General Powering dash cam via USB cable in the car?

Discussion in 'Lounge & Gossip' started by Galgo, Thursday 9th Jul, 2015.

  1. Galgo Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I recently bought an Anker PowerDrive 2 which converts my 12v cigar lighter socket into two USB ports.

    According to the specs, it can deliver up to 2.4 amps and 24w per port.

    I know that USB is 5v, and the adapter I've got converts the 12v from the car and outputs 2x 5v.

    My question is this: if I bought a dash cam, can I safely power it via a USB cable that goes into my Anker PowerDrive 2?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. ArcticFire Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Should be fine, I use 1A fuses in my add-a-circuits for dash cams and they don't blow. Current draw is very small for dash cams.
     
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  3. Galgo Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Awesome, cheers. :Grin:
     
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  4. Chunkylover53 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    As mentioned above you will have no problems with power, if you are using the Mini series of cameras bear in mind that a power only USB cable is used (if the cable is capable of transferring data the cameras tend to boot into USB mode which prevents recording).
     
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  5. Galgo Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Still haven't decided which camera to get, but have seen that it's possible to buy a charge-only USB cable so I'll be getting that instead of using a random USB cable from home.

    I've seen some people taping up connectors on their USB cables and even cutting them and shorting two wires. But, I think it's nicer and cleaner to just get a ready-made cable. We're only talking about five quid or so, it ain't going to break the bank lol
     
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  6. ArcticFire Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I didn't realise that with the mini series, I thought the base station was power only and you have to connect to the port in the actual camera for data transfer?
     
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  7. Nighthawk Guest

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    As others have said, yes you can. Both of the cameras in the Civic are powered by a 12v to 5v USB convertor and it powers them both absolutely fine
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    If you really want to be sure, plug a USB cable into the convertor and use a multimeter to test the voltage before connecting it up to the camera
     
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