NOTE: this type of installation should be performed by a qualified individual or business only. Working with your vehicle's power system can be dangerous to both you and your vehicle if you do not know what you are doing! If you have any doubts, please consult a professional.
To view additional instructions for performing an installation such as this, please view our advanced dashcam installation how-to.
Our vehicle being outfitted with the "Dashcam Defense": 2013 Ford F150 FX2 SuperCrew with EcoBoost. Click on any image to view a larger version.
Front and rear elements from the new DR650GW-2CH from BlackVue.
Checking placement of the main dash cam lens body behind the rear-view mirror.
Be sure to use an alcohol wipe or glass cleaner to clean the glass before final placement of the front and rear lens elements.
Front lens element mounted and both cables tucked into the headliner. Securing the cables to the windshield with the provided clips will come later.
This photo shows the gap at the top of the passenger side A-pillar where the cables from the front lens element are tucked into, on the way to the fuse box and rear element.
On the F150 the interior fuse box is located behind this panel in the passenger side footwell.
Our circuit tester that will be used to determine constant power and hot-on-start (a.k.a. switched power) fuses.
Typically the door frame bolt is an adequate ground point for the circuit tester.
Circuit tester probing a fuse.
The Power Magic Pro will be mounted in the glove box to be within close proximity to the fuse box, but still in reach of the driver.
This photo shows the wire harness from the Power Magic Pro (left arrow) and the power cable running down from the front lens element (right arrow). The power cable plugs in to the harness of the Power Magic Pro.
Using the fuse puller from the fuse box cover to remove the switched power fuse.
Now the yellow wire from the Power Magic Pro wire harness is crimped to the 2nd fuse tap and inserted into a constant power fuse slot.
Finally, the black wire is secured beneath a body ground bolt. It is critical to locate a proper ground point that is free of paint and directly on the body of the vehicle.
All loose wiring now secured with zip ties.
Body interior trim panels reinstalled near the fuse box.
Front lens element cables secured with clips near the top of the windshield.
Power Magic Pro secured in the glove box.
Rear lens element fully installed near the top of the rear window. Center sliding section still slides freely (away from the rear lens element of course).
Pairing an iPhone with the DR650GW-2CH for the first time. Once the dashcam is powered on, push the "WiFi" button on the right side of the BlackVue unit, and wait for the WiFi icon to light up and stay solid. It might be necessary to connect to the BlackVue WiFi hotspot in the iPhone WiFi settings first, then returning to the BlackVue app for configuration. The default BlackVue WiFi password is: blackvue
The iPhone is now connected to the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH WiFi hotspot.
You can view the list of video files stored on the DR650GW-2CH's micro SD card.
Checking the dashcam front element placement with the live video feed over WiFi.
Checking the dashcam rear element placement with the live video feed over WiFi.
The rear element can be easily rotated 180 degrees to capture video inside the vehicle. This is handy when leaving your vehicle in the hands of someone else such as a repair facility or valet parking.
System fully installed, this photo shows that the dash cam is barely visible from the driver's perspective.
Exterior views of the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH. It is hardly noticeable in front of the rear-view mirror!
A few more interior shots of the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH fully installed, beautiful!