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Power from Fuse Box question

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Gr8pursuit, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Gr8pursuit

    Gr8pursuit Member

    Jan 19, 2015
    So. California
    There's a few unused fuse slots in #2 fuse box with 15amp fuses plugged into them.
    Does anyone know if there is an issue to tap into those slots with an add-a-fuse connector.
    They all seem to be switched power, only hot when car is on, but that's what I need for my
    Blackvue 650 dashcam power magic connection.
  2. ChrisPDX

    ChrisPDX Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    Hillsboro, OR
    As long as you are sure it's only hot when the car is on, you should be fine. I would just use the 12v accessory outlet fuse as it's a known exactly how it works and is less likely to somehow be changed in a future FW update. The BlackVue takes so little power, it's not likely to reduce the amount of usable power off the 12v outlet anyway.

    Another option is to go off the rear view mirror power. That's what I did. It's switched and only gets power while the car is on. The only drawback is the wires are small and more tricky to tap into. Getting the cover off and access to the wires is also tricky. But by going there, you avoid running wires a long distance from the front of the car to the headliner.
  3. JPP

    JPP Active Member

    Feb 4, 2013
    SF Bay area, CA
    You don't need PowerMagic with a Blackvue dash cam on a Model S. If the long term current draw runs the voltage on the 12V down a bit, the main pack will recharge the 12V through the DC-to-DC converter per routine. I have my Blackvue tied into always-on 12V (in my case, I have a connector in my headliner under the microphone grille). My camera goes into Park mode but never shuts down. No worries. Save yourself the trouble.

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