I'm hardwiring my dashcam into my vehicle after getting sick of the power cable dangling down the center. I have everything run, but want to ensure that I am using the fuse tap (pictured below) correctly. I believe that if I have a fuse tap, the power wire from the fuse tap to my device should be on the zero-voltage-relative-to-ground side of the fuse column. For example, in the below picture, the power wire to my dashcam should be on the right. If it were going to the left, the power for the new device would first have to cross over the original fuse, and then through the new fuse.

Additionally, just as a side note, is it a safe bet that the hot and cold side of a fuse slot will be the same the entire column?

enter image description here

enter image description here

1 Answer 1


If you are running an inline fuse (which you should), you put it on the power side. This is so you don't overtax the fuse you're tapping off of. To tell which is hot, pull the fuse and check each side for power. Power off of the side you get a reading.

And yes, the hot/cold should be same for the entire column ... I'd still check it if I were you though. You know what happens when you ass/u/me something, right?

EDIT: On your tap, the power is obviously provided off of the side which has the wire. From your description, the manufacturer wants that side to be on the dead side so the fuse will provide coverage for your needs. My suggestion is to get a second fuse (inline type) and put it at the wire's end. Then turn the tap around so the power is to the wire side. The reason being is, if you use the same size fuse for the original circuit and for your new circuit, you have the propensity to burn through the fuse. You could end up changing fuses on a regular basis. If you do it as I'm suggesting, you have the original circuit being provided protection from the original fuse, then you have the secondary fuse providing protection for the new circuit. Everything remains happy without issue. You DO NOT want to put a larger fuse in there to handle additional load, because the original circuit will have the ability to draw too much, which could cause other issues.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .