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Sunday
May082016

You can power a Dashcam via your OBD port - But perhaps you shouldn't

 

Watch the short video below to see this demonstrated.

Make sure you read the youtube comments as a number of people there explain why powering something from the OBD port is a bad idea...and then a few more people say that it should be fine, there's no problem.

It's really your decision as I just don't know enough about auto electrics to categorically confirm either camp is correct. 

You can obtain OBD to USB power leads from the links below:

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Reader Comments (2)

Hi,

Love your reviews and have communicated before about heat problems with dashcams.

so, have you any views on the "new" Hyundai H92 Dashcam, very big,good features and maybe should not be affected by heat problems?

Thanks,

Les

June 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLes Grantham

The specification of the OBD II connector (SAE J1962 specification) says:

"5.3.9 VEHICLE CONNECTOR TERMINAL 16 - Vehicle connector terminal 16 is designated Unswitched Vehicle Battery Positive and must be implemented in the vehicle connector. This terminal must be connected directly (i.e., unswitched) to the DC Positive of the vehicle's battery. This connection does not preclude the use of a fuse or other circuit protection elements. This circuit may be grouped with other similar circuits. This terminal must be able to supply a minimum of 4.0 A."

and

"5.4 Vehicle Connector Terminal Protection — It is recommended that the vehicle manufacturer provide circuit protection in the event that the terminals of the vehicle connector are shorted together."

So yes, the OBD port's power pin (battery positive 16):
- MUST be unswitched (always connected to battery power)
- MUST be able to handle 4.0A
- SHOULD be protected via e.g. a fuse

So except for the fact that you could drain the battery, connecting a dash cam to the ODB II port should not give any problems.

March 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterB. Vonk

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