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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

Maybe not answering your question completely, but: some people doubt how the OBD II connector is connected to power. The specification (SAE J1962 specification) of the connector is quite clear on this:...
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Is there any car that comes from factory with a integrated dashcam?

One notable option for an integrated dash cam is the new C7 Corvette. As a dealer installed option, you can get a complete Performance Data Recorder (PDR) that includes a dash cam: The PDR records ...
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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

No, it's not a good idea to feed the camera from the OBD 2 port. Use the feed for the cigar lighter or another switched feed - fused with the capacity for what the camera will demand.
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possible to record rearview camera footage while parked in a parking lot

Sure, this could easily be done as what's being displayed is just a video feed. You'd just need to leach off of the feed, which would then need to be provided to a recorder. That could be spinning ...
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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

The radio has an always hot wire that runs the clock. Use it to power small devices. I think on GM it's the pink wire going to radio.
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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

A cigarette USB adapter as others suggested is the easiest method. If you want to get a cleaner install I've used a piggyback fuse adapter yo install an ipod pre-amp to an OEM radio. https://www....
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None of my car fuses provide power when the key is in ignition

It sounds to me like you have connected one end of your test light to the positive side of the battery rather than the negative. This would give the results you are experiencing. I believe that this ...
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Ford Focus "hot in start" fuse for dashcam

Use fuse 85 to supply a relay that then powers the camera, that way the fuse 85 only needs to supply a triggering current not the full current required by the camera. Use fuse 61 to supply the relay ...
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Can unplugging a device which is connected to a tapped fuse stop battery drainage?

Yes it will stop the camera draining the battery, but that defeats the "convenience" of having it on - why not locate a fuse which comes on with the accessory position of the key..
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Dashcam Blown Car Fuse

As @sweber says, the fuse in your lighter socket should be 10 or 20 amps - the adapter states 2.4A per port, so even if you had three things charging it should only be drawing 7.2A (say 8 to allow for ...
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How to determine which fuse is always hot?

The fuse 1 for interior lights / dome light fuse will be hot all the time - it's the electronic control after the fuse ie in the door or body ecu yhat puts the lights on or off as necessary. However, ...
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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

I see the ODB port as a great and easy hook up for dash cams. 1) some makers of the 3rd party hardwire kits are already using this connection option 2) for dash cams with motion sensors or 'G' sensors ...
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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

If you cigarette lighter is always on, you can put in a male to female lighter adapter with a low voltage cutoff switch and then a cigarette lighter to usb adapter to your dashcam. This rig will kill ...
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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

There is a new option with the powered OBD. Now they pair it with a proximity radar which only draws power when and where an object comes within 3-5 m of the car, and auto switches off when there is ...
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Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?

No, that's bad because it blocks off the OBD2 port and the wire could get knocked out. You could splice in behind the port if you know which wire is switched 12V though. If you just want the thing ...
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Using the two blank fuse spots on my Prizm for accessories?

1A) You will not do any damage to the car as long as the device(s) AND the fuse you're using do not exceed the capacity of the wire circuit for that fuse position. Assuming it's the same wire as the ...
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Is there any car that comes from factory with a integrated dashcam?

Integrating a dash cam into your car is doable. I used to have a GPS antenna at the top of my windscreen, wedged between the roof lining and the mirror mount. The wire ran along the edge of the roof ...
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