Dash cams are becoming increasingly popular as a means of capturing video evidence of accidents or collisions. Nextbase is a well-known and trusted brand in the UK that offers high-quality dash cams.
In this guide will provide instructions on how to use a Nextbase dash cam and setup:
Choosing the Right Nextbase Dash Cam
- First, decide which Nextbase dash cam model is best for your needs and budget. There are various models available, each with its own set of features.
Installing the Dash Cam
- Choose a suitable location for the dash cam in your car, making sure it does not obstruct the driver’s view and is on the passenger side of the view.
- Attach the mounting bracket to the windshield using the suction cup or adhesives.
- Mount the dash cam onto the bracket and insert the SD Card for recording storage.
- Connect the car charger to the cigarette lighter port (12V DC) to power the dash cam.
This is all you’ll need for a basic dash cam setup. However, installing a hardwiring kit, requires a lot more preparation to either connect to the car’s battery termial or use a separate portable battery for dash camera, which ever your preference.
Setting Up and Configuring the Dash Cam
- Turn on the dash cam and configure settings, which can be possible by using the Nextbase app on a smartphone
- At the initial steps make sure the dash cam starts recording when you start the ignition and turn off when you switch off the car.
Recording and Reviewing Footage
- Press the button on the dash cam to start recording. You can also view the live footage of your car on your phone using the Nextbase app. You can zoom in and out, change the recording quality, and set up motion alerts.
- Once you have stopped recording, review your footage and decide to delete or save it.
- You may enable the loop recording option to automatically store and erase recordings when storage is full, making your SD card reusable without your intervention and securing recordings captured during an impact or tag for later use.
- To increase the security of your footage, you can use the encryption option with a PIN code or password to protect the footage.
Nextbase Dash Cam Hardwire Kit
- Many dash cams include a G-sensor, which saves any footage captured in the event of a collision. The hardwire kit provides the highest level of security by allowing the dash cam to be charged from the battery and connected to motion sensors to help connected dash cams to record even when car is off.
- If your Nextbase dash cam hardwire kit does not come with all of the attachments, you will need to utilise the following:
- 5 Meter Cable Length
- 2 Amp ATO/C fuse (standard) or Amp ATM fuse (mini)
- Fuse tap ATM (mini)
- Safety Ferrite core (Optional)
How To Install Nextbase Dash Cam Hardwire Kit
The Nextbase Series 2 Hardwire Kit provides all the necessary components to connect your dash cam to your vehicle’s battery for 24/7 incident recording.
This allows the camera to be powered directly from the car’s battery via the fuse box. This eliminates the need for a 12V car cigarette socket outlet.
The process of installing the dash cam hardwire kit can be done yourself or by an expert hire. If you are doing it yourself, you can follow the instructions:
Installation Steps for Hardwiring Nextbase Dash Cam
- First, match the red wire from the power cable to the red fuse wire, and the black wire to the black fuse wire.
- Next, locate the fuse box in your vehicle, which is usually located under the dashboard on the driver’s side.
- Identify the correct fuse to tap into, such as the cigarette lighter or accessory power fuse.
- Remove the existing cigarette lighter and insert the fuse into the fuse tap connector that comes with the hardwire kit.
- Insert the fuse tap connector into the vacant socket.
- If there is no cover, you can use the additional safety Ferrite core.
- Finally, connect the other end of the hardwire kit to the dash cam and ensure it powers on and functions properly.
- The dash cam will not record in reverse unless a rear view module is attached.
- The dash cam may take a few seconds to start recording after being turned on.
- A red light on the front of the dash cam indicates low battery power.
- The memory card may become full while recording, unless loop recording is enabled.
- Keep the car’s battery terminals connected to the dash cam’s power and charging ports during installation.
- Recording time may vary depending on the size of the SD card used, such vary from 32GB to 128 GB.