide power to any Dash Cam that uses a power cord with a male adaptor end designed for a female cig lighter socket. Dash Cams that use a USB cable cannot be connected to either hardwire kit.
To be able to connect to either hardwire kit, your Dash Cam must have a power cord with a male adaptor end (for a cig lighter socket) like the example below:
The Power Plus or Power Magic Pro hardwire kits have no effect on the settings of the Dash Cam. They don’t know which Dash Cam is connected to them. The hardwire kits simply provide power when the engine is off and cut power when the low voltage point is reached.
If your Dash Cam has a Parking Surveillance Mode, the parking mode operation is controlled via the Dash Cam settings, not the hardwire kit. The Dash Cam controls how the parking mode operates, the hardwire kit supplies the power from the vehicle battery.
What are the differences between the 2 hardwire kits?
1. Cut Off Voltages – The Power Plus has 7 cut off voltages to select from which means it is more configurable to the various cars and batteries on the market. The Power Magic Pro has 2 cut off voltages.
2. User Interface – the Power Plus has an LCD digital display and tactile buttons to scan through the menu options alter your settings. The Power Magic Pro is configured via changing dip switches in various configurations (up or down) to set your preferences.
3. Over Temperature Protection – the Power Plus has an inbuilt thermo sensor that monitors the car cabin temperature. If the cabin temperature reaches the chosen set point, it will kill power to the Dash Cam to protect the Dash Cam from excessive heat. The Power Magic Pro does not have this feature.
4. Over Current/Surge Protection – the Power Plus detects any abnormal over-currents or power surges from the fusebox and will kill power to the Dash Cam to protect it from damage. The Power Magic pro does not have this feature.
What are the similarities between the 2 hardwire kits?
1. Bypass Switch – Both the Power Plus and the Power Magic Pro hardwire kits have a bypass switch (or ON/OFF button). When switched ON, the hardwire kit will continue to power the Dash Cam when the engine is off. If the switch is turned OFF, the hardwire kit will kill power to the Dash Cam when the engine is off. This comes in handy if you are parked in secure location and there is no need to record when parked.
2. Timer Cut-Off – in addition to the low voltage cut off, both hardwire kits have a configurable timer cut off feature. If you know how long you will be parked for, you can set the timer cut off to kill power to the Dash Cam. When both low voltage and timer cut offs are running, power to the Dash Cam will be cut by whichever set point is reached first.
3. Installation – it is highly recommended that any Dash Cam hardwire kit be installed by a qualified auto electrician with Dash Cam hardwire kit installation experience. The hardwires need to piggyback of particular circuits in the fusebox. You don’t want to be playing around with essential safety circuits like your airbags or braking systems.
Here is an example of how a Dash Cam is connected to either the Power Plus or Power Magic Pro hardwire kit:
Ok, so which one should I buy?
It really depends on your budget and the level of protection you are after. Both kits are installed the same way and essentially do the same job, however if you want the extra protection features for your Dash Cam, the Power Plus has it all.
*Hardwiring any item to your fusebox could void a new car warranty depending on the manufacturer and dealer. Ensure you check this with your car manufacturer and dealer before purchasing and installing any hardwire kit. Ensure you also check with your car manufacturer if this hardwire kit is compatible with your vehicle electrical system before purchasing and installing.